How to keep up with the companies you actually Like…Courtesy SpaceCadet Creations

Knitty readers are powerful. I linked to this awesome post on SpaceCadet Creations’ site and you guys took down their server.

Sorry about that, SpaceCadet.

Since SCC’s site is now out of commission for the next 72 hours, we thought it would be handy to repost the information here, where (hopefully) our server can handle the demand.

I know so many of us are frustrated with the way Facebook shares information. This informative post will help you understand what the heck is going on and how you can actually follow the news from your favorite companies, like Knitty and SpaceCadet, on Facebook.

Take it away, SpaceCadet Stephanie!

Facebook is an amazing resource — a way for everyone to keep up with their friends’ news, family photos, hear about upcoming events… and maybe even look up an old boyfriend or two.

And it’s a great way for me to keep in contact with you. Not only can I share with you what we’re up to at the SpaceCadet studio (or just what I’m up to on a Saturday morning) but, unlike many other channels, Facebook gives you and me a wonderful opportunity to interact — to ask and answer questions, to have a conversation, for everyone to share thoughts as a community.



Where has SpaceCadet gone?

But maybe you haven’t seen so much of SpaceCadet in your Facebook stream lately? Maybe you think I’ve gone quiet? Maybe we’re not up to much lately?


Nope, the real reason you don’t see much of SpaceCadet any more is that Facebook recently changed its policies for business pages like ours. Whereas in the past, our posts used to show up in the news feed of everyone who liked our page, Facebook now shows our posts to only a tiny fraction of the folks who follow us.

Let me show you what I mean. The SpaceCadet page has over 1200 followers, but look at the number who got to see these recent posts:

Collage,  how many people reached

200? 100?!? Sometimes it’s been as low as only 50! That’s hardly any of our followers, and it’s really disappointing when I want to share stuff with you guys but I know that only a few people are going to get to see it.

Now, the reason Facebook is doing this is that they want me to pay to “boost” my posts and to be honest, as a business person, I’m ok with Facebook wanting to make money. SpaceCadet has an advertising budget and I’m happy to spend it, but paying Facebook to “boost” every single thing I post is not really the best use of that budget, so I don’t do it very often.

Besides, if Facebook is a community, it feels a bit creepy to turn every comment I make into some kind of a paid advertisement. A lot of times, I’m just sharing cool stuff with you guys.

Saturday office

There’s an Easy (and Free) Solution!

BUT there is an better way for you to receive SpaceCadet posts again. I can’t increase the number of posts you see without paying for “boosting”, but YOU can pull our posts back into your news feed easily — and for free! All you have to do is start clicking “like” on our Facebook posts (or, even better, leave a comment or share the post). The more you interact with our posts, the more of our posts Facebook will share with you. That’s all you have to do — just start clicking “like”.

And it’s not just your timeline you’ll be affecting. When you click “like” and “share” or comment on a SpaceCadet post, everyone else gets to see more of what we’re up to as well. Want to see how powerful it is? Check this out…

The Power of Likes on Facebook

When you click “like” or share and comment on my posts, you’ll begin getting all the latest SpaceCadet news in your timeline again (along with behind-the-scenes pictures from the studio and some random shots of my lunch or my WIPs…). And, y’know, I’ll be so excited to see you again! I love sharing all the cool stuff we’re working on each day — and I love it even more when I get to hear back from you about what I’ve posted.

So here, hop over to our Facebook page right now and just click “like” on a bunch of posts (or please, leave us a comment or share a couple of posts). And before you know it, SpaceCadet will be back on your Facebook radar again!


Mauna Kea

PS –I really do love the interaction that happens on Facebook, and so I’d love for SpaceCadet to have more followers. If you think something I’ve posted would interest your knit-friends on FB, I’d be really grateful if you’d share it with them by clicking “share” as well as “like”. Thank you for spreading the SpaceCadet love!



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10 thoughts on “How to keep up with the companies you actually Like…Courtesy SpaceCadet Creations

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  2. anonymous

    Crap like this just makes me glad I never had anything to do with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterst or any of the other “Please Love Me” sites. It disgusts me to see people begging (please like me, I promise I’ll like you back), borrowing, by which I mean stealing, (that Like really belongs to the person who’s video you embedded, picture you pinned, or content you reblogged), and bribing (contests and sales etc. open only to persons who Like your page) to get “Liked”. I’m happy to live in the rapidly dwindling world where the word Like still has some meaning.

    BTW: The reference to reblogging does not apply to this post, which was obviously reblogged for a very good reason. I’m talking about “reblogging’ without the other person’s permission.

  3. Janet

    Thank you for this information. It is very useful to have this so well explained! Now I understand why I hear from some of the companies I like, but rarely hear from others. (I almost never hear from knitty, why is that?) I am going to review my likes and ensure I am hearing from them and not just from two or three places.

  4. Sue

    The problem for me is that I don’t want to bombard my friends newsfeed with my ‘likes’. Anyone know if you can contro that è.g for my likes on knitting posts to go to my friends/family who knit?

  5. Noelle

    I actually just went through and unfollowed almost all of the non-actual humans on Facebook (even Knitty! eek!) and made sure they’re all in my blog/website aggregator instead. That way I see EVERYTHING I want to see when I want to see it without having to put a lot of effort into clicking or commenting or otherwise trying to convince Facebook that I really do want to see what I thought I had already said I wanted to see by following the page in the first place. And the person who pointed out the problem of all our likes showing up in other people’s feeds is correct. That feels unnecessarily intrusive when I have to see a bunch of posts I don’t care about just because someone I know liked it, and I’m sure others feel the same way about my likes. All in all, I’m trying to get Facebook tamed to a site I use to connect with real human-type people I know personally and only visit once every day or so. My blog aggregator seems to be working fine for all the rest, with very little effort from me.

    1. Alicia

      I agree! I have facebook pages for my business and blog but prefer to use it more for just interacting with actual friends and family. What blog aggregator do you use? I use bloglovin’ but am not thrilled with it.

      1. Noelle

        Right now I’m using Feedly. I don’t LOVE it, but it mostly does what I want. I really miss the iGoogle homepage that showed the most recent three posts of every blog I followed with links that change color when they’ve been clicked so I can see at a glance what I’ve read and what’s new. If I could find an aggregator like that, I’d be in blog heaven.

  6. Katy Bug

    I hate the way facebook tries to force me into “boosting” posts so that users who have ALREADY liked my page will see my stuff. They liked my page specifically because they wanted to see my posts in their newsfeed. Why add another step in there? Besides being incredibly inconvenient to both me and my “likers,” it feels like such a money grab and it ticks me off.

    Can’t facebook likers just click “follow” on my page in order to see all (or most) of my posts in their feeds?

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