Thursday, 3 April 2014

Do you Like us on Facebook?

This is about Facebook.  You have been warned...

a wall of wool to make all this Facebook chat easier...

A while ago I noticed I didn't actually see any status updates from The Woolly Brew in my own personal newsfeed.

I obviously not only Like the page, but I also write status updates, post links and I'm a page admin!  Yet it didn't show up in my newsfeed.

After a bit of digging I discovered that because I was not interacting with the page as me, an individual, Facebook had decided that it wasn't important to me and thus it didn't show me when new things were added.  This is true for status updates (e.g. "Knitting group tonight!"), links (e.g. to this website or others) or photos (like those in our Gallery album).

If my friends interacted with these items - perhaps liked, commented or shared, then it seemed to be deemed more popular and it would pop up in my newsfeed.


I started liking and sharing status updates and links - which perhaps seemed a little narcissistic but it had to be done and it did help..

But if it was happening to me, then it could be happening to many of our other Facebook fans - who may only see a handful of our Facebook activities...

In the past weeks we've shared a photo sent by Karen Haggis on her trip to Peru.  We asked if you could donate some knitting needles for a project she is supporting there.  We also posted a link to a fantastic article by Yarn Harlot on blocking.  And another article on the affect different types of needles can have on your knitting.  Not to mention sharing our congratulations to the local and multiple award winning Ardross Farm Shop and details of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival.


If you use Facebook and want to make sure that you see what we share there, then please consider doing this... Switching on Notifications...

on our page click the drop down arrow at Liked
select Get Notifications by clicking on it
Notifications are now on!

this will pop up to notify you when something new has been added.

Clicking the little globe, opens up your list of notifications...  

So now you will know when we post something new to our Facebook page...  rather than waiting for it to appear in your newsfeed.

If you like what you see then please Like it, comment on it or indeed share it with your own Friends & Family.  That is the really important bit.  It lets us know what you like to see and it makes Facebook think we're interesting!

Obviously this works with other Pages.  Please consider doing this for the other small business pages you Like on Facebook.  That way you are not missing out on their news as everyone's newsfeeds fill up with sponsored, paid for adverts.

But don't worry!  Facebook is not our only way of keeping you up to date with all our news.  We are (occasionally) on Twitter, very active on Pinterest, we have a group on Ravelry  and we send out a (mostly) monthly newsletter.  You can also check our website or indeed add our website feed to your favourite blog reader*... (which could be a whole other article...).

And of course you can always pop into the shop!

*if you're interested, I use Feedly.

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