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That ’26 friends’ Facebook rumor was a hoax — but here’s how you can actually game the News Feed

The latest hoax that the Facebook world soundly fell for was the idea that only 26 (or 25) friends could see your posts. In copy-paste messages that made rounds on the Newsfeed, Facebook users asked their friends to comment with a simple “hi” to show that the post had appeared in their feeds — demonstrating that they were one of the Chosen 26.

SEE ALSO: Current Facebook wants to go back to being Old Facebook

It’s pretty miraculous that this needed debunking, since many of the posts I saw, at least, had more than 26 individuals commenting on them. But it’s especially far-fetched if you know anything about how the Facebook algorithm works. As Mark Zuckerberg recently reiterated when he announced changes in the algorithm to favor posts from friends and family over brands and news outlets, the more people who interact with a post, the higher it will rank in the News Feed algorithm.  Read more…

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Weird Facebook glitch has ‘broken’ News Feed, but it’s actually kind of nice

Facebook’s News Feed is broken. No, that is’t a comment on the current state of social media or Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge to fix what’s broken about Facebook. 

I mean, it’s literally broken. Many users are reporting that they’re opening the Facebook app and website only to see a big, blank space that says “there are no more posts to show right now.”

SEE ALSO: I deleted Facebook off my phone and you should too

Though not affecting all users, the glitch appears to be fairly widespread, with a number of users reporting some variation of the “no posts” issue.

Facebook is broken right

— Meredith Guthrie (@meredithea) January 16, 2018 Read more…

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Facebook just became the ultimate dystopia

When constructing a dystopia, it takes some doing to be both Orwellian and Huxleyan at the same time. But with the changes he just announced to the Facebook News Feed, Mark Zuckerberg seems to have managed this extraordinary feat. 

The nightmare worlds of George Orwell (Nineteen Eighty-Four) and Aldous Huxley (Brave New World) are in many ways polar opposites. One is a surveillance state that controls what people see of history by literally rewriting newspapers. The other controls its citizenry by blissing them out on a dissociative drug called soma. 

SEE ALSO: Facebook announces a big News Feed change — and just wants you to be happy Read more…

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Current Facebook wants to go back to being Old Facebook

Facebook wants to be for the people, even if that means people using Facebook less. 

Facebook on Thursday announced that it’s making big changes, heavily prioritizing stuff from your friends and family over companies and publishers you follow.

For the media outlets that spent years racking up millions of Facebook “likes” and creating new Pages, that’s bad news. Even Facebook’s Head of News Feed Adam Mosseri told the New York Times, publishers may have “anxiety.”

SEE ALSO: Facebook announces a big New Feed change — and just wants you to be happy

But for the Facebook user — no matter the demographic — Mark Zuckerberg’s big mandate is to put the social back in his social network. It’s a clear effort to return Facebook to what it used to be, a place for friends to stay up to date with each other and communicate. Read more…

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Facebook announces a big News Feed change — and just wants you to be happy

Facebook is re-tweaking its News Feed again. 

This time it wants to bring it back to friends and family instead of viral videos and media posts, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a post Thursday. 

SEE ALSO: Stop reading what Facebook tells you to read

“I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions,” he wrote.

He said the change should make everyone feel better: “The research shows that when we use social media to connect with people we care about, it can be good for our well-being. We can feel more connected and less lonely, and that correlates with long term measures of happiness and health.” Read more…

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Facebook killed the Ticker and that’s a bad sign for News Feed

When it comes to your News Feed, Facebook knows best. 

That’s the message the social network has been broadcasting pretty much since it introduced the first version of its News Feed algorithm in 2011.

SEE ALSO: This was the year we turned on social media

Six years later, and the company has only doubled and tripled down on that message — data rules all and Facebook certainly has more of that than anyone else. So who better to understand your exact preferences — right?

Unfortunately for Facebook, though, many of its 2 billion users would like a little more choice in the matter. (Just look at the number of people who still complain about the News Feed algorithm showing old posts.) Read more…

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Facebook’s Explore feed is finally rolling out to everyone

Congratulations, Facebook users! There’s a new Facebook News Feed coming your way. 

Facebook’s “Explore” feed is now rolling out to all users after months of testing in the mobile app, TechCrunch reported Wednesday. 

SEE ALSO: Facebook outsources its fake news problem to Wikipedia—and an army of human moderators

The tab will show posts from Facebook Pages the user does not follow but may fit their interests. These posts can be articles, photos, and videos. Facebook-owned Instagram has a similar feature in its app, which suggests videos the user might like and Instagram Stories. 

For Facebook, Explore is another way to keep its two billion users entertained on the site as it competes with Google, Twitter, Snapchat, and the rest of the internet for people’s attention.  Read more…

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Algorithms are screwing us over with fake news but could also fix the problem

We’re living in an era of “new proximity” where information is readily available to make us feel more connected to each other and the world around us. In theory, this should also instantaneously make us more informed, right? Not so. The way we get news and information through the prism of algorithms in places like Facebook, Twitter, and Google is an oxymoron of sorts. 

This “new proximity” (a totally non-scientific term that I have coined for the purposes of this article) is simultaneously bringing us closer together and further apart. It’s also bringing us nearer and further away from accurate news and information.  Read more…

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How the Feed Changed the Way We Consume Content

The RSS feed — or as we now know it, “the feed” — organizes the world into a series of neat, clickable, constantly updating bits of information. But it’s a relatively new concept — just 10 short years ago, there was no way to know what a public figure such as Justin Bieber was thinking in real time.

The feed now dominates online content consumption, from the news we read on our mobile devices to the social networks we check constantly throughout the day, as well as the ads that integrate onto those platforms

See also: Mobile Advertising Projected to Increase 64% in 2014

2013 was undoubtedly the feed’s year: Video-sharing app Vine surpassed 40 million registered users, while Twitter topped 200 million. And in-feed advertising became a standard on Facebook, Instagram and even Pinterest. Read more…

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Facebook is going to do something about those terrible ads on your website


Facebook is tweaking its algorithm again, and issuing a warning to “low-quality web page experiences” with terrible advertising: We’re coming for you. 

Facebook announced on Wednesday that the company will start using artificial intelligence to identify links to websites that have deceptive or malicious ads — and then show those posts to fewer users. 

Changes to Facebook’s News Feed have a major impact on the digital media industry due to the social network’s massive audience. Facebook has tweaked the algorithm plenty of times before to favor “high quality” content, but Wednesday’s announcement appears to be the first time Facebook has told publishers that its ads are also part of the equation.  Read more…

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