16 thoughts on “5 Things Comedians Need To Stop Doing On Facebook

  1. Tim Jenkins says:

    My suggestion is, don’t get on Facebook ad argue politics with your idiot friends. Everyone else can see that and you are just alienating your potential audience who might have come to see you before they formed an opinion of you based on your political outrage. It doesn’t matter how right you think you are.

  2. Because “every” and “time” are two seperate words and therefore – like “a lot” – should not be conjoined.
    But the hashtags thing has become more of a joke on facebook than an annoyance, so I thing re-posting is probably not THAT bad. The Event invites part is the most annoying thing to me, as a fan AND a comic.

  3. Jim Barger says:

    Ok so I do the TOP two things on this list of things “not to do”…lol…I can definitely see your point, I will select more carefully next time….but the tweet to Facebook sounds a little petty. The reason that is done a lot is probably more for the friends/fans you DON’T have on Twitter but DO have on Facebook and vice versa. That way your “message” gets out to everyone instead of logging out and back in somewhere just to type the same message. The only thing more annoying than SEEING the redundant messages TWICE in a row is DOING the redundant action TWICE in a row….everytime….off the subject, why is Google telling me “everytime” is spelled incorrectly? whatever, Nice article Josh, Thank yo as always!!!!

  4. Faith says:

    Use the “Selective Tweets” app, so you don’t have to include @replies, retweets, and such. People don’t want to see those outside of Twitter since out of context they usually don’t make sense and end up just cluttering a fan’s feed without providing anything relevant. With Selective Tweets you just include an #fb hashtag in funny and relevant tweets that you want to post to Facebook as well.

  5. I personally am guilty of the auto-tweet-to-facebook. I do it because I often have lapses in FB access during my tours, and I use twitter to get observations/news to my FB network during that time; I’m curious about how many of my people are on both (maybe I should ask).

    I have read that content should be shaped differently for the different social media (Chris Brogan, http://www.chrisbrogan.com, has a LOT of amazing things to say about marketing with social media, and online in general). You can promote the same event on both twitter and FB, but the message needs to be crafted and placed differently to take advantage of the features of each platform. I wish I had more specifics to share, but I’m still wrestling with that myself…

    Great article as always!

  6. Because “every” and “time” are two seperate words and therefore – like “a lot” – should not be conjoined.
    But the hashtags thing has become more of a joke on facebook than an annoyance, so I thing re-posting is probably not THAT bad. The Event invites part is the most annoying thing to me, as a fan AND a comic.

  7. Frying Pan says:

    I see more an more comics sending their tweets to autopost as Facebook profile status updates and it never occurred to me this might be a problem till reading this blog. I do however agree that it’s probably for the best that I can no longer autopost tweets to my comedy page-that really is supposed to be for “just the fans” and they can see it as lazy. But I don’t see anything wrong with auto tweeting to my profile page. In fact, at this point, if I were do tweet one and then log on to Facebook to copy paste the same thing, I’d feel very OCD about it and would likely get teased about it by anyone who was actually watching close enough to even notice.

  8. “If you’re a professional comedian you are a content creator.” I might add to that: “original.”
    Very good advice, helpful, gives me a lot to thunk about. You give ideas to use right away. Thanks for a terrific article.

  9. SMR says:

    I CAN’T STAND IT WHN CMEDNS USE ALL CAPS TO PRMOTE THERE SHW THATS BAD ENUF BUT THN IT USU. STANDS 2FOLLW THE SAME PPL KEEP ABBRVNG EWYTN TIL U CAN HRDLY UNDRSTND WHAT THEIR SAYIN AND ALSO DNT KNO HOW2 SPELL, PUNCTU8, OR USE THERE SPLLCHK FOR THE RIGHT USE OF THEIR, THERE, THEY’RE, YOUR, YOU’RE, ETC. When I see an event promoted like that, after I finish cringing, I automatically assume it’s going to be really dumbed-down humor and I’m not even interested in going to support them.

  10. It drives me nuts to see comedians on Facebook call themselves “Comedian Joe Smith” or “So n’ So Comic.” Granted most of these comedians are beginners or struggling, but you would never see a FB profile that said “Comedian Chris Rock” or “Louis CK Comic.” Stop telling me you’re a comedian, just prove it by being funny once in a while.

  11. A.K. says:

    I ever so slightly disagree with your second point. Auto posting helps my new fans get an idea as to what kind of humor I bring. I also use it to update when I might be appearing at a show unexpectedly or if I’m in the company of another comic they might know.

    Instead of posting meaningless updates, be very purposeful in what what you tweet.

  12. Derik Boik says:

    I am guilty of auto-posting my Twitter to my Facebook fan page but only recently. I have a regular Facebook profile and a separate comedy-oriented fan page. I used to text my status updates to my fan page but Facebook removed that feature for some reason. For a month, none of my statuses went through and I had no idea. Now, you can text to your profile but not your page. You can email a status with the status in the subject line but I am only able to post 40 characters in my subject line (at least from my phone’s Gmail app – which is what I use) and that’s worthless. So, I set up Twitter to auto-post and don’t feel good about it. I’m only really posting jokes and occasional (very seldom) show info. I don’t have a smart phone and I don’t always have access to a computer, what do I do? Is there a better option I haven’t thought of?

  13. I have heard of comics asking their comic friends to “please go re-tweet my tweet” via text message.

  14. Judy Vincent says:

    Stop inviting other comics to all your shows, unless it marks a major landmark in your career. I know some comics who only friend other comics on FB and don’t have ‘civilian’ friends, who, in reality, are going to be the ones with the time and the resources to attend their shows.

  15. Josh Rachlis says:

    Some people are thinking about moving from their Personal Profile to a Fan Page. I’ve been thinking of going the other way and shutting down my Fan Page and have everyone follow my Personal Profile so that I don’t have to keep posting things on both pages, and watering down the number of Likes and Comments by having it in two places. But maybe I’m a special case, because I make my personal life into my comedy, so there’s a bit overlap in my stuff. Jenna Marbles has a couple of million Likes on her Fan Page, but Dane Cook has 4 million Followers of his Personal Profile. So I guess either one can work. Does anyone have any thoughts on Fan Page vs Personal Profile? Does anyone know of comedians other than Dane Cook who make their Personal Profile their one Facebook outlet?

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