Facebook Pages basics – a Screencast

Want to see a larger version? Go here. YouTube version is here. Downloadable version is here. MP3 only version is here.

This screencast is for BIGWIG’s 3rd annual Social Software Showcase, being held Monday at the American Library Association’s annual conference.

How can you participate? Two ways:

  1. Watch the screencast and make a comment – what do you think? What are you doing with Facebook Pages?
  2. Show up at my table Monday, July 13, 10:30am. Instead of a formal presentation, show up having watched my screencast … and we’ll have a discussion about Facebook Pages!

So … this screencast is all about Facebook Pages. Here’s what I cover:

  • The basics of a Facebook Page – I describe what can be done with the Wall, the Info page, friending, status updates, events, discussion boards, and boxes.
  • Who uses your Facebook Page? I talk about the stats that come with a Facebook Page.
  • Facebook Apps – I briefly talk about the two apps my library has built
  • Connecting with customers – I talk about the ways a library can connect with customers using their Facebook Page.
  • And I mention my library’s Facebook Page quite a bit…. check it out!

So –  chime in in the comment box and at my table on Monday! I plan to also live stream the discussion – we’ll see how that goes.

Facebook Catalog App

app on my profileMy way cool web team recently built a Facebook app for our library catalog! If you’re interested in trying it out, simply search for tscpl catalog in Facebook and our app will appear.

Not necessarily a new thing (do an app search in Facebook for library catalog and you’ll find quite a few) … but very useful, nonetheless.

Why haven’t we built an iPhone app like the DC Public Library? Our big goal is to focus on our local community, and build for them. I’m guessing that DCPL has quite a few iPhone users already (or at least potential library users that are also iPhone owners). Topeka? Not so much. I’ve been watching our web stats – last month, we had 63 iphone visits … about .18% of our total web visits. Not enough to design for (yet).

But Facebook use in Topeka? Judging by a quick walkthrough of our building (and peeking at what patrons are doing) – huge.

More Facebook app screenshots:

Enjoy!