December 4, 2013

Winning the Facebook Game

Congratulations to Erin Pizzo who won the $50 gift TeachersPayTeachers gift certificate that I gave away yesterday! What? You didn't know I was giving away a $50 TpT gift card? I'll bet you even follow the Teaching Resources page on Facebook. I posted about it several times over the last few days because I didn't want any of my followers to miss out on the chance to win it. You'd think with over 275,000 followers there would have been tens of thousands of entries, but there weren't. My guess is that most followers never even saw my posts about the contest.

A Game with Changing Rules
The fact of the matter is that Facebook is like a game with ever-changing rules. Unless you know how to play the game, Facebook gets to decide which posts you see. You thought that clicking the Like button on the Teaching Resources page meant you would get all updates from my page, right? But Facebook changed things up a bit a few months ago and you only get MOST of the updates. In fact, only about 20% of my followers ever saw my posts about the $50 TpT gift card. What a shame! Not only are they missing out on contests and giveaways, they are missing out on great blog posts, funny cartoons, free resources, teaching tips, and helpful advice from teachers.

Mastering the Game - How to Receive ALL Posts
Luckily even though Facebook is like a game, they do try to make some of the rules available and savvy Facebook users can customize what they see. There are two parts to mastering the Facebook game.

#1 - Be Sure Page Settings are Set to Get Notifications
It's very easy to change your settings to be sure that you are receiving ALL posts from your favorite pages. You can test it out on my Facebook page right now.
  1. Go to Teaching Resources on Facebook and make sure you have Liked the page.
  2. Hover over the "Liked" button and check Get Notifications.
#2 - Interact with Your Favorite Pages
Facebook promotes pages where the fans interact with the posts, so regular interaction is one of the best ways to make sure you are receiving all posts. When you see a post that interests you, click the Like link under the post to give it a thumbs up and write a short comment. Or click the Share link to share it with your friends. Scroll down to find a post on Teaching Resources that you like and give this a try! The more you like, comment, and share on Facebook, the more you likely you are to receive posts from those pages.

Take those steps, and you should start seeing all of my posts from Teaching Resources. You won't miss out on any teaching tips or posts that could have made a difference in your classroom!

Creating Interest Lists
You can also set up an "Interest List" which is a collection of pages you follow on a specific topic. To set up an Interest List of teacher pages, click "Add to Interest List" right after you click the "Get Notifications" link above and it will prompt you to create a list name. Name your list "Favorite Teacher Pages" and add Teaching Resources that list. Visit your other favorite teacher pages and follow the same steps to add them to your list. To see all the status updates from those pages in one place, click the Interest List left side of your Facebook feed page. You'll see a modification of your regular Facebook feed that only shows the pages you selected for your list. 

After you follow these steps, you'll start to see the content YOU want to see and not the content that Facebook THINKS you want to see! Not only will you be playing the Facebook game, you'll be winning it!


  1. Thank you for posting this! I did not know.

  2. You are such a great teacher! I love the post and I couldn't agree more that it is like a game. Thanks for writing quality tutorials.

  3. They are changing the format. This no longer works. Please let me know if you figure out how to receive all posts on the new layout.

  4. I tried following your steps and couldn't find settings under Liked. Is there another way to receive all updates?

    1. Facebook changed the rules yet again and I don't really know! Sorry!

  5. Laura...if you just hover over the "Liked" box on someone's page, you can just click on "get notifications" and you'll get all the posts. At least it works today! :)

  6. Thanks for the info. It's hard enough to remember where things go and then they move them around. Hope this helps.

  7. I love your teaching resources!!

  8. Hi a few weeks ago you had a link to a place value set of cards that each child kept where they had 100 to 1000, 10 to 100 and 1to 10 cards that folded and overlapped but I can't find the link -can you help? Thanks Robyn

  9. Thank you for this information. It is challenging to keep up the constant changes in all of the various social media forms.