Mary C. Long

Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost where she ghostwrites and helps clients win online using digital strategies you’ve yet to consider. She has particular expertise in advising law firms and schools on social sabotage and how to avoid it. You’ll find her all over the web, starting here: http://about.me/MaryCLong

HOLIDAY SHOPPING: Facebook Is More Popular than Pinterest, But Olds Don’t Care

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With the holiday shopping season already upon us (notice how quickly Halloween decorations magically morph into Christmas décor these days?), we’re all surfing online and/or standing in line. And social media remains a major consumer resource. The good news is that Facebook is more popular than YouTube or Pinterest when it comes to holiday shopping preferences. The bad news that if you’re “old” (think baby boomer), you’re probably not using either, anyway.

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Facebook Real-Name Policy Is Still Targeting the Wrong People in Its Reporting Equation

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Despite posting an apology and claiming that it will “work on internal procedures,” the ripples caused by Facebook’s real-name policy spread wider and wider. More groups are being affected, and the hubbub has chummed the waters, ending in more accounts suspended in what has become a cultural cyber-war. And real-name policy is targeting the WRONG people in this reporting equation.

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#WakeUpSelfies to Invade Your Facebook News Feeds Like the Virtual Undead!

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Warning! Zombies are continuing to dominate our popular culture. And, beyond The Walking Dead or Ebola chatter, the apocalypse has infected Facebook, as evidenced by recent images of your friends (and strangers) in barely reanimated states attacking your News Feeds. Happy Halloween? Not quite. It’s another way you’re about to get tagged into participating in an event — and you’ll probably do so against your will, like someone suffering an infectious bite. #WakeUpSelfies are headed your way!

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Facebook’s ‘Other’ Folder Makes No Sense

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In its rush to continually evolve its product, Facebook often makes leaps forward in many areas, and sometimes that involves two steps back. But in the case of the nearly anonymous “other” folder and its complete omission from the highly touted Facebook Messenger applications, I guess the steps back sent it over a cliff — or maybe Facebook realizes how entirely useless this folder is and plans to kill it off. Wait, what “other” folder? Exactly.

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Facebook Changed … And You Won’t Believe What Happened!

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I am usually the first one to point out when Facebook goes off the rails or just does something pointless and stupid. So to be fair to the big enchilada of social media, I have to give it some props for making a move in the right direction and doing its best to get rid of link-baiting. And yes, I know you already know all about the existence of the News Feed algorithm — that isn’t what this is about. It’s a success story and reason to love what Facebook has done (unless you’re one of the sites I’m talking about in this post, that is).

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The Facebook Friend Request That Wouldn’t Leave

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Everybody’s done it: Late at night, you’re checking out your best bud from high school’s friends list. You wax a bit nostalgic, and before you know it, you’ve sent out friend invites to one-half of your graduating class. Or you’re getting your business started up and you import contacts that you’re going to try to buy your new widget. Whatever the reason, once you’ve sent out that friend request, it’s out there … FOREVER. No, you’re not understanding how horrible this is.

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When Facebook Trolls Attack: What Not to Do

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You’re moving along with your business and your social media, and you’re doing it like a boss. You post interesting and relevant items, you engage your audience — it all seems to be going your way, except for this one person who just hates you for reasons far beyond your understanding. No matter what you post, they either straight up argue or they spin your innocent commentary into something that seems unforgivable and wrong. And no matter what you do, you can’t seem to get them on your side. Welcome to the world of Facebook trolling.

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