Do you ever wonder why none of your friends are posting on facebook anymore? Guess what, they are. A few months ago, I was receiving updates from all my friends and colleagues. I was also seeing updates from all the fellow writers, celebrity’s official facebook pages and more. Now, nothing. When I would post some new update about my upcoming novel, I would get dozens and dozens of likes. Now only my brother and my mom are liking my posts. The reason is that facebook made changes to the way you see people’s post making most of your friends and pages you like completely invisible. If you go on the individual pages, you’ll see all that person’s individual posts. How many people have the time, patient, or to ability to remember every person you follow on facebook to do so. I know I can’t. When you are a famous author, like Stephen King, and people are no longer seeing your post, you know there is a problem.
Facebook used to be a place where somebody had an identity and when they had something to say hundreds and thousands of people could see it and like it and comment on it. Now you are completely invisible instantly ignored by those that follow you. You can spend the $6.99 to promote your posting, positioning your individual post to top of everybody’s newsfeeds that follow you, but who can and is willing to spend the money to do so. $6.99 adds up quickly. Facebook is become a place of advertising for those who have a fat wallet, corporations. Everything is about the big bucks and making the stock shareholders happy. What about us?
Several years back, I was an eBay seller that had one of the eBay store’s that sold used cds, dvds, books and collectible toys. I was making $200 or more a day. I was able to quit my job and make a living selling these items. EBay changed the way the eBay stores were seen on the website. The day before the change, I made over $300.00. The day they made the change, I made $0.00 and each day after that I was lucky to make $10.00 or more. My eBay store became completely invisible.
This same situation happened to me on facebook two months ago. I’m not the only one. We are talking almost everybody on facebook that I talked to recently. What can us little people do now to be seen? With an ever changing social networking platform, we are all being left behind being overtaken by the advertising executives that are making the people with the big bucks seen over the average person.