Less Mail From Facebook But More Status Updates
However, I do also like to know when someone has mentioned me on Facebook in good time – that’s why, although I have switched off notifications from some groups, I still want to receive notifications by email about things that are happening in my news feed, so that I can respond promptly. And, the one thing I do check regularly is my email account.
Facebook have already tried to censor my feed once by only putting up entries which come from people who are popular or steady posters and now they’re going to start doing it again. It’s taking social share to extremes. I don’t only want to hear the opinions of those who shout loudest and most often. Posts that may be popular in certain quarters are not always my favourites and I resent any computer that tries to guess what I’m going to like and then serve it up to me.
Having said that, Facebook’s latest change involves the subscription button. It will allow you to receive status updates from your friends but also from people who are not your friends – and, by the same token, allow your status updates to be read by people who are not your friends. It’s not been rolled out in the UK yet but in the States, people are thinking that it will be a great way to have followers or subscribers who can see the business-related status updates but not your personal ones because they are not actually friends. Does this herald the phasing out of Business Pages for People like journalists or social media managers, who are inhibited by the 5000 friend rule of a Personal Profile?
I shall be going into my settings and putting them back to how they were originally by going into Account Settings via the little downward arrow on the far right of the top menu by Home. Then click Notifications on the far left and back over to the far right to uncheck Email Frequency.
But, wait, I hear you say! You do social media for business so, surely, you could just use Rockmelt or leave Facebook open in another tab so you can notice the numbers…? I found that, with Rockmelt, I was spending too much time socialising on Facebook and not getting enough work done. Or just monitor your Facebook updates through Hootsuite or Tweetdeck. I already have more than enough columns to monitor on both those dashboards with Twitter. I don’t want to confuse my platforms. And I bet you didn’t know that interacting on Facebook via third parties can dramatically cut your interactions…?
And, as to the tabs, well if you could see how many I have open at any one time…
I need my email notifications!
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