Over the past few months, even casual users of the social media giant Facebook have likely noticed some big changes in the content they now see in their news-feeds. Your favorite pages may have disappeared completely, and the people and artists you took the time to follow are probably being shown to you less and less, with more “suggestions” and “sponsored” posts taking their place.
This is all part of the website’s current money-making plan, and as shady as it may seem, it is their site to manipulate how they please. I will admit that it has been frustrating and disappointing that, after almost three years of steadily building a fan base there, now less than 1% of the 123,000 fans of HorrorHomework.com see our posts.
Again, it is their site to run as they please, and bitching about it gets us nowhere.
With that said, a bit of a loophole has appeared in the form of Facebook “groups” as opposed to pages. The groups have always been there, as a great place to meet and connect with other people from around the world who share similar interests. In fact, that is where the whole idea for this very website was born. In September of 2011, I posted a status about Chiller TV’s baffling “top horror films of the new millennium” on my personal page, and got tons of comments from friends, and they were still coming the next day…
A few days later, I created a group called Horror Homework, which grew into the page and website right here. As our focus shifted to building an original website and finding fans for our page, the group fell silent. Until recently.
For whatever reasons, the group pages seem to show up more often in the news-feeds, so it has been interesting to see the shift. Who knows how long it will be until FB realizes that we have found the back door, but in the meantime we can all enjoy the benefits of joining a group and seeing the content that we are interested in, without all the meddling.
So what follows is a list of some of the more interesting horror groups currently on Facebook, recommended for everyone.
Of course, Horror Homework is our group that I would encourage you to join, as well as making an effort to check in on the actual site for consistent news, reviews, contests, and artist profiles. Did I mention we created our very own independent social network?
You can join that and create a free profile by clicking the join tab in the upper right hand of the homepage here.
Elsewhere on Facebook, the large group Fans Of All Things Horror has a ton of members that consistently interact with each other and post interesting topics for discussion. Moderated by Stephen Pisani, a veteran of horror on TV and film, who often puts unique and irresistible collectables up for sale. He has an online store to visit here, but lists many of his newest and greatest items right in the group for the members to have the first chance at them. This is a very entertaining and recommended group!
Another wonderful group is the Horror Artists group, where I have been lucky enough to meet and interact with a ton of great artists working within the genre. The group is a real pleasure to browse, as the artists themselves consistently upload their newest works and share constructive criticism and compliments with each other. A great group to join if you are a horror artist, or just someone who appreciates great art, with a dark side.
The Bloody Pit Of Horror is fun group from the admins of Horror And Shit and Horror of Truant, a drama-free environment where fans can gather to discuss their love of all things grotesque and wonderful.
Legends Of Horror is a group moderated by Brandon Stephens, a screenwriter who definitely knows his stuff. A friendly and interesting group for horror fans, it consists of art/drawings, movie reviews, contests, trivia, movie updates and a random horror movie every Sunday!
Finally, be sure and check out I LOVE ALL HORROR, a group created by our friends at iHorror. Another place to get your fill of all the news and discussions you can handle. Be sure and check it out, for news and updates!
I hope you guys find this list useful, and be sure to join these groups to fill your Facebook news-feed up with the horrific images and articles that we have been missing!
Enjoy, and remember to try and get along with everyone if you join these groups. We are only as weird as our neighbors…