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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tried It Tuesday (Facebook stumped!)

Time to Take on Tried It Tuesday!! How's that for alliteration? :)
I am loving all the ideas linked up each week by everyone.
Teachers are the BEST sharers (that's a word, right?) of knowledge!

What is Tried It Tuesday?  Read more about it here.

Awesome linky button above designed by the talented Michelle at The 3am Teacher!
My Tried It:
Facebook for My Blog!
I finally started a facebook page for my blog.  I'm sure my personal Facebook friends were tired of seeing all my comments on teaching pages!  Haha!!  
Thanks to the inspiration of some of my BBB's (Best Blogging Buddies) at Collaboration Cuties and their post HERE, I set up my page easily!  You have to check out their post if you would like to set up a page.  They have many screenshots and step-by-step instructions.
1.  I love being able to share little blurbs and shout-outs or links to recent posts on my facebook page.  
2.  I love reading the news feed on my facebook page to see what my bloggy buddies are up to.  It is more appealing to the eye in my opinion than reading the feed on blogger.  
3.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to change from my blog fb page back to my personal fb page.  It just takes a click of the button in the top right hand corner.  There is no entering of your username or password to go back and forth!
4.  Also, bloggers will often post a question or flash freebie on facebook that you won't see anywhere else.
It really doesn't take much for me to get stumped when it comes to HTML code, but I spent way too much time trying to get a facebook pop up appear to new visitors on my blog!  I wanted something like this:
Was I successful?  I am not entirely sure, but I don't think so!
I tried the html code from many websites (at least three) but could not get it to work.

I tried pasting the code directly in my template (by reverting to old blogger profile after backing it up and then pasting it after /body).  I made sure to type my facebook page where I was supposed to.  Then, to see if it worked, I cleared all my cookies and "reset Safari" so blogger wouldn't recognize me when I visited my blog.  It will only show the facebook pop up to viewers who have not visited my blog before.  So, after all that...NOTHING!
I tried code from all three websites above (and there may have been more but I can't remember now!).  Some codes asked to paste the code as a gadget and HTML script in your layout.  I tried it that way too and "reset Safari" again to check on it.  NOTHING!
I finally gave up.

If you are visiting my blog for the first time, could you write a comment and verify if you saw any pop up?  I still have it pasted as an HTML gadget but I don't think it works.
I am also stumped on how to get the correct "preview" picture when I post a link to a post in my comments.  I can't find how I would select that!  Help?!?

I would LOVE it if you "liked" my facebook page before you go!  Thanks friends!!


  1. Well since I'm constantly stalking your blog, it would not have shown up for me, but good luck! LOL Technology can be very frustrating sometimes. For some reason on my Facebook it usually only likes my banner, my pinterest button and my TPT button for the preview and that's it! I've resorted to just sometimes putting the link in the status area and uploading a picture. Let me know if you figure that out though! Thanks for always sharing great ideas and being a very big help to us all :o)

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

  2. The preview picture on Facebook makes me crazy too!! I don't think we have a choice when we post it in comments. :(
    ideas by jivey
    Follow Me On Facebook! :)

  3. It didn't pop up for me either, but I am here almost daily. I did read this tutorial on another blog about how to set it up. It is a long post and the Facebook steps are toward the end...but it may help.


    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  4. Sorry, I'm a blog stalker, so it does not pop up for me for sure. I can't get it to work for me either. I have pasted code into so many places I'm suprised my blog is not a hot mess!! If you figure it out I would love to hear about it! The preview picture in FB also drives me crazy!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  5. Well you are far ahead of us with your FB page-- we kinda just have ours started but haven't done much at all with it yet, so this summer we are hoping to get more going with it! I didn't see anything either on here when I came over to your blog today, but I also pop over here quite often. :) Good luck!
    Learning to the Core

  6. I feel like this post is going to make me cave in and finally create a FB page for my blog. I keep telling myself to keep it simple, and then I keep ignoring myself and caving to the peer pressure! haha

  7. I already "like" you on Facebook, so I don't know if it works. Personally, I find those pop up things really annoying, but maybe I'll change my mind. The preview thing really makes me mad, too. If you figure something out, let us know!

    Fifth in the Middle

    1. Diane,
      I'm going to agree with you on this one. I usually just close it when it pops up. So my advice to everyone is do not worry about it. We will find a way to like your FB page because we really LIKE YOU!

      Third Grade Galore

  8. I've been trying 100 different ways to get that to pop up on my blog too! Still no luck!! I put together my button tutorial as promised! I hope it makes sense! :)
    Pinkadots Elementary

  9. I didn't see a pop up and I tried and tried to get the pop up on my blog, too, and it never worked. It was very frustrating! I don't know how to fix that problem! Sorry! If you find out, please let me know! :O)


  10. I check your blog constantly and I already liked you on FB, so I don't see it either! I have one on my page, but my friend did it for me. I sent the exact website she used to Amanda and it didn't work for her either! So crazy! Thanks for hosting!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  11. Hi~I didn't see it but I'm in the same boat with everyone else up there...I am here often and have already liked you on Facebook, so maybe that's why I didn't see it. Good luck!
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  12. Thanks for this opportunity! Unfortunately, you are going to see my post twice - I reposted with a different link, and am trying to delete #15 but the Pinterest pin-it button keeps jumping up in front of the delete button. So sorry!!

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  13. I never saw the pop up, but, for the record I never use the pop up for facebook likes. I just find it annoying. In fact, I'm fairly certain I have accidentally unliked some pages because of that pop up box.

    As for the previews, it has to do with whether you're linking to your blog's "homepage" or to a permalink for an actual post. If you want it to share a picture from a particular post then link to that particular post by clicking on the title of the post and using that permalink to that direct post. (Also, that's really how people should be linking up to linky parties is with that permalink to that 1 blog post rather than their blog's "homepage" and pinning...Oh lands, how I could go on about incorrect, rather unhelpful, pinning practices!)

    Hope that helps.

  14. I didn't see a pop up, sorry! But I do like the idea of the Facebook page! I'll be thinking hard about that.

  15. I've never visited your blog before, but followed the link over from Teaching in Room 6. So I am new, but I didn't see a pop up. However, I'm accessing from a mobile device rather than a PC, so that might make a difference. I must mention that I don't like the pop ups either, but I do 'like' blogs on FB after I have found that they are really helpful to me.