Did you know that there are two types of people who "like" Facebook page? Yes, there are the supporters and the followers.
The supporters will click "like" on a page to show their support for a page or the page owner even if they have no interest in the page at all.
Followers, on the other hand, consider the page a vital source of news and actually want to receive updates about the page in their NewsFeed.
I admit that I am a bit of both. Currently I have "liked" 280 pages on Facebook. For many of those pages I wanted to show my support. There are, however, around fifty pages that I actually want to keep up with.
What You Need to Know About Pages
The important thing you need to know about pages is that just because you hit "Like" doesn't mean that you will automatically see updates in your News Feed. In fact, if you see any it will only amount to about 15% of what is posted. (That's an actual statistic from Facebook. You can read about it in item 3 of this article from Socialmediatoday.com)
So what are you to do if you are a follower and actually want to see the status updates?
I learned about a new feature today that will help with that.
Go to a page that you have liked and want to follow - a page where you want to keep up with their news.
Then hover of the Liked button (presumably you've already liked it).
|a "Liked" page (click to enlarge)|
|Get Notifications (click to enlarge)|
Click on the Get Notifications button and now you will start receiving alerts about new Status Updates. You are now on the road to better controlling what you see.
I can't help but notice that underneath the Get Notifications button is the Show in News Feed option. I think that it's best to have that checked too. The Show in News Feed option will allow you to see those 15% of posts that Facebook will let you see without the page owner having to pay to promote their posts. The Get Notifications button (if the syntax is accurate) will actually give you a notification of a post on the wall.
This is new to me so we will all have to test it out for awhile to see how it really works. The concept however is a good one as it lets us control what we want to see and allows us to continue to be both page supporters and followers.