It was kind of an AMA, or “Ask Me Anything”, session.
My last session with Facebook Fan Friday was frustrating, at best, and I’ve elected to cancel it – or at least suspend it until further notice.
The question is, what to do instead?
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The problem is a simple one: the Ask Leo! fan page has about 7,500 “Likes”. In other words, 7,500 people have said that they like Ask Leo!, and are interested in seeing what I share on Facebook. (Thank you!)
Sounds great, in theory.
The problem is that Facebook simply doesn’t guarantee you’ll see all the posts from pages you “like”. Conversely, as a Facebook page owner, I have no way to actually reach all the folks who’ve “liked” the page – at least not without spending money.
Sadly, that means it’s not worth my time. It was a fine experiment, but it’s time to try something different.
That’s where you come in. I’m not sure what I should do in lieu of Facebook Fan Friday.
What appealed to me about it was that when it worked, it was a fine opportunity to ask and answer questions in almost real time. Sort of, but not quite, “Ask Leo! Live”.
Alternatives that come to mind include:
- Doing the same thing directly on Ask Leo!: create a post, put notifications out on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Google+), and simply try to respond to every comment, for a certain length of time.
- Answering questions in real time via the Ask Leo! Twitter account (@askleo). Great for short questions, but definitely not good for lengthy answers.
- Something on the Ask Leo! Google+ page. I haven’t spent a lot of time here, so I’m not exactly sure what’s possible.
- A Google Hangout “on air”. This would be a live video stream (well, sorta live – my initial experiment is that what you would see runs about 30 seconds behind actual “live”) during which I would take questions via an accompanying text chat. This intrigues me, but also means that I’d need to be present and talking the entire time. I think. With something less “live” I could research questions and answers “offline”, as well as fill my coffee cup as needed. On the other hand, webinars that I held some years ago were poorly attended, and this is very similar to that.
- Something else I haven’t thought of.
- Quit monkeying around and stick to writing posts, articles, and books alone.
What sounds useful? Are there other approaches to live, nearly-live, or sort-of live solutions – from text to audio to video – that I haven’t thought of that would be of interest to you?
Would you participate?
And while we’re changing things up, if you’re interested, what times would be best? I’ve hesitated to do a fixed day and time for a variety of reasons, but perhaps a regularly scheduled time, or a rotation of specific days and times, would work better?
As usual, leave a comment below; let me know what you think. I’m open to doing many different things, as long as whatever I choose turns out to actually be useful.
And ideally, something more closely under my control.