Baby's First Blog
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "She is a web and social media goddess. This is her FIRST blog?" It's true. Honestly, I just never felt like I had anything to say that was any better, smarter, or more useful than what anyone else had to say. I am not a thought leader or a paradigm shifter. I'm a get-in-the-trenches-with-my-clients sort of gal. I don't spend a lot of time waxing poetical about algorithms, or daydreaming about ephemeral content management. So what can I possibly add to the conversation?
Then I noticed my friends struggling a bit with technology that for me is second nature. And I said to myself, "Self, maybe you don't have to be a thought leader to be useful. Maybe you can improve people's happiness by just sharing really simple tips and tricks about how to get the most from the technologies they are using already."
So if that sounds like something you might enjoy, please follow this blog. If you would rather have a pencil slowly drilled into your cranium, I understand, and feel free to scroll along to the next sensational, but completely and supportably untrue story accompanied by a horrifying photo in your feed.
I'm starting today with a tip on how to see more relevant ad content on your Facebook feed. My partner is always complaining that he sees ads for the most bizarre things. But when I asked him if he has done anything to change that, he wasn't aware that he had any say in the matter.
Believe it or not - you have a LOT of control over what Facebook can advertise to you. Here are some tips for managing your ad content.
1) Hide the ad. Here is an ad on my feed for some truly ugly shoes. I don't ever want to see these shoes, or anything like them again. So I click on those three little dots on the upper right hand side of the ad, and a menu appears. Here can you do several things such as hide this ad, report it as offensive, or, if you love these shoes and want to buy them later, you can save the link. Let's assume that like me, you would not be caught dead in these shoes. So, we're going to click "Hide Ad."
2) Now, they want to know why you want to hide this ad. For me, well, you know why. You can also use this tool if you have already seen these shoes 30 times, or if you already bought these shoes for me as a prank. Click the bubble that best suits your situation.
3) Next you will see a message telling you that you have been successful and you will never see another ad for this repugnant pair of, I don't even know what to call them, "southwestern bootlets?" You will also be offered a series of rabbit holes you can choose to go down if you want to dig deeper into your ad preferences.
In my next blog, I will go down that rabbit hole with you and show you what you can do down there. Bring a torch.
For now - rest assured that you will never again see that same ad for whatever niggling thing the Facebook world is trying to push at you. By providing this data about your preferences, you are controlling your experience.
So keep at it until they get it right.
Just wash, rinse, and repeat!