I was one of the first people on Facebook. I know that sounds like “hipster blogger” talk, but it’s true. Back in 2002, I was a Freshman at Georgetown University in DC and we all got invites to this MySpace wannabe. I never thought it would last. It was such a basic thing and since there were only a handful of schools on the East Coast who had access, it was pretty limited and bleak – especially for those like me who were from the other side of the country. I ended up giving my account to someone from a non-East Coast school cause I really didn’t care all that much.
Fast forward a decade and half and Facebook has taken over the world. I drive in Central Oregon and past the giant Facebook data center that wasn’t even a thought 20 years ago. Facebook is always molding, changing, and updating. What was once a college phenomenom is now the primary mode of communication across the globe. And another of those changes are upon us and affects us here a bit at Run Oregon.
Facebook’s news feed is going to “prioritize posts from friends and family over public content and content from publishers.” While I honestly understand and appreciate the thought behind it, it also means that Run Oregon and similar outlets will not show up as much in your feed. We are made up of unpaid volunteers here at Run Oregon, so if it was just us that were showing up less, that’s one thing. But the content that we create serves the community as a whole and, specifically, local races. We strive to be the location where every race in Oregon can receive coverage free of charge. As a result, when we show up less, local races and their causes do as well.
If you like seeing the newest running content, commenting and sharing info from new and long-time races, and do much of your running-related research on Facebook , we recommend following us and ensuring our info shows up in your feed. It’s an easy process. Simply head to our Facebook page and click on the “Following” button and select “See First” to see race and running info at the top of your feed. If you’d like to be notified when we publish content, you can also choose to receive notifications. That’s pretty much it. We try not to overload your newsfeed and complete about 3-4 posts per day considering how many races there are in our great state!
See you on Facebook, and thanks for reading Run Oregon!