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How to recommend our posts to your friends on Facebook

Monday, August 16, 2010 by

Image in a WordPress post and the Facebook Recommend button

How to recommend her

[Updated] Most people think that clicking on the “Recommend” button is all it takes. In other words, that once you’ve clicked it, your friends will see your recommendation on their News Feeds.

Guess what, they won’t! That’s not how the button works.

So if you want to recommend a post on our website, or indeed on any website where the “Recommend” button appears, to your friends, you need to do more than just clicking the button.

“Recommend” is yet another thing that Facebook really messed up. Just the the “Like” button, which is sometimes just like, while on a Facebook page it makes you a fan of it. See our previous post.

And so what you need to do, if you want to recommend an article or a page to your Facebook friends?

You need to do two things:

1. Click on the “Recommend” button, and
2. Write a comment!

It’s the comment part that people don’t know about.

If you just click on “Recommend”, the recommendation will only appear as a tiny one-line notice – on your Profile! But who ever goes to look at your profile to find it there?

On the other hand, if you write the comment, such as “Check this out”, a nice big recommendation, complete with a picture and an excerpt of the article will pop up on your friends’ News Feeds.

Have a look at the pics, and…don’t forget to properly Recommend our articles ;-)

P.S. If you want to recommend something on our Facebook page, use “Share”.

[Update: Just as we published this post, Facebook changed the Recommend button again, on August 18th. Sigh.. But the basic tenet remains, to recommend something properly: 1. Click the button and 2. Write something in the comment. The video shows it well.]

Facebook Recommendation without a comment

Without a comment. It shows only in your profile!

Facebook recommendation with comment in News Feed

With a comment. It shows in your friends' News Feed

How to use the Facebook Recommend button video thumbnail

Watch it in video



One Response to “How to recommend our posts to your friends on Facebook”
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