I’m taking time away from my works-in-progress to write this public service announcement, mainly because I’m pissed as hell. I think both writers, and readers will agree with me.
I’ve suspected it for awhile, and observation has proven it, but now, it seems to have reached an all new level. I’m talking about Facebook’s practices, and though it sounds melodramatic, its greed. Here’s what I’m talking about. On PAGES, not personal profiles, but those pages that you can LIKE rather than FRIEND, Facebook likes to encourage the page owner to spend money to make sure the page’s posts are seen in their follower’s News Feeds. I’ve noticed that posts with a LINK in them get hidden from view unless I promote them and pay Facebook to show them in News Feeds, whereas status posts with no link don’t. Take a look at the two screenshots below and you will see a glaring example of this. The post where I shared the link to a blog which will lead outside of Facebook has 1 VIEW over an hour.
While I was there sharing the link shown above, I had also posted just a normal status update. As you can see below, the post where I just typed in a comment with no link has 168 VIEWS in the same amount of time that the post with the link received only 1 view.
Now I understand that FB wants to keep users on their site, and sending them to outside links doesn’t do that, but come on! 1 person vs 168 people is a huge difference. And the fact they are willing to show it to more people (see pic below) if I “Boost” the post with cold hard cash makes me feel like I should be wearing some sort of “protection” while dealing with FB, because it really feels like I’m getting screwed here, and not in a good way.
I apologize for the rant. I just wanted everyone to be aware and to understand when they see me get creative in my Page posts. Things like the below, where I try to trick FB by hiding the link in an all-text status update. Apparently it works. As you can see, this post has 119 view in 16 minutes. Amazing and infuriating all at the same time.