Been Missing Our Facebook Page Updates?


Oh, Facebook. That social media giant we love to hate pulled a bit of a fast one earlier this year on anyone with a Facebook Page.

You may have noticed you started seeing less posts from people, organizations, and companies you’ve been following, having “liked” their pages sometime in the past. It turns out Facebook found a new way to make money, playing with algorithms so that posts show up less, then turning around and selling the chance to “promote” posts for a fee.

While large corporations with big advertising budgets will find a way to pay, nonprofits and small operations are left out in the cold.

If you want to keep up with Good Neighbor Stories’ posts in the future, try these steps for creating a Facebook Interest List. Thanks to San Francisco Writers Conference for the first three:

1. Visit the Facebook page from your computer (it won’t work from a mobile device).

2. On the right side of the page, next to the “like” and “message” buttons, there is a drop down box (looks like a gear).

3. Click the drop down box and click on the “add to interest list”.

4. Create a new interest list.

On your Facebook homepage you’ll see your interest lists on the left-hand side of the page. You can click on the desired list anytime to see the latest posts. Reportedly the posts will also show up more often in your main news feed, but I have not been able to confirm that yet.


Five Ways to be a Good Neighbor in November


There are many, many ways to be a good neighbor in your neighborhood, larger community, and the world, in the month of November, but I’m focusing on just five here. Two have a military theme, another two encourage supporting local crafters and artisans, as well as small businesses, and the fifth shines a light on World Kindness Week.

Before I do, this November is a big presidential election month; check out earlier posts on how to be a good neighbor at election time. Number one is voting, and next is getting along with others both online and off while discussing political viewpoints.

I also shared a short list of where to donate to help victims of Superstorm Sandy, another good thing to do in November. Later this month, look for a post on “Five Ways to be a Good Neighbor at Thanksgiving.”

In the meantime, here are the five general ways I’m suggesting this month.

  1. Honor Our Veterans: Sunday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day; show you care by attending a local Veterans Day parade or event. The largest Veterans Day parade in Northern California is in downtown San Jose. A special ceremony takes place “at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month” at Plaza de Cesar Chavez on Market Street, in honor of the 1918 Armistice of the “War to End All Wars.” The Parade begins at noon, traveling [Read more…]