When you’ve spent years on Facebook, you’ve probably grown accustomed to the constant stream of people offering to share your friends’ news.
And as the popularity of social networks has exploded in the past decade, the sharing of personal information has grown as well.
This week, we rounded up 20 tips for how to share and curate your most meaningful information.
Pick your topic.
This could be anything from your favorite band, your favorite TV show, your personal interests, or a topic that’s trending in your city.
It’s all about making sure you pick your topic and the content you’re sharing is relevant.
Pick the right subject matter.
You’re going to need to pick topics that resonate with you.
But be aware that if your topic is too technical, your friends might have trouble finding what they’re looking for.
Keep it real.
Facebook’s news feeds are not a magic formula for building a real relationship.
So it’s important to be careful to keep the conversation on the subject and the information is accurate.
Focus on sharing.
Don’t assume that you’ll be able to get more than 10 likes on a post.
Make sure to share the most interesting news, relevant content, and relevant links you can, and use a filter that tells your friends which stories are shared and which are not.
Choose your friends wisely.
If you have a good friend, you may be able find a place where they share your news and you can reach out to them.
But if you have friends who are more politically or economically conservative, it’s going to be hard to connect.
The best way to build a strong relationship is to build friendships with people who have similar interests.
So when you’re trying to find the right group of people for something, ask yourself, “Does this person fit the profile I’m looking for?”
You’ll be surprised at what you find.
Facebook lets you share a preview of an article as a “like” or “share” button.
So make sure to avoid sharing spoilers to your friends or to yourself.
Avoid sharing too many of the same thing.
You’ll want to share only the most relevant stories.
Use your own photo and/or video to illustrate your point.
While Facebook allows you to choose whether to show your friends your own photos or videos, you’ll want a clear, succinct, and personal picture to showcase your point to them, and to the world.
Share with context.
When sharing your story, don’t try to cover everything you want to say, because you may come across as a complete jerk.
Instead, focus on a few points and share the best ones.
For example, instead of saying, “I’m the new president of the United States,” you could say, “After months of fighting for my rights as a woman and gay man, I finally won the election.”
Share your personal life.
You can use the same Facebook sharing tools as you would on other social networks.
For instance, you can add a photo of yourself to a photo album to share a photo with your friends.
And if you’re using Instagram, you might be able add a note or video to your post so that your friends can watch.
But remember to also use the hashtags #yourname and #loseit.
And remember, it can be easier to share personal information than it is to get friends to like your post.
To learn more about building your personal profile, check out this article.