February 12, 2011

February 12, 2011
Facebook Changes

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and I hope you had a safe and great week. This is another busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me. So look for us if you are at events in Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale this weekend.

It seems like almost everyone has a Facebook account these days. Even those who do not have an account of Facebook know about the online social network. 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?

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

The “New Facebook” has a newsfeed setting that by default is automatically set to show ONLY posts from people who you have 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 IS 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” Note: This is the fix for personal pages but I am unsure of whether or not the business pages are set up the same way.

Simply posting an update about it will not do any good because lots of your friends/fans already can not see your posts by default. You will either have to send out a message to everyone on your list (which I am 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 and business pages about it! Just think about how many companies posted Christmas sales and discounts without having any idea that their customers could not see the update.

So now you can find out what is going on with all of your friends if you choose and know the rest of the story. Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab