Skip to comments.Facebook decides which posts are ‘interesting’ to you
Posted on 09/21/2011 12:32:51 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
Another day, another Facebook home page redesign. According to a blog post by Facebook engineering manager Mark Tonkelowitz, users this week were treated to a revamped news feed designed to make the user experience more like a newspaper that is, Facebook will tell you which of your friends updates are worth reading.
When you pick up a newspaper after not reading it for a week, the front page quickly clues you into the most interesting stories. In the past, News Feed hasnt worked like that, Tonkelowitz writes. But now, all your news will be in a single stream with the most interesting stories featured at the top.
The change sparked a flame war in comments on Tonkelowitz announcement, with users overwhelmingly opposed to the new system.
Lame. Quite frankly I dont want Facebook deciding who is most important in my life. I want my news feed to just go chronologically and if I want to hide posts from someone, I will, wrote one commenter, whose note drew more than 1,500 likes from other users.
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What’s supposed to happen? I tried my last name, my first and last name, my wife’s first and last name and—nothing.
Then after two years I decided I really didn't care what they did every day.
I typed in my last name and it pulled up a post with only a ‘reference’ to my name...
But I can pull up a lot of others posts by typing in different names.
Sometimes they are ‘direct’ names, and others are ‘references’ to the name.
As I said earlier, I think the point of Openbook is that your information isn’t necessarily ‘safe’ just because Facebook claims it is.
For vaporware, the Freedom Box project seems to have the right idea for private, anonymous networking in a simple to use package. But, it’s not even close to being reality. Maybe another year.
For a solution that’s not really ideal but has some excellent characteristics there’s Tonido. It’s a commercial (the software is $0) product and it does pass data through their server but all data is encrypted (AES-256)and nothing is stored on their servers. You can buy their plug server with the software installed or you can simply download the software to your machine. It works as a NAS server for your files and you can set up groups. Different groups can have different memberships.
For the groups, you can establish a group and then send email invites to people you want to join. They get an email and paste a code into their copy of Tonido and that completes the process. The software syncs the content between the users.
Obviously this requires that everyone do a bit more than you have to do with Facebook but for anyone that’s concerned with security, it’s a decent solution that doesn’t require any geek credentials.
Another interesting project is Retroshare and there are many more in various stages of maturity.
For emails and web browsing I use common things like GnuPG with the Enigmail plug in for Thunderbird and Tor.
You're my daughter, right? lol She too was in college when it was exclusive and her mother couldn't join!
My son, on the other hand, was very happy I had joined facebook. I placed him for adoption at birth and 25 years later he found me on fb :)
All rightie, who’s switching to Googel Plus?
Well damn! I’m anonymous and uninteresting.
What’s not to like about Facebook (from a recent convert)?! I gets messages from Mick Jagger hisself!
Damn! Got nothing back! Thought I was famous, or at least infamous.
I hate the new set up but generally I like Facebook. I like to read what my patriot/tea party friends write. And I like meeting new patriots and reading what is going on in their part of the world.
Did he quit Facebook after he left collage because he is no longer cool or did he continue using it and became a hypocrit while complaining every body and their mother was joining it?
...Yo dawg, nice career move...
One thing I never do is to announce that I will not be home or that I’m going out of town in advance. I’ll talk about a nice visit or vacation after I get home.
Same here. I have my Facebook locked down, and I rarely put status updates in there anyway.
My oldest son, when in high school predicted the outcome of public exposure with the use of facebook and got everyone in the family to shun it. I am so glad he thought of that!
>>Whats not to like about Facebook (from a recent convert)?! I gets messages from Mick Jagger hisself!<<
I loved Facebook, up until today.
Now, YOU don’t get to decide what’s interesting to you, Facebook’s “algorithm” gets to decide which friends’ posts you get to read.
Plus EVERY SINGLE THING you post, like, comment on, etc. shows up in that stupid TICKER at the right. Even people you never heard of will have their comments posted in your ticker, and your comments will show up in the ticker of people you don’t know.
I was able to see photos from the albums of complete strangers, all because one of my firends “liked” the album.
The idiots at Facebook really stepped in it this time. Their arrogance and disregard for users may well sink them.
Just read some of the complaints, ALL negative:
It gets worse. Last Monday I googled refurbished desktops, and individual desktop components with the thought of assembling yet another machine for myself. I didn’t buy anything and didn’t identify myself at any of the sites I looked at (yeah, I know, don’t tell me, I know, that my machine did identify itself everywhere.) On Tuesday, on the right of my Facebook page appeared ads for... refurbished desktops, and individual desktop components. How, why, WTF? Do the FTC and the Dept. of Commerce know too that I’m looking or was looking at... refurbished desktops, and individual desktop components ? Who doesn’t know yet?
I know. I have typed a WORD in a Facebook comment to a friend, and the ads start appearing.