When teachers, parents, or students want to blog, they typically have to sign up for a service on Tumblr, WordPress, or another content publishing service. This is usually a fairly easy process but once you start writing… will anyone read your blog? It usually takes months of typing, self-promotion, and anxiety before you get a steady following. Chances are good that the blogger will grow weary and resort to posting his or her thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, or another micro-blogging service.
After today’s announcement from Facebook however, you may want to reconsider how you set up your blog. The social media giant just announced a big improvement to its Facebook Notes feature. You may not have heard of Notes and that’s for a good reason: it sucked. Just one day ago, crafting a Facebook Note meant you could type as much as you want and that’s about it. You couldn’t do any HTML formatting, image insertion, or really anything worthwhile. That caused the Notes feature to, well, suck.
Facebook just announced a big improvement to Notes. (See the FB blog post below) The biggest improvement is that you can now use HTML formatting for your Notes post. The second best feature is that you can @ mention someone’s name (just like Twitter and on Facebook status updates) which means that person will be personally notified about your Note. This means instant readership and high share-ability. (Is that a word?) Regardless, leveraging Facebook’s 500 million users can only work to your advantage as a new blogger.
Here’s an example of how the new Facebook Notes feature helps new bloggers:
Johnny really loves talking about science. He has a ton of ideas swimming around in his head about science, astronomy, biology, and other related topics. He has two options:
From the Official Facebook blog:
Writing a Facebook note can be a great way to start a discussion with friends about life’s big decisions or moments. What’s not always so great is creating a note or going back to one you already started.
Want to make something bold? You need to know the HTML tag for that. Want to work on an earlier draft? You have to navigate a bunch of links to get to your draft.
We’re changing all of that so it’s quicker and easier to create and find your notes and the notes from the people around you. We’ve rolled out a new layout and features for Facebook Notes. Now you can: