I’ve received countless emails over the past two weeks from users that have been confused about integrating their blog into their new public profile. I don’t blame them for the confusion as it took me days to figure out how to get this working. Finally after a little bit of exploring, I figured out how to get your blog imported via the Facebook Notes application.
Getting Notes installed on your Facebook Page is a little bit convoluted because you need to get to the application about page which is not readily linked anywhere on the site. After using the application search functionality within the application directory I found the Notes application page. After visiting the Notes application page, click “Add to Page”.
From the next page you will select which page you would like to have it added to as illustrated in the picture about. Proceed to your Facebook public profile (aka “Page”) and click on “Edit Page”. You can then scroll down and edit your notes application at which point there is the option to import an external blog. The best part about this is that all blog posts will automatically show up as stories in your “fans” feeds.
Status Updates or Automatically Import Notes?
At this point you may be wondering whether or not it’s a better practice to link to your new blog posts via a status update or to let the Notes application automatically import the notes for you. Personally, I prefer the status updates for two reasons. First, you can post a status as soon as you’ve posted and you don’t need to wait for the Notes application to periodically scan your feed for new posts.
The second reason is that status updates can be much more conversational. Rather than just linking to your new post your could also include a question to fans to get them to participate in the conversation. For those individuals that are more hands off with their public profiles (something I don’t recommend doing), letting the Notes application automatically import blog posts will be much easier.
So how do you alert your fans to new blog posts? Were you confused about integrating the Notes application and your Facebook public profile as well?