Social Media Monday: How to Use Facebook To Get and Share News
October 17, 2016 03:10 PM
When you think of how people use Facebook, do you imagine a grandmother perusing photos of her grandchildren, hitting the “like” button one by one on each image? Well, there certainly is a lot of that. However, Facebook can be used for much more than keeping tabs on the grandkids.
Keeping up with the news is perhaps the single best way to use Facebook. And, yes, you can use it to keep up with the news on friends and family, but that is just scratching the surface of Facebook’s potential to keep you in the know about the wider world.
The people or organizations you “like” on Facebook will come to populate your newsfeed, which is the scroll of postings that will appear regularly on your Facebook page. (Likewise, what you post on Facebook will populate the newsfeed of people who follow you.)
News has become more social than ever, making information more ubiquitous than ever. Unfortunately, that can also make it seem like following the news is almost a full-time job, so why bother? However, using your Facebook friends and followers you can slice through the noise and clutter and find the news that is most relevant and helpful to you.
If you connect to the Facebook pages of news outlets, such as CNBC or CNN, you can stay updated with the latest national, international and financial news. Connecting with ESPN will ensure that the flow of sports news into your newsfeed is uninterrupted. If you want to stay abreast of the latest news in home care, we humbly suggest you follow NAHC on Facebook. If you do that, much of the latest and most pertinent news to you and your business will come flowing effortlessly into your newsfeed.
In other words, Facebook can become your personal and very personalized news channel. You get the news you want from the sources you trust and you get it with just the small one-time effort of visiting those sources at their Facebook page and hitting the “like” button.
Even better, you can create a “News” list to filter new-oriented pages into one view on your newsfeed, simply by adding relevant pages to that list, just as you would with a friends list. Then, when you sign on to Facebook, click the “News” filter and you will see stories from all the news outlets you follow. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that!
Apart from just reading news on Facebook, you can share news with your friends and followers on external websites with Facebook Connect. You sign in to news sites – such as USA Today or The Washington Post – with your Facebook account. This allows you to easily share stories you see on those websites, as well as see what articles your friends are reading.
Getting social is now a way to get and stay informed.