Everyone has that one friend on Facebook, the guy or gal whose feed is just a never-ending stream of statements and autobiographical comments. They never engage with anyone else, it’s always just about them.
Hopefully YOU aren’t that one friend! Facebook is a great place to vent and to say what’s on your mind, but if that’s all you’re doing you’re missing most of the fun. The real reason to be on Facebook is to engage with your friends. That means having a two-way conversation, not just a stream of consciousness all about you!
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If you’re looking to inspire some more engagement (and to attract more attention) on your Facebook posts, consider asking questions to get your friends and followers interested.
Questions are effective at getting people talking for three simple reasons: 1) people like to talk about themselves, 2) people like to share their opinions, and 3) people like to be part of a conversation. If you really want people getting active on your profile or page, you need to stop using Facebook as a soapbox and start using it as a forum for fun, silly, interesting, and even deep discussion. Try a few of the following questions out on your Facebook page.
Getting to Know You
Did I mention that people like talking about themselves? Humor them with some of these. Don’t forget to be engaged yourself. Respond to what they say and show your Facebook pals that you’re interested in them. The more you do this, the more people will want to respond to future questions.
- What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
- What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
- What is your favorite snack at a movie theater?
- What is the first thing you notice when you meet someone for the first time?
- What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
- Which TV family is most like your own?
Fill in the Blank
These are a lot like the getting to know you questions. However, the slightly different structure may inspire different results. Some people may be more compelled to answer a question if they are faced with a blank space to fill. You can turn any of the above questions into a fill in the blank question or try one of the following.
- My favorite board game of all time is ________.
- ________ is a movie that really inspires me.
- My favorite song to sing in the shower is ________.
- ________ is the cartoon character most like me.
Would You Rather?
For something a little sillier but no less engaging, try asking a “would you rather” question. For whatever reason, people love answering these questions, and the sillier or more ridiculous, the better. These ridiculous scenarios will definitely get people talking.
- Would you rather play a villain or a hero in a movie?
- Would you rather win a gold medal or an Academy award?
- Would you rather be completely bald or totally covered in hair?
- Would you rather get stung by a jellyfish or bitten by a spider?
- Would you rather go skydiving or deep sea diving?
- Would you rather go a month without washing your hair or without brushing your teeth?
- Would you rather have 100k Twitter followers or 100k Facebook followers?
“Would you rather” questions ask people to decide between some bizarre options, but asking people’s preferences on strange topics doesn’t have to be quite so involved. The following are some more straight-forward preference questions.
- Ninjas or pirates?
- Early bird or night owl?
- Superman or Captain America?
- Bert or Ernie?
Sometimes really getting to know people is about more than just asking how they like their coffee. Your Facebook friends’ answers to some hypothetical situations could be as revealing as they are entertaining.
- If you could eat anything you want without gaining any weight, what’s the first thing you’d eat?
- If you could personally witness any event in history, what would it be?
- If you could be any age for a month, what age would you choose?
- If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
- If you had to choose another name for yourself, what would you choose?
- If you had three wishes, what would they be?
What Was the Last?
These slightly interactive questions reveal quite a bit about people’s days or weeks. Not to mention the answers will come back with the occasional surprise.
- What was the last picture you took with your phone?
- What was the last lie you told?
- What was the last movie you saw in the theater?
- What was the last delivery meal you got?
Ask For Help
Possibly even more than talking about themselves, people love to tell others what they should do. Invite your Facebook friends to tell you what you should do.
- What should I make for our anniversary dinner?
- Which haircut do you like the most? [show pictures]
- What book should I read next?
- Which photo should be my next Christmas card? [show pictures]
These questions are a little trickier than some of those mentioned above. They risk falling into the trap of getting a lot of likes, but not as many comments. This is mostly because these questions are mostly rhetorical. However, for the right group of friends or fans, these questions could be just the ticket.
- When does it stop being partly sunny and start being partly cloudy?
- If we aren’t supposed to take candy from strangers, then why do we celebrate Halloween?
- What’s another word for synonym?
- What type of animal is Snuffleupagus?
- What happens when Batman gets bit by a vampire?
Hopefully, some of these questions have piqued your interest, and the interest of your Facebook friends. If not, take some of the categories and try creating a few of your own.