Will the New Facebook Rules Cramp Your Style?

Barbara Vey -- May 17th, 2011

I’m on my way to Michigan to talk to the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America about Social Networking and Branding Yourself.  I’ve been looking forward to meeting with this group and I know it’s going to be a great time.  It’s always fun for me to admit how I hated the ideas of Facebook and Twitter at first, but now have watched them become a part of my everyday existence.  So, when the big news broke this week about how contests are to be run (or not run) on Facebook, it had me saying, “Huh?”


I thought I had it all figured out (at least as much as I wanted to know), but this curve ball by Facebook seems to have a lot of people scratching their heads.  I tried to read the new rules but got a headache.  I guess it just boils down to getting around the Facebook rules by running a contest on your website or blog page and letting people know about it via Facebook.  Of course, you can’t announce the winners on Facebook, but again, you can tell people to go to your website to find out the winners.  At least this is the way I understand it.


If you can explain it easier, please let me know.  But tell me now if any of you will still do any kind of contest on Facebook.  Is it worth it?  The funny thing is that last night I saw our local news station say, “Go to our Facebook page and “LIKE” us for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate.”


Bottom Line: Maybe they didn’t get the Facebook memo.

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84 thoughts on “Will the New Facebook Rules Cramp Your Style?

  1. Marilyn AKA Playground Monitor

    I’ve been scouring those rules too and came to the same conclusion you did. I just have to wonder why they’d make a rule that could run off users. And I’ve seen other places around here that apparently didn’t get the memo either.

    We don’t run contests on Facebook but have announced our website and blog contests there. It’ll be interesting to see how this shakes out. Like other changes they’ve made, they may end up reversing the decision.

  2. Kitti

    It can’t be worse than their pronouncement a couple years ago, that anything you post on FB (in a status or a note) can be theirs if they want it. That freaked out all the authors I know.

    Gone were the amusing posts and fascinating snippets of writing, replaced by hateful links to tinyurl. It made my FB less fun and less useful.

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  4. Dina S

    Fb does what it wants ans when. this is why alot of people go there for these things. but it seems they keep allowing things you don’t want done to you info.

  5. Rue Allyn

    New rules? I’m so new to FB, that all the rules are new. Thanks for the info on FB contests. I sure as heck won’t run my June 1 release day contest through FB. So, great to hear you speak tonight Barbara. Thank you very much.

  6. Karin Kallmaker

    It will cramp my style to a certain extent because readers on Facebook are a separate group from readers at my blog or web site and if I want to recognize them with a giveaway Facebook has basically said I can’t. Those who can pay for a 3rd party app to get the look and feel they want will dominate and those who can’t will have to work around it – or pay for the app or a Facebook ad to try to draw readers to Facebook. There is a continuing drain of original content and vitality from Facebook as an increasing homogenized paid content takes over. And as Kitti says, when they announced that they owned all content posted on their site (a claim no one has contested…yet…) all the authors I know stopped using the Note feature overnight.

  7. Allure Van Sanz

    Was so happy to meet you tonight…er…last night technically. Babbling at you over dinner, then the great talk at the meeting. You’re such a genuine person. Now to your topic…WTH is with Facebook?? I’m with you–I can’t wrap my brain around the conditions they’ve set up. I pretty much post and wait to see if I get slapped into a suspension or something.

    Many have complained about these new rules, maybe they’ll see the error of their ways. Too much to hope??

    Allure Van Sanz

  8. W. Lynn Chantale

    Thanks so much for visiting us Barbara. I’ve read a few of your blogs and really enjoy them. Visiting and commenting will be a regular occurrence. Thanks again for coming!

  9. Debby Giusti

    I’m heading to Facebook after this to talk about Seekerville (www.seekerville.blopspot.com) and the 5 books I’m giving away today. Will I get my hand slapped? :)

    Thanks, Barbara, for mentioning the “free stuff!”

  10. Sheila

    If you break the rules they say they will remove your profile. If you have a lot of followers that could be devastating to lose.
    Did you see that Facebook got busted hiring a PR firm to plant hateful articles about Google? What’s going on over there at FB? It’s like Napoleon is running that place. Close enough I suppose. LOL

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