Friends, do you get frustrated when you don’t see all the posts by your favorite real estate redevelopment groups? Your favorite real estate education groups? Your real estate investment clubs? Or your kid’s school, your favorite team, a beloved celebrity, or cute kitties? Well, so do we. A certain social media giant does not want you to see the things you really WANT to see, but rather would like to show you what they want you to see. That would be the same five people’s posts about their most recent meal.
You “like” a page for a business or organization you care about, but realize you don’t see all its posts unless you actually go to the page. That gets frustrating, doesn’t it? Through great effort, and by virtue of my job as a supposed social media expert, I decided to write up some helpful hints so you can see all the posts on the wonderful pages for Hermit Haus Redevelopment and our sister page Hermits Buy Houses (dot com). Not coincidentally, the tips will work for any Facebook page you are interested in.
See Us on Your Phone
Many of us read our social media feeds via our phones. You know we are imprisoned by them, right? That’s why they call them cell phones! Here’s how to set a page to show up on your mobile feed:
1. In the search bar at the top of the Facebook feed (hint, it says “search”), type in the name of the page you want to see. I typed in “Cameron Hospital – Little River Healthcare,” since I like that page. You might want to type in “Hermit Haus Redevelopment” or “hermitsbuyhouses.com.”
2. Make sure you already like the page. See where it says “liked” with a thumbs-up graphic under the name of the page in Figure 1? Yours should also look like that. If not, click the icon to like the page.
3. Here’s the hard part. See the three white dots next to the place where you searched for your page? You need to click those three white dots. Then the options you see at right here will appear (Figure 2).
4. Click Notifications. The other options are not fun, or at least not relevant to our current discussion. For goodness sake, don’t click Report on our page! We are folks you want to KEEP on the Internet.
5. Once you click that, you will see a whole bunch of options (see Figure 3). Ideally, choose Photos and Status Updates, but you might also like links and events (especially for real estate, since that often means open houses). Videos are fun unless you don’t get wi-fi like those of us out in the country. Most important, scroll to the bottom and turn off the live video if you don’t have a lot of bandwidth.
6. When you are finished, click the white < sign to go back to the page and read all those posts you’ve been missing.
From now on, they will show up on your phone, in your feed among your friends’ status updates and irritating ads for things you already purchased or looked at and decided you didn’t want to purchase!
7. If you are looking at a “group” rather than a “page” you will see a check mark and the word “joined” to show you are a member in step 2 above. And on those items, you click that check mark to get to the menu that lists notifications. I have NO IDEA why they had to make them so different, but that’s what they did. I’m not including screenshots, but if you need them, let me know and I’ll make some.
But, you ask, what about on my computer? How do I get the things I actually want to see to show up on the computer?
See Us on Your Computer
So, in the computer version of Facebook it’s slightly different. I have to make my screenshots big, so you can see the options. Figure 4 shows my screen after liking the City of Rosebud, TX page. I see a downward-facing triangle after “Liked,” so I know there’s a menu down there. Sure enough, I click Liked and I get some choices.
I’ve selected On (Live Videos). You can also click See First for pages you really like. Warning: You can only click so many of those; it’s some medium sized number that I can’t remember. I already exceeded my number, so I can’t select that. It’s a great feature, though. I have set my family, close friends, businesses I work with closely, and organizations I love to see first, and I really do see them first. Of course, our Hermit Haus Redevelopment page will be one of YOUR choices. That way you’ll always know when we have a new blog post, most of which are Lee’s thoughts on the business of investing in real estate, rehabbing houses, and making your money work for you (not about Facebook).
But wait! I digress! There’s more! Don’t stop here. While the “like” menu is still up, check out that little pencil hiding off to the right of Notifications! Click that! It’s the key to a better life.
Hooray! It’s the same stuff you clicked for the phone, just on a different screen. Decide what you want to see, then click Done (important step). Notice that it won’t show you ALL the updates. I do see notices that a particular page has X number of new posts, which allows me to click on it and go look at all the posts from that page. My friend Ray at Knitivity always has lots, so I know to click on the notice and see what nice yarns or fun tie-dye t-shirts he will entice me to buy.
Now that I know where all these settings are, I see a lot more posts that I actually am interested in.
Back to our normal topics. Please visit our blog often, look at our other pages, and recommend our hermitsbuyhouses.com site to any friends who need to sell their house quickly without spending a lot of time fixing it up, staging, and marketing.Hermann says please like and share!