What should you post on your school’s Facebook page? According to a recent study, videos, photos, and links, in that order. Why not status updates?

Facebook uses secret algorithms to determine what posts appear in each person’s News feed. A recent study by The Daily Beast claims to have figured out some aspects of these formulas. While the study tested profiles, similar rules may apply to fan pages.

 

Among the study’s findings:

  • A bias against newcomers
  • Links are favored over status updates, and photos and videos trump links.
  • Raise your visibility by getting people to comment.
  • It’s hard to get the attention of “popular kids.”

“Bias against newcomers” means that fans may not see your posts, no matter how scintillating they are. Getting highly-connected people to “like” or comment on your posts can help make for a good start.

 

Post highly engaging videos and photo galleries when you have them. Re-use videos and photo shoots from elsewhere in the school, since original media take a long time to produce. Links take much less effort to post and help more than plain status updates. You can link to pages on your main website, articles in the press, and pages from students and alumni. This can add variety to your Facebook page, making it a source of interesting content for your fans.

 

How can you get people to comment on your posts? Publishing exciting and colorful news helps, but you can also write posts that ask a question or invite feedback.

 

How may you attract the “popular kids?” Link to your Facebook page through other communication vehicles that they also receive, such as email lists, postcard mailings, and your main website. Figure out where your most active Facebook users exist (alumni board? students?) and ask for the support of those you know best.

 

Photo credit: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress)

Richard Kassissieh is director of information technology at Catlin Gabel School
kassblog.com | twitter.com/kassissieh

Richard Kassissieh

Richard Kassissieh

Academic Dean at University Prep

Richard Kassissieh is a teacher turned technologist. He believes in good pedagogy, reaching all learners, and building systems to serve schools. Richard taught chemistry at The Taft School (Connecticut), Maru-a-Pula School (Botswana), and Gateway High School (San Francisco). He has served as technology director at University High School (San Francisco) and Catlin Gabel School (Portland, Oregon). Richard writes online at Kassblog.com and <a href="http://twitter.com/kassissieh, @kassissieh.

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  • http://twitter.com/wstites William Stites

    Great information here. The findings from the survey will really help people figure out what to post and how to help drive people to their pages!

  • http://blog.esimplestudios.com Gabriele Maidecchi

    I can confirm in my little that video is for sure the kind of content people relate more easily to.nOn my business page I never post useless updates, but links or videos I find particularly interesting and that I feel my fans would like.nThe only problem I have so far is deciding if to post just in english or italian (since it’s an italian company). I have a number of foreign fans who would be cut out from italian updates/links, so I decided to post bi-lingual updates, but I am not sure if that’s a good way, anyone with experience on this have some suggestion?