Update: The facebook profile in this post was re-instated luckily. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t still have a back up plan!
Today something really cruddy happened. Some blogging buddies of mine had their Facebook account pretty much taken away from them in an instant.
They had a sponsor (for a giveaway), that did not make good on their prize and they called them out publicly.
Apparently that sponsor complained to Facebook and now both owners of that page AND an owner of another page that was a “just in case” admin have been totally banned from Facebook.
They had 17,000+ Facebook fans and the other page owner had over 32,000 facebook fans.
This has taught me a valuable lesson. I have been focusing on building up a community on Facebook because it’s fun and because I LOVE my Facebook fans. However, this is also incredibly dangerous! So many of you rely on Facebook to get your daily Family Friendly Frugality fix…and honestly, Facebook could rip that all away tomorrow. I’m already marked as spam over there…who’s to say they won’t take away my posting rights entirely?
Facebook doesn’t care about it’s users. Why should it? It’s the 2nd largest site in the world with virtually zero competition (c’mon Google Plus!). If Facebook demotes you to persona non grata…you have NO recourse.
And if they did? If Facebook did shut me down? I would not rebuild. It’s taken me a year to build the amazing community I’ve built over there and I just would not have it in me to do that all over again.
So I am begging you.
PLEASE my wonderful Facebook fans, stick with me over there…but also make sure you have a back up.
The ideal alternative is to subscribe to my blog by email. One email once every 24 hours with every post made here on the site.
Alternatively you could follow me on Twitter.
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Stay with me!
Without all of you, this blog is just me chatting to myself, and that’s not really all that fun ;).
I am working on getting a forum built into FFF, but it’s a really expensive undertaking and I have to admit, I’m nervous that I’d build it and no one would come 😉 .
For now though, just have a back up plan!
I highly encourage you sign up by email…it’s the easiest way to have a daily reminder of FFF each day and to make sure you grab all the great deals and other goodies I post each day.
I’m a bit sad tonight. Knowing the work that goes into building what those ladies built is just gone…potentially for good…makes me want to cry.