When it comes to modern-day living, I think I’ve got it down. I listen to satellite radio in my car, practically cradle my iPhone in my sleep, and panic when people ask that ridiculous question about what “one thing would you take to a desert island?” But, for some reason, it took me longer than most people to jump on the Facebook bandwagon.
You can reconnect with your childhood friends, they told me. What? My childhood friends? The people who probably still look fabulous and have gone on to solve world hunger? Why on earth would I reconnect with them? OK, then. What about your family? You can keep up with your family. Since when do you need a Facebook thingy to know what your family is doing? The people sighed. OK, you work. Maybe you can at least pretend you care about those people.
I couldn’t come up with any further objections and I had held out long enough; I signed up for Facebook.
My work people became my “friends” and I saw their babies and their dogs. My daughter became my “friend” and I discovered the joy of cyber guilting her when I found out via Facebook that she got a tattoo. I bit the bullet and looked for an old childhood friend. She DID look fabulous, but I didn’t mind so much because it was so wonderful to reconnect with her after all these years. Before long, I was hooked.
There are a quadrillion — OK, about 864 million — daily users of Facebook. Some, like me when I started, are just staying in touch with friends and family. But I am also now part of several special interest groups, follow my favorite local businesses, and frequently get my best gift ideas from the advertising leads I see. It’s just embarrassing to see how many ads come up for shoes!
I changed my original Facebook URL to make it easier to tell people how to find me (there are more Nancy Kings out there than the world can handle), but I still end up spending too much time explaining how to find me. Why not just give them a custom domain name for my Facebook account instead? Done.
Connect a custom domain to your Facebook page
Recently I remembered I have an unused domain in my GoDaddy account and, since there’s now an easy way to point domains to Facebook, why not use it? It seems appropriate enough for this native Canadian: nancyking.ca. I put that domain to use by pointing it to my personal Facebook page — and it was a snap to do. Check it out:
1. Log in to your GoDaddy Account and click Visit My Account.
2. Click Launch next to Domains.
3. Click Use My Domain on the domain you want to connect to your Facebook page.
4. Click Connect to an Existing Site.
5. Select the Facebook option under the Social Sites section.
6. Type in your Facebook URL, which can be found in the General Account Settings on your Facebook page. Click Next.
7. Click Finish after verifying the information.
Now about that desert island … what one thing would I take? As much as I like all my gadgets, I guess I’m sentimental — I’d take my husband. I’m sure he’d bring along his computer.
Also published on Medium.