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How Facebook's bait-and-switch dupes users

     

Whitey

6:43 am on Mar 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Facebook appears to be suppressing posts unless users pay hefty fees, writes Nick Bilton.

Early last year, soon after Facebook instituted a feature that let people subscribe to others' feeds without being friends, I quickly amassed a healthy "subscriber" list of about 25,000 people.

Every Sunday morning, I started sharing my weekly column with this newfound entourage. Those garnered a good response. For example, a column about my 2012 New Year's resolution to take a break from electronics gathered 535 "likes" and 53 "reshares." Another, about Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder and chief executive, owing me $50 after the company's public offering, quickly drew 323 likes and 88 reshares.

Since then, my subscribers have grown to number 400,000. Yet now, when I share my column, something different happens. Guess how many people like and reshare the links I post?

If your answer was more than two digits long, you're wrong.
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