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6/28/2014 | 2:55:57 PM
algorithm needed or just a general clean up
Anyone who has 1500 potential posts to view and needs them "sorted" down to a more "managable" 300 should reconsider just what "friends" and pages contribute to this clutter and perform some house cleaning. If posts from pages are being hidden, just "unlike" them. I doubt that most of the "friends" who would be "unfriended" would even notice.

Facebook can be very useful, fun even, but if someone needs Facebook to manage their feed, they have other, bigger problems managing things in their lives.
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6/29/2014 | 12:25:29 AM
Re: algorithm needed or just a general clean up
Personally I'm pretty good at scanning long lists of information and figuring out which ones to pay attention to. I do it to my Inbox every morning, and I used to do the same with Facebook before the algorithms decided to make that decision for me.

 

What would perhaps be ideal would be if these decisions were more optional. I'd love it if I could have a "everything from everybody" option (Facebook "Classic"), as well as perhaps selecting various knobs myself. I can already filter app spam from the web client (or is that SocialFixer doing that? I forget.) I think that their progres is extremely clever, and for many people it will improve their experience of FB without them even realizing the changes. I'm usually in favor of an opt out button though! :) 
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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6/29/2014 | 2:21:47 AM
Re: algorithm needed or just a general clean up
jgherbert,

"What would perhaps be ideal would be if these decisions were more optional. I'd love it if I could have a "everything from everybody" option (Facebook "Classic")"

I agree. That option would be ideal for people who don't collect people as if they were collectable objects just to put them in drawer of forgotten objects after a week. if you have 300 friends and pages on your Facebook by choice you might as well want to see what they post.

An opt-out button is also a good idea. :)

-Susan
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6/29/2014 | 7:38:02 AM
Facebook pages
The new Facebook algorithm has affected the page admins a lot. Now you need to spend on Facebook ads to boost your post else users will not be notified about the new posts on the page. So a new technique by Facebook to earn more from ads.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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6/29/2014 | 7:57:25 AM
What about "You won't believe what happened next" kind of post?
Kristin, 

It's good to see Facebook has started to improve its News Feed algorithms and, for instance, eliminating the auto-posts from apps and over sharing of the same annoying post over and over.

However, part of what Facebook is becoming has to do with what users choose to post, like, share, etc. It would be nice if people start being more mindful at the time of posting stuff.

Also, the media sometimes is to blame, too. Headlines like "You won't believe what happened next" and others if its kind have started to appear on a daily basis.

I would like to see some starts on how many people fall into those traps. Personally, I always ignore them. I would like to have a button on Facebook which could let me block those posts. :/ 

-Susan
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6/29/2014 | 6:43:50 PM
spam
I still see waht I consider spam in my newsfeed. Yes it had changed a bit... but spam is spam.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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6/30/2014 | 2:38:06 PM
Re: algorithm needed or just a general clean up
@jgherbert, I tend to agree with you. Facebook gives you options like Lists and other ways to sort your News Feed for the exact purpose. Presumably, you know better than any algorithm which content you like and don't like.

I will say, however, that I've noticed some of these changes and I think they've benefitted me: I can't stand people who post and repost memes, and I never cared much about which of my friends liked photos on Instagram, particularly if they weren't from someone I know. These posts are few and far between now, which has helped declutter my feed.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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6/30/2014 | 2:39:20 PM
Re: Facebook pages
Do you manage a Page for a business? I'd be interested to hear how these changes are affecting your strategy on Facebook. Do you plan to spend more or less on advertising?
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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6/30/2014 | 2:44:01 PM
Re: What about "You won't believe what happened next" kind of post?
Often those types of posts are actually phishing attempts that propogate when others click on them, so it's smart that you avoid them. (Here's a story I wrote last year for more on how to identify Facebook scams.)
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6/30/2014 | 3:39:35 PM
Re: Facebook pages
Yes, I do manage Facebook pages. From past couple of years Facebook alogorithm changes brings adverse effects on posts reach. Pages with large number of likes even have their post reach dropped to less than 10%. You are bound to spend now, to keep your page live.
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