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Facebook Announces ‘Story Bumping,’ And Other Small Changes To News Feed Algorithm

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Facebook’s News Feed algorithm is a living, breathing organism. It’s constantly changing, and Facebook noted in a media session Tuesday that the company wants to get better about informing users about changes. Facebook announced a couple small changes to the way that the site decides order in News Feed: Story Bumping, which allows engaging posts you haven’t seen to be bumped up to the top of News Feed later in the day, and Last Actor, which takes into account the last 50 engagements a user has performed, and gives those users a slight bump up in News Feed ranking.

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Pondering Advertising On Facebook Home

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When users start getting Facebook Home on Android devices, there won’t be paid advertising. But much like other Facebook products, it’s likely coming. Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg didn’t rule it out when the product was announced last week. Todd Herrold, senior director of product marketing at Kenshoo Social, talked with AllFacebook about how Facebook Home can change mobile advertising.

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Is Reach An Overrated Facebook Marketing Metric?

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After Facebook announced that a bug led to reported reach being lower for many pages, social media expert Jon Loomer started wondering why several marketers see reach as the holy grail of insights. Facebook claimed that the bug only tweaked the reporting, but not the actual results, meaning that reach was actually higher than realized for many pages. Loomer feels that engagement, not reach, is what page administrators should strive for.

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How Can Facebook Monetize While Expanding Pages’ Reach?

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Ever since studies showed that the average Facebook page’s posts reach an average of 16 percent of fans, many marketers (as well as Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and actor George Takei) have been quite unhappy with the social network, feeling that they’re being pinched for advertising. But what if there was a way for Facebook to let pages reach most of their fans, yet still make money? A writer for The Next Web came up with some ideas that Facebook could use to gain some revenue while getting back into the good graces of those who manage pages.

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PostRocket: Facebook’s News Feed Algorithm Can Actually Help Pages

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Ever since Facebook tweaked its news feed algorithm (which many people refer to as EdgeRank) in the fall so more users would see more posts from pages with which they’ve positively engaged and fewer from pages they’ve ignored or hidden, many Facebook page marketers have been cursing the company’s name, as their reaches have decreased. But as PostRocket Co-Founder Mike Maghsoudi recently opined, Facebook’s algorithm actually helps pages get their message in front of the users who matter most.

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PostRocket’s SmartLink Helps Facebook Pages Create Images For Links

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Facebook has recently redesigned its link previews — and for good reason. As Mike Maghsoudi at PostRocket discovered, links are the poorest-performing type of post on Facebook, even though they’re usually utilized most often. Maghsoudi blogged about how Facebook pages can get results from links they post, introducing PostRocket’s newest feature: SmartLink.

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Facebook Page Reach May Be Down, But Engagement Is Healthy

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Not long after Facebook made changes to its algorithm (which people often refer to as EdgeRank) in September, many page admins started noticing greatly decreased reach. We Are Social teamed up with Socialbakers to gather some hard data on how the changes have affected pages. They found that while, yes, reach has gone way down, engagement has pretty much held steady since August.

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Facebook News Feed Placement Is All About Relevancy

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Facebook’s algorithm, which decides what users see and when, has become a hot topic in recent months as the company tweaks it to ensure that users see the content with which they’d be most likely to engage. During a meeting Friday with selected members of the media, Facebook representatives explained that there’s no malicious intent with the changes in its algorithm. Based on how users have engaged with posts in the past, Facebook wants users to see what kinds of stories they’d be most willing to like, comment on, and share.

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