TL;DR? If you are on Facebook and want to keep seeing my posts, like and/or follow my page, “Chris Beckstrom”

Did you know you could migrate your personal Facebook profile into a public Facebook page? This basically means converting a personal wall/timeline intended for communicating with friends and family into a more public-focused page. When I found out you could do that, I did it. Here’s why.

Why did I do this?

Basically, I did this so I could publish posts on my blog and have them automatically blasted out to Facebook. I used to be able to write a blog post here, hit “publish,” and it would be delivered to any number of social media accounts like Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook. Due to changes in the way Facebook works behind the scenes, it’s no longer possible to automatically post to Facebook profiles from other places, like this WordPress-based blog. Strangely, It is still possible to automatically post to Facebook pages.

I’ve been trying to use Facebook less and less, replacing its “News” feed with an RSS reader where I pick my news sources and view them in whatever way I want to view them, but everybody and their mom is on Facebook. I still want to connect with folks, especially those where the only connection I have to them is Facebook.

Most of what I post is not familial in nature; it’s synthesizer videos, hiking adventures, coding experiments, and everyday stuff that I want to share with the world. I already use Facebook as a place to publicly share things; it makes sense to make it, as they say, Facebook official.

What’s changing?

So this seems to be the solution: instead of sharing blog posts, links, etc. to my personal Facebook profile, I’ll be sharing them to my public Facebook page. Migrating from profile to page also moved all my friends to my page as people who “like” it, meaning if you are my Facebook friend or follower, you should be getting updates from the Chris Beckstrom page now. Actually, depending on how it looks on your end, you may not notice any difference at all.

Wait, what? Huh?

If it weren’t for the large number of friends and family with whom I keep in touch almost exclusively through Facebook, I’d have quit Facebook months or even years ago. Perhaps you are in the same position. Facebook has its issues, not the least of which is making some things difficult.

I know all that above may sound like a bunch of gobbledygook, and to some extent, it is. Shouldn’t people be able to share what they want, when they want, how they want? And shouldn’t people be able to read what they want, when they want, and in whatever way they want? Facebook is making all this increasingly more difficult.

All you really need to know is that from now on, I’ll be posting things to https://facebook.com/chrisbeckstrom. If you want to be sure to get everything I toss out there into the Internet, check out all the different ways you can follow my adventures over here


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