Thursday, January 30, 2014

How much is enough?

I look after a Facebook page for my local historical society.   From that account I have liked several repositories, organisations and societies. I select a few of the posts that appear in the stream to share on our society Facebook page but this task was becoming rather difficult.

Today I unliked Sydney Living Museums not because I don't like them but because of the number of posts they make on their Facebook page, these posts represented more than 50% of the items appearing in our society stream pushing more meaty posts from other organisations further down the stream and perhaps causing me to miss some gems. I have liked organisations like the National Library of Australia and State Records and find that they may post just a few items per day. If all of the places I like on our society page posted as much as Sydney Living Museums then the task of keeping up with news would be impossible.

How much is enough?

I would suggest that repositories, organisations and societies take a look at their posting policies and consider how many posts per day will get them maximum impact. I'm all for responsible posting.

Perhaps I am just turning into a cranky old bag or do you think there is a limit to how many posts an organisation should post per day?

7 comments:

Sharon Muffett said...

It is even worse when they post them all at once. Nothing worse than having a clump in your stream :(

Jill Ball said...

And they are guilty of that as well. Good point Sharon.

Laren said...

Jill, I agree. I have had to unfollow groups on both Twitter and Facebook due to both excessive posting of their own material and reposting of other peoples stuff. The second is sometimes more frustrating, if you already follow the original source, as you get it twice!! At least if it's original, you only get it once. It's a fine balance between keeping your stream interesting/alive and overwhelming people.

Caitlin Gow said...

I completely agree! I've had to unlike/unfollow pages on Facebook and Twitter too because of how much they post, and sometimes they post the same thing over and over again. I've also 'hidden' pages from my newsfeed because every now and then they do post something I might be interested in, so I just jump on their page and scroll through when I feel like it. But yes, it can become quite annoying.

Celia Lewis said...

Wouldn't it be lovely if those people and organizations/societies listened to their readers about this issue?? I agree with you so much!!

If they post more than three, maybe four, times a day, they're gone from my streams - whether on FBk or Twitter. Immensely annoying - it's like looking into a fire hose (not fun anymore!) If I really care, I'll go look at their original page. But sometimes my annoyance makes me delete them entirely from not only my computer streams, but also from my mind.

Jill Ball said...

So I'm not a cranky old bag after all.

ScotSue said...

I completely agree. The same issue arises from subscribing to e-mail newsletters which I now find are clogging uop my Inbox. I feel it is counterproductive to send so many the same day, as some get risked being overlooked. I end up feeling stressed and frustrated at trying to keep up with the barrage. Good luck with your campaign. .

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