So, you’ve liked my Facebook Page, but you’ve stopped receiving my Page posts in your Facebook newsfeed.  Have I given up on Facebook?  Discovered the joys of trying to communicate in 140 characters on Twitter? Decamped to Google+?  Not at all? It’s not me posting less, it’s Facebook’s new algorithm program.

Don’t stop reading. I won’t use the “A” word again, I promise. This is not high school calculus.

A quick lesson. FB uses a program that determines the value of our posts and spreads them out accordingly. The program looks at what we post, how often we do and how much our “fans” interact by commenting or liking or sharing what we’ve said.

No pressure there.

Oh, and about the same time, FB began suggesting that we “promote” our posts by paying to make sure they get to all the people who like us. I’m sure that paying a fee for more coverage has nothing to do with this, right?

In a nutshell this means that if you want to receive my posts in your newsfeed  you should visit my Facebook Page often, click on share, click any links (like the ones I post every time I blog), or comment. Sounds a little like work, doesn’t it?

So what else can you do? Well, here’s something that might help.

  1. If you want to get more posts from Emilie Richards Readers Page ( the new title of the Facebook Page formerly known as plain old Emilie Richards) the next time you see a post in your newsfeed, click on the little downward arrow beside it.  It looks like a V.
  2. A menu rolls down and the top choice is “Get Notifications.”
  3. Click that and your chances of receiving my posts will be better. I hope. Sometimes there are other choices, including “I don’t want to see this,” “Unfollow” “Hide all posts from. . .” You don’t want those, right?
  4. You can also take a survey to help FB determine what to show you. I took it and got rid of several offensive political posts I did not want to see. So far it’s worked for me.

For my part?  Well, I may be in a minority, but I don’t mind “promoting” the occasional post.  Facebook has been completely free and still, theoretically, is.  So if you see a promoted post, don’t worry. That will be something I’d like to spread around for people to see.  A new book.  Pre-newsletter sign up reminder.  A blog I think you’ll particularly like.  I haven’t gone over to the dark side.  I’m just rewarding Facebook for giving me the chance to meet and converse with my readers, which I love to do.

I hope you enjoy the conversation, too.

5 Comments

  1. Linda Madeline on February 4, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Hi Emilie,
    I’ve been a fan of yours ever since I read your book, Wedding Ring and then your whole Shenandoah series! Since then I’ve read almost all of your fantastic novels! I love that you seemlessly blend in local history with your contemporary themes in your storylines! I participated in one of your #giveaways and won a book from you a few years back! 🙂

    I welcome you and your author friends to share your posts on my Music & Arts Connection page here on Facebook! I never charge for promos, I simply ask that you private message me with the post and LIKE my PAGE! That’s it!

    Best to you!
    Linda Madeline
    Music & Arts Connection on Facebook
    #freeindiemusic #writers #photography #poetry #art
    #musicservices #labelcopy #onesheets #musicbios #EPKs

  2. Janet Warren on February 4, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    This is good to know. I’ve used that “V” on FB to remove some very nasty people, but I guess I didn’t see that I could click on to make sure I received some posts. I’ll do that from now on. Thanks, Janet

  3. Pam Reed on February 6, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Always looking for new mystery writers – Tear Down and Die sounds like my cup of tea! Here’s hoping!

  4. Kathleen O on February 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I am a fan of your Facebook page and I love your blogs too.. Love your books, as a matter of fact I just go your book Somewhere Between Luck and Trust from the library. I can’t wait to read this second book in the series.. I loved the first book..

    • Emilie Richards on February 6, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      I’m delighted you’re keeping up with my online ramblings, Kathleen. I hope you love Somewhere. Writing it motivated me to become a literacy tutor, an unexpected but happy result.

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