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26 friends (More Facebook stuff)

Previously I saw a post while scrolling through my Facebook timeline speaking on the new algorithm Facebook is using to show friends posts in your timeline. While below is not the exact message I came across, it covers the idea well.

How to avoid hearing from the same 26 FB friends and nobody else:

Here is a post explaining why we don’t see all posts from our friends….

News feed recently shows only posts from the same few people, about 25, repeatedly the same, because facebook has a new algorithm.

Their system chooses the people to read Your post. However, I would like to choose for myself, Therefore, I ask you a favor: if you read this message leave me a quick comment, a “hello”, a sticker, whatever you want, so you will appear in my news feed.

Don’t just “Like”, Facebook requires a “Comment”. Even one word! Thanks!!!

Otherwise Facebook chooses who to show me and instead I don’t need facebook to choose my friends!

Do not hesitate to copy and paste on your wall so you can have more interaction with all your contacts and bypass the system. That’s why we don’t see all posts from our friends!

Normally I would quickly jump to telling people that this is another BS hoax floating across Facebook, but this one gets a slight exception. There is some truth to this, which makes it easier to pass on than other hoaxes.

The kernel of truth in this message is that Facebook is indeed using a new algorithm to determine what updates to display in your timeline. While it’s not limited to 25 or 26 individuals it might feel that way. Facebook is using the different types of posts your friends make as well as posts and comments you make to determine what posts have the best match for you. Think of it kind of like the Netflix rating system. They take movies and TV shows you’ve watched over the years and use that to create a percent rating of how well a movie or TV show matches to your liking. With that, simply commenting on a friends post with “hi” will not have the effect mentioned in the post will not increase your messages appearing in others news feeds.

With that sad news out of the way, There is a way to increase where things appear in your timeline.

The first of these, and arguably the most difficult of the two I will be presenting, is to increase your interaction with individuals. Configure Facebook to notify you when people you are interested in getting updates from post something. From there, interact with their posts. React with Like options and place comments on posts. While one comment here and there will not move the needle much, commenting and liking multiple things over a period of time will teach Facebook your interested in this person’s posts. I want to point out that we’re not talking about a comment of “hi” on 15 posts will get you where you want to be. Meaningful conversation is more affective.

The second is a lot simpler. On your Facebook page, click the menu button next to newsfeed and select preferences. From there select “Prioritize who to see first”. From here you can choose up to 30 people to see there posts first. Facebook will prioritize their posts despite how often you interact with the individual.

I hope this information helps and educates. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or concerns.