Fancy Facebook

I’m offering customized Facebook Profile Pictures at $50. See an example live on one of my Fan Pages at: http://www.facebook.com/GstudioStyle. When you go to my page, you’ll see that I used a secret little trick that makes the image seem to extend up into the blue area. Cool, huh? Contact me for more info. [Note: this article is out of date, and my Facebook graphic has changed on the link provided.]

Customizing your profile picture is a good way to make your company, product or service on Facebook stand out, and look professional. You can also have a custom picture for your personal Facebook page… why not? No one’s stopping you from getting Fancy on Facebook!

By the way, if you visit my Facebook page, you might like the handbags I make. If so you can click Become a Fan for news and updates on my upcoming designs. Thanks!

Put Your Face on Facebook

Facebook offers limited options for customizing your page, graphically speaking…

The only area you have to work with is the photo area in the upper left corner of your profile page — but there are ways to put a more personal stamp on this small piece of real estate. Here are a few examples and tips:

AllFacebook.com: “How To Create An Irresistible Facebook Photo That Turns New Visitors Into Fans”

Twitter-to-Facebook Simplified

Stamp___Twitter_by_shadowed_light_waves Facebook_by_CyantreI have been avoiding the whole idea of allowing my tweets to show up on Facebook — I never thought it seemed very nice to make my friends read all my business-related tweets. On the other hand, I sometimes tweet info that I think anyone can benefit from, so the idea of being able to add just those tweets would be nice. I came across a blog post by David Meerman Scott that agrees, and offers a simple tutorial on using a Facebook application called Selective Twitter Status. Read David’s post, Selective Twitter Status Updates to Facebook: A tutorial.

Your feedback, please!

If you use Selective Twitter Status, please post a comment for me about what you think. I also encourage you to read the comments at the bottom of David’s post for others’ opinions. My understanding is that Tweetdeck also lets you do something similar. Post your comments on Tweetdeck/Facebook interface too, please. Many thanks!

Social Networking Tips

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Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking sites can be quirky to figure out, but the more you dig, the more you can learn how to make these sites work best for you. For example, you may want more followers, or maybe you suddenly have too many! What do you do? What if you don’t like the name you chose? How do you post only the tweets you want on your Facebook page? Don’t like the Twitter background you got when you signed up? Are you aware of the privacy settings on Facebook? There are ways to deal with all this, and I am continually learning more.

Within this blog you will find tips on using social networking sites

Select category “Twitter Tips” or “Facebook Tips” in the the “Blog Article Topics” menu in the sidebar on this blog to find my posts on this subject. I share my own ideas about how to create great-looking pages from a design standpoint, and I post links to what others have to say about social networking practices.

Share Your Tips

If you have any Twitter secrets or tips to share, your comments on this blog. Simple, easy-to-understand comments are a big plus for readers who are new Tweeters. Thanks!

Social networking: the new staple

Due to the buzz about social networking, my goals and views as an designer are changing. Its become abundantly clear that business cards and websites are no longer the main ‘staple’ of a marketing campaign, at least for millions of people and companies. In August 2009, Facebook hit 100 million users, and Mashable reports that Twitter reaches 14 million people each month.

This means that not only should your logo, or overall graphic id need to exist on your stationery, print and websites, but should also carry throughout each of the social networking profiles you manage. You can use a custom background (on Twitter), or in other cases upload a customized graphic where your profile photo belongs (on Facebook). Most blog templates have a customizable header, where you can upload your own banner graphic.

Tune in to my blog for more on how to integrate your graphic identity into your social network.

Its a bouncing baby blog!

I was recently helping a musician friend, Emily Bonn finish up the Photoshop artwork for her new CD cover. Afterwords, we went out for pizza and beer, and the subject of turning 40 came up. We were talking about a whether we’ve had a change in attitude, or different goals at this age than we had before. For me, ’40’ and ‘personal branding’ seemed to collide this year, and social networking is a big part of that. As the world population becomes obsessed with blogging and tweeting, I decided to jump on the bandwagon. After updating my website, and getting my feet wet on Twitter, I knew it was the right time for me to have a baby blog.