If you follow my page on Facebook, you may (or may not) have seen the post made today about Facebook making yet more changes! They have not decided what they feel is good content rather than allowing followers, such as you, to make that decision. This has resulted in them NOT sharing posts in your news feed. This can result in your missing out on a great deal, coupon or tip.
As we move through the holiday season, there are going to be a TON of great deals. In order to ensure you never miss out on a single one, I’ve got some easy ways for you to stay up to date, without having to worry about Facebook determining what you should or should not see.
If you still want to stay on Facebook, there are some things you can do to ensure you don’t miss out on a deal.
Set up Notifications. You can add your favorite pages to your notifcations button. This is the globe image at the top of your page. When you have this turned on, you will see an update whenever your favorite pages make a post. You click on here and receive a drop down letting you see the pages at a glance and can click through to the post to learn more.
Turning this feature on is very simple to do. Head to Penny Pinchin’ Mom on Facebook and under the header, find the LIKED button. Once you click on here, you will it says Get Notifications. Make sure that you have a checkmark next to this button so that you keep up with all of the posts.
Join the Facebook Group and add it to your Favorites. We actually have a group set up where the posts will go on Facebook. You can join for free HERE. Once you join, you can then add that group to your favorites so that you see it in your sidebar each and every time you log in!
To add it to your favorites, simply click the pencil next to the group name, when you see it under your Groups. Click to Add to Favorites and you will see it move up under your favorites, directly under your profile picture!
Create an Interest List and Add to your Favorites. You can add all of your favorite pages to an interest list and then make that list accessible in your favorites. This keeps all of your favorite pages in one place, so you can catch up with them all at once!
Click on the wheel button from the Facebook page and then select Add to Interest Lists. Then, click on New List.
On this screen, you will see that the site comes up and is already selected for you. Just click on the blue NEXT button at the bottom of the page.
Here, type in the name for the list. You could call it just Penny Pinchin’ Mom, or Money Saving Sites (whatever you would like). You can then decide if you want anyone to see this or not. If it is public, anyone can subscribe to the list, so if you want to get the word out about this great list you’ve created, you could select this option.
You can add additional pages to your list and every page you follow will be in one location. Once you do this, you want to add this to your favorites so that you can find it quickly. Just find the List under Interests in your sidebar and click the pencil next to the list. Check Add to Favorites and you are done!
Now, this group will also be at the very top of your profile so you can find it quickly!
Google+ may seem like a ghost town, but it really isn’t. In fact, this is the #2 social media site, ahead of Twitter. The great thing about Google+ is that you can create your own circles to keep certain pages grouped together to check them quickly (as you would using a list or favorites on Facebook). Even better than that, G+ doesn’t censor the content, you will always see everything on all of the page you are following!
You’ll want to head to the Penny Pinchin’ Mom Google+ page and make sure you +1 it by clicking that image on the main page.
Once you have done that, you will want to create your circles. This is easy to do. From your Home button, scroll down and click on the People button.
Then, click on Your Circles in the menu bar
Next, click the + in the circle. In here, type in the name of the circle.
It could be something like you would use on Facebook, like Money Saving Sites. Click on the Add a Person Button and start typing Penny Pinchin Mom and you will see that it comes up. Just click to add it to the list and then click on Create Circle Button to finish. You’ve just created a circle!
Your circles are all visible from your home page, but you can decide WHICH ones have a shortcut on your menu. Drag your circles to reorder them to put those you will use the most at the top of the list. You just literally click drag and drop! The first circles in your order will be the first ones you see in your menu. Here is how mine looks:
So now, when I am on G+, I just click Money Saving Websites from the main menu and the posts are there!
I can tell you that we put all of our posts on Google+ just like other social media, so this is a great alternative to Facebook!
We are also on Twitter! This is can be a simple way to keep up with your sites as well. There are different platforms out there which you can use to create custom streams and lists to personalize it for yourself. I personally love using Tweet Deck! You can create custom streams for your favorite hashtags, sites and more! You’ll find me on Twitter under @PennyPinchinMom.
You can create a List easily on Twitter just like you do the other sites. Just click the Lists button from your profile page and then Create a List. Add the profiles you want to follow and then you’ll have one easy list at your fingertips!
There is also one final way to stay up to date. You can sign up for the FREE daily email newsletter. We actually have options which allow you to taylor the newsletter to receive just what you want! You can get all updates, just coupons or even only Target store deals! Head HERE and sign up — make sure that you confirm your subscription!