Friday, January 12, 2018

Facebook "announced" that it wants more actual effort from users, but is this really just about personal interactions?

Facebook is changing its algorithms to reduce the emphasis on news content and encourage more social interaction with people.

Or perhaps, news content that attracts quality (longer) comments will tend to still tend to be fed well.
CNN has a video interview by Laurie Seagall with News Feed’s Adam Mosseri.

Ars Technica’s Timothy B. Lee just tweeted “Facebook declares war on introverts”.

It does appear that Facebook wants more person-specific content that generates a response.  But does this mean it wants people to pimp their own GoFundMe campaigns?  I don’t do that.  I generally don’t get into a lot of very personal conversations about need online.  I don’t even use Snapchat.  If I want that kind of interaction, I’d rather it be in person or by phone.

But this reminds me of the problem of going to a disco and “watching” the perfect cis white males and refusing to dance with the “others” when approached.

Mike Isaac has a detailed story in the New York Times. 
I haven’t noticed any real change yet in my own Facebook news feed.  But I’ve always had a certain balance between non-partisan news, and more personal stuff. 


 Look at this article on FB by David Ginsberg, including the comments (mine), about time on social media. 
 The WSJ writes about the potential effect on "organic posts" (essentially free distribution from companies that did not pay for ads) here.  There are also some speculations that FB might not consider some companies at all in its algorithms, or might now allow many sites to be linked or to expand in preview mode. 

Update:  Jan 17

Here's an article on prospecting on Facebook.  I'm not tribal enough for some of this.  But the advice on max 3 posts a day makes sense, and on leaving out links (but put them in comments instead of the main post) makes some sense.  I am not in the business of having to mass recruit prospects or sell a service or commodity.  I think for journalists, the advice would be different.  FB seems to want to reduce journalism, but what it really needs is good journalism and factually true stories (from original, not just corporate) sources.  

Update: Jan 19

The Washington Post reports that Facebook will take user surveys of various media companies to consider in distributing feeds to users.  Users can rate media as to credibility and truthful reporting. 

Update: Jan 21

Is a new site called "HomeFundMe" representative of the networking Facebook wants to see?  This would be a revolutionary way to look at one's life. 

Update: Jan 23

Rupert Mudock wants Facebook to pay for news feeds (from established media outlets), story.  This needs followup. 

But Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff wants Facebook to be regulated like a cigarette company, story

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