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.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...
It's like having a party with mismatched guests.... I hope that in ten years we will say: “What was that all about?”...
I’ve been watching it today. Anything on the Right or critical of the Left seems to somehow end up as an also-ran, even if I have the author marked as important.
Facebook is not for everyone.
But I love it, as do millions of others.
If anyone using Facebook thinks they are ‘anonymous’, they should go and type their last name here:
I should also add that nothing is ‘private’ no matter what Facebook tells you,.
It’s just a tool to me. As long as it retains some useful aspects and allows me to talk to the people I want to talk to, I’ll use it and tune out the dross.
I have to admit that I have a FB page for keeping track of misc relatives. I keep it pretty content free and avoid clicking on the ads and other clutter.
For my real social networking a number of friends and I use other networks that have no cloud storage and use strong encryption for message traffic. The problem is that Facebook is popular and easy and people overlook the fact that FB is monitoring you for salable marketing data.
The video here is an interesting and concise statement on Facebook: “Why Mark Zuckerberg is Bad for the Human Race.” It’s only 3 minutes long.
“I should also add that nothing is private no matter what Facebook tells you,.’
No, and that’s why only fools put all their personal info out there.
Nevertheless, it is an AWESOME way to get the truth out about the lying liberals (via posting conservative articles and comments).
It is a GREAT counterpunch to the lying leftist media.
I suspect this may be a move to “change” that prior to the 2012 elections.
You can control that with groups. Of course at my age most of my friends are current and past co-workers (including bosses) any way, so all my parties are “mismatched”.
I don’t like the new setup.
>>Its just a tool to me. As long as it retains some useful aspects and allows me to talk to the people I want to talk to, Ill use it and tune out the dross.<<
The problem is, it is Facebook who is determining which of your friends you hear from, and which friends are “uninteresting” to you.
“I don’t get Facebook at all”
Me neither. To me it’s basically just the “CB radio” of the new millenium.
I must still be anonymous. Tons of posts returned, but not a single one from me or about me.
I had no idea how intolerant of my views some of my friends were until I started responding to their posts.
Look at all the hostile feedback on Facebook’s own blog.
Whether or not people “get” Facebook, millions DO, and this was a STUPID business move.
I typed my last name into that website and all I got was a bunch of people I didn’t know misspelling a common word the same as my last name!
Reason number 73 why I’ve built a wall between myself and Facebook.
Facebook: You can sign up but you can never leave.
I don’t show up at all, common last names are nice, even my phone number is anonymous while being listed.
They new way of helping the enemy.
Nothing came up for me. What point were you trying to make?
Got any suggestions?
I can find more Info just typing in my name in a search engine. Guess I am not too important on FB.
All things being imperfect. Facebook seems to return the most active ,or ‘interesting’ first, in a search.
I also noticed that ‘Openbook’ seems to limit the number of search results 100.
Doesn’t mean your info isn’t out there. It just means it didn’t ‘hit’ on you in the search.
If there are 20,000 ‘Smiths’ then your not always going to get ‘you’ (if you’re a Smith) in the return.
I think Openbook was set up to show you what was happening ‘behind the scenes’, so to speak.
I’ve only hit on my own last name a couple of times myself.
read post #26
Facebook wasn’t always creepy like that. I was a college student 6 years ago. Facebook was cool back then because it was exclusive. To me, facebook jumped the shark once everyone’s mother could log on facebook.
Mine came up with this
“No more results. Try another search!”
The point is, that even though you set you Facebook page to ‘private’, it’s not..
I use FB in a very limited way.
The only thing I have on there my ‘screen name’. Nothing else.
I agree but, it seems like it wants to do too much. I like NLP’s “Nice Little Products” I don’t want one site for everything. Just do what you do well and I will go where I want to go for other stuff.
“Facebook is not for everyone.
But I love it, as do millions of others.”
I found long lost friends and relatives on Facebook. I don’t know I would have re-connected with them without it.
How in the world can Facebook know what “news” will be most interesting to me? Stop making these stupid changes, Facebook!
But when you go somewhere else for other stuff you’re not seeing the ads FB sells. FB is just like a TV network, they make their money selling your eyes, so they want your eyes as much as possible, so they try to be all things to all people.
My name didn’t come up. Whew!
Just deleted my account.
They’ve been paying attention to what words show up in posts that get the most likes. They’ve learned that stuff about jobs, relationships, and children is really the news people are most interested in from their friends. Which they probably didn’t need to track anything to get, anybody that’s ever gotten a Christmas letter knows that, but they gathered data anyway.
You can tweak it some, you can change the filter on your friends (one at a time) to show everything from them. They really need to dramatically increase customizability, they have a lot of halfway decent ideas that if they gave me a dozen options to fiddle with could be perfect.
Jumped the shark into a pit of money. Cool isn’t nearly as profitable as uncool but used. 1/9 of the planet is on FB, think of what they can sell adds for, Super Bowl ads don’t get that much viewership.
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.