By Anne Felicitas | MAY 8, 2019
Fruit bouquets, pastel Hallmark cards, and reservations to local brunch cafes are ideas that come to mind when preparing for Mother’s Day celebrations. What many don’t consider are ways to celebrate mom on Facebook.
Sure, some people may turn their noses up at the idea, dismissing it as cheap and lackadaisical, but those of us who live long distances from our parents have limited options. A phone call now seems overdone, and with the special day bounding around the corner, sending a card or a package through the United States Postal Service seems risky.
Celebrating moms on Facebook is a common practice, contrary to what many may believe. In fact, Mother’s Day greetings and conversations on Facebook and Messenger were so popular that last year Facebook rolled out Mother’s Day features that helped users celebrate their moms. If you’re limited in time and options, celebrating your mom on Facebook may be a good idea.
1. Send a “Happy Mother’s Day” Facebook Card
Last year, Facebook released a host of special features that allowed users to send their moms digital Mother’s Day cards. These cards were accessible from News Feed, on top of which perched a message encouraging users to “celebrate someone special on Mother’s day.” Once users clicked the message, a selection of special cards and photo frames, which they could post to their Timelines or their mom’s Timelines, appeared. Facebook will likely enable the Mother’s Day cards again this year, so keep an eye out for it on your News Feed.
2. Send Mother’s Day Images
Facebook isn’t the only one with Mother’s Day cards for use. Numerous Mother’s Day images exist online. In fact, there are several Facebook groups dedicated to producing these graphics. The Facebook group Happy Mothers Day Images has 336 Mother’s Day photos. Another, called Happy Mothers Day Pics, has 320 images.
If you decide to choose this option, make sure to abide by copyright laws, as the images from those Facebook groups belong to someone else. A written request for permission is recommended because it can serve as evidence in court if the original owner takes legal action against you. When asking for permission, make sure to discuss whether payment or attribution is required.
3. Create Mother’s Day Cards in Canva
If navigating through the complexities of copyright law is difficult for you, you can opt for a safer alternative: creating your own Mother’s Day cards. You don’t need graphic design experience to do so. Canva, a drag-and-drop graphic design website, contains plenty of Mother’s Day templates for use. You can drag, drop, and delete images and text to customize your card for your mom. You can even download these cards for both print and digital, giving you the option to upload the PNG or JPEG version to Facebook. When choosing a template, make sure the one you want to use is labeled as “free,” which you will find on the bottom-right corner of the template.
4. Share Your Appreciation on Facebook Live
If you want a bolder way of proclaiming your love for your mom on Facebook, broadcasting a live video is a good option. When you go live, all of your Facebook friends will be notified, increasing your exposure. Once you finish your broadcast, the video will save to your Timeline and appear on News Feed, so your friends who missed it can watch.
For your live video, consider delivering a moving speech, for example, stating several instances in which your mom has supported you throughout your life. If you want to entertain and delight your viewers, you can also improvise with a song and dance performance if you’re brave enough.
5. Send a Special Message through Facebook Stories
Of course, singing and dancing for all to see may not be your cup of tea. For a more intimate celebration, you can send your mom a message through Facebook Stories instead. Make sure to deliver your message to her directly rather than posting it to your Stories. If you post your message to Stories, all of your Facebook friends will see the video. To give your message a little more personality, use Facebook’s filters, stickers, and text overlays.
6. Post a Video to Her Timeline
Facebook Stories and live videos are so in the moment, you don’t have the chance to edit your videos to perfection. If you want to create a video that’s a little more staged, you can instead post a video to her Timeline. First, you must record your video using your phone camera. After editing the video, you can then upload it to her Timeline, which her friends and your friends can see.
7. Create a Mother’s Day Album
Creating a Mother’s Day album on Facebook is simple. From your News Feed, write a post then include several images of you and your mom to your draft. (You can simultaneously upload several images by clicking “control” and the images you want to upload.) Once you’ve perfected your message and included all the images you want in the album, tag your mom in the “with” section of the post. The post will appear on your Timeline, your mom’s Timeline, and on both of your friends’ News Feeds.
Mother’s Day is bounding around the corner. With limited time and options, you can skip the traditional methods of celebrating mom and honor her on Facebook instead. Go ahead and send her a special message. She’ll appreciate it.
Written by Anne Felicitas, writer and editor at AdvertiseMint.