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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists 130 130

First time accepted submitter catparty (3600549) writes An examination of what we can know about Facebook's new machine learning News Feed algorithm. From the article: "Facebook's current News Feed algorithm might be smarter, but some of its core considerations don't stray too far from the groundwork laid by EdgeRank, though thanks to machine learning, Facebook's current algorithm has a better ear for 'signals from you.' Facebook confirmed to us that the new News Feed ranking algorithm does indeed take 100,000 weighted variables into account to determine what we see. These factors help Facebook display an average 300 posts culled from roughly 1,500 possible posts per day, per user."
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

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  • And yet (Score:4, Informative)

    by bananaquackmoo (1204116) on Tuesday August 05, 2014 @01:07PM (#47607549)
    And yet it still sucks at presenting me with any news I'm interested in. I think I've clicked on a news story from that feed only once and by accident. Hint : I don't have any interest in sports, politics, celebrity gossip, pop music, old news, and pretty much anything else they've recommended.
  • Re:Bubbles (Score:5, Informative)

    by Lab Rat Jason (2495638) on Tuesday August 05, 2014 @01:07PM (#47607553)

    1. It is not possible to exert mind control over an intelligent and reasonable person simply by throttling their social media streams.

    See: Russia, Iran, Syria, China... need I go on?

  • Re:Because (Score:5, Informative)

    by Andy_R (114137) on Tuesday August 05, 2014 @01:32PM (#47607751) Homepage Journal

    Exactly, I've found that the only way to get Facebook to work the way it should work â" showing everything posted by people I know and pages I've liked â" is to install the FBPurity browser extension (from fbpurity.com) and to manually select 'receive notifications' from a hidden drop down menu when I 'like' a page.

    The iPhone app just keeps getting worse, it does have the ability to show things in the right order, but it conveniently forgets that setting every time you open the app, and now the app has stopped showing everything after the first few characters when some sends you a message, begging you to install an extra app (but you don't need to, just open facebook.com in the phone's browser and you can read and respond to messages there).

  • Re:Bubbles (Score:5, Informative)

    by i kan reed (749298) on Tuesday August 05, 2014 @01:35PM (#47607769) Homepage Journal

    Positive Mood and Susceptibility to False Advertising [tandfonline.com]

    Even though you're more aware of the fact that the advertising is false, you're still more likely to form a positive image of the brand as a result of being happy. I have, without being fully informed about "true" advertising, mentally extrapolated that to apply to all advertisements.

    This idea is at least a little corroborated by this older study [jstor.org] which suggests happier moods implies a greater uptake on simple advertising messages.

  • Re:Because (Score:5, Informative)

    by _xeno_ (155264) on Tuesday August 05, 2014 @01:59PM (#47607943) Homepage Journal

    There is a chronological order option, but it's hidden in a drop-down by the news feed link in the list on the upper-left portion of the Facebook UI. It also tends to randomly switch back to "Top Stories" mode as well as showing a little link for "back to Top Stories" at the top of the feed.

    As another AC mentioned but I think deserves reiterating: that option merely sorts the Top Stories in chronological order. It does not show you all posts from all your friends. If Facebook has decided you don't want to see a post, you will not be seeing it. If they've decided you want to see fifty copies of various people posting some annoying Facebook quiz result even though you've hit the little "don't show me this" option a thousand times, well, you will be seeing fifty copies of that Facebook quiz. (After all, stupid Facebook quiz makers are important (paying) Facebook partners, and your friends are just more losers to show important (paying) Facebook partner content to.)

    The only difference is that in Most Recent, they'll be in chronological order and not ranked by Facebook's "how much did the content publisher pay us?" algorithm.

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