Facebook is Messing With Blogs . . . Again

Facebook is Messing With Blogs . . . Again
Although I dislike the changes Facebook is making to Fan Pages, we can get around them and I show you how.

You may have recently heard about some of the changes happening on Facebook. I know, I know. Changes on Facebook? I must be kidding. But it’s true. And this time, they’re screwing with fan pages and that means they’re screwing with your favorite blog – Little Merry Sunshine.

Here’s the short story: Facebook has changed its algorithm in give you more news you “want” in your Newsfeed.

On the surface, that sounds like a good thing. But I know you know the old saying about things seeming too good to be true. What they really mean by giving you what you “want” is that you’ll continue to see posts from friends you interact with (don’t ask me what that means because I don’t have the foggiest idea how they measure that and how much interaction is enough to warrant appearing in your newsfeed regularly). Again, this is a good thing.

But there’s a catch. They also mean you will see more promoted posts, which are posts that page owners pay for you to see. So, you’ve liked Little Merry Sunshine’s Facebook page because (shock!) you want to receive updates about what’s happening on the blog and interact with other LMS fans, but Facebook, in its infinite wisdom, has decided that unless I pay them for the privilege of pushing LMS’s content out to you (which again, you’ve said you want), Facebook will only allow a smidgen of you to see it.

And that sucks.

What can be done? I’m glad you asked. There are a few ways to get around this craziness happening on Facebook. I’ve ranked them in order of ease to connect and to stick it to Mark Zuckerberg.

  1. Sign up for Little Merry Sunshine emails. You’ll receive an email each time I post on the blog. I promise that I’ll never spam you, I won’t give out or sell your email address, and you can opt out at any time.
  2. Follow me on Twitter.  I always tweet when I post, so you’ll get notified then. Added bonus: We can tweet back and forth. Added bonus #2: You’ll get to see pics of Sammy and Zoey, my kittens, and some pics of awesome meals I cook or have in restaurants. Because you never see those things on Twitter. If you like Sammy and Zoey, you can also follow their meows (they don’t tweet, they meow).
  3. Like Little Merry Sunshine’s Facebook Page AND Choose to “Follow” the Page. I recommend this over Option 4 below because it’s not so intrusive in your Facebook world and possibly disappointing as Option 4.
    1. Visit the Little Merry Sunshine Facebook Page.
    2. If you haven’t done so (and why haven’t you?), “Like” the page.
    3. Click the button to the right of the “Like” button and make sure it says “Following” not “Follow.” If it doesn’t, click “Follow” and it will change to “Following.”
  4. Like Little Merry Sunshine’s Facebook Page AND Choose “Get Notifications.” Downside: Each time I post, you’ll receive a little red dot in the upper corner of on your Facebook page letting you know that I’ve posted something sometimes funny and always brilliant, but you’ll probably think someone comment on your brilliant post and you’ll be slightly disappointed that it’s me, not you. If you’re cool with this, then please choose this option.
    1. Visit the Little Merry Sunshine Facebook Page
    2. If you haven’t done so already, click “Like.”
    3. Hover your mouse over the “Liked” button that is checked just below the LMS cover photo. You’ll see a drop down menu.
    4. In the drop down menu, click “Get Notifications.”

Yes, this all sounds complicated and for that I’m incredibly sorry. I promise it’s not very complicated though and once you choose to be connected in one of the ways above, you shouldn’t have to go through this again. Well, until Facebook makes more changes next week. KIDDING. I know nothing of further planned changes. Heck, I knew nothing about these changes. And that’s what makes this whole cat and mouse game so exciting.

You have no idea how much it means to me that you read Little Merry Sunshine and how much I wish we didn’t have to all go through this stuff. Sure, this is absolutely a First World Problem and I know there are far bigger problems in the world, but I still feel bad that Facebook is making it difficult to stay connected.

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