Friday, February 11, 2011

Missing news from friends on Facebook?

A Facebook post by Kellie Mairs:

Have you noticed that you are only seeing updates in your newsfeed from the same people lately? Have you also noticed that when you post things like status messages, photos and links, the same circle of people are commenting and every……one else seems to be ignoring you?

Don’t worry, everyone still loves you and nobody has intentionally blocked you. The problem is that a large chunk of your friend/fan list can’t see anything you post and here’s why:

The “New Facebook” has a newsfeed setting that by default is automatically set to show ONLY posts from people who you’ve recently interacted with or interacted the most with (which would be limited to the couple of weeks just before people started switching to the new profile). So in other words, for both business and personal pages, unless your friends/fans commented on one of your posts within those few weeks or vice versa – you are now invisible to them and they are invisible to you!!

HERE’S THE FIX: Scroll down to the bottom of the newsfeed on the homepage and click on “Edit Options”, click on “Show Posts From” and change the setting to “All Of Your Friends and Pages”

Simply posting an update about it won’t do any good because lots of your friends/fans already can’t see your posts by default. You’ll either have to send out a message to everyone on your list (which I’m not even sure business pages can do and is a rather tedious method) or post an event explaining the situation like this one and invite your entire fan base and/or friend list. You can also tweet about it hoping that most of your fellow facebookers are also on Twitter.

Shame on Facebook for altering the default setting and not telling people about it!


Nancy said...

As a marketing specialist how often do I find a company talking to the choir - sending out email blasts, newsletters, etc. to the same people - their existing customers - over and over - with little effort given to recruiting others and bringing new people into the business or group. FB should know better - we not only want to keep our friends - we want to cultivate new ones....that's why we all get our friends #s up so high. Thanks for sharing! Hey, everyone - make a NEW friend today!

Anonymous said...

Man I thought I was the only one... and yet everyone else here LIKES it on the 'most interact' way! Can't see the value of adding people then not wanting to see them?

Anonymous said...

What is facebook?

Susannah said...

This was helpful, thanks. I am anything but a Luddite, but sometimes I fail to see the benefit in "improving" stuff that ain't broke. Take the 2007 version of Word, for example - sheesh!