Facebook and 5000

Did you know that Facebook only allows 5000 friends?

What’s with that?

Follow on Twitter, at least….


Also… I just discovered that I can create ads on my Facebook page.  Who knew?

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  1. PeterK says:

    I think if you create a fan page you can have beyond 5K

  2. jt83 says:

    Yes, creating a “fan” page would be the answer.

  3. Do you just convert your regular page?

  4. Ef-lover says:

    I think if you go to groups section and create a group such as “WDTPRS” that my work

  5. Deo volente says:


    You are limited to 5,000 friends, but Groups don’t have that limit. So, the post by Ef-lover is correct. You might create a Group called WDTPRS, make yourself sole moderator, and post your updates to the Group page. Then, send out a message to all your friends to join your Group. Not everyone who joins the Group has to be a friend. All members of the Group get your updates if you post there (I do), and you can choose “Friends of Friends” if you wanted to broadcast even wider so that more people would see your blog posts. Here is a very humble example. You get only those who are truly interested in the updates to the blog this way.


  6. William says:

    Okay, I’ll try this just one more time: Would some kind soul, without making me feel completely obtuse and benighted, explain just what Twitter and Facebook do. Father Z, you got an ear (eye) full when you polled about those out here who follow you with these devices–apparently most of your admirers do NOT. Now without cheek and condescension, please explain the functions, benefits and advantages of such engines for the many of us who lack internet fluency.

  7. Vincenzo says:


    What Twitter is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter

    The Twitter web site: http://twitter.com

    & a description of Facebook: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook

    The Facebook web site: http://www.facebook.com

  8. Dorcas says:

    I’ll second that, William; when I look at the feed there seems to be no content except for a bunch of user names, and a few comments from other people. What’s the point of that?

  9. Daniel says:

    Some months ago I set up a Facebook page just to follow various Catholic blogs using Networked Blogs. The feed from the blog goes to the page, which then goes onto the Facebook newsfeed of those following the page. The page is http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jubilate-Deo/138670926906?ref=ts .

    I’d suggest setting up a page which you could then have your blog posts feed directly into using Networked Blogs (which I believe Fr. Z already uses). If you use a group rather than a page, people have to revisit the group to see whether or not there are any updates to it. By becoming a fan of the page (now called “liking” the page) your posts will go directly to the followers newsfeed.

  10. Maltese says:

    Facebook is a nightmare. It makes people think they have friends they don’t, and it ciphers every bit of information you do provide for personal exploitation and profit.

    I even have friends who don’t e-mail anymore; they only “facebook”! What a farce!

    Insidious as it is, I stay very clear of facebook…

  11. Patikins says:

    William and Dorcas:

    Twitter is described as a “microblogging service but I haven’t used it and have no plans to.

    Facebook is one of many “social networking” sites. There are many ways to use it. If you have other friends or family members on Facebook it can be good for keeping in touch and sharing photos/stories. That’s mainly how I use it. There’s a lot more to Facebook though. There are applications you can use within facebook that are mostly a waste of time (silly quizzes, games, “gift” giving applications). You can post links to websites and invite commentary. There are pages for various people, interests or causes, from the silliest to the sublime that you can link to your profile. You can get birthday reminders and you can send invitations to events (either real or virtual).

    Downsides: There are potentially serious privacy issues. Personally I’m not excessively concerned because I have never listed my address or phone number on my profile and I’ve kept my privacy settings up to date (locked down) as FB makes changes. I also only have people I actually know in real life and I am cautious about accepting friend invitations even if I am acquainted with that person.

    There is also potential for it to become a big waste of time. BIG waste of time.

  12. FrancisJoseph says:

    Making a Facebook fanpage would be my suggestion also.

    As far as privacy on Facebook, just depends on what you share/post…I don’t use any of my real information there. I have a lot of Catholics on my list that post great stuff and it’s helpful to me for that purpose.

  13. robtbrown says:

    Facebook is a nightmare. It makes people think they have friends they don’t, and it ciphers every bit of information you do provide for personal exploitation and profit.

    For me Facebook has made it possible to re-connect with some old friends. I realize that there are people who somehow think they make friends on Facebook with people they have never met, but that is their problem.

    IMHO, Facebook is like drinking alcohol. Just because people have a glass of wine or margarita doesn’t mean they should drain the bottle.

    I even have friends who don’t e-mail anymore; they only “facebook”! What a farce!

    On way or the another, it’s still electronic messaging.

    Insidious as it is, I stay very clear of facebook…
    Comment by Maltese

    The search engines gather info on every search you make.

  14. eiggam says:

    I’m not sure if the “Group” Facebook option is still available. Groups that I had previously joined were converted to “Fan” pages. Some stores use “Fan” pages to advertise online only sales.

    Facebook is good for sharing photos with families, but discretion is advised. Post only photos in good taste and don’t tag (add names to photos) unless it is OK with all parties involved.

  15. Lynne says:

    Please do not set up a Facebook group. The postings on a group’s page do not get sent to members’ newfeeds, one has to go to the group’s page to see if stuff has been added. Fan page postings *are* sent out via newfeeds… I would suggest that you set up a Fan page and then request that folks ‘like’ that. Also, they should remove themselves as friends. Obviously, you wouldn’t confirm friend-requests anymore unless they were personal friends that you wanted to keep in touch with…

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