It’s obvious by now that social media is an integral part of most of our lives. Even if we didn’t really get it at first, now pretty much everybody that has the possibility has an account. With over 1 billion Facebook accounts, it’s kind of hard to keep track of everything that’s going on. Since the people behind the service do a pretty good job of it, here’s how your News Feed is kept clean by Facebook algorithms.
For those of us that have Facebook accounts (and I’d imagine pretty much everyone reading the article has one), you know it’s impossible to have a day when you see only what you’re interested in on your News Feed.
Sure, you don’t get too many ads or stuff like that, but it’s inevitable that you see stuff that annoys you, or that you simply cannot be bothered to care about.
That might change soon with Facebook’s new algorithm, which promises huge improvements to the – let’s be fair – pretty decent one that is already implemented.
Up until now, Facebook has been using its algorithms to decide on what you want to see on your News Feed based on what you clicked on, liked, commented, or shared.
This could lead to some pretty pointless news updates, as you most likely accidentally clicked on stuff you don’t really care about.
Seeing that this is how it works, Facebook decided to implement a new algorithm to determine far more accurately what you’re really interested in, so that you don’t miss out on any important updates.
Of course, they didn’t say much about the algorithm, as other social media websites like Twitter are suffering from some news feed issues, but they did say a few things.
First of all, a new system of ranking will be implemented starting today, occasionally asking users to rate a news feed article with between one and five stars.
This is different from the website’s previous rating systems, which would ask you to choose between two stories or to say which one felt more like an ad.
Second of all, the company said that with their new algorithm, you will no longer see click bait-ish stories on your feed, and that if you find something interesting you will no longer have to click it in order to share it with your friends, but they didn’t say any more on the subject.
Overall, it would seem like the company is going to make the new feed even more user friendly and accessible, allowing you receive only those things in which you really are interested.
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