MANCHESTER, NH – What will the new Facebook rules of engagement mean to you when it comes to how you get your local news?
Only time will tell, but there are a few things I know.
Now that Facebook has again changed its algorithm – i.e. decided to control what you see in your newsfeed – it’s certain that you’ll notice a change.
The change was announced last week by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his personal Facebook page. In short, the new algorithm will prioritize content that your friends engage with and will automatically show you less content from brands and publishers.
In simplest terms, your Facebook feed will populate with posts your friends comment on and like the most, and will show fewer videos and so-called “click-bait-y” articles from online media outlets. That means, of course, continuing to comment on our posts via our Facebook page will help! [So keep those comments coming – we welcome them!]
Latest figures show that more than two-thirds of Americans, or 67 percent of us, rely on Facebook to get the news of the day.
ManchesterInkLink.com is part of that mix. On behalf of myself and my news correspondents – Andy Sylvia, Laura Aronson, and Katie Dugan – we promise to continue to work hard to bring you news and information that is local, relevant and real. However, there is a chance that some of the news we cover and post to Facebook won’t show in your News Feed anymore.
Your support and engagement matters. It’s why we do what we do. We love hearing from you, seeing your comments on stories, receiving your news tips, and having the chance to initiate daily conversations about local news and views.
So, what now?
The easiest way to keep up with us is by subscribing to our free daily eNewsletter, delivered to your email box 6 a.m. sharp. You eliminate Facebook from the mix and become one of our valued subscribers, and benefit from all the perks that go along with it.
But that still leaves the Facebook conundrum. First step, make sure you’ve checked the See First”option under “Following” on our Facebook page (see below):
And lucky for all of us, there’s a way to continue to see the news that’s most important to you via social media. Despite Facebook’s new algorithm, you still have some control.
Never miss another thing
The following is a step-by-step tutorial for how to adjust your mobile and desktop Facebook settings if you’d like to continue to see ManchesterInkLink.com in your feed (same directions apply for any page you follow and want to see first):
Via mobile: Log into your Facebook account and click on the three horizontal lines on the top right of your screen:
This will open a new page with options like “Discover People,” “Events” and “Crisis Response.” Scroll to the bottom of the page where it says “Help and Settings” and click on “News Feed Preferences:”
This will open a new page with more menu options, including “Prioritize who to see first,” “Unfollow people,” and “Reconnect with people you unfollowed.” Click “Prioritize who to see first:”
You’ll see a list of Facebook pages and profiles that you already like. Hopefully, your favorite local news outlet is in there somewhere.
Scroll through the list and click on pages that publish the news that you want to keep seeing on a regular basis. The pages you choose will get a blue star in the upper right corner of their logo:
Stories and videos from the pages you choose will appear first in your News Feed on all your devices. Here’s Facebook’s explanation of what it means to see a page first in your News Feed.
On a desktop computer the steps for choosing what to see first are similar:
First, log into your Facebook page and click the down arrow in the upper right corner of your screen. This will reveal a menu with a bunch of good stuff like your profile settings and payment options.
In this menu, click on “News Feed Preferences.”
A box will appear with even more menu items. Click on “Prioritize who to see first,” [same basic screen as above, on mobile]:
Choose the pages you’d like to see first in your News Feed. The pages you choose will get a blue star icon in the upper right corner of their logo:
Stories and videos from the pages you choose will appear first in your News Feed on all your devices.
If you want to know more…
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Thank you for reading and following along. The adventure continues in 2018!