It's all because of Facebook. I posted:
Speed bump: I just "liked" my own postI'd inadvertently LIKED my own post. In the comments, a familiar name popped up (from Facebook and she comments here.) Yochaved Miriam Russo said:
Actually, it's a good idea to 'like' your own posts -- I haven't gotten into the habit, but it makes sense to do so.She included a link that introduced me to Rick's Daily Tips. Rick Rouse writes a newsletter chockablock with very useful tips for clueless Internet dwellers like me. Stuff like: Facebook algorithms tip in your favor when you like your own post.
His latest newsletter had something that shocked me.
He warned against clicking on or liking or sharing what he calls "feel good posts on Facebook." You know, the kind that you click on and share because they're cute... Like:
I am very careful about what I click on and rarely get stung, never open emails from sources I don't recognize, but when I saw this tip I knew I had some learning to do.
Rick says what looks completely innocent could be “Like and Share Bait.” After it's been LIKED and SHARED a lot, it gets replaced by something offensive or a spam image or links to a virus that downloads when the next person clicks on it.
So thanks to Rick I'm done SHARING those kinds of posts - and LIKING myself a whole lot more.
Here are some of Rick's other posts that you might like... and maybe like me you'll end up signing up for his newsletter. There are worse ways to waste your time.