Last Wednesday, my TV news web producing colleagues and I noticed a Facebook bug. When we realized it wasn’t just our news station’s account, we reached out to our comrades across the country, in addition to our own social networks. We quickly learned we were not alone.
Whenever we would post a link, photo or status on a Facebook page we were an administrator for, we started getting email notifications, in addition to notifications within Facebook’s toolbar.
As an administrator for more than two dozen Facebook pages, including one with more than 75,000 fans, this created a major annoyance. Post a link about a breaking news situation? Get ready for dozens, if not hundreds of emails and notifications.
It didn’t matter that I had turned off notifications for the account. A colleague reached out on a Facebook developer forum and was told, “There is a bug that essentially thinks you’re still you when you’re commenting on a Page you admin.”
So, basically, even if you chose the setting “Always comment/post on abcd page as abcd,” Facebook thought you were posting as yourself. Hence, a bazillion notifications.
Since I haven’t been able to find any solutions in my online searching, I decided to try to find a workaround myself. Friday afternoon, I found my answer.
While logged in as yourself, before posting on your page, click the account button on the upper right and select “use Facebook as page” and select your fan page. Make your post, then switch back to posting as yourself and you won’t get those pesky notifications.