Algorithmic Awareness in Facebook

Did you know your Facebook news feed was determined by a proprietary algorithm? Facebook looks at your level of engagement with the friend, the perceived value of the content, a whole bunch of stuff... then determines what it will serve up to you on your news feed.

I've hated this concept since Facebook introduced it. I don't want their algorithm to determine what I see and what I don't. As a result, I haven't visited my Facebook news feed in years.

I leverage Facebook lists to replace the wall, thus eliminating the dreaded algorithm. Here's how you create such a list:

  1. Scroll down to Friends on the left side of your News Feed and click More.
  2. Click Create List.
  3. Enter a name for your list and the names of friends you’d like to add. Keep in mind you can add or remove friends from your lists at any time.
  4. Click Create.

There ya go. Bookmark a list that contains all your Facebook friends and that replaces the news feed. You'll see all updates by all friends in reverse-chronological order, just like the good 'ol days.

And if you have so many friends you need the algorithm, get the shears out of the shed. It's time for some pruning.

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My biggest Facebook news gripe is them deciding that my default news feed should be what they feel are "top stories". I want what is most recent. So I go and change the feed. They add a line on my home page telling me that I am following most recent stories and to click on the link to return to what they feel are the top stories for me. Bugger off, Facebook. Let me set my preferences and quit changing them on me. I've never bothered to learn what you posted above, Mike, so thanks. I'm not going to use Facebook more than I have (if anything, I'm using it less), but now I can follow just my friends in a page feed. You've done your good deed for the day.

July 22, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

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