How to add YouTube Videos to Facebook Landing Page

This post assumes that you’re already familiar with adding Facebook FBML pages, if not take a step back and have a look at Making the Most of your Facebook Fan Pages, which will show you how to add one to your fan page.

To tart up your Landing Page on Facebook you may want to add a video like I did, Introducing My Family, to make it more welcoming to new visitors.  For the most part it’s straight forward.  You’ll need to copy and paste the following code into your FBML page but you will need to replace the xxxxxxxxx with your youtube video id.


swfbgcolor=”000000″ imgstyle=”border-width:3px; border-color:white;”


imgsrc=’’ width=’340′ height=’270′ /></fb:swf>

For example

My youtube URL is

So, I replaced “xxxxxxxxxx” with “b7wSuWwQQps” in both places (without the quotes), resulting in:


swfbgcolor=”000000″ imgstyle=”border-width:3px; border-color:white;”

swfsrc=’ b7wSuWwQQps ‘

imgsrc=’ b7wSuWwQQps/2.jpg’ width=’340′ height=’270′ /></fb:swf>

However, you will notice that the starting image is badly distorted and there’s not much you can do about it unless you are familiar with Photobucket.  If so, upload the photo and then insert the image code.  This is what mine looked like.  I hope you can piece it together.


swfbgcolor=”000000″ imgstyle=”border-width:3px; border-color:white;”


imgsrc=’’ width=’340′ height=’270′ /></fb:swf>

Good luck!  If you get stuck please do ask and I’ll try to help.

Making the Most of Facebook Fanpages

After Reading Emily’s (@MTJAM) guest post over at Blogger.ed about Making the Most of Your Fanpage I set about trying to apply some of the suggestions and to say the least it wasn’t that easy.  Emily suggested, along with a load of other great ideas, to get a Vanity URL for your Fanpage and then to create a ‘Welcome Mat’.   So, I thought I’d summarize for you what I did in the end to save you a lot of headache.

I like many others was guilty of having a very un-dynamic Fanpage with minimal interaction.  I’d set it up to automatically import my blog posts using RSS Graffiti and then left it at that, only popping by every so often.  So, all I had in the end was a wall covered in blog posts, which wasn’t very welcoming to new visitors.

1.) How to change your Facebook Fanpage URL

Once you have 25 ‘likes’ on your page you can change your Fanpage’s URL to something more meaningful. I’ve changed mine to . Do give the name some thought as you can’t change it later.

2.) Creating a landing page with a welcome message

If you’re not familiar with writing HTML code like me, I find Google a godsend for helping with code.  If you want to know how to make text bold; just type in HTML for bold.  If you want to know how to make a Header search for Header HTML, then all you have to do is a bit of copying, pasting and inserting your own text.

After I managed to get a bit of text on my welcome page I got a bit carried away and decided to add a video ‘Introducing my Family’ to my Welcome Page.  In an effort to keep this post shortish, click here to see how I did it in the end.

Thanks again to Emily for all her suggestions, I’ve learned loads.

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How to Stop People from Tagging you in Photos on FB

This is a major pitfall of Facebook as there is no setting to automatically stop people from doing this. There is nothing like going out on the razz and then finding your face plastered (in all senses) all over FB for the world to see, including family, spouses and possibly future employers!

You can untag each photo individually but I have better things to do than go searching for them all. Plus, I don’t want to offend the person who tagged me in the first place.

The only solution I found was to limit who can see the tags to ‘just you’. Try this and let me know if it works and if you know a better way do let me know!