The giant social network platform has been testing several features this week and among them, the Facebook See First feature is expected to bring freshness to users’ newsfeeds. It allows a user to select which topics he or she is interested in so as to influence the visibility of certain posts.
The Facebook See Fists Feature is a news feed option which will complete other user preferences on the platform, including the follow/unfollow option or the friend/undefined. What Facebook engineers hoped to achieve is a more user-friendly interface where users are granted more control over what the news feed contains.
Unsurprisingly, the See First feature will allow users to mark what they want to see first. Basically, it grants greater importance to those friends, events or groups that a user has a deep connection with rather than brief acquaintances met once, a long time ago.
When marking the See First option, Facebook is instructed to offer you that content first, before anything else that might appear in your news feed. Of course, Facebook was quite generic with explanations on the matter, only stating that its team is continuously pursuing user satisfaction with newly-implemented features.
“We are currently running a small test of a feature that lets you indicate that you’d like to see posts from a specific person or Page at the top of your News Feed,” the Facebook team said.
Perhaps this function will aid users receive less non-friend generated content. Whether these “small tests” involve testing the limits as to precisely how loose or restrictive the News Feed algorithm can be remains to be seen.
It seems, though, that the Facebook team is becoming meticulous in its algorithm changes aimed at scraping that material which ruins the experience of the social platform for most users. And viral content, farmers and content aggregators should experience issues with this “See First” feature.
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