Dean Owen

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Enhance your beBee Experience

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I am not a social media guru. I am however an old hand at beBee having made beBee my primary platform about a year ago. What I noticed, and this is true of many websites, is that keeping beBee an engaging venue for me does require constant attention.


Creating a relevant feed – There are two components to maintaining a relevant feed. The first and obvious one is to fashion a feed full of content that is appealing to you. The second one is not so obvious, but very important, and that is to adjust the speed of your feed. It seems counter intuitive, but I suspect my feed is much slower than anyone new to beBee. I have slowed my feed down to a point where I can scroll down my feed in the morning and catch up to the point I finished at the previous day, and it takes me no longer than a few minutes. This allows me to catch up with people blogs I don’t like to miss without having to actually visit their blogs individually.

Creating a relevant feed that runs at an appropriate speed is actually much easier to do on beBee than Twitter for example, but it does require action, and here is how I do it.

Every time I scroll down my feed I use the “Hide buzz”, “Mute hive” and “Mute user” features that are made available to me. I don’t let an irrelevant buzz go by without hitting either of these buttons. Sounds time consuming but it isn’t. All it requires is two clicks for each of these actions. It actually saves time as the next time you scroll down your feed, all those posts will be gone. I can’t speak Russian. So anytime I see a post in Russian, I’ll use one of these two features. beBee are working on translation tools, but for now I’ll do without Russian posts.

I have literally “Muted” hundreds of Hives and I suggest you do too. I have no doubt that future beBee updates will include a “Manage Hive Preferences” function and even perhaps a “Select Language Preferences” function, but for now it’s a matter of clicking on the three grey dots top right on every post, and liberal use of filtering. “Big Data” is not really my thing. So if I see an article that is posted into the “Big Data” Hive, I’ll mute the Hive. Now the current version of beBee only offers the option to “Mute Hive” if it has been shared into that one single Hive by the user who shared the post. If it has been shared into more than one hive, then I have to make do with just “Hide buzz” or “Mute user”

What is important is to understand that you have the power to control the relevance and speed of your feed. With future upgrades this will be even easier.


Boosting engagement for your posts – In this section I will spend little time on how to build a following because the magic of beBee is that you don’t need a huge following to get engagement. As an example, I know of one user that at one stage had a following of over 100,000 on beBee (created by following over six million bees), but unfortunately his posts get very little engagement. beBee have since restricted the number of people you can follow although I am unaware of an official cap. The important thing with engagement is building a relevant audience.

If you are new to beBee here is a step-by-step guide.

Identify the Hives that focus on topics you are interested in. Click on the “Hives” button up top and use the filters.

Join the hives that you like by clicking on the hive, and clicking “+ Join”.

Click on “Bees” and you will get a list that by default is ranked according to activity, with the most active posters into the hive, at the top.

Follow the top 20 members of the hive. These are people who share the same interests as you. If in the coming days they follow you back, then feel free to send them a message.

If you do this for 10 Hives, you would have now followed 200 members who share your interests.

Hit relevant, share, and comment on posts you like that pop up in your feed. Engage with people who share your interests. Build your personal community. Build relationships.

When you are ready to post an article remember you can share the article in up to three hives. Now this is important – Do not share your article in three hives! If you are relatively new, share it into one hive only. When you share an article into a Hive, your article goes to the top of the feed of all your followers and any followers of that hive. I suspect it goes to the top of the feed of many others as well. But given that you may have followers in many different timezones, save your other two shares for later in the day/week. Remember, you can share into three hives maximum, but also note you can share any of your posts to just your followers numerous times. I suggest restraint in sharing to your followers numerous times as you don’t want to come off as spamming. But to be honest, there is not much need for this here on beBee if you build your community well.

Remember that you can also tag people within your producer post or in the comments by typing @username.

So there you have it. I hope this was of use to some of you. I cover a lot of topics but it is extremely rare that I write about social media. 

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Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #54

missing Dean Owen is now becoming vibrant! a bee who cares for fellow bees!

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #53

Before I go stand in the corner with my dunce hat on, just wanna say thanks Dean Owen - didn't know the half of it!

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #52

Good to see a Dean Owen buzz come back into circulation, but sure do miss the man himself and what he contributed while he was here at beBee.

Javier 🐝 CR

3 years ago #51

thanks Savvy Raj

Lada 🏡 Prkic

3 years ago #50

Creating relevant feed is a must for keeping users satisfaction high. I do all these steps Dean mentioned in this excellent article, and always clean my feed of irrelevant contents, which are much more numerous lately. In this way, scrolling down the feed is a pleasure, not a hassle. :)

Javier 🐝 CR

3 years ago #49

thanks Claire L Cardwell for sharing this !

Jim Murray

4 years ago #48

Good advice.

Randall Burns

4 years ago #47

Great insights Dean Owen for listing this link on his post

Wayne Yoshida

4 years ago #46

Great practical advice Dean! I like your suggestion of "rationing" the shares instead of doing all three at once.

Wayne Yoshida

4 years ago #45

Great practical advice - thanks Dean!

Claire L Cardwell

4 years ago #44

Great pointers Dean Owen San! Am sharing this one.... Have an awesome day!

Cyndi wilkins

4 years ago #43

Agreed...I do not tag very often either...Only if something I am writing was inspired by a particular someone will I "tag" them...and I will promote the piece of their work that served as my inspiration...writers courtesy;-) This is a very helpful piece Dean Owen...Thank you...(tag! you're it;-)

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #42

#53 Dean-chan it is 😊😊😊Thanks for giving me the story behind it. It's pretty interesting I would say to me it's more like a nick name we all have.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #41

it really is quite complex CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit, and it's usage can often be misinterpreted. Dean-kun can be derogatory and condescending, but can also be used as a sign of affection. Likewise Dean-sama can be used with sarcasm. Anyway, off topic here. Thanks,

Dean Owen

4 years ago #40

That,really depends. If with affection, Dean-chan would be nice ! 😉

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #39

& #42 An Interesting culture of personal respect and group dynamics. I looked this today to learn more about this here : Japanese Name Suffix I can see the depth to these protocols provide a quite complex web of relationships and this shows me I can learn quite a lot from Japanese sensibility - for it is very different to my modus operandi or at least this is not the way I was manufactured when I was processed through an education system which speaks of diversity but is far more a commercial uniformity.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #38

Whoa That is complex and pretty interesting too.I can't wait to visit there and have an experience of a lifetime. I shall wait to read the buzz on it soon. So what should I call you now :)

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #37

Understood, no more tagging or any kind of burdensome, ever.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #36

I don't often use tagging, usually only when I am promoting something or someone other my personal blog, but it needed to be in the article as it is a vital tool. I guess it is important to understand if the person you tag would be genuinely interested in your piece or if they think it is burdensome. I would hate to make someone feel somewhat obligated to read something I posted, and tagging does that.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #35

I use for the collage and import either into Canva or Designfeed for creation of the graphic. Thanks Lisa

Dean Owen

4 years ago #34

Much appreciate the comments and shares from all of you.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #33

much appreciated . I am in constant awe of your dedication to promoting beBee across numerous networks.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #32

The great thing about beBee is that you can tailor your feed and rely on your community, the beBee community to bring to light new users who will appear in your feed through their sharing. So I would go ahead and narrow the funnel if I were you. Ultimately you need to be enjoying a feed free what what you deem irrelevant. Thanks Deb \ud83d\udc1d Helfrich

Dean Owen

4 years ago #31

It's my part Japanese heritage \ud83d\udc1d Fatima Williams. I may write an article soon on the numerous suffixes that the Japanese add to the end of a name dependant upon age, profession, or standing in the community. Fatima-san would be used amongst people of equal standing, whereas Fatima-chan would be talking to a child, Fatima-sama an elder, Fatima-kun, Fatima-sensei etc. It is quite complex.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #30

Yep, the natural rhythm of beBee normally takes care of things with added help from a community of users who try to ensure new users get noticed. Thanks Chas.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #29

Thanks my friend. Bookmarking might be a useful tool indeed.

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #28

Thanks Dean Owen, nice tips. "Remember that you can also tag people within your producer post or in the comments by typing @username", seems to me like a very useful option, but obviously not always right.

Nice work Dean, I will use these tips!! Regards , Bill STANKIEWICZ

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #26

Love the graphics Dean Owen, header??? Canva or other? Great tips that even I benefit from. We can all learn from each other and I think you! Sharing.

Great tips, Dean Owen. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

Donald 🐝 Grandy PN

4 years ago #24

Great post Dean Owen very easy steps to improving engagement. Thanks for sharing your years of experience..

David B. Grinberg

4 years ago #23

Thank you, Dean, for this awesome advice which will -- no doubt -- further enhance an already satisfying user experience on this platform. This post is especially important for newBEEs (as you note) to understand how beBee works and to grow their networks. I've posted this in the "beBee Buzz!" group on LinkedIn and I'm sharing on three hives. Keep buzzing in 2017, my friend!

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #22

Dean Owen Did I miss something somewhere. What's with dean-san 🤔🤔🤔 May be a buzz where you got a new nick name 😎

Dean Owen

4 years ago #21

It's funny how a couple of hundred connections here can generate more engagement than someone of Twitter who has 50 thousand followers. As I see it, there is very little skill required to build huge followings. Thanks Sushmita.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #20

Thanks Gert. I sometimes wonder if it is feasible to have an actual accelerator, brake pedal to adjust the speed of our feeds.

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #19

Dean Owen Very good pointers and advice. The feeds are becoming exponentially faster - and this is a good thing indicating the increase in activity on beBee. However it does become more difficult to keep up with all the good posts. These are valuable tools you have given - thanks Dean.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #18

Ahh, if I was indeed clever, I'd understand what a derivative was after trading them for 20 years! Wouldn't it be refreshing to have kids on this platform! Not everyones cup of tea perhaps, but I would enjoy it, and that would be a great engine for growth. Perhaps if we market beBee as a safe zone from all the cyber hate, parents and school teachers might encourage kids to use beBee.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #17

There are only so many hours in a day unfortunately. The whole concept of beBee was founded upon reducing the clutter. I'm sure this piece will be dated following the next round of updates but for me at least, I can't do the endless scroll searching for my favs. It would be interesting to compare speeds of feeds. The Sting I hear is but a few weeks away!

Paul Walters

4 years ago #16

Dean Owen knows . Start em young I say!!! there are writers ready to burst out of their cocoons . Thanks for the great tips...appreciated as always I'll let you know how the lecture goes

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #15

Some great advice for newbees, Dean-san, and some good tips to remind us all to tidy up our feeds; something we should all probably spend more time doing. I do find it difficult, however, trying to maintain affinity with selected hives and ignoring other hives, as so many of my favourite bees (and potential favourite newbees) use a plethora of hives between them, and I just can't keep track and therefore hesitate to mute too many hives. The seemingly hyperbolic increase in size and speed of my feed is the most frustrating thing for me, as more and more bees come onboard. I really, really hope that the Sting (the long promised ability to be informed when selected bees have published) makes it out for general use soon and off the experimental blue print drawing board. The Sting would, for me, be the number one management tool, allowing me to better focus the many hours I spend trawling through posts on beBee and minimising the risk of missing those excellent posts from selected bees, like your good self, with whom I have real affinity and whose publishings I definitely don't want to miss.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #14

Much as we'd all like to be able to read more, time is a luxury we can't afford. I already spend about 3 hours a day dedicated to beBee on average and in order to have time to dedicate to reading and engaging in stuff I like, I need to be brutal and encourage others to do so too. Thanks Devesh.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #13

I worry for you Javier as you don't have the luxury to be able to use the Mute much as you want to see everything! Your feed must be extremely fast and it constantly surprises me to see you everywhere! That is true dedication.

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #12

Practical & informative tips from Dean Owen :-)

Javier 🐝 CR

4 years ago #10

Very very very useful explanation

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

4 years ago #9

I wasn't judging, I thought it to be a good habit worth emulating.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #8

My criteria for deeming what is or isn't relevant is a personal choice and it's not anyone's business to judge. In fact I follow the posts of users for a while before deciding whether or not I deem their musings relevant to me. And don't forget that Muting is not permanent. If someone I have muted writes an amazing article, no doubt one of my connections will share it and it will appear on my feed.

Javier 🐝 CR

4 years ago #7

Thanks a lot Dean Owen. We are working on improving A LOT your user experience.... next platform coming soon !

Dean Owen

4 years ago #6

I can imagine how fast your feed is. I can't control the hypersonic nature of my Twitter feed which is why I spend so little time there. I do hope people take advantage of the tools on offer. Thanks for reading Fatima.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #5

Much appreciate you stopping by.

Good advice thanks Dean Owen

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

4 years ago #3

Muting the irrelevant, so you do give them thought and perhaps a quick read? That's very kind of you.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #2

Thank you Dean Owen for an elaborate explanation on Creating a relevant feed. I sometimes get so many buzzes if I'm off for a few hours and hence I miss out on the ones I really would love to read. I need to work on creating a relevant feed .These steps are fantastic.

Dean Owen

4 years ago #1

Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee

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