All the Facebook Likes on my articles and in some Triond writers’ articles have disappeared. Have our friends staged a massive clicking of Facebook "Unlike" against our articles?
This is unbelievable but all the Facebook Likes in all of my articles are gone. I was about to write an article with this title: “Edit the Title of Your Article and Your Facebook Likes Will Be Gone” when I suddenly noticed that all of my articles, inluding those whose titles I did not edit, do not reflect the Facebook Likes that my friends gave me.
I suddenly found myself revisiting my friends’ articles that I “Liked” and I saw that they, too, do not have the Facebook Likes. Where then have all our Facebook Likes gone? Does that mean our friends clicked the Unlike button in our articles?
Let us first take a look at this: Newsflavor says that as of December 16, 2010, four hundred sixty (460) Facebook users shared Ulsterman’s White House Insider: Hillary, 2012 and Michelle Obama’s Racism and 580 Facebook users shared Joesixpack’s Mother Gives Birth to 19 Pound Thanksgiving Baby yet both articles do not reflect a single Facebook “Like.” With these figures, I am ruling out the possibility that there was a massive clicking of “Unlike” from Facebook users. The former was published on December 3, 2010; the latter, November 30, 2010.
On the other hand, UmiNoor’s article Malaysia to Join Other Countries That Banned Facebook, shows 144 Facebook “Likes.” The said article was published on December 7, 2010. Has there been a glitch in Triond’s system somewhere during the first week of the month? I was about to post this question at GetSatisfaction but then I realized that my Facebook “Likes” will no longer be restored even if the Triond staff answers my inquiry.
Lately, I have been aiming at Google as my primary source of traffic to my articles. My top search phrases tell me that I am slowly getting there. I am looking forward to that day when I will no longer have to rely solely on my Facebook friends to read me.
Why, then, am I looking for the lost Facebook “Likes”? Well, aside from the fact that one “Like” means one person putting a link of the article from his/her Facebook wall, those “Likes”are affirmations from Facebook users that the article is worth reading. Furthermore, Facebook “Likes” mean a lot because they serve as decorations or badges to our articles.