Monday, May 14, 2012

What's happening over at facebook and why.

Facebook is an amazing product. Since it started we have used it to connect with old friends and keep up with family members, learn more about new ones, stalk people, poke them and sell to them.

But facebook actually have a lot of rules and I am guilty of breaking many - tagging games, requesting people to like my page or even just to leave a comment to win a little prize. These seem like pretty basic things, but facebook closes down pages everyday for doing such things. Even little pages like mine.

While my page only has a few hundred likers I have taken a year to get them and if facebook decided to just close my page down it would take a long time to rebuild it.

Also,while I have 1300+ twitter fans and less than 300 facebook followers, my stats tell me most of my readers come from facebook so my actual blog growth relies heavily on facebook interactions.

All this brings me to two things.

The first - I have a new giveaway for you. But all my smaller (in price) giveaways will now be hosted on facebook, which of course would be against the rules and risk the page being closed down simply by me telling you to comment to win. Instead I have a new app at the top of the page (thanks Three Lil Princesses for the short stack tip) and all you have to do is fill in the two basic fields - name and email and you are in the draw.

Second. What am I giving away? A great new novel "The Good Father" it is the type of book that you can't put down, which meant I stayed up til 2am reading it one night and was very close to being late for the school run in the morning. If you like the Jodi Picoult style you will love this even more.

CLICK HERE TO GET TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE to enter and like the page if you enjoy giveaways, as my blog wont be hosting so many from now on, unless I think they are really worth it.


10 comments:

  1. Facebook is scary territory as I always wonder if I am breaking rules or not - they arent exactly clear on what the rules are. I would be devastate to lose my Facebook Page as I LOVE loitering on there :) xx

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    1. I know Sonia, but facebook pages do randomly just go missing for small breaches. I have decided to play by the rules as much as I know of them now...but I am also a bit of a stress head and freak out at the idea of my page going.

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  2. I didn't even know there were Facebook rules!
    Where can I find the rules? X

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    1. Facebook has a huge list of rules. Rules on what you can and can't include on your big page photo, on promotions, on breastfeeding photos, which is one I would totally ignore...

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    2. Tried reading the rules once. Lost interest after the third line & so didn't understand what they were on about. My son tells me that all photos (including all your private family/children shots) once posted become the property of FB to do with what they will. Mind boggles.

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  3. I suddenly couldn't post on my page today and had a heart attack... I am really careful about the competition thing but wondered what other rules I might have broken! It's magically all working again now though thank goodness.

    Quite like the idea of hosting giveaways on facebook... might have to lookinto that app. Thanks for the heads up

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  4. So interesting. I had no idea. Not that surprising as I generally don't!! x

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  5. Oh blimey, so many things to learn. Off to Google 'idiots guide to Facebook rules' !!

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    1. Hi Seana, The rules are pretty easy on the facebook page too, it is one thing that make easy to understand. The rest I struggle with.

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  6. Thanks so much for the mention, Claire. So glad it was helpful too.
    I think the real issue with Facebook is there's so much guff to read, it's always changing and what's there can be difficult to interpret. And I'm sure it will only get worse!
    Off to check out your giveaway! x

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