I am usually the first one to point out when Facebook goes off the rails or just does something pointless and stupid. So to be fair to the big enchilada of social media, I have to give it some props for making a move in the right direction and doing its best to get rid of link-baiting. And yes, I know you already know all about the existence of the News Feed algorithm — that isn’t what this is about. It’s a success story and reason to love what Facebook has done (unless you’re one of the sites I’m talking about in this post, that is).
Facebook did not budge on its real-name policy in a meeting Wednesday at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., with activists representing the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community and drag queens, with the only concession being a promise to reinstate deleted profiles for two weeks, which did little to quell anger toward the social network.
Facebook, as you’ve probably seen, has been a boon to viral sharing site Upworthy. But has the Facebook News Feed algorithm now shifted against it? What happens next you have to see to believe. WhoIsHostingThis.com compiled an interesting infographic illustrating the history of the Facebook/Upworthy relationship.
The Huffington Post was the top publisher on Facebook in June, in terms of both shares and overall interactions (likes, shares, and comments), according to the latest data from social media news aggregator NewsWhip.
Facebook has launched several initiatives aimed at boosting media companies’ presence on the social network thus far in 2014 — Public Content Solutions, aimed at providing its partners with dedicated technical and business resources to build out media solutions on Facebook and Instagram; FB Newswire, a project with social content discovery outfit Storyful to aggregate publicly shared content on Facebook, by media organizations and individual users, to aid journalists in their reporting; and the four new media-centric application-programming interfaces it announced at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco last month — but the media industry took a shot across the bow in the form of a long rant posted on the social network by Director of Product Management for Ads and Pages Mike Hudack.
April was not kind to BuzzFeed, as the content aggregator saw its total number of Facebook interactions (likes, comments, and shares) slip to just over 39 million from nearly 47.5 million in March, and it accounted for just five of April’s 20 biggest Facebook stories after logging 12 in the previous month, but BuzzFeed still topped publishers in terms of shares for April, according to social media news aggregator NewsWhip.