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Whenever I post new content to this blog, I post a link on my facebook fanpage so that everyone can be notified of it. Unfortunately, it appears that only a minority of the subscribers to the fanpage will actually be notified!

This came to my attention when I recently found this article and learned some important things about facebook:

Facebook Wants You To Pay to Promote Posts. Interested? – By Cynthia Boris

The upshot of this is that when I post new content and put it on the facebook fanpage to notify you of it, you may or may not even see it in your facebook newsfeed.


What’s going on?

Cynthia observes:

What does and doesn’t show up on a person’s Facebook feed is one of life’s great mysteries.
She then quotes the facebook information about promoted posts:
When you promote a post, it will be shown in the news feeds of more of the people who like your Page than you would reach normally. Friends of the people who have interacted with your post will also be more likely to see the story in their news feeds for up to 3 days from when the post was first created.
So it seems that, by some algorithm lost deep in the facebook black-box, my posts to the fanpage, to which you may already have chosen to subscribe, may or may not be displayed to you as facebook sees fit.
I can’t even be certain that “promoting” the posts will actually solve the problem. Facebook simply says that “more” of you will see it if I do that…

How do we resolve it?

If you want to be notified of new content, I’m afraid you will need to do one of two things. Fortunately both are very simple.

First, on the right-hand side of this web page and also at the bottom there is a spot where you can enter your email address and click “Subscribe”.

When you do this, you will be sent a confirmation email. After that, each time a new article is posted, you will receive a small excerpt in an email, with a link to allow you to read the full article. That is the only thing your email address is used for, and you can un-subscribe at any time.
Another way, if you like using RSS readers, is to subscribe to a feed. Do this using the feed buttons:

I don’t want you to miss out!

So if you like the content here, please take one of those options and enjoy updates every time new content is posted.
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