Facebook Notifications – How and Why to Use Them – Tutorial

Facebook Notifications – How and Why to Use Them – Tutorial

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Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm decides what you do and don’t see in your newstream. They do this for a number of reasons:to keep you from being overwhelmed by the insane quantity of posts being shared daily
to make sure you see information from those you have indicated you are ‘close friends’ with

to ensure that you see more of the type of posts that you have ‘liked’, commented on or shared in the past
they want to be able to charge businesses for increased visibility via promoted posts and ads

But the algorithm is not always correct. If you ever wondered why you mostly see cute photos of your cousin’s baby in your Facebook newstream, it could be that you usually ‘LIKE’ pictures of your cousin’s baby when you see them in your newstream so Facebook shows you more of them. While you might love those photos, you might also want to see other content, say a Page’s business tips or great recipes from a page you liked months ago. To see info that is not pushed to your newstream, you will need to go out and visit those pages. Once there, liking, commenting and sharing the info you see may trigger the algorithm to start pushing more of that to your news feed but it may not.

The quickest way to ensure that you see all posts a person or business page makes, is to tell Facebook you want this info pushed to you via notifications and/ or to your newsfeed. Here is the quick and easy way to do that.

On a Personal Page, on the button that says you are friends, you can click on the little arrow to the right of the word ‘friends’ to see a drop down menu. There, you can indicate whether you want to receive notifications (see this post regarding managing your notifications) and/or whether you want their content to be pushed to your news feed. Note that you can choose one or the other or both.

On a Business Page, on the button that indicates you have LIKED the page, there is no little arrow but if you hover over the button, you will see a drop down menu with gives you the option of getting notifications sent and/or having this page’s content shown in your news feed.
It only takes 30 seconds (or less!) to do this but will really help you control what you see in your news feed – definitely time well spent. And if, for any reason, you find that you do not, in fact, want to see this info or to receive all these notifications, you can easily reverse these settings by going in and UN-checking the options using the same steps.If you have a Facebook Business Page, be sure to ask your fans to sign up for notifications and/or to have your info pushed to their news streams to ensure they see all your posts. (You can point them to this post to show them how!)

But if you do this, be sure that you are sharing content that they will find VALUABLE, or at least as interesting as the cute baby photos!

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