Facebook announced two tweaks to its News Feed algorithm aimed at ensuring that the content users see is timely: Posts related to trending topics will be ranked higher, and the rate at which users like or comment on posts shortly after they go live will be factored in.
Facebook has repeatedly stressed its mission to provide the most relevant ads on News Feed, and the social network Thursday announced two more steps it is taking toward doing so: When users indicate that they don’t want to see specific ads, Facebook will take into account the reasons why those users rejected those ads when decided whether or not to serve them to other users. And more weight will be given to feedback from users who rarely or infrequently reject ads, compared with input from serial ad rejecters.
Facebook began testing the ability for Power Editor users to preview News Feed ads as early as last September, and the social network confirmed to sister blog Inside Facebook that it began rolling out the feature and other changes to Power Editor last week, with all Power Editor users receiving the updates “over the next few weeks.”
Facebook announced that it has been averaging more than 1 billion video views per day since June, with 65 percent of them on mobile, and brands and users that post videos will now be able to see how much of those 1 billion-plus views they were responsible for, as public videos from users and pages will now display view counts.
Building up a following on Facebook is an intricate balance between posting things of interest, fostering engagement and giving your followers a reason to keep you in their News Feeds. It is a delicate house of cards — and the wrong social media wind can bring destruction. And like the Paul Simon song, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” there are probably that many ways and more to drive all that traffic AWAY from your page. Let’s explore a few that you may be missing:
Digital marketing expert Sandi Krakowski has shared advice on the Facebook for Business page on launching Facebook pages and creating great content for those pages, and in her latest installment in the social network’s Getting Started series, she turned her attention to advertising on Facebook.
Facebook users’ News Feeds will no longer be populated with their friends’ Netflix activities, as the video service announced a new social recommendation feature based on users privately recommending content they have enjoyed to their Facebook friends who might enjoy that content.