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Facebook decides which posts are ‘interesting’ to you
The Daily Caller ^ | 9/21/11 | Jordan Bloom

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 hasn’t 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 don’t 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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KEYWORDS: facebook; newcoke; socialnetworking; zuckerberg
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I wonder how many anti-Obama posts will be deemed "uninteresting" by the powers-that-be at Facebook?
1 posted on 09/21/2011 12:32:56 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
I don't get Facebook at all... Actually it gives me the creeps because it is the most unnatural “Web service” I have ever seen. Why would you want, at the same time, talk to your best friend, your sister, your mother, your boss, your old classmates...

It's like having a party with mismatched guests.... I hope that in ten years we will say: “What was that all about?”...

2 posted on 09/21/2011 12:39:18 PM PDT by ToxicMich (PLEASE LEAVE THIS SPACE BLANK)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

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.


3 posted on 09/21/2011 12:39:18 PM PDT by Ingtar (Together we go broke (from a Pookie18 post))
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To: ToxicMich

Facebook is not for everyone.

But I love it, as do millions of others.


4 posted on 09/21/2011 12:41:15 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("But resist, we much...we must...and we will much...about...that...be committed." - Al Sharpton)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

If anyone using Facebook thinks they are ‘anonymous’, they should go and type their last name here:

http://youropenbook.org/?q=&gender=any


5 posted on 09/21/2011 12:41:43 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2

I should also add that nothing is ‘private’ no matter what Facebook tells you,.


6 posted on 09/21/2011 12:42:21 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

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.


7 posted on 09/21/2011 12:43:17 PM PDT by coydog (Time to feed the pigs!)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

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.

http://www.internetevolution.com/video.asp?section_id=1361&doc_id=230795


8 posted on 09/21/2011 12:43:34 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Bigh4u2

“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.


9 posted on 09/21/2011 12:44:59 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("But resist, we much...we must...and we will much...about...that...be committed." - Al Sharpton)
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To: ToxicMich

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”.


10 posted on 09/21/2011 12:46:08 PM PDT by discostu (yeah that's it)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

I don’t like the new setup.


11 posted on 09/21/2011 12:46:15 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: coydog

>>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.<<

The problem is, it is Facebook who is determining which of your friends you hear from, and which friends are “uninteresting” to you.


12 posted on 09/21/2011 12:47:26 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("But resist, we much...we must...and we will much...about...that...be committed." - Al Sharpton)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears; Xenalyte; TheMom; El Gato

13 posted on 09/21/2011 12:48:12 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: ToxicMich

“I don’t get Facebook at all”

Me neither. To me it’s basically just the “CB radio” of the new millenium.


14 posted on 09/21/2011 12:49:55 PM PDT by Pessimist
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To: Bigh4u2
If anyone using Facebook thinks they are ‘anonymous’, they should go and type their last name here: http://youropenbook.org/?q=&gender=any

I must still be anonymous. Tons of posts returned, but not a single one from me or about me.

15 posted on 09/21/2011 12:51:29 PM PDT by Tatze (I reject your reality and substitute my own!)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
I had no idea just how far to the left some of my friends were until they started posting on Facebook.

I had no idea how intolerant of my views some of my friends were until I started responding to their posts.

16 posted on 09/21/2011 12:52:03 PM PDT by GSWarrior (To activate this tagline please contact the Admin Moderator.)
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To: Allegra

Haha, exactly.

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.

https://blog.facebook.com/


17 posted on 09/21/2011 12:52:33 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("But resist, we much...we must...and we will much...about...that...be committed." - Al Sharpton)
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To: Bigh4u2

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!


18 posted on 09/21/2011 12:56:46 PM PDT by Dizzy Lizzy
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

Reason number 73 why I’ve built a wall between myself and Facebook.

Facebook: You can sign up but you can never leave.


19 posted on 09/21/2011 12:59:58 PM PDT by upchuck (Rerun: Think you know hardship? Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: Bigh4u2

I don’t show up at all, common last names are nice, even my phone number is anonymous while being listed.


20 posted on 09/21/2011 1:00:45 PM PDT by discostu (yeah that's it)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

They new way of helping the enemy.


21 posted on 09/21/2011 1:01:59 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: GSWarrior

LIKE


22 posted on 09/21/2011 1:02:54 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Watch what people DO, not what they say.)
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To: Bigh4u2

Nothing came up for me. What point were you trying to make?


23 posted on 09/21/2011 1:03:40 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: NewHampshireDuo
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.

Got any suggestions?

24 posted on 09/21/2011 1:04:40 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Watch what people DO, not what they say.)
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To: Bigh4u2

I can find more Info just typing in my name in a search engine. Guess I am not too important on FB.


25 posted on 09/21/2011 1:05:31 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: Tatze

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.


26 posted on 09/21/2011 1:08:19 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

27 posted on 09/21/2011 1:09:05 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ( Congressmen should wear uniforms like NASCAR drivers, so we can identify their corporate sponsors.)
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To: MamaB

read post #26


28 posted on 09/21/2011 1:09:19 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: ToxicMich

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.


29 posted on 09/21/2011 1:10:22 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: Bigh4u2

Mine came up with this

“No more results. Try another search!”


30 posted on 09/21/2011 1:13:38 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: MamaB

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.


31 posted on 09/21/2011 1:14:01 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

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.


32 posted on 09/21/2011 1:14:59 PM PDT by edcoil (The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital. -- Joe Paterno)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

“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.


33 posted on 09/21/2011 1:16:31 PM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on behalf of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

How in the world can Facebook know what “news” will be most interesting to me? Stop making these stupid changes, Facebook!


34 posted on 09/21/2011 1:18:39 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: edcoil

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.


35 posted on 09/21/2011 1:19:42 PM PDT by discostu (yeah that's it)
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To: Bigh4u2

My name didn’t come up. Whew!


36 posted on 09/21/2011 1:20:37 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

Just deleted my account.


37 posted on 09/21/2011 1:23:02 PM PDT by RobertoinAL
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To: MEGoody

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.


38 posted on 09/21/2011 1:23:17 PM PDT by discostu (yeah that's it)
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To: Bigh4u2
If anyone using Facebook thinks they are ‘anonymous’, they should go and type their last name here:

ditto to nothing on me....there was a picture of a naked woman though.
39 posted on 09/21/2011 1:23:20 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: MinorityRepublican

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.


40 posted on 09/21/2011 1:26:16 PM PDT by discostu (yeah that's it)
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To: Bigh4u2

What’s supposed to happen? I tried my last name, my first and last name, my wife’s first and last name and—nothing.


41 posted on 09/21/2011 1:27:53 PM PDT by RedRover
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To: LottieDah
I found long lost friends and relatives on Facebook. I don’t know I would have re-connected with them without it.

Same here.

Then after two years I decided I really didn't care what they did every day.

42 posted on 09/21/2011 1:31:23 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama - Wear The Fail!)
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To: RedRover

Hmmmm... interesting.

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.


43 posted on 09/21/2011 1:33:35 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Centurion2000

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.


44 posted on 09/21/2011 1:42:06 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: MinorityRepublican
"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."

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 :)

45 posted on 09/21/2011 1:43:05 PM PDT by sweet_diane (Adoption, the beautiful choice!)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

All rightie, who’s switching to Googel Plus?


46 posted on 09/21/2011 1:44:38 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Bigh4u2

Well damn! I’m anonymous and uninteresting.


47 posted on 09/21/2011 1:45:07 PM PDT by Tatze (I reject your reality and substitute my own!)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

What’s not to like about Facebook (from a recent convert)?! I gets messages from Mick Jagger hisself!


48 posted on 09/21/2011 1:50:44 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Bigh4u2

Damn! Got nothing back! Thought I was famous, or at least infamous.


49 posted on 09/21/2011 1:54:12 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

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.


50 posted on 09/21/2011 1:55:18 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Attaaaaaaaaack Waaaaaatch! Vigilancia de Ataque!!!!!!!!!)
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