Dear Readers Who Use Facebook (AKA, Dear All Readers),
Facebook highly encouraged all of us who have some kind of public following to switch from a Profile (aka, Timeline), to a Page. In fact, capping the friend limit at 5,000 made it virtually required.
So I migrated my Profile to a Page, and I’ve encouraged numerous other authors to do the same (Jay Bakker, Phyllis Tickle, Andrew Marin, Nadia Bolz-Weber). We lost all of our Facebook history — every update, comments, and image. But that’s no biggie, because now we can communicate with even more people.
But then Facebook did what it does: changed the rules in order to make more money. Now, if you’ve liked my page, there’s only about a one-in-five chance that you’ll see any of my posts. Look at what it shows me, as an admin, at the bottom of each post:
Why the notice? Because Facebook wants me to PAY CASH MONEY to get my posts to show up in the newsfeed of the users who’ve like the page. In other words, you’ve like the page, but Facebook is keeping the updates from you.
However, there is a way to fight back! Go to any Page that you’ve liked — say, for instance, Tony Jones or Nadia Bolz-Weber or Social Phonics — and hover your cursor over the Like button. A dropdown menu will appear, and you can select “Show In News Feed.” (see below for image) Then you’ll sure to see all the updates from the Pages you care about. And remember, for some of us, the Page is now the way that we’ve been forced to use Facebook — so it’s not arrogance that we’ve switched to a Page. It’s utilitarian.
Please feel free to leave all other Facebook gripes in the comment section below.