Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dislike Facebook's News Feed

Facebook recently changed its News Feed to display certain postings based on factors besides chronological posting time. This is a major negative for users. A major source of Facebook's value to people was that one could keep with all friends. Now, since the posts with the most activity are pushed toward the top, one gets info in the real-world proportion of loudest/most extroverted/most friended. However, quality of content does not necessarily correlate with extroversion. Additionally, a major input of a specific post's activity is the number of likes. Serious postings and postings revealing bad news are much less likely to get liked due to "liking" being an inappropriate response. Again, Facebook's algorithm prioritizes easily likable news to the detriment of other posts. Bad move, Facebook.

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