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Facebook Making Changes to its News Feed Again

by on December 04, 2013
in Facebook, News, Computers and Software, Internet & Networking, Blog, Social Networking :: 1 comment

Facebook News Feed AlgorithmSocial network Facebook announced this week that it is making changes to your news feed to increase its focus on articles and other “high quality” content.

“Starting soon, we'll be doing a better job of distinguishing between a high quality article on a website versus a meme photo hosted somewhere other than Facebook when people click on those stories on mobile,” says Facebook engineering manager Varun Kacholia in a statement to USA Today.

Currently, your Facebook news feed is populated with items based on a series of complicated computer algorithms. If a friend’s status update gets a lot of Likes from shared friends, for example, you’re likely to see it near the top of your news feed even if it was posted a while ago. Now, popular news articles and opinion columns will now be prioritized too, but only if Facebook thinks you’ll be interested in reading it. You’ll also be more likely to see older news stories if your friends are still making recent comments about it.

This may also mean seeing less meme images of adorable kittens with sarcastic captions. Improvement? You can decide when they changes are rolled out to your account in the near future.

 

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Let well enough alone

From Mardie Scott on December 06, 2013 :: 5:30 pm

The model as it started was fine.  When they begin tampering to make it their idea of “social” instead of the member’s, they’ll lose their readers.  I can get HuffPo garbage on HuffPo and don’t need it pushed to my feed.  Facebook is aleady too intrusive.  Talk about killing the goose with the golden egg.

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