Friday, February 25, 2011

Facebook Friday - are you invisible?

Someone over at the Etsybloggers team mentioned last week that the Facebook admin changed their settings again, but I wasn't understanding what she was talking about.  Then enchantedbeads mentioned it again, over at the Handmade Harbor team page.  I was interested in this, so I surfed over to Facebook to find out what’s going on.  Here's what Abby Smith, the creator of You Are Invisible!!! , is telling us:


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!!
This means if a friend or family member has been away from their Facebook page for a couple of weeks or doesn’t comment on your entry, they will disappear from view.  This might be beneficial to some, if you feel overwhelmed by entries on your News Feed.  But remember, at the same time this is happening, you are becoming invisible on their pages too.  (just a note: Facebook is deciding for you what’s your “Top News,” so it’s a good idea to toggle over to “Most Recent” when you get to your page) 


 
If you want to change your default back to the "original" setting from a month ago, go to your homepage.  Click on "Most Recent."  There's a drop down arrow right there.  Click on it, then click on "Edit Options."  You are currently set as "Friends and Pages You Interact With Most."  Change and Save this to "All Of Your Friends and Pages."

Here's a quick view:
News Feed/Most Recent/Edit Options/Show Posts From/All Of Your Friends and Pages

And while you’re on Facebook, you might want to make sure your friends and fans can comment on your posts.  You’ll be surprised how much you might be missing!  To change this setting in your personal pages, go to Edit My Profile, at the left side, under your name.  There’s a little sentence on the left that says “Visit your privacy settings to control who can see the information on your profile.”  It brings you to "Choose Your Privacy Settings".  Go to “Customize settings” in the middle of the page, next to the little pencil.   Under the “Things others share” is “Can comment on posts.”  Change “Friends” to “Everyone.”


Another quick view is : 
  Edit My Profile>Privacy Settings >Customize Settings>Can Comment On Posts >Everyone
 


 Now, I’m getting conflicting messages about what’s happening to our business pages.  Abby (from You Are Invisible!!!) says you don‘t have to worry because business pages don't have a newsfeed! But if  you want you fans to be able to comment, you might want to check that out.  It’s very simple.  Go to your business page, and click on “Edit Page.”  Then look and see what the “Posting Ability” is.  You should be allowing  “Users Can Write or Post On Content On The Wall.”  I have all three boxes checked in this area.

Hope that wasn’t too confusing.  

7 comments:

Erika said...

Thank you for posting this information. I saw this earlier and I have to admit I was frustrated. What is the point of having a business page if people can't see it?!!

Mama Z said...

Thanks for posting this! I'm currently trying to get my business page to take off and it's good to know it's not going to be blocked from the news feed!

BeadedTail said...

Thanks for the info Deb! I'll check it out to make sure my settings are all correct.

JacBer said...

That's brilliant info - thanks :-)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Thanks for this info. I have a hard time keeping up with all their changes over there!!!

ReRe said...

I am with Edi! Closed my personal page, and never could figure out to have a business page.

cindy said...

Ok. Deb, I'm slow to learn this computer stuff, but I'm going back over your FB posts and trying things, thank you!

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