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Why Filmmakers Should Think Beyond Facebook

Why Filmmakers Should Think Beyond Facebook

As recently as last summer I thought that a filmmaker could
do a good job with social media only using Facebook. I’m not saying that anymore.

Back then, the crux of my argument came from my supposition
that most independent filmmakers’ time was very limited. If they had time to do
Twitter, Instagram , Tumblr, etc., that would be great, but I knew what was
involved in making a film and I knew that a lot of people were doing DIY
distribution. Facebook was bigger than all other social networks combined.
Facebook offered unique advantages like cheap advertising. Facebook took very
little time compared to the others.

So I told filmmakers and other artists: “Learn how to use

That was then.

Post-IPO, and particularly since September, Facebook has
been monkeying around with the Edgerank computer algorithm that controls
everything on the network. Nearly everyone has reported that less of their
posts are getting seen and they need to pay for “promoted posts” to get them
seen. If you have a Facebook page for your film, you know what I’m talking
about. If you don’t, check out this New York Times article by Nick Bilton to
see what I’m talking about. Facebook denies that they have changed their
algorithm so everybody has to pay for what they used to get for free, but they
don’t deny that they are changing Edgerank.

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