Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed something troubling going on over at facebook. I have my own personal page there (doesn’t everyone?) but also a fan page for my books and I’ve taken the trouble to trawl for fans and managed to achieve a none too shabby 447 fans. Like a lot of people I felt it would be a more professional way to present my books and writing without the personal stuff that goes on at my personal page.
Several weeks ago those of us with facebook fan pages noticed an innocuous little thing at the bottom of everything we posted which at first we ignored until the truth of its function made us sit up and scream WTF..? At the bottom of each post it says “seen by” and then a number.
This tells you how many of your fans actually saw this post, and it’s never anywhere near the number of fans you actually have. As I say above, I have 447 fans on my facebook fan page, but my posts usually get “seen by” no more than 30 or 40. In order to ensure your post is seen by all of your fans you have to – yeah you’ve guessed it – pay..! Facebook charges $10 to ensure your post is seen by up to 3000 fans and that cost is PER POST, not a once in a lifetime thing.
There is a way around it and it’s very simple to do. All you have to do is hover your mouse over the ‘Like’ button and wait for the drop down box. Then click on ‘add to interests lists’ and voila, all of that page’s posts will be visible to you. I’ve been posting this information for ages now, and so have a lot of other fan page owners but the problem is that no one can be bothered to take the 5 seconds to actually do it. This is what fucks me off more than anything, more than facebook expecting us to pay. The simple truth that people are too selfish and lazy to take 5 seconds to ensure they can see your posts, dismays and troubles me but doesn’t surprise me. People are selfish and book people are notorious in their lack of desire to help out other authors. They’re violently competitive, which I find, well frankly rather uncouth.
This makes the recent trend for facebook ‘like parties’ rather redundant now. What’s the use of having thousands of fans if only 50 of them see your posts? This also makes fan pages themselves almost redundant because there’s no way people are going to be persuaded to actually give those 5 seconds to click on the add to interests button unless you pay them. With this rather sad realisation comes a decision – I’m giving up my facebook fan page.
I simply cannot see the point in maintaining the page when only 20 to 30 people will see my effort and rest just can’t be fucked.
Yes I’m annoyed. I’m constantly amazed and annoyed at people’s capacity to be unhelpful, insincere, greedy, snooty and selfish. So I’ve decided that since people don’t have the intelligence to be led by my example of helpfulness and giving, I’m going to do exactly what they do.
I spent over an hour last night ‘unliking’ every single writer’s fan page I’d taken the time and trouble to like and ‘add to interest lists’ and I shall never ‘like’ a writer’s fan page ever again.
I love writing my books and I’m good at it, better than many others I’ve seen and read and I will always write. I love writing, it’s writers I hate..!