9 Ways To Become More Popular On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook Like   9 Ways To Become More Popular On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]Facebook is different things to different people. It’s used to stay in touch, play games, share news and stories, or promote brands. What unites almost everyone who regularly uses Facebook is the desire to be popular and Liked.

The problem is that Facebook guards updates and doesn’t automatically show everything to everyone. The algorithm that determines how many people get to see a post is called EdgeRank and it pretty much is a black box. Nobody knows exactly what will make something go viral on Facebook. However, there are a few things you can put on your checklist to significantly improve your chances to become popular.

This article provides a summary of the wisdom from science and social media experts.

Be Upbeat & Positive

Good news spread faster and farther than anything else on social media, which is in contrast to traditional mass media. Psychologists explain that we care how our friends and peers react to what we share. Since we generally want our friends to be happy, we prefer to share something that makes them feel good. Consequently, you will literally be liked a lot more if your updates are upbeat and positive. Frankly, this one shouldn’t come as a surprise as the same is true for how you behave in ‘real life’.

Girl in Hammock   9 Ways To Become More Popular On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

There are some things, however, you should not share on Facebook, regardless of how positive or exciting they are.

Impress!

Studies show that people are much more likely to share or Like content that arouses a strong emotional reaction in them. This includes science articles that leave them in awe, as well as posts that excite them or make them laugh. Although content that triggers strong emotions like anger or anxiety tends to do well, the more positive a story is, the more likely it is to be shared.

Why Do People Share   9 Ways To Become More Popular On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

See Upworthy’s entire How To Make That One Thing Go Virual slide show.

Appeal To Your Friends & Followers

Being positive and having the potential to trigger strong emotions is worthless, if you fail to capture the interest of your friends and followers. Know what they care about and feed their interests. Or build the audience that genuinely cares for what you have to share. Consider targeting different types of updates to different groups of friends.

Light Bulbs   9 Ways To Become More Popular On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

There are a few things that really annoy people on Facebook; avoid them like the plague.

Know Who Your Friends Or Followers Want To Appeal To

Now this one is a little complicated, so bear with me. People won’t just share something because it impressed them, they also want to impress others with what they share. In other words, if they think a person they really care about will Like what they are reading right now, they are much more likely to share it. So try to craft your Facebook updates in a way that make the social cognition regions in your readers’ brains fire! Or in simple terms: appeal to the friends of your friends!

Be Fresh!

Always strive to post about current and exciting things! We all love to be entertained and learn something new. And don’t forget to add your own unique twist; it will make you memorable.

Green Grass   9 Ways To Become More Popular On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Use Visuals

People don’t read, unless a great headline or a visual catches their attention. Pictures have been found to work best, better even than videos. So put an effort into finding or creating great images for your Facebook updates. Note that with the News Feed changing, pictures will be granted more space; you can now use up to 600 x 600 pixels.

Ladders and Clouds   9 Ways To Become More Popular On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

If you decide to use visuals, be very careful not to breach copyright laws. Here is a list of things that might get you banned from Facebook.

Be Brief!

While you’re putting more effort into adding good images, cut down on the amount of words you are using. Although Facebook doesn’t have a character limit, it appears that even 140 characters are too much. Also note that text describing a picture won’t show as caption, instead it will be overlaid at the bottom of the image. Around 80 characters are said to work best.

Interact With Your Friends & Followers

Essentially a no-brainer, but communicating with someone is more engaging for them than being talked at. Involve people in your updates, ask a question, let them fill in a blank, have them write a caption for a funny photo, or challenge them to another activity. Telling people something you would like them to do will significantly increase their interaction. Sometimes life is simple.

Timing

Everyone is busy and all our Facebook News Feeds are flooded with updates. The best time for your posts depend on where your audience is located and what their Facebook habits are. Generally, weekend mornings tend to work best.

Best Time for Facebook Update   9 Ways To Become More Popular On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

See the entire Your Way to Facebook Success Infographic.

Conclusion

Being popular on Facebook or making something go viral is hard work. Moreover, it requires quite a bit of skill and a lot of luck. However, if you follow a basic and smart recipe, practice a lot, and continuously learn from your own experience and that of others, you will eventually have a breakthrough. Never give up!

What is the Facebook success you are dreaming of?

Image Credits: Like via Shutterstock, Girl in Hammock via Shutterstock, Light Bulbs via Shutterstock, Green Grass via Shutterstock, Ladders and Clouds via Shutterstock. This post was inspired by an article on The New York Times and contains additional ideas from a Pagemodo Infographic, DashBurst, and an Upworthy slide show.

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Carlo Vincente

FB: what a waste of time.

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R Votre

May I present the short version: Be nice. Be interesting.

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Tina Sieber

So true! :)

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Carol Wilkerson

To those who left snarky comments, one thing to remember when you are anywhere is to try to be kind. Depending on your needs, Facebook can be a waste of YOUR time, but not everyone’s. Very good advice in this article for anyone just starting on FB.

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Marianne Martin

I love the info on Facebook that MakeuseOf shares with all. If it wasn’t for MakeuseOf I would not be so informed. Love MakeuseOf.

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Pratish Rao

jus to get popular… ha he ha…. just be positive share positive… u wil b popular. he he he….
thanx for tips…

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Ihtesham_tweets

Anything cannot be bad but it is us who made the things bad.

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heather carr

its nice to have information on facebook that makeuseof shares. it makes us more popular on facebook

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Deirdra Murphy

Although most of this is common sense, it’s still helpful to know that the tried and true ways for face to face interactions are good for Facebook as well!

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Tommy

How do you “avoid them like the plaque”? Do you have to brush frequently? :-)

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Tina Sieber

LOL Great catch Tommy! :) I’ve always been a big fan of Q and apparently it got me there! ;)

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Stephanie Staker

Thanks, Tina. I am sure this is important to the younger set but I really don’t even think about popularity on Facebook. It is a way for me to keep track of friends and acquaintances but not important for people to “like” me. Also, I use Facebook to share items that are important to me. Some of these topics are not likely to make me popular. :)

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ThinkInNewAreas

Always be:
Winning by Sharing
- and ask yourself before posting:
is this of value to others ???

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@SurefireShell

Nice article covering all the basics. I think being positive is so important! No one likes posts that do nothing but moan, and I think being positive is a great way of attracting people and making them feel good!

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Tina Sieber

That’s absolutely true! I think part of it is that being positive is hard and we instinctively appreciate it.

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prem bam

Is it important to be popular on facebook?