I’m a big proponent of keeping your Web site and blog under your complete control and the main focus of your Web presence. When expanding your business’ reach to engage customers on other sites, you have no control over how or when the material you’ve uploaded will be treated.
So, what happens if the other social media sites you’ve engaged in to meet your customers flakes out on you and disappears? Where would you go? Your customers would automatically look for your Web page (yourgallery.com) for those answers.
Now we come to Facebook. We all know that Facebook has a mind of it’s own and changes it on a daily basis. What would you do if you lost your Fan Page? Gasp!
Deep breath… Have I got a quick 5 minute (or less) solution for you.
Here’s a quick 5 minute solution
- Create a Facebook Archive Folder on your desktop
- Open your Facebook Fan Page
- Go into your browser’s (Firefox, Safari, etc) top Nav
- Select File
- Select Print
- In your print dialog settings, select PDF as your printer choice. Voila! Instant archive.
- Save in your newly created Facebook Archive Folder
I’d recommend doing this once a week, perhaps on a Monday, to save all of your weekend chatter, polls, and giveaways.
This is also good for trendspotting:
- Understanding how and when people become fans
- When the most chatter happens (certain days, certain hours)
- What topics get the most response
Option 2: Firefox Plugin
There is a Firefox Plugin that archives your page, but at this time, it isn’t currently available for Firefox 4.0. Check this Firefox Add-On link frequently to see if it’s updated.
I haven’t used it, so I can’t recommend it.
Here’s to Cultivating Your Creative Independence