Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Helpful Facebook newsfeed hint

Recently, I noticed that I was no longer seeing posts from the pages I “Liked” on Facebook—and I “Liked” them TO see them! Here’s how to fix it.

First, go to the page you previously “Liked”. For this example, I’m using the campaign Facebook Page for Richard Hills (photo above), but this works for any Facebook Page for groups, people (including friends) or businesses. Next, click on the “Liked” tab (or, for a friend, on the “Friends” tab). On the pop-up that opens, click on “Get Notifications”, and that’s it—you will now see all posts in your newsfeed [Disclaimer: This has always worked for me so far; your mileage may vary].

This whole situation came about because Facebook changed the way it handles newsfeeds as part of its monetising of its services. As a result, the number of people who see posts from pages they’ve liked plummeted dramatically (and the complaints from page owners increased at least as fast). Page owners had to pay to get more people to see their posts, and many balked at that.

I don’t know that Facebook made this fix widely known (I found it by accident), but when I follow this procedure I see posts from pages I’ve “Liked” for the first time in ages. I honestly don’t have a problem with Facebook charging page owners for their pages to be widely seen, however, users should still be able to ensure they see what they want to see, and this workaround seems to do that. I’m fine with it.

This was helpful for me. Good luck!

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