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Why Life Without Facebook’s News Feed Algorithm Would Suck

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Facebook has an algorithm (externally known as EdgeRank) that determines who sees which posts at which times. It’s meant to present users the content with which they’ll be most likely to engage. Many users hate it. Even more page administrators despise it. But can it actually help both? Yes. There’s already a site where every post (whether it’s from your best friend or a random brand) is weighted equally, and it’s called Twitter.

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Facebook Wants To Make News Feed Ads Better, But Will Brands Comply?

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Facebook has been aggressively rolling out new advertising vehicles over the past few months, but it appears as if the site is going to focus on what it’s got going now. In an earnings call Wednesday with investors, Facebook’s top officials said that the company is more set on making sure that the types of ads that are currently in place are the kinds that will be relevant for users and generate engagement. However, as some brands improperly use or overuse News Feed ads, users may be less likely to do much more than keep scrolling.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Understanding Facebook’s Post-Sorting Algorithm

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Facebook’s News Feed is sorted by an algorithm that many people call EdgeRank. It weighs not only the timeliness of posts, but their relevance to users. Facebook wants to make sure that the posts users see within News Feed are the ones they’ll be most likely to engage with. It’s why users tend to see posts from pages they’ve commented on and friends they’ve shared with more often than pages and people they don’t really post about. Mike Maghsoudi of PostRocket and Facebook expert Jon Loomer both explained the algorithm in posts recently.

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