8 Ways Businesses Can Use Facebook Embedded Posts

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Facebook‘s developers are always coming up with cool tools that can make an entrepreneur’s life a little bit easier, like embedded posts

But most of us don’t have time to keep up with the changes, or figure out how to use them.

To learn more, we asked a panel of eight successful entrepreneurs how they’re using embedded posts to amp up website traffic and social engagement. Here are their best tips:

1. Increasing Facebook Engagement

Brett FarmiloeEmbedding a Facebook post on your blog will help increase the engagement level of your Facebook page. Because Facebook’s embeddable posts are interactive, there are a few different features that are beneficial to your brand. Your blog readers can share your content by embedding the post on their own blog or by clicking the Facebook “share” button to distribute your content to their Facebook friends. They can also “like” your Facebook page from an embeddable post. Whichever way you look at it, embedding a Facebook post into your blog is now one extra step that’s necessary for content creators. Read more…

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Why 2013 Marked a New Era for Gaming

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Gamers will fondly remember 2013.

The year offered enough for every player to savor: new consoles, Grand Theft Auto V, indie games that stole our hearts and big Kickstarter successes that came to fruition.

For those who haven’t been following along quite as closely, we’ve assembled a rundown of the biggest trends that rocked the boat in gaming this year, as well as what to be prepared for in 2014.

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New Consoles

It’s hard to talk about 2013 and gaming without uttering the phrase “next-gen.” Even before the year started, rumors swirled about the new features. After seven to eight years with the same systems, the fervor for change grasped ahold of all gamers Read more…

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9 Social Media Hoaxes You Fell for in 2013

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The Internet is a gullible place. Before you know it, you buy into a YouTube video, and you’re sharing Facebook posts and tweets with misinformation. If you haven’t done so yourself, you likely know someone who has.

Some of the most viral stories of the year have turned out to be fakes. Remember when Will and Monifa Sims captured our hearts in May while singing karaoke at a gas station? They were actors. And who could forget the hilarious twerking girl on fire? Simply a stunt orchestrated by Jimmy Kimmel

Not all hoaxes were videos, though. The Internet followed along with Elan Gale, a producer for The Bachelor, who live-tweeted a fake situation he claimed to experience on an airplane; an adorable kid’s letter to Santa was actually the brainchild of a comedian. Read more…

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5 Reasons Millennials Are Quitting Facebook

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Facebook is the cigarette of 2013, the “bad habit” many are trying to kick. And the doubts seem to be stemming from Facebook’s younger users

Mashable reached out to a few Millennials, in particular, to find out why they left Facebook — and why some returned. While the reasons for cutting the cord ranged from the practical to the existential, many former Facebook users cited the stress of maintaining their online appearances

While half the users we questioned have returned to the site (albeit with a reduced presence), the other half consistently claim they’re happy to be “free” of Facebook. They found that once they got used to it, life without social media wasn’t as hard as they imagined Read more…

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Top 25 Digital Media Resources This Week

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Too busy deciding where you stand in Obama’s Selfie-Gate to stay up-to-date on tech news? Have no fear — we’ve rounded up a list of this week’s top 25 digital media resources, including news about the launch of Instagram Direct, a beginner’s guide to all things Vine and seven ways to make the most out of Tumblr. As a bonus, we even threw in this week’s most-pressing news stories.

Check out our comprehensive list, below

Editor’s Picks

  • Apple: What to Expect in 2014
    Wondering what’s in store for one of the world’s most closely watched companies? Keep an eye on these expert predictions for Apple in 2014. Read more…

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    8 Brutally Honest Facebook Notifications That Need to Exist Now

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    No one likes a gossip, we know. And we would never condone catty behavior. But Facebook just makes it so easy

    We don’t remember how we stalked our exes, judged our enemies or kept track of so much drama before social media, but we’ve certainly developed a knack for it now

    However, as useful as Facebook can be for these tasks, the social network does tend to sugarcoat the more dramatic bits of our News Feed. So-and-so “changed their relationship status to single?” Come on, we all know there’s more to the story.

    Here are the eight types of Facebook notifications we’d love to see. Go ahead, revel in the drama. We won’t tell Read more…

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    I’m on Facebook Because I’m Bored Beyond Belief

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    Facebook is the fourth — sometimes the fifth — social network I check during the day. It’s at the bottom of the list

    Somewhere along the line, Facebook became a last resort, a platform I regretfully open when I’ve hit the depths of boredom. When my friend is running 20 minutes late for brunch, only after I’ve logged my weekly call with Grandma and checked every other app

    I’d rather strike up a conversation with a stranger than browse Facebook — and I live in New York. Strangers are weird here

    Don’t get me wrong. Facebook itself is not boring. On the contrary, I could and have spent hours exploring all the tools Facebook offers: Facebook Subscribe, Facebook Lists, Facebook Groups, Facebook Shared Photo Albums, Facebook Pages, Facebook Gifts, Facebook Graph Search. And I haven’t even mentioned the thousands of apps that “enrich” the Facebook experience. Read more…

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    The 10 Most Shocking Celebrity Instagrams of 2013

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    If you think celebrities on Twitter are entertaining, think again — Instagram is where it’s at

    There was no shortage of shocking celebrity moments this year, including plenty of nearly-naked selfies and a few “She did WHAT?!” moments, all captured in our favorite filtered photo-sharing app

    Skim through the gallery for the celebrity Instagrams that had us doing double-takes in 2013WARNING: Some of these selfies are NSFW. Open the gallery at your own risk

    Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

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    4 Ways to Replace Christmas Cards With Social Media

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    Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it’s only a matter of time before your mailbox is packed with holiday cards filled with family updates and bad Christmas puns. That’s when you know it’s time to send your own.

    If you can’t find the time to stuff envelopes, or you just want to go with a techie twist this holiday season, social media can help you spruce up this year’s Season’s Greetings.

    Here are a few ideas for getting the most out of social media this winter. Whether your strengths lie in Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Youtube, you’re sure to find an option that suits your expertise Read more…

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    Twitter Stock Soars on Day 1 and Other News You Need to Know

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    Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world.

    Today, we’re looking at three particularly interesting stories. The first day on the New York Stock Exchange was a promising one for Twitter. The publicly traded stock opened at 73% up from its IPO price of $26 per shareFacebook is still all about the Likes, but the social network is also experimenting with five-star ratings, according to a report. Gamers, here’s a study you’ll want to share with your parents: Video games could make your brain grow.

    Check out the video above for more on these stories. Read more…

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