Two interesting things about Facebook has come to my attention: Facebook hates busy bloggers and keeps trying to hide us from our fans.
It’s nothing person, but it’s what appears to be happening. Less than half of my fans are seeing my fan page updates and posts.
That’s right – less than half.
Now, I realize some of them may choose to hide my page for whatever reason. That I’m ok with – if they choose to do so. But I don’t much care for Facebook deciding to do it for them. Thanks to a couple other bloggers, we can do our best to let our readers and fans know so those who want to be kept up-to-date won’t miss so much!
Problem #1: Recent Facebook updates defaulted feeds to only showing information from friends/pages you interact with recently or the most. (Thank you to Samantha at Have Sippy Will Travel for posting about this)
Why this is a problem: I don’t always take action on my feed, but I like to browse it. I’ve only been seeing updates from a small group of friends and pages lately.
What this really means for you: No one is seeing your updates unless they recently visited your page, commented or liked OR they frequent your page.
What you can do about it: Change your feed settings!
- Go to your “home profile”
- Click the “Most Recent” title on the right of the newsfeed
- Click on the drop down arrow beside it and click on “Edit Options”
- Click on “Show Posts From” and change it to “All Of Your Friends and Pages”
I changed this on mine this morning and – whoa – so much more was available for me to see! Even if you decide to hide some pages after this, that’s fine. But right now you are missing out on a lot of stuff!
Problem #2: Using feed aggregates or any form of auto feed posting to your Facebook page/profile gets low EdgeRank
(EdgeRank is Facebook’s system for deciding what feed items are “most popular” and thus seen more in people’s feeds). (Thank you for a fellow blogger directing me to this post over at Still Blonde After All These Years)
Why this is a problem: Only 1 post from Networked Blogs or RSS Graffiti will show in the feed while the rest are lumped together where it says “see 35 more posts from Networked Blogs.” Your stuff is getting buried. The best way for it to be seen is to manually post it yourself.
What this really means for you: Either you risk your audience missing your auto posts or you type them all in yourself.
What you can do about it: You can do 1 of 3 things…
- Forget you read this and keep using a 3rd party program to post your feed automatically (this means ANY program that posts for you on Facebook whether it’s your blog posts, twitter statuses, etc).
- Stop using any program and post everything yourself on Facebook.
- Do a combination of the first two.
Personally, I’m opting for #3. If I stop auto posting altogether – that’s a lot to enter all on my own. and what if I’m not around when a post goes live? I schedule a lot of my posts ahead of time. And who wants me to spam their feed as I manually post five new things all at once?!
This way, my posts will still go on my page and I’ll manually post the ones I want to highlight – but after they’ve been auto posted for at least a few hours.
What do you think about these changes? Will this alter how you interact on Facebook?