Today Facebook announced that they’ve updated their News Feed algorithm to account for time spent reading posts and diversity of page posts. In an effort to provide users with the most relevant stories, Facebook asks thousands of people each day to rate their experience, and provide feedback to help improve the content they see in their News Feed. They refer to this as their Feed Quality Program.
Facebook’s VP of Search Tom Stocky recently announced their new and improved search product Search FYI, which is designed to help users “find what matters.” Now users can tune into what the world is saying about virtually any given topic. In addition to real-time search functionality, Facebook boasts an enormous index of over 2 trillion posts, with some content dating back to 2004.
On June 12th, Facebook announced that they would be adding a ranking signal to their News Feed algorithm. In addition to traditional engagement metrics, such as likes, shares and comments, Facebook will now factor in how long a user spent reading a particular piece of content. According to Facebook, liking, commenting or sharing a post doesn’t always tell reflect what is “most meaningful” to the user.
Facebook has recently updated their proprietary spam algorithm, in an effort to improve the quality of content that appears in users’ newsfeeds. By now, you’ve probably already heard about Google’s Panda and Penguin penalties, which targeted sites with duplicate and/or thin content and sites using abusive/spammy link building tactics.
Shocker: People are pissed at Facebook again. But this time it isn’t about privacy concerns or a failed IPO. The latest criticism to the social media giant has to do with how Facebook displays posts from pages in users newsfeeds. Facebook recently updated Edgrank – their proprietary algorithm that among other things, determines which posts should appear in your newsfeed, based on a variety of factors.