Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Facebook will allow friends to "unfollow" pseudo-blog posts, making news posting on Facebook (and Twitter feeds) less effective as a "broadcast" technique

Facebook will soon announce a change to allow members to “unfollow” specific friends whose posts they don’t want to see in their own tailored newsfeeds.  They could still keep them as “friends”. 
  
This could pose an issue for bloggers who stream their tweets to Facebook.  I do that, as well as streaming them to the home page of my own site (doaskdotell.com).  I find that doing this puts my own news items before a large number of persons, companies and org’s each day, even if they don’t find me by search engines (which is how it had worked in the past before Facebook re-invented the news streaming business). 
  
My own practice with Facebook is that when I sign on, I typically see about 30-50 new items.  Usually, I can thumb through them very quickly on a computer and read the two or three that are most interesting, all in two or three minutes.  Sometimes I do “like” posts and comment on them.  It’s also possible to contact some media entities (like NBC’s SNL) with Facebook messaging more easily than with normal email. 
  
Facebook seems to limit the length of a post (to about 450 characters), more than Twitter (140).  In the past, some people blogged on both Myspace and Facebook, but put longer postings on Myspace.  Ashton Kutcher, in his pre-twitter days, often did this, and had a very interesting blog on Myspsace.
  
I plan to create another newsfeed, as a simple HTML table, on my “doaskdotell.com” site as part of my restructuring.  This will be very simple to access, have no advertising, load very fast, and allow any user to see the recent news items that I think are the most important.  It would have the author, title, periodical or website, and url, and date, and label classification of the story only.  This should be available in about a week. 


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