When I first began to look for a way to share information with other midwives and birth folk, such as the studies that I came across in my work that others might find useful, Facebook seemed like an ideal part of the solution. I set up a Facebook page, and anybody who wanted to see my posts could follow it. We also crowdfunded to get the software to start this newsletter and it all worked really well.
Recently, however, we’ve been hearing from people who are fed up with the changes that Facebook are making and who aren’t getting to see posts from pages and people that they have liked. Facebook decides what it will and will not show you and it doesn’t differentiate between pages which are only looking to sell things and pages which are sharing information.
Over the next few months, we are going to be looking into how we can best keep the information sharing aspect of our work going into the future, given these changes. As a subscriber to our email list, you’ll keep getting a monthly round-up of everything we’ve posted. But if you’d like to get our updates on Facebook as well, there are a couple of things that you can do.
1) If you want to see our posts on Facebook, go into your News Feed Preferences and Prioritize our page.
- To do that on a computer, look for the downward-pointing arrow on the top right corner of any Facebook page. Select News Feed Preferences, click Prioritize who to see first and then you can click on any pages whose content you don’t want to miss.
- To do it on a mobile, tap the three lines icon, click Settings & Privacy, then click Settings, then scroll down and click News Feed Preferences. Again, click Prioritize who to see first and then you can click the people and pages who you want to hear from the most.
2) Apparently, one way in which Facebook’s machines tries to distinguish between commercial and non-commercial posts is by the amount of engagement they receive. So if you see a post on our (or any other) page which you think is useful, then please comment, share and/or like!
3) If you’re not already signed up, you might also like to join our email newsletter list. We’ll send you our free monthly Birth Information Update as well as advance notice of Sara’s books, courses and other projects.
And if you have any suggestions as to how we can better keep in touch with you, feel free to let us know!