The better title is: Building a nice Facebook profile page from your existing content with F8 applications. But that’s too long for a catchy title 🙂
Yesterday evening I logged into my Facebook account and stared at my Facebook profile page. It was pretty boring and I decided to tweak it. But the content should come from existing pages and services.
Use the Facebook F8 applications
First question was which services to use to pull nice content into my profile page. I can offer some valuable sources:
- My delicio.us feed
- My Flickr photos
- My StumbleUpon mini-blog – I created a new account a while ago esp. for that purpose.
- My Sankt-Georg.Info feed
- My last.fm content
Remember: My aim is not to use Facebook all the time or to engage too much into all this networking. My very first aim is to create an attractive profile page! The rest may come later (or not).
Luckily I could find some working F8 applications for all my sources to pull that content nicely into my Facebook profile. The research was done on the Facebook applications page. Looking for ‘Flickr’, ‘RSS’, ‘LastFM’ and ‘StumbleUpon’ got me the Facebook F8 applications I needed.
The result can be seen here: Markus Merz on Facebook. I think it is pretty content rich, looks nice, promotes some of my existing content and is a good base for my future work on Facebook (if needed). If somebody asks for my Facebook address I can happily hand over that page as my Facebook business card and show off my web 2.0 competence. What do you think?
Additionally I did:
Strip down that mini-feed
I deleted all the mini feed events which I think are not useful for my visitors. Of course I also defined all applications not to be too verbose in the future.
Create a group on Facebook
And fill in some content mostly links to existing pages or services. Too bad that F8 applications can’t be used for groups (as far as I know): Hamburg St. Georg
What useful tips do you have for a Facebook profile page? Hints and examples welcome!
I.e.: I will add my p.com blog via RSS 🙂