Hi people,

A few of you have told me that you’re having trouble sharing posts from here and The Only Adult in the Room on Facebook – that you’re being told the links are “spammy” – the nerve!

I just Googled and found this response to someone having a similar problem with another site:

“It’s likely a person marked it as spam. It’s probably not Facebook’s fault, a user probably did it and the system automatically flags link containing your web site address. Now it is tagged in their databases as spam. You probably won’t be able to fix it. You might try putting your links in a url shortner and so it changes the name to a shortened name that is randomly generated.”

Hopefully it’s just a glitch, but it might be – as suggested above – that people not too fond of the President are marking your links as spam. So, try using Tinyurl to change the address for links from here and The Only Adult in the Room – fingers crossed that’ll work. Let me know!

Update: Okay, using Tinyurl didn’t work. Will check asap to see if there are any work-a-rounds for this.

Another Update: Hey people, Tien just left a comment under the post above to say she was able to post it to Facebook – is anyone else having any success?

54 Responses to “facebook”

  1. 1 m
    April 8, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Thanks Chips and just to update…I just tried the tinyurl after you suggested it and again the content came up as blocked. I do think Rev Al should know his words/message/support for PBO is being blocked!

    • 2 Dorothy Rissman
      April 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      M, I had the same problem. I was unable get my message through.

    • 3 Sonjia Duncan
      April 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      I had this problem and I started using the url # that appears on each of the emails that we get from you and bwd. I paste it directly on my status at the link. No problem after that. Someone is trying to disable the ability to be the media by spreading the news.

  2. 6 sherijr
    April 8, 2011 at 10:08 am

    glad you wrote this chips.. I’m still not able to post from your site or bwds this morning to facebook.. what I have been able to do is post the links directly to my profile rather than push your button here. Now.. the only ‘friends’ I have are political folks who’ve friended me.. however, I did have one ‘friend’ who was an exgirlfriend of one of my sons.. who commented on facebook a couple of days ago that she ‘hates’ getting politics on her facebook… thus she may well have been my culprit. I un-friended her last night, lol, never liked her anyway- heh. Funny thing is I’ve never friended anyone on Facebook, they have all friended me.. and could have unfriended me at anytime without any problem so I’m taking this a bit personally and I’m pissed. I won’t let it prevent me from getting the facts and the news out via yours and bwd’s sites, however.

    PS- I guess it didn’t necessarily have to be one of my friends, could have been anyone of a billion people on facebook, right? They marked posts from yours and bwd’s sites as spam as a way to prevent info on this President from being seen.. I thought it was a bit too coincidental and convenient during the same week that President Obama announced his reelection plans.

    • April 8, 2011 at 10:17 am

      I’m still laughing at “never liked her anyway” 😆

      I’m clueless about Facebook, sherijr, I must be one of only about five people on planet earth who doesn’t use it, so I don’t know how the ‘spam marking’ thing works there. If anyone is allowed to mark Pro President Obama links as spam, and not just your friends, then …. well, you can just imagine how many do it.

      • 8 sherijr
        April 8, 2011 at 10:23 am

        lol.. hey she done him wrong back in HS.. and I’ve never forgiven her, lol.

        But you’re right.. anyone can mark something as spam.. however, I learned last night from other ‘friends’ of mine that they too were having trouble posting things: all of them dems, all post political commentary. This is the only reason I joined facebook- to circumvent the ‘media’ as much as possible and to get the facts out. But frankly I’m astonished (if its so) that anyone can mark spam and that be unchangeable via the facebook admins. If thats the case- then every politician (including our President) are spamming the hell outta facebook.. not to mention Oprah, PBS… and a host of other entities. So, like I said: I am stymied.. also feeling downright ‘infringed’ upon, lol. Ain’t gonna take it laying down either ! 😉

        • April 8, 2011 at 10:35 am

          Good grief, and there was me thinking Facebook was all about freedom of expression! What a ridiculous system, if that’s the way it works. It’d be interested to know if using Tinyurl would get around this?

          • 10 m
            April 8, 2011 at 10:41 am

            Chips, I tried and it did not work. =( This is maddening.

            • 11 sherijr
              April 8, 2011 at 10:46 am

              I tried too.. and same result. The only way it seems to circumvent it is to post directly to our profiles.. I have posted this commentary of chips and asked if others are having problems linking from other pro-obama sites. And I’ve once again complained to facebook about it… I will keep complaining to them, because I find it very difficult to believe that they can’t undo this. Because like I said, The Whitehouse, POTUS, all the dems, repubs, Palin.. et al post all day on facebook.. do we really think no one in America hasn’t marked them as spam? puhleeze..
              thus if its an automatic database kind of thing… they too would be prohibited from continuing to post.. of course I’m no computer smarty by any means so I’m prolly talking out my uknowwhat.. lol.

            • April 8, 2011 at 10:47 am

              Flip! Okay, I’m a bit tied up at the minute, but I’ll do more searching asap to see if I can find a work-a-round. Very annoying! Thanks for letting me know M.

              • 13 sherijr
                April 8, 2011 at 10:50 am

                Thank you for posting this, it has really troubled me.. as I absolutely see it as an infringement on our political speech… there are no rules against it on facebook, thus we’re doing no harm. If its possible to shut out all positive views of the president and all factual info on facebook merely because a couple of folks don’t like it.. then seriously this amounts to a very BFD imo.

                • 14 m
                  April 8, 2011 at 10:59 am

                  Keep us informed sherijr if you find out anything. This is a BFD especially since the MSM is not spreading this needed info! We need to spread the info ourselves. (By the way, it took me a minute to figure out what BFD meant when you typed it above. Now honestly, how could I forget that?) 😉

                  • 15 sherijr
                    April 8, 2011 at 11:10 am

                    ha! I love BFD, killed me when Biden said it.. as it was a term we used a lot as teenagers back in my day 😉

                    Okay so heres some news: I just shared a link via the DCCC website onto facebook with ZERO NADA problem.. so its not me who’s being blocked, it is this website thats being blocked, thus Chips.. I dunno what to do. I’ll keep complaining at facebook.. one thing it tells us: Chips and BWD are making their sites known.. and anti-Obama/Dems are not liking their popularity. We’ve scared someone enough to go the route of attempting to silence us. So hell no we’re not lying down for this.

                    • 16 Dorothy Rissman
                      April 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm

                      sherijr, it could also be the repugnants. They would love for facebook to be filled with negative comments about Obama.

                    • 17 sherijr
                      April 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

                      I agree whole heartedly Dorothy, I’ve no doubt its Republican/tea baggers.. stifling everyone’s free political speech- but their own.

              • April 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm

                I just added it to my wall on my private Facebook page, no problem.


                • 19 sherijr
                  April 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm

                  thats great! so far we’ve all been able to do that.. it is only linking at the facebook link from this site that is being blocked…and bwd and bluewavenews.. thus far.

  3. 20 sherijr
    April 8, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I’ve just got to announce this to someone: It is bloody snowing here in the state of ND.. not just snowing, but thundering toboot. Good grief: thats your fault Senator Conrad for voting with republicans on green house gasses.. your God is pissed.

  4. April 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

    From my twitter timeline:

    RT @thinkprogress: UPDATE: Reid says “$38B in cuts is decided upon, but the sticking point remains with the Planned Parenthood rider.” http://thkpr.gs/iihqtS

    • 24 sherijr
      April 8, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Hey can you twitter this Tigerfists? I just tried several different sites – attempting to link/share them to facebook, all political, all democratic, all pro Obama. I was able without an problem to link to Facebook: DCCC, WeeSeeYou.com, The People’s View net., Eclectablog.com. Then I tried: The Only Adult in The Room.com and The Obama Diary- no goes. Both have been marked as spam/inappropriate by Facebook. Can you get the word out via twitter? maybe that will help a little.

      And there you have it Chips.. you and BWD have pissed off some folks and now they’re trying to prevent you from getting out the facts. Don’t worry.. I’m feeling kinda fierce today.

  5. 25 Rita
    April 8, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Hi Chip,

    I just tried copying the URL to your blog post (eg. http://theobamadiary.com/2011/04/08/facebook-2/) and putting it as a link on my profile page. That seems to work fine and is not being flagged as spam. This may be a workaround we could use!


    • April 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

      You’re a star Rita, thanks a million for the tip. Hey everyone, give that a go! (Apologies again for being clueless about Facebook!).

    • 27 sherijr
      April 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

      Hey Rita, thats how I’ve been having to do it too.. the same over at BWD’s site.

    • 28 Rita
      April 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      Hey Chip, sherijr,

      Just watched this on Link TV yesterday (kind of like PBS except gets NO govt. funding, and so is a totally “free” voice!): http://www.linktv.org/programs/the-billionaires-tea-party – it’s a must watch on how the Tea Party has been hijacked by the Koch brothers and are being manipulated.

      In it there was a clip on how they are training Tea Party activists on the web and related mediums. The trainer was telling the attendees that they need to do “guerilla warfare” and the example was to go to the Amazon website and search for books by liberals/democrats on subjects like healthcare, cap and trade etc. and rate them with 1 star. And do the inverse for books by republicans. This facebook thing that you are facing may be another of their guerilla tactics!

      But do watch the program if you can. It’s quite enlightening and has made me want to do more in 2012 to get President Obama re-elected!!


      • 29 sherijr
        April 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

        Very interesting Rita, thank you – I’ll check it out. Oh I absolutely believe its a concerted effor on behalf of repubs/tea party (all the same imo). I believed it when I saw it occur at DK. There is nothing I wouldn’t put past some of these folks.. in their effort to prevent the rest of us from voicing our opinions and relating the facts to others. Just think Sarah Palin: A person who enjoys and loves her some Free Speech when it pertains to her, her views, her family, her her her her. Not so much when it pertains to anyone that disagrees with her, or with facts that don’t support her ‘opinion’. That is republicans/tea party people in a nutshell imo.. and when they’re driven by power/greed and the likes of the Koch Brothers.. they are very much capable of doing a great deal of damage.

        I also just tried to link / share a link with ‘Blue Wave News’.. another of our Pro-Obama folks.. and even though they are actually ON FACEBOOK.. I was again blocked from sharing their link. This is really effed up.

        • 30 Rita
          April 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm

          Maybe we should bring this to Facebook’s notice…

          • 31 sherijr
            April 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm

            Have written them numerous times, someone posted their phone numbers below.. I’ll try that too, and I hope others will as well.

            • 32 Rita
              April 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm

              Let’s try a different method as well. Let’s all write to Josh Marshall at TPM: talk@talkingpointsmemo.com and bring this to his attention. Hopefully he will do a post on it.

              • 33 sherijr
                April 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm

                Now you’re talking.. good idea, I feel we need to stop whats going on.. and I agree that since facebook is unreachable then it needs to be made ‘news’ thus hopefully getting facebooks attention. Thanks Rita, will do it.

              • 34 sherijr
                April 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

                Here is my letter to Josh (just emailed him):

                Dear Mr. Marshall:

                Hopefully this will be of interest and concern to you: Since last night certain Pro-Dem/ Pro-Obama blogs have been ‘blocked’ from linking to facebook.. as ‘spam/inappropriate content’. Meaning we cannot link directly from: Blue Wave News, The Only Adult In The Room and The Obama Diary.. to Facebook to share content of these sites.

                I’ve personally written numerous times to Facebook since last night requesting they lift these blocks. These are merely pro dem sites supporting POTUS- factually informative and gaining in popularity. My hope is that you’ll share whats being done here.. by whomever it’s being done.. because at this point it is becoming a point of political free speech infringement. There is nothing spam-like nor inappropriate in the content of these sites… only, as I stated they are becoming known… and possibly its a concerted effort by ? to keep democrats from linking info??

                And.. just a little added info as to how weird it is: Blue Wave News is ON facebbook.. yet one is unable to share their link… because it’s being blocked as inappropriate.

                I sincerely appreciate any notoriety you can give to this issue.

                Best Regards,

                • 35 Rita
                  April 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm

                  Well done, Sheri! I’ve written as well, but yours is worded much better and I think we should use this as template and write to as many sites as we can!!

                  • 36 sherijr
                    April 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm

                    Oh thank you, blushing here. I so appreciate your idea and will continue to let folks know whats being done Rita.. hopefully notoriety of the issue will see to its resulting in being fixed.

        • April 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm

          “I also just tried to link / share a link with ‘Blue Wave News’.. another of our Pro-Obama folks.. and even though they are actually ON FACEBOOK.. I was again blocked from sharing their link. This is really effed up.”

          This really is beyond a joke, unbelievable.

          • 38 sherijr
            April 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm

            Yep- it is a concerted effort in my opinion to prevent folks from getting out facts. That is three pro Obama sites now that this is happening to.

            On a lighter note.. regarding the weather in ND today: first it rained, then it snowed while thundering.. and now it is …. hailing. God is tired of this tea party.

      • 39 Eleroy
        April 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm

        You are right Rita!!! Yesterday I received an email from a GOP group!!! I marked it as spam and immediately unsubscribed!!! I was so stunned because it was my very private e-mail address and that e-mail was not spam!!! They got a hold of my e-mail address from somewhere and I couldn’t begin to think from where!!! I was so pissed because it was full of propaganda against President Obama.

        We have to be alert, they are getting desperate and we must warn all our family and friends about getting these unsolicited right wing propaganda mailings!!!

  6. 40 Carolyn
    April 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Freedom of speech…..where art thou! However, I think this situation shows that these two sites are influential and filled with truth, and the far right cannot stand them…..you’re obviously hitting some nerves. Glad you all found the workarounds.

    • 41 sherijr
      April 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      If we lose the workarounds.. then we’ll do it like they used to do underground news.. we’ll (I’ll) take it to the people and do it all by email and ask them to do the same. Seriously.

  7. 42 professorx10
    April 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Hey every one. Here is the number to face book try it
    Phone: 650-543-4800
    Fax: 650-543-4801

    • 43 sherijr
      April 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      thank you for the numbers, will call them. I’ve already messaged them about 20 times- now I really am spamming, lol.

    • 44 sherijr
      April 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      huh.. they don’t allow phone support… recording states must go to facebooks’ help center online.. already have done that and will continue to do so. Hopefully I’m not alone in doing so, as I’ve notified everyone I can that this is happening. But my voice alone won’t be enough to get this attended to.

  8. 45 hgerhard
    April 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I am not familiar with the ways of Facebook, etc. But I do believe someone should complain to the administrator of Facebook. I am convinced that blocking these two sites is a deliberate attempt to silence supporters of the President. Facebook needs to investigate this and unblock these sites immediately. We are facing unprecedented attacks on our free speech. This is not just a peeve – I am afraid we are dealing with a well-organized and well-financed effort to take our democracy over the cliff.

    • 46 sherijr
      April 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      Have done so many times since this began last night.. and will continue to do so and I agree with you 100%. Also there is a third site being blocked now: Blue Wave News, another Pro-Obama site.

  9. 48 professorx10
    April 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm


    Facebook, Inc.
    471 Emerson St.
    Palo Alto, CA 94301-1605 United States (Map)

    Phone: 650-543-4800
    Fax: 650-543-4801
    Covered by Amy Schein

    • 49 sherijr
      April 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks Professor: This number gives the same feedback: We do not offer phone support.. go to facebook’s help center. I’ll try that link for Amy though and see if that works. Thanks again.

    • 50 sherijr
      April 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      hmm your link just takes me to my own facebook page.

      • 51 professorx10
        April 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

        Hey Sherijr. I do not have a face book yet. I just learning how to tweet lol.
        as for the link. That is what the search gave me.

        • 52 sherijr
          April 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm

          Oh thats okay 🙂 I appreciate all your help.. this is on Facebook to fix and since we can’t actually reach anyone.. then I think its wise to get it out to as many folks as possible- thus possibly reaching someone who can/will do something. Thank you so much Professor for helping.

  10. 54 sherijr
    April 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Hey chips. no for me, still unable to post directly from your site here, thanks for the updates.

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