Our Blogging Barista dished helpful morsels on adding apps boxes to our Facebook Pages. Have you tried it yet?
I did and my experience ended with a panicked email to Laura. I wanted to add a Mail Chimp contact app to my writing Page apps boxes. Mail Chimp served up their happy monkey and promised to make this addition easy:
Sounded simple enough. Until I reached the Facebook permissions.
Facebook App Panic
As the Manager of multiple Pages, I am, obviously, sensitive to what I add to Pages that are not mine. Strategies for each page are different and the last thing I want is for my cool Carrie Schmeck app to end up on a client’s site. Tacky. The message Facebook offered gave me the impression that my single act would apply to all Pages.
I couldn’t hit the Back button fast enough.
Laura talked me down from the ledge of Facebook Page Paranoia and assured me I would have an opportunity to apply the app to a specific page.
I tried again and flinched as I hit “Allow.”
Sure enough, my life as a self-employed, freelance writer and Page Manager has not been jeapordized. When I returned to Mail Chimp, it allowed me to select only the pages on which I wanted the app to appear:
Good to know.
For some reason, Facebook likes to obtain wide-arching permissions (and I’m still not sure how they use those permissions) but, as far as I can tell, most apps like Mail Chimp, will allow you to sequester your apps to their intended Pages.
So add your apps fear-free. Apps are effective tools for your Timeline. Choose up to 12 but you’ll need to choose your top three (Facebook insists you choose Photos as your fourth) to be featured on your Front Page.
Have you run into this app issue and found a different solution? If so, please share it here with us.
Note from Laura: Facebook is in the process of developing a new apps directory, to make it easier for us to find and install apps to our pages. Your can find the directory here: https://www.facebook.com/games#pagelet_appstore_top_list
Carrie Schmeck brings 20 years experience in corporate and small business marketing to her copywriting and business communications business and doubles as Blogging Bistro’s Facebook Ad specialist. If you need help planning and implementing your Facebook ad campaign, e-mail her at email@example.com.