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Many of my clients and business friends have asked my expert opinion on some “Facebook related thing” in their website logs. They were worried it might be a spammer, hacker or something with ill intent.

They say something like this in their web logs:

Agent: facebookexternalhit/1.1 (+http://www.facebook.com/externalhit_uatext.php)

This is the Facebook’s website crawler. It’s safe!

Just like Google has a website crawler that scans your website for content, relavancy, images and all that fun stuff Facebook has the same thing that it uses in-order to make sure the links it posts are safe for users, so that it can get the preview image and the snippet text.

Do not block the Facebook web crawler.

It’s needed if you ever want Facebook to see your website as web safe and friendly.

This is what Facebook’s own documentation says about it:

Why does Facebook appear in my server logs?

Facebook allows its users to send links to interesting web content to other Facebook users. Part of how this works on the Facebook system involves the temporary display of certain images or details related to the web content, such as the title of the webpage or the embed tag of a video. Our system retrieves this information only after a user provides us with a link. You may have found this page because a Facebook user sent a link from your website to other Facebook users. If you have any questions or concerns about any links or content sent by one of our users, please contact us at legal@facebook.com.

Your Extraordinary Life Podcast Episode Minus 2 – What is the Facebook Star Rating and how to remove it.

In this video I go over:

  • What is the Facebook Star Rating
  • Why you should be afraid of it
  • Why you should remove it
  • How to remove it

This is a quick guide on how to remove Facebook Star Rating from your Facebook Page. Thankfully, it’s easy. Sadly, you do lose one bit of small functionality.

The video above is my quick video tutorial on how to do it. Below are the text instructions:

  1. Log into Facebook as the administrator for the Facebook Page and go to the Page you want to fix.
  2. Under the logo and name section, click on the About link.
  3. On the top left, click Edit next to the About heading.
  4. On the Address line, click on edit.
  5. From the information that shows, under the map uncheck the Show this map on your Page item.
  6. Save changes.

That’s it. As the text says though, it will remove your businesses map and address from showing on your Facebook page. So that’s kind of a bummer if you’re a local business. Otherwise, we’re not free of the ill-implemented rating system!

I like where Facebook Home is taking the market, though there are three good reasons why an entrepreneur and business professional should avoid it.

3 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Facebook Home

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Like anyone else, I like to be social. These days that means sharing photos, text and thoughts online to the world. Call me paranoid, but I draw a fine line where technology and social apps significantly invade my privacy.

Many people’s smartphones contain most (if not all) their lives. Keycards, photos, contacts, journals and countless other things. The problem is that many of these things are not connected at all and that makes it really difficult to use all of them in any coherent fashion without wasting a lot of time. That’s where Facebook’s Home app comes in.

Facebook Home is supposed to be a socially aware, social first and simple interface for Android phones. I really like this idea. Something simple and yet highly integrated with everything so that I don’t have to keep using a gazzilion apps just to post a short message! The app (well, it’s a system interface replacement really) looks amazing, looks super easy to use and understand and brings all the great social features front and center. Great.

But not so fast. There are many issues with this idea.

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While a personal profile can only get so much attention, a Facebook Fanpage allows you to expand your reach and your profile’s capabilities. While a business profile is ok, a fanpage for your company, business, service or product is the best approach on Facebook since a fanpage has significantly more options and is more flexible than a simple profile.

For this tutorial we’ll assume that you have a freelance service (and a product) which you want to advertise on Facebook. We won’t cover Facebook ads here, only the design and structure of a fanpage which will get people interested in your product and services.

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Aweber is an extremely powerful auto-responder system, it’s probably one of the most used as well. In their latest annoucement, you can now integrate Aweber into a Facebook Fanpage. What do they mean by ‘integrate’? Well, you know how Aweber can send out e-mails … and stuff, right? Well, now it can post to your Fanpage wall as well!

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Digg Digg   The Best WordPress Social Plugin All of us have tried many different social plugins. I know that most, if not all, of us use the TweetMeme plugin and maybe even the sexy bookmarks plugin. But that’s the problem with that idea: so many different plugins slowing down our site. Not to mention the complete mess of having so many plugins installed and having to manage each one separately.

Thankfully there is a solution! The Digg Digg plugin! As you can see on this website, I have it installed. it’s the awesome left bar that scrolls with you when you’re on a post! There are a few ‘issues’ with the plugin though.

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Facebook Lockdown   Reclaim Your Privacy On Facebook There are many things Facebook is great at, consumer privacy isn’t one of them. Time and time again they have screwed us over with horrid privacy policies (or shall we say there lack of) and by making it extremely difficult (and annoying) to get it back. Well no more! In this video I show you how you can:

  • Remove yourself from the facebook ‘automatic’ partner program (and no, this isn’t a cool affiliate thing. This is where Facebook gives away all your data to these companies freely)
  • Block bad applications from having access to your account
  • Block applications from ever having access to your info even through your friends accounts
  • Set setting for maximum privacy
  • How to Lock Down Your Facebook profile to the max!

The links to the pages mentioned in the video are listed right below the video. So no need to guess where they all are!

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