Facebook tinker with timeline for the millionth time

23 April 2015

Bitterwallet - Facebook Facebook are forever in a state of messing around with everyone's timelines. They can't leave it alone. They're worse than teenagers who keep messing with their widgers.

The social network has announced yet another change to the feed algorithm, which apparently means you're going to see much more of what you actually want. Of course, they're not going to trust you to curate it yourself like you're a capable adult or anything. Don't be ridiculous.

Basically, this new way of doing things means that you'll see more status updates and photos from friends whose profiles you actually visit, rather than the dribbling nonsense you normally get from businesses and that lad from your school who is depressed and racist.

Facebook wrote in a blog that they believe "people are worried about missing important updates from friends they care about." Facebook product manager Max Eulenstein and user experience researcher Lauren Scissors (!) said: "Content posted directly by the friends you care about, such as photos, videos, status updates or links, will be higher up in News Feed so you are less likely to miss it."

"If you like to read news or interact with posts from pages you care about, you will still see that content in News Feed. This update tries to make the balance of content the right one for each individual person."

They continue: "Previously, we had rules in place to prevent you from seeing multiple posts from the same source in a row. With this update, we are relaxing this rule. Now if you run out of content, but want to spend more time in News Feed, you’ll see more."

We'll give them 3 months before they mess with it again.

TOPICS:   Social Media


  • keveh
    Why on earth they don't just set the "Most Recent" option as the default is beyond me. Surely that's the easiest way of displaying things rather than Facebook trying to read my mind.
  • Scrotal H.
    If their algorithms are that good why is my timeline full of shit I am not interested in? Oh wait, that IS facebook.
  • George C.
    “People are worried about missing important updates from friends they care about.” Am I hell. If they were real friends they'd speak to me, and not be on a cnut's charabanc like facebook.
  • Father J.
    In other news, Facebook is shit. Who knew??

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