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How to Stop Videos from Automatically Playing on Facebook

Friday, August 28th, 2015

After the tragic and disturbing video of the recent news crew incident (I’m being vague here on purpose out of respect for the families, and because the man responsible deserves not one more shred of attention) I have been asked why Facebook has the videos in the news feed play automatically.

The answer is because it increases views, shares and “connection.” Unfortunately in circumstances like this, it can make you sick to your stomach before you’ve even had your coffee.

The solution, though, is to OPT OUT on Facebook. You can change your settings. It works differently on desktop version and mobile devices, so I’ll go over both here.

How to OPT OUT of Facebook newsfeed video autoplay on your laptop or desktop:

1. Click in upper right hand corner, and scroll down to Settings and click it.

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2. At the very bottom of the left-hand menu, click on Videos.

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3. Turn OFF Auto-play Videos

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For MOBILE DEVICES:

It’s a little trickier, but still possible.

You can adjust the Facebook app’s auto-play settings to OnWi-Fi only or Off.

To adjust the auto-play settings on your Android phone or tablet:

  1. Open the Facebook app
  2. Tap 
  3. Scroll down and tap App Settings
  4. Tap Video Auto-play
  5. Choose an option

Note: If you don’t see the Video Auto-play settings on your Android phone, log out of the Facebook app. When you log back into Facebook, Video Auto-play should be visible in App Settings.

To adjust the auto-play settings on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the Facebook app
  2. Tap 
  3. Scroll down and tap Settings
  4. Tap Videos > Autoplay
  5. Choose an option

Note: If you don’t see Videos in your iPhone or iPad’s Facebook app settings, try updating the Facebook app.

 

I, myself, have opted out of autoplay for many reasons. The one mentioned above is a given, but I also don’t like being distracted into watching something. I hope this instructional has helped.

 

 

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Part 2 of 2: The What, When & Where of Facebook Events

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Last week I showed you How to Create a Facebook Event, and today I’m going to talk about What qualifies as an event you’d want to create on Facebook, When should you create the event (how far in advance), and Where you should promote it.

When Should You Create an Event in Facebook
For large in‐person or online multi‐day conferences, with multi‐person presenters, where you are charging for tickets/attendance, you should create the event a few months in advance, especially if you’re going to be doing traditional press push.

For smaller events where you’re not coordinating much and you won’t make or break the bank on ticket sales, a month or a few weeks out works fine. For weekly or monthly events, create them accordingly. Remember you can always send updates no matter how far in advance you have created the event, and you can post the URL of the event page multiple times in multiple locations.

What Qualifies as an Event (in terms of business):

  • Call Series
  • The Launch of a Program, Package, Book, Campaign, Product or Service
  • Conferences
  • Educational events – webinars, lectures
  • Speaking Engagements

What could you add?

Where Should You Promote Your Event:

  • On all other social media networks: LinkedIn, Twitter, your blog, etc.
  • In your newsletter/solo mailers
  • Personal Facebook profiles
  • Other people’s pages (with their permission)
  • In Groups
  • Forums
  • Live Events

Remind people often. I know that when I sign up for webinars, usually a month in advance I’ll get a reminder each week, then on the week of I may get anywhere from three to daily reminders, then I reminders day of an hour before, sometimes even 15 minutes prior to the webinar. It may sound like overkill, but remember that these days people can’t remember what they signed up for where, and you want to remind them, and also remind them why it’s so important that they attend and participate.

What do you think? Is it overkill to remind people that often? Let me know in the comments.

Tags: event marketing, internet marketing
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Facebook Makes Post Tagging, Location and Customizing Who Sees Posts Easier

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

I’d heard and tweeted about the upcoming changes to Facebook Places feature, but tonight I saw it rolled out in the Status Update bar on my personal profile.

Here’s what it looks like:

When you decide to Update Status, the first icon beneath the status window let’s you choose who to tag. It says “Who are you with?”

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The icon directly beside it let’s you add your location — the big change to the Facebook Places concept. I find it much more Facebook-friendly.

Facebook Add Location

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, on the far right, it makes customizing posts toward specific friends or lists of friends much easier. This is Facebook’s improved attempt at the Google + circles idea.

Facebook CirclesYou can even edit AFTER you post, which is a nice add-on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think of the new Facebook post features? Let me know in the comments

Tags: facebook circles, facebook places, facebook tagging
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