5 Problems with Facebook for Writers

05 Mar


Multiple book author Randy Ross explains in one of his latest blogs: “Recent changes to Facebook make the social media site even less useful to writers looking to promote their work for free. His fantastic blog article includes an overview of the changes, plus some tips on how to use them to your advantage. 



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Recent Developments on Facebook that Affect Writers
1) It’s Harder to Get Your Posts Under the Noses of Your Readers

“Most of your friends, fans, and readers see your Facebook posts in their Newsfeeds. Facebook has been restricting what appears in Newsfeeds (censoring?).  Posts from pages, such as your Author or your Book pages, may not show up at all!!!”

In one of his earlier posts he explains the difference between a personal Facebook page and a Fan Page (or author page) in detail:  “A Fan Page is supposed to offer several advantages over the standard personal Profile page, including:

  • Size: A Personal Page is limited to 5,000 Friends, while a Fan Page doesn’t have this limit.
  • Analytics: A Fan Page offers basic tools for analyzing your audience. If for example an agent or a publisher asks about my audience, I could quote these stats and appear knowledgeable.

Limitations of Fan Pages
“You can’t reach all your Fans.  Facebook only allows you to reach a small portion of your hard-earned Fans — unless you pay.  Although I now have more than 2,000 Fans, Facebook will only allow me to reach about 200 of them with my posts — unless I pay $20.”


Read more about limitations on Facebook in these great blog posts by Randy Ross. He is really extremely knowledgeable about Facebook and describes in detail how Facebook uses “Scare Tactics” to keep Mobile users from seeing links that you post.  He promises: “Next week’s post will focus on free tips and tricks for getting what you can, out of Facebook.”


My advise:
Use Google+ to post your content, no limitations there, and you can connect directly with Twitter, so every post from Google+ shows automatically up on Twitter, which saves you lots of time and your content will you get a fantastic ranking in Google’s Search Engines – and more exposure for all of your books.




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2 responses to “5 Problems with Facebook for Writers

  1. darkwriter67

    March 6, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Reblogged this on Illuminite Caliginosus.


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