I decided to hold a contest for Valentines’ Day, and give away a Custom Facebook Page to the person who “gives me the best pitch” on Facebook.  I did a cool (top right) graphic touting the giveaway, and added Facebook’s Comments Code to the FBML Page I made called Valentines.

The theory here is that people will post comments to win the custom page and have it made for their wife or girlfriend, or husband, or boyfriend, or whomever!! And the comments will feed to their stream and ‘virally’ carry me throughout the Facebook Nation.  In truth, the Facebook comments command is hinky now that they have added the checkbox to approve having the comments go viral.  Sometimes they hit the stream, sometimes they don’t.  And if they do, there is a huge time lag, it isn’t even in the same solar system as the comments we post on walls.

Nevertheless, I’m in the spirit, so since my comments weren’t working the way the Facebook gods say they should, I had to find another way to promote my contest, or I won’t get to build a kick-ass custom page and give it away for free to someone for their Valentines Day Facebook Page.

Enter Profile Banner App

I go to warrior forums at least once a day to see what is going on, what is new, and if I can add to the conversation at all.  Today the first thing I saw was a YouTube video from a smart lady, Letty Washington, describing a banner that you can install across your profile – the place that usually displays five of your latest photos.  I’m sure you’ve seen the cool things people have done with those spaces.  I decided it was the perfect place for more attention to my contest.

You can choose one of theirs banners, or . . . design your own banner.  485 x 68, upload and you’re in business.

Use the Profile Banner Application

You allow them access to your page, upload your file, or use one of theirs, and hit install.  That’s it.

After I installed it, this is what my facebook profile looks like.  Oh, Yeah.

It is probably sinful how proud I am of that little trick.

Use it! Whether you want to promote your brand, or affix permanent photos to your profile. It is a great control.

In Facebook Nation it is hard to stand out of the crowd (something I’ve done all my life here in real life) and I despise conformity being forced on me just because Zuckerman is color blind and can only see blue and shades of gray. (I understand that he doesn’t want this to look like MySpace. Who would??) Just sayin’.

Other posts that smack of the same Facebook heresy:

  • Your Social Connection
  • Facebook People