What The New Facebook Threaded Replies Means for Your Social Media Crisis Management

Set to roll out completely in July, but starting to make an appearance as we speak, are the Facebook threaded replies for fan pages.


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A cool concept in theory, being able to reply directly to individuals posting on posts can have many advantages. But what about the disadvantages? What about the risks and the absolute do NOTs that come along with this new feature?

If you’ve ever experienced, took part in or witnessed any kind of Facebook attack, the comments streaming from a comment or post can be overwhelming. Add the possibility of threads into each one of those individual comments and we could be talking about an overly overwhelming mess of havoc! This means that it’s going to be even more important and challenging for your community managers, social media monitors and crisis team to be on top of what’s going on on your Facebook page in a crisis, and respond within the briefest delay.

List of do NOTs when it comes to the new Facebook threaded replies in a crisis

That said, here are a 3 important do NOTs when it comes to using these new Facebook threads in your crisis communications:

  1. Do NOT copy/paste the same reply to each individual comment. Switch it up and sound human
  2. Do NOT forget to monitor the threads along with everything else you’re already monitoring
  3. Do NOT let the comments and threads take on a life of their own before you’ve even issued your response to the crisis situation

The new Facebook threads aren’t a game changer but they are a game challenger. It will make your crisis team’s job harder and messier in a crisis, but the rules and the end-goals remain the same: React and respond in real-time, be human, be sincere, be understanding, be timely and focus on building that relationship with each one of your fans.

It’s time, once again, for an update to your social media crisis plan!

As it is often, it’s time once again to update your social media crisis communications plan to incorporate this new Facebook fan page feature. Create procedures for responding when the threads take on a negative tone, in and out of a crisis.

Melissa Agnes is an international crisis management keynote speaker and consultant. President of the crisis management firm Agnes + Day, Melissa has developed a worldwide reputation for crisis management, planning and training by helping global brands and government agencies prevent and manage a wide range of issues and crises. She is also the editor of The Crisis Intelligence Blog and host of The Crisis Intelligence Podcast.

3 Comments. Leave new

One more option to consider?

Turn off threading.

It might be better in some circumstances to respond to several at once than to chase individual rabbits.


I definitely agree, Ike. It's good to respond individually when the issue or crisis isn't going viral and the comments and attacks are in the dozens, rather then the hundreds or thousands. At that point, comments get lost and it's always better to respond to the situation as a whole, in a place (i.e.: on the brand's timeline) where everyone will see the communications.

As for turing off threaded replies, that's for the brand to decide in advance, but it certainly is a possibility if they deem it appropriate and worthwhile.


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