Follr Feature Focus – Sharing Content

There are many Follr features that people tell us they love but content sharing gets more than most.

Within Follr you can widely share activity and content from and to your connections and with members of the general Follr community:

Follr Digital Identity Newsfeed

The activity and status updates you see are either from ‘My Network’ (your existing Follr connections) or ‘Entire Network’ (everyone else). You can then like, repost, comment and share that content via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+.

To like a post simply click the ‘Like’ link and you will see this message:

Digital Identity

To repost content within Follr click the ‘Repost’ link, add commentary (if so desired) in the box then click the ‘Post’ button:

Follr Repost

In the example above you will see Mark used a hashtag, an @ sign and member tagging. We’ll highlight these features in a later post.

Commenting is easy – simply click the ‘Comment’ link, add your comments then hit enter:

Digital Identity

And finally Sharing. Simply click the ‘Share’ link, select a social network you want to post to then click share. And you can post to Facebook and LinkedIn groups and pages!

Post To LinkedIn Groups

Check back for details on other Follr features and if you would like to see something added please let us know.

The Follr Personal Profile Website – An Overview of Mobile

What is responsive design or RWD?

“Responsive design (often abbreviated to RWD) is an approach to web design in which a site is crafted to provide an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones).

When you consider just how much mobile dominates peoples attention the time is rapidly approaching when we spend more time on our phone than watching TV. As a result the importance of having Web content present effectively on mobiles and tablets can’t be understated. So we have made sure that every Follr Personal Profile Website looks as good as it can on every phone:

And here is now it will look on an iPad:

The default information displayed can be changed so you have the choice of highlighting your Social Wall, links or Timeline:

We will continue to post details on other aspects of Follr via this blog. Please let us know what you think!

Ever Thought About Adding a Personal Domain Name to Your Profile Website?

Google SEOYou should, it will seriously improve your SEO. Google “Stephen Fells” and take a look at what is top of the organic search results. That’s right – his Follr Website. It’s above LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, multiple blogs he contributes to, it’s even higher than Google+.

You can register any domain to use with your Follr digital identity Website! You can still use follr.me of course but you can also add, for example, YourName.com. Simply log into your Follr account to get started.

Available top level domains include::

  • .com
  • .info
  • .net
  • .biz
  • .org
  • .us

And as always please let us know if you have any questions!

Follr Feature – Professional and Personal Tags

The ‘Follr Tag’ feature allows you to not only describe yourself personally and professional but also to search and connect with a far broader range of people using very specific criteria.

Having logged into your account simply click on ‘Connections’ and then ‘Finder’:

Follr Digital Identity

Your search results are only as good as the quality of tags entered so make sure that for your own account and profile Website you enter as much information as possible and choose your tags (professional and personal) thoughtfully; this is also how others will find you.

Have questions we didn’t answer?  Want to know more? Ask us!

5 Tips to Jump Start Your Online Community

Whether starting a new community, or moving an existing one, the foundation is the strength of the conversations and content within it. Those conversations go a long way to assure longevity of the community.

Life, online or off, is built on a series of relationships, those with our family, friends, and fellow fans. Part of the process is the introduction and sharing of basic information, to establish a comfort level and open channels of communications.

Creating this comfort then allows the community to connect more with each other by sharing common interests, goals and ideas. Building upon the contribution of each member you will then see a more organic growth in the community as well as “natural moderators” will begin to establish themselves to help in maintaining the desired tone and direction of the community.

These 5 “no fail” tips and techniques will help you keep your focus, refine your tone and build a strong and engaged community with longevity.

East Fishkill Spurs

1. Be Welcoming, Be Disarming
Each time a new member joins your community give them the opportunity to introduce themselves. The best way to do this is to establish a set of between three and five questions for each member to answer.

Making these questions fun and non-threatening will encourage the new community members to engage, be at ease and “let their hair down”. Of course, the tone of the community will determine how “silly” these questions would be, but keeping it “light” will help gain more interaction from your community members.

Some sample questions along these lines are:

  • “Who is your favorite player?”
  • “Tell us how you became a fan”
  • “What was the best goal we ever scored?”

It’s like an online icebreaker. Ask silly, even ridiculous, questions of your members. Don’t be afraid, even in a serious forum, this allows people to connect in ways that are non-threatening and create a comfortable environment despite the tone of the serious topic that might be involved.

Believe it or not it is often more difficult for someone to share serious answers than silly answers.

2. It’s OK to Lurk
Everyone was new to online communities at one point. Try to encourage interaction and engagement, but recognize that some people might just want to watch (lurk) and adjust before they dive in.

Often times those that spend the most time lurking end up being the most engaged in the long run. Some people just need more time to adjust and acclimate to a new environment.

It is actually preferable to have someone lurk and acclimate to the tone of a community rather than jump in prematurely and risk being misunderstood, this could result in a lot of turmoil within a community.

3. Encourage Engagement, Be Appreciative, Be an Example
Actively engaged community members create opportunities for existing or new members to connect with each other, establishing a solid communal relationship. Be sure to thank people for posting, also try to positively acknowledge participation at any level.

Be a guide, or a sign post, direct your community to great content of community members, inside the community or outside, and bring the conversations to them. Be an example, by linking and sharing outside content but housing the discussion within your community.

4. Promote Great Community Contributions and Content
A solid community needs to be fed to continue to grow that community. That food is demonstrated by promoting the community and member contributions. Make it a habit to regularly promote your community members.

The conversations and sharing are the lifeblood.into other social networks. By doing this you will be promoting your community and the members, helping others find you and ensuring a continued growth in your community.

5. Appreciate Everything, Don’t Take Community for Granted
Appreciate your community. Understand that each and every member has made a choice to be a part of the community, and recognize that it’s a choice for them to remain in the community.

Never take your community for granted, if you do you will discover that they can quickly move on to what they perceive to be “Greener Pastures”. Keep it fresh, keep it lively. This is where building a community on a topic you are passionate about makes it a lot easier to grow and maintain.

If you keep these 5 tips top of mind, and try to make a habit of doing these things, you will guarantee your success is building and nurturing an amazing community!

Now You Can See Which Social Network is The Most Effective

If you are a Follr Pro user you get detailed statistics that show you many things!

To access your statistics simply log into your account and click your profile image in the top right corner:

Follr Statistics

Click the ‘Statistics’ link which will show you the available reports:

Follr Statistics Choices

You can see who has visited your profile:

Follr Statistics Visitors

and also where people researched you. Are they more interested in your Facebook account or LinkedIn profile? This is invaluable information because it tells you where you should be focusing your marketing efforts:

Follr Statistics Clicks

Click here to create your Follr account today!

Ever Thought About Adding a Personal Domain Name to Your Profile Website?

Google SEOYou should, it will seriously improve your SEO. Google “Stephen Fells” and take a look at what is top of the organic search results. That’s right – his Follr Website. It’s above LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, multiple blogs he contributes to, it’s even higher than Google+.

You can register any domain to use with your Follr digital identity Website! You can still use follr.me of course but you can also add, for example, YourName.com. Simply log into your Follr account to get started.

Available top level domains include::

  • .com
  • .info
  • .net
  • .biz
  • .org
  • .us

And as always please let us know if you have any questions!

5 Tips to Jump Start Your Online Community

Whether starting a new community, or moving an existing one, the foundation is the strength of the conversations and content within it. Those conversations go a long way to assure longevity of the community.

Life, online or off, is built on a series of relationships, those with our family, friends, and fellow fans. Part of the process is the introduction and sharing of basic information, to establish a comfort level and open channels of communications.

Creating this comfort then allows the community to connect more with each other by sharing common interests, goals and ideas. Building upon the contribution of each member you will then see a more organic growth in the community as well as “natural moderators” will begin to establish themselves to help in maintaining the desired tone and direction of the community.

These 5 “no fail” tips and techniques will help you keep your focus, refine your tone and build a strong and engaged community with longevity.

East Fishkill Spurs

1. Be Welcoming, Be Disarming
Each time a new member joins your community give them the opportunity to introduce themselves. The best way to do this is to establish a set of between three and five questions for each member to answer.

Making these questions fun and non-threatening will encourage the new community members to engage, be at ease and “let their hair down”. Of course, the tone of the community will determine how “silly” these questions would be, but keeping it “light” will help gain more interaction from your community members.

Some sample questions along these lines are:

  • “Who is your favorite player?”
  • “Tell us how you became a fan”
  • “What was the best goal we ever scored?”

It’s like an online icebreaker. Ask silly, even ridiculous, questions of your members. Don’t be afraid, even in a serious forum, this allows people to connect in ways that are non-threatening and create a comfortable environment despite the tone of the serious topic that might be involved.

Believe it or not it is often more difficult for someone to share serious answers than silly answers.

2. It’s OK to Lurk
Everyone was new to online communities at one point. Try to encourage interaction and engagement, but recognize that some people might just want to watch (lurk) and adjust before they dive in.

Often times those that spend the most time lurking end up being the most engaged in the long run. Some people just need more time to adjust and acclimate to a new environment.

It is actually preferable to have someone lurk and acclimate to the tone of a community rather than jump in prematurely and risk being misunderstood, this could result in a lot of turmoil within a community.

3. Encourage Engagement, Be Appreciative, Be an Example
Actively engaged community members create opportunities for existing or new members to connect with each other, establishing a solid communal relationship. Be sure to thank people for posting, also try to positively acknowledge participation at any level.

Be a guide, or a sign post, direct your community to great content of community members, inside the community or outside, and bring the conversations to them. Be an example, by linking and sharing outside content but housing the discussion within your community.

4. Promote Great Community Contributions and Content
A solid community needs to be fed to continue to grow that community. That food is demonstrated by promoting the community and member contributions. Make it a habit to regularly promote your community members.

The conversations and sharing are the lifeblood.into other social networks. By doing this you will be promoting your community and the members, helping others find you and ensuring a continued growth in your community.

5. Appreciate Everything, Don’t Take Community for Granted
Appreciate your community. Understand that each and every member has made a choice to be a part of the community, and recognize that it’s a choice for them to remain in the community.

Never take your community for granted, if you do you will discover that they can quickly move on to what they perceive to be “Greener Pastures”. Keep it fresh, keep it lively. This is where building a community on a topic you are passionate about makes it a lot easier to grow and maintain.

If you keep these 5 tips top of mind, and try to make a habit of doing these things, you will guarantee your success is building and nurturing an amazing community!