If you’ve used an app such as NetworkedBlogs or RSS Graffiti to automatically post new blog articles to your Facebook fan page timeline each time one goes live, then you’ve likely noticed this hasn’t been working. Over the past month or so, I noticed sporadic auto feeds making it from WordPress to Facebook for some of the fan pages I administer. Because I wasn’t seeing a rhyme or reason to it, I shrugged it off as another Facebook glitch that would hopefully work itself out.
However, when they all stopped working, I knew there had to be something more to it. I hadn’t seen anything posted by my usual sources, nor had I received any emails from Facebook or NetworkedBlogs. I went in to investigate and found a rather simple, yet annoying fix. (I did get an email letting me know of this change, one day AFTER I figured it out for myself!)
It seems that the days of setting up these applications and leaving them be are over. Facebook has changed rules in association with these applications that now require page administrators to re-grant permission every 60 days. Yes, you heard me. Simply go into the edit portion of your fan page, click on the applications tab, and then on NetworkedBlogs or RSS Graffiti. A message will pop up letting you know that you must grant permission for the auto posts to continue. While this is a quick and easy fix, it certainly is an annoying one. For those of us who have multiple fan pages using many different applications, every 60 days will roll around quickly. I put a reoccurring reminder in my Outlook, and I advise you to do the same.
On another note, Facebook recently announced it was doing away with attributions from third party sources, so posts from these applications or tools like HootSuite will no longer bare the little disclaimer. Your fans won’t be able to tell if you posted directly (live), pre-scheduled updates, or posted from another source. Unfortunately, the Facebook newsfeed algorithm still will, and using any other method than posting directly to your Fan Page will likely get much fewer views.
Best of luck to you!