So everyone thinks that Facebook is trying to limit your content. Well, it’s just not true!
In December 2017, a post generated some concern as it was released saying that Facebook had changed it’s algorithms to limit your content to only seeing the 26 people in your news feed. It created such a panic that everyone, at some point, has shared the non-sensical post.
😬I was wondering why my news feed felt so different lately… Just found out, Facebook has another new algorithm. 🙄 It seems like I only see the same small handful of my friends on my newsfeed anymore (whom I love)… so I’m doing a simple check, with your help! 🙌🏽💖
Can everybody do me a quick favor, pretty please?? 🙏🏼
If you’re seeing this, leave me a comment – just a quick “Hey” or your favorite emoji would be great. The more interaction you have with people, the more friends will show up on your feed.
Otherwise Facebook CHOOSES who you see.
Look familiar? Well, it’s not true at all. Facebook actually only programs your news feed according to similar content you have likes, commented on or shared before. It looks at each and every post made by your “friend” connections, as well as every post made by “pages” you have liked, and determines which ones you will spend more time with.
In the very beginning of the web, the question wasn’t who you were seeing, but what you were seeing and do you like it. In beginning of websites and traffic triggers, the whole point was to get people to STAY on your site. The question wasn’t could you get them there, the question was, can you KEEP them there.
Nowadays, wasting an entire hour on Facebook doesn’t seem entirely out of the question does it? That’s because they have programmed Facebook to keep you browsing for as long as possible. If you’re only seeing content from 26 people, it is only because you only ENGAGE with those particular 26 people while you are on Facebook.
Ironically, if you simply scroll through the first few pages of content, you may find that the content changes quite a bit and you see folks you haven’t seen for awhile.
Keep in mind, that algorithms are basically MIRRORS. They are reflecting your last actions back to you in hopes that you will repeat your actionary responses. In other words, if you want it to show you something different, change the way you browse Facebook often.
Try starting your browsing session further down the news feed. To that you actually pass over the content it thinks you want to see from the get go.
Work on commenting, if all you do is “like” things, you’re not giving the machine a whole lot of information.
Try visiting to the pages of the people you would like to see more of. Hit Follow, and then comment and share their content. This will reprogram your algorithm to show more content on those topics from the friends who had interest in those topics!
Algorithms aren’t guys sitting at screens controlling what you see and what you don’t see. It’s really just a program to give you what you’ve asked for.
Oh, and by the way, while we are on the subject, hitting the mad button is the same thing as liking it. You basically “reacted” to content, which tells the algorithm you want more. Someone once said to me, “I hate political stuff and it’s all I see on my feed!” I asked them what they were doing with the content and they proceeded to tell me that they were commenting bad comments and hitting the “mad” button on all of it to tell Facebook that he disliked it. Well, unfortunately, Mark was only getting more.
Any interaction with a post is telling your algorithm you want MORE!
So, go interact with what you want more of! Search out your friends pages and share their content! You will always see what they are posting when you do that. But remember, you only have so many hours in the day! Try and do more scrolling if you want to see a variety of people and posts.