How to Create a Facebook Event
Many people create Facebook Events. I was discussing these events as one way to market books when someone commented that they didn't know how to create one. One person asked if I could explain how to create such events. It has taken a long time coming, but here it is.
Why You Would Want To
Many people use Facebook to organize events. It is a meeting place for so many people. That means it is a great place to get people together for events. That can be anything from fundraisers to birthday parties. Because of that, it can be for business or pleasure. So that means anyone would be interested in hosting an online event on Facebook.
That being said, you might be wanting to have an event for a family gathering, birthday party, church celebration, or a co-worker reunion. Read on to find out how to do it.
Types of Events
There are many kinds of events that occur on Facebook. It could be family birthday party or a company holiday party. It could be a fundraiser or a family reunion. Maybe it is a girls' night out. It seriously can be anything.
These events involve multiple people. If it is just you and one other person, you have no need to set up an event. A Facebook is an event that allows multiple people to interaction and share information in one location. Information, pictures, directions, and more can be shared in one location with everyone at once.
Creation of Event
The first step is to go to Facebook's main wall. This is your newsfeed where you can see all your friends' activities. Look to the left of your screen. You'll see Events. That is what you should click on.
A list of any upcoming events will appear. On the left, you should see a blue box that says "Create Event". You are then prompted to say whether or not this is a public event or a private one.
Public events are for anyone to join or see. These are for charity events, carnivals, etc. Private events are your birthday parties, graduation parties, etc.
Next, you are asked to give the basics of the event. Start off by choosing who the host is. It could be a page you run, a group you manage, or yourself. Then you upload a picture to represent the event. If it is your birthday party, put a picture of a cake or of yourself. Give the event a name and a location. That location can be near you, far away, or online. You are then given the option to change the frequency of the event. Will this happen every Tuesday or just once? The default is set to be just once, so be careful if you are planning something more often. Then you pick the date and times.
From there, you can create messages for people. Once you create the event, you can invite people.
Who to Invite
Who do you plan to invite to the event? Only family, some friends, anyone? Know who you want to invite.
On Facebook, you can pull up all your friends. Choose those you want to invite. You can do a public one on your page, but specific people can be chosen from your friends' list.
Be careful when you do this. Facebook will only allow you to invite so many at once or else it will be considered spamming. Also, many of your friends will get upset about being invited to an event they had no interest in. Upset might be an understatement. Be very careful.
In your event, you can post things for those who are invited can see. Share pictures of the event. Share information. This is how you communicate changes and updates to everyone all at once. Give hints to games or prizes if it is an online event. Share the news.
Have fun with your posts, but also keep them pertinent. Those who have been invited will get upset if they are continually getting notices of new posts that they don't need to look at. (Yes, people get upset a lot)
Ending the Event
When the event is over, it typically ends with the date on the event's page. Keep in mind that even after an event is over, posts can be shared. If you don't want that to happen, delete the event. Otherwise, you can just let the calendar end it for you.
In ending an event, thank everyone. Give them a smile to leave the event with. Make them want to come again.