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Is Negative Feedback Hurting Your Facebook Page?

All writers and publishing professionals need to avoid posts that earn negative feedback from readers. These posts can affect your future Facebook performance.

Facebook recently revealed how the company tracks negative feedback from users. There are four kinds of negative feedback on Facebook, when a user makes the following decisions: to “hide all stories from a Page,” to “hide hide this story,” to “unlike a page” or to “report an object as a spam.”

Facebook’s secret EdgeRank algorithm takes into account this negative feedback, and it affects how many people see your posts. You should avoid posting spammy announcements, potentially annoying notes, unsolicited wall posts or other kinds of posts readers are likely to give negative feedback.

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Suzanne Collins Rules Most Read Books List on Facebook

Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games dominated Facebook this year, her trilogy taking the first, second and third spots on Facebook’s Most Read Books of 2012 list.

Above, you can see Facebook’s infographic about the top books of 2012. Below, we’ve listed the top five books on that list…

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
3. Mockingjay by  Suzanne Collins
4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Comic Book Facebook Game Counts 5.3 Million Monthly Active Users

Marvel’s Avengers Alliance game brought comic book heroes to Facebook, creating a highly successful new kind of storytelling on the social network. AllFacebook has more:

According to sister site AppData, Avengers Alliance has 5.3 million monthly active users. The game has also recently earned a spot on Facebook’s developers blog. According to the blog, the game was up and running quickly. It took just one day to prototype, and then there was one week of internal testing and one week for staging and going live. The game has become successful, Facebook notes, largely because of the quality of its open graph actions. The makers of the game wanted to ensure that the actions sent out by players would rise above the simple ones informing friends of achievements.

Press play below to listen to an encore edition of the Morning Media Menu where we interviewed Alex Irvine, the comic book writer and novelist behind Avengers Alliance.

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HarperCollins Canada Creates Video Thank You for Facebook Fans

HarperCollins Canada created a special video to celebrate the 100,000 fans who have “liked” them on Facebook.

We’ve embedded the full video above–what do you think? Using the text from the jackets of their books, the publisher had this message for its readers:

Dear Facebook Fans, Thank you for helping create the greatest community of readers online. One hundred thousand strong and growing every day; made up of awesome, incredible book lovers just like you. We hope you’ll continue to share inspiration, share imagination and share reading.

How To Cope with Facebook EdgeRank Changes

Facebook recently updated its EdgeRank algorithm, the complex calculation that determines how many people see your individual Facebook posts in their newsfeed.

EdgeRank Tracker is a free tool for measuring how your posts work with the algorithm. They measure Affinity, Weight, and Time Decay, the three variables that affect your post placement. Here’s more from the company: “Affinity is dependent on a user’s relationship with an object in the news feed. Weight is determined by the type of object, such as a photo/video/link/etc. The last variable is Time Decay, as an object gets older, the lower the value.”

Below, we adapted EdgeRank Tracker’s advice into four steps that writers can take to cope with these changes at Facebook. If you have any advice to add, share it in the comments.

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Facebook Counts One Billion Users

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg counted the company’s one billionth user today, a major milestone for social networks.

To mark this moment, here are some Facebook resources for writers, readers and publishing professionals:

Facebook Your New or Upcoming Book

Facebook Timeline Tips for Writers

How to Add Goodreads to Your Facebook Timeline

Top 20 Facebook Apps for Book Lovers

How to Control Your Facebook Apps

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Stan Lee Hosts Photo Caption-Writing Contest

Comics legend Stan Lee is hosting a caption-writing contest on Facebook.

Write a snappy caption for this artistic rendition of Stan Lee as a ”Mission Commander” (pictured) and post it as a comment at this link. Lee will personally pick the winning submission. No official reward has been revealed, but a “special prize or two” could possibly be given out.

This contest promotes a new project developed by mobile entertainment publisher Moonshark and Stan Lee called “Verticus.” This superhero action-adventure game is available on iOS-supported devices (i.e. iPads). Follow this link to learn about the full details of this contest.

Anne Rice Ponders Lestat Comeback on Facebook

Novelist Anne Rice wrote an intriguing one-sentence post on Facebook recently: “If you want Lestat to come back, can you tell me why in one sentence?”

Her die-hard fans left more than 8,100 comments explaining why they hoped she’d bring back the vampire who starred in her beloved Vampire Chronicles series (including her bestseller, The Vampire Lestat). She followed up the post with another short and cryptic update: “In one sentence, what one thing do you NOT like about Lestat?”

Would you read a new Lestat book? Could thousands of fans convince the horror novelist to bring back her famous character?

Facebook Resources for GalleyCat Readers

The GalleyCat Facebook page has become an important part of our community outreach. In the upper right-hand corner of our blog, we’ve added a new permanent link to our page on the world’s biggest social network.

If you want to share your new book with GalleyCat readers, you can do it at this Facebook link. If you want to Facebook your upcoming literary event on GalleyCat, follow this link for directions.

We’ve also collected a number of resources for writers, readers and publishing professionals on the social network. Check it out…

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KFC to Republish Colonel Sanders’ Memoir on Facebook

On Monday, KFC will release a free eBook edition of a memoir written by Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of the fried chicken chain.

Originally published in 1966, the book contains recipes and stories about the cook who built a fast food empire. Readers need to “like” the autobiography and authorize the Facebook app to read the book. Follow this link to get the book next week.

Here’s an excerpt about his childhood: “In those days children did a lot of things youngsters don’t do anymore. Take thrashing, for example. When the boys were thrashing wheat, we carried 160-pound sacks from the thrashing machine to the stock pile with our teeth. When I tell people that today, I can see that they don’t believe me. But it’s the truth. I guess it’s because I carried wheat like that, that I have such a strong neck right now. But as I say, country boys dealt with a whole lot of things then that city boys never knew anything about. We had to cut the wood for our kitchen stove ourselves. About 40 acres of our farm was in a wooded lot, so we had plenty of wood to cut.” (Via the Guardian)

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