(Re)building a new Facebook page

A while back I transferred my regular Facebook page to a … some other kind of Facebook page. Mistake.

So, I am rebuilding a new Facebook page HERE.


UPDATE: 20 Mar 20:48 GMT:

I guess its “confirmation season” already.

No sooner posted but I have already had to confirm quite a few. I sent a few requests also. Facebook seems to be widely used!

UPDATE: 22 Mar 1652 GMT:

428 signed up. I wonder… is Facebook here to stay?

UPDATE: 24 Mar 1502 GMT:

I have learned about the “Subscription” feature.  Look on the left side bar of the FB page and you will find it.  Please use it!

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  1. Are you sure you’re creating a Facebook page? It looks like you’ve got a Facebook profile there.

    You posted about how to have your blog update straight to Facebook. Check out the Wordbooker plugin for WordPress (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordbooker/).

    [I honestly don’t have a clue what this or that Facebook things. There is also this.]

  2. Mary Jane says:

    I deleted my account a long time ago…best_decision_ever. I abhor Facebook.

    I understand that not everyone feels the same way…so I’m not advocating deleting FB accounts or anything. Just venting a bit. :) Glad you’re able to get those Facebook details worked out, Fr.

  3. acardnal says:

    I, too, deleted my Facebook account. Facebook, like Google, do not respect one’s privacy.

  4. acardnal says:

    sic “does not respect one’s privacy.” Sorry English teachers.

  5. Fr: Thanks for posting this on your blog. I came out to see if that new FB page was really YOU! There are imposters around. There is an imposter Cathy of Alex on FB – Catherine Alexander, rather than Alexandria. Accept no substitutes! :-)

  6. Faith says:

    I love FB. I am closer to my relatives across the country. I can catch up on what they’re doing just by looking at their wall and pictures. I’ve found old high school friends. And the best reason yet–a friend found the son she gave up for adoption, 28 years ago!!!! She was only 14 when she got pregnant and her parents made her give up the baby. When the boy was old enough he contacted the adoption agency. They wouldn’t tell him anything until they got permission from the birth mother. The agency was searching for her and found her on FB.
    Deo Gratias.

  7. I tested Facebook for a period of time, and closed the account. I reluctantly started to use G+… but in recent months I have found it to be a useful tool for networking with fellow Catholics.

  8. Stvsmith2009 says:

    I have my FB page, and then a FB fan Page for my blogs. I use Networked Blogs on Facebook to share posts to my fan page, and then I also use dlvr.it to share my blog posts, and worthwhile blogs that I follow to both my FB wall, and to twitter. That (dlvr.it) is how I tweet all your blog posts to twitter Father Z, as well as to my FB wall.

  9. JayDeee says:

    I think Hootsuite works well (web version and iPhone version) to post your selected tweets to your FB page. (You may or may not want to post every tweet – e.g., your Klout ones).

  10. pfreddys says:

    Fr. Z if the other kind of facebook page was the timeline, they are unfortunately going to soon force everyone into that. The timeline makes me dizzy.

  11. Laura98 says:

    I’ve “subscribed” to you Fr. Z, (Not really sure what the difference is…???) . I do have privacy concerns with Facebook, like others here have mentioned. On the other hand I either personally know or have corresponded with everyone on my friends list – therefore it is rather small. LOL I do enjoy keeping up with my far-flung family, and old friends as well.

  12. Christo et Ecclesiae says:


    Now that you’ve gone the “profile” route again as opposed to the page, might I suggest you only befriend people you know personally and allow all others (your blog readers) to simply “subscribe” to you?

  13. Angie Mcs says:

    I have a very small Facebook account, not many friends. I dont care for Timeline and dont feel that the page is a place where i can express some of my religious feelings. Last year I cut it down quite a bit to people I really would like to keep in touch with. I also use it to see friends and family photos, but I find myself becoming less and less interested. I don’t tweet either, don’t even know how and am not very Internet savvy! But I would like to find a place where I could become friends with CAtholics, so that I can express/hear viewpoints, discuss serious and lighter issues or just share friendship with people to whom I feel closer in faith. This blog is quite wonderful, of course, but it is not really a social network. Can anyone give me some advice or direct me to a page where people are generally polite, keep a civil tone and are respectful, despite any differences in opinion? Thank you so much!

  14. Tina in Ashburn says:

    Father Z, Unsure if you are interested, and you may have tried already, in your Facebook Account Settings, you might consider putting “FatherJohn” or some version like that as your first name, since apparently a simple title isn’t allowed for anyone. There’s a changeable entry field for as many names as you want to string out.

    There are many commenters here I’d be happy to ‘friend’ on FB, as I have done already, but not sure how to go about that as many of us here comment using a moniker. I treasure the friends I have made through this blog and on Facebook, Catholics and fellow z-fans.

  15. Random Walk says:

    Fr. Z:

    An idea (instead of accepting 10 zillion friend requests…):

    Your Facebook profile has a subscribe feature; having everyone use it (and restricting friend requests to actual friends) may make it easier for you than managing a massive rush of inbound friend update feeds. :)

  16. Sissy says:

    Angie Mcs, Catholic Answers has a wide variety of fora to choose from. I, too, would be interested in other ideas for places to discuss Catholic issues. I gave up FB for Lent last year and never went back. It was a huge relief.

  17. APX says:

    What seems to be working for my clergy friends is *religious title* *hyphen* *name*. Facebook hasn’t forbid that…yet.

  18. Martial Artist says:

    It is thoroughly unclear to me how to use the “Subscription” feature on the left hand side of the page. When I click it, it doesn’t offer me the choice of subscribing, it just shows me a list (with photo) of those to whom Father Z is subscribed. Likewise, the “subscribers” link immediately below the “Subscription” link, simply displays a list in the middle of the page (with photos) of those who are subscribed to Father Zuhlsdorf’s new page. Apparently, the developers of FB believe that their user controls are completely intuitively obvious to users,* so much so that the user does not even have to be shown a button that says “Subscribe” or “Subscribe to John Zuhlsdorf” or “Subscribe to this FB page,” in order know how to subscribe using a non-existent or invisible link or button.

    I would love to subscribe, but would be much happier if the people who designed the FB software actually understood how to build a highly intuitive interface.

    Pax et bonum,
    Keith Töpfer
    *—I say that as a software interface designer with not a little success at designing highly intuitive interfaces, albeit database apps rather than web (so-called) “apps.”

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