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Falling Foul Of Facebook

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With just under 42,000 page likes on the Stickboy Bangkok Facebook page, it brings a decent amount of traffic to the site every week and allows me to reach a sizeable audience from Thailand and around the world.

In the three years it’s been up and running I’ve had my fair share of “bans” as an admin of the page for all sorts of community rules I’ve apparently broken, some justified, most not.

An old gold photo from a Thai restaurant that said, “Sorry, No Russian, No French, No Israeli, Please Thank You” landed me a 30 day ban after it went viral clocking up over 25,000 shares, comments & likes as did a photo of a display with Nazi memorabilia spotted in a Pattaya mall that I simply commented on with my usual WTF?

Both photos are still on thousands of other Facebook pages unlike the ones I shared that were deleted at the time of my bans.

Sorry, No Russian, No French, No Israeli, Please Thank You

This week has seen me run into a different issue with the page and one I’m mentioning as it seems pretty rare after a quoted Google search came back with just 3 results.

Limits have been placed on Stickboy Bangkok

– Stories from your Page are not being shown in News Feed. This could be due to activities from your Page that don’t comply with Facebook’s policies. This limit is temporary and expires Monday, July 10 at 6:51am.

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What this means in simple terms is nobody following the page will see any of my updates in their News Feeds. The only way the content will be seen is by visiting the actual page.

My last post prior to the ban had a reach of 9,000 the following morning. Nothing since has went above 250 with most hovering around 150.

When I seen the warning I scrolled back through a few weeks worth of posts and didn’t see anything that would trigger what was listed in the “learn more” page that mentioned little other than spamming.

Now, I’d accidentally shared 1 post the previous night twice but surely that wouldn’t result in such drastic action and I’ve never received any warnings prior to this.

As followers will know, I’m pretty active on both FB & Twitter and can post and share anything from 10 to 40 updates a day. That’s nothing new either as I’ve always been a heavy user.

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I hit the appeal button and sent off my message stating I felt the restrictions placed on my page were in error and could someone explain what triggered this to allow me to offer up an explanation if there was one or perhaps point out there’d been an error.

3 days later, no dice, no reply, eff all.

So I went into Facebook Ad Manager and got a rep on chat. I explained the problem but they didn’t know if it was New Delhi or New Year. They did say they would escalate my issue to the relevant dept but that would take a few days – by which time everything will be back to normal and 1/4 million eyeballs down.

Even a Boosted post made no difference. I stuck a 5,000 baht budget on it to tell followers updates would be on other Stickboy pages for the week ahead. Total reach 258, half of which were organic. For once, Facebook didn’t want my money.

The impact on visitors to the site has been minimal as I’ve always had a broad range of traffic sources but felt it was worth mentioning as many out there depend on Facebook and it’s traffic for their business.

With Facebook, and Google, it’s always their ball and their rules. They will either move the goalposts, change the rules without warning or simply pick up their ball and walk away without a word, leaving you standing there scratching your head wondering what the hell went wrong.

A lesson I learned more than a decade ago when a popular site I ran got hit hard after a Google algo update that seen referrals drop by over 90% resulting in sizeable financial loses because I’d put all my eggs in one basket. A lesson I learned the hard way and one I’ll never make again.

If you’re making money and relying on Facebook for customers, be warned and take measures that won’t see you left high and dry if like me you one day fall foul of the rules. If it’s not the issue I’ve run into, it could be one of many more in their community guidelines.

Stickboy aka Sticky Boy aka Mike McKay aka Mike McKwai, Wild Mike, Magic Mike, Mr Mike, and a fair few more best forgotten, is a party animal with hollow legs who loves music, current affairs, beer, food, causing trouble on Twitter, and making the most of life without worrying too much about what people think or say about his antics. You can send him stuff here - stickboybkk@gmail.com

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EMAIL OF THE DAY: Hey Dickboy

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Hey Dickboy, why aren’t you talking about what’s going on in America right now instead of sharing pictures of ugly women?

hey dickboy

Stick Says: I have no interest in what’s going on in my own country let alone yours.

Keep em coming… your feedback, thoughts and abuse make it all worthwhile.

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A #GammonSteakMoment – What The Hell Is That?

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In the most basic terms, a #GammonSteakMoment is a simple and silly event that can occur anywhere at any time that is guaranteed to ruin my whole day and comes from a hilarious conversation over a few beers with J & J who were taking the piss out of old Stick for spitting the dummy at insignificant shite.

It all started out with me ordering a Gammon Steak for my lunch one day that despite telling the waitress twice what I wanted as we confirmed the order the food failed to appear on the table in front of me.

I was bloody starving and my entire day was ruined.

I sat buggering about on my phone while the other half fed her face as often the Thai dish will arrive first. My belly was rumbling and my mouth watering as I sat thinking about my food. I’d not eaten gammon steak with pineapple, a fried egg and chips for about 4 years and this was all I wanted.

Fat face had already licked her plate clean and there was no sign of mine. I even sat there making excuses like the kitchen must be busy.

GammonSteakMoment

“Do you want me to ask the waitress will it be long?”
“Nah, it will be here in two tics”.

Two tics my arse. The gammon steak never made it out the fucking fridge.

Bastards.

The silly service lass couldn’t even get a two meal order right and there were only about six people in the bloody place.

My day was ruined. And no, I’d waited 30 minutes already and I wasn’t waiting for another 30 so don’t even think about suggesting such a sensible idea.

And so, it began.

Now any time something trivial gets on my goat it is referred to as a #GammonSteakMoment and yes, it is always something that doesn’t really matter but for some reason, I let myself get wound up by it.

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More Bust Than Boom Coming For Bangkok Bars: Part 1

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Over and over I keep reading and hearing how the good times will roll again soon for Bangkok bars when the government ease measures under Phase 4 of their plan to allow life to return to normal that will see entertainment venues allowed to reopen having been shuttered since March 18.

This leaves me to think that owners, managers and customers haven’t thought things through and are being blinded by the light at the end of the tunnel to the reality of what is potentially coming.

If bar and business owners think that when borders reopen and inbound passenger flights are permitted again that it’s going to be boom time they’re going to be gravely disappointed.

In my opinion, it will be more bust and very little boom.

boom or bust bangkok bars

Of course, there is a large expat community here in Bangkok but their disposable income only goes so far and the majority of venues require tourists to stay in the black.

Even when flights are allowed to land again how many tourists from the USA, UK, Europe and Australia will be booking a ticket?

The first question I ask myself is, can they afford to?

So many people have been hit hard in the pocket over the coronavirus situation, paid off, laid off, hours cut and you all know the rest, meaning as much as they would like to return to Thailand, do they have cash to come?

Prices for flights are going to be sky-high. The good old days of discount deals are done. The airline industry is on its knees right now and a cheap two-week return ticket to Thailand isn’t going to be splashed all over their landing pages.

We also don’t know at this point what each country is going to require upon entry. To visit Thailand you might need a medical certificate and a decent insurance policy to cover you for COVID and a lengthy stay in hospital should you catch it.

Then there is the possibility of being required to undergo quarantine, not just in Thailand but upon returning to your home country. 14 days when you arrive, two weeks partying and soaking up the sun followed by another two weeks when you return home – if you’re allowed to re-enter.

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Sure, I’m giving worst-case scenarios but as I said to start with, not many in the bar business seem to have considered any of these points.

All I hear is expectations of thousands flying in and cash registers going cha-ching.

And what I’ve mentioned above is just to get through the exit doors at Suvarnabhumi. But what about when they are free to do as they wish with some cash in their pocket looking for a good time?

I for one don’t believe for a single second that there won’t be a new mindset and believing you can just give customers what they had before and charging funny money for it isn’t going to cut it any more.

Unless there are some big changes by bars, in my opinion, they are doomed.

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