Another Change To Facebook – Older Posts Can Now “Bump Up”

Not sure if anyone has noticed, but Facebook made a change the algorithm that controls your newsfeed this week, that “bumps up” older posts higher in your newsfeed. According to Facebook

Every time someone visits News Feed there are on average 1,500 potential stories from friends, people they follow and Pages for them to see, and most people don’t have enough time to see them all.

So Facebook is making the following changes, according to information from the NY Times (http://bits NULL.blogs NULL.nytimes

The first change, which is already live on the Web version of Facebook and will come soon to mobile versions, goes through recent but older stories that you never looked at and pulls the best ones forward. So the feed will now be a mix of new items and golden oldies.

The second change, which is coming soon, will look at the last 50 interactions you’ve had on your news feed — such as likes and comments — and rank future posts from those people and pages more highly. (The current system does look at recent interactions, but puts less weight on them in the rankings.)


In other words, its possible that old posts could come back to be seen (over and over again). The way the news feed algorithm works according to the Facebook post

The News Feed algorithm responds to signals from you, including, for example:

  • How often you interact with the friend, Page, or public figure (like an actor or journalist) who posted
  • The number of likes, shares and comments a post receives from the world at large and from your friends in particular
  • How much you have interacted with this type of post in the past
  • Whether or not you and other people across Facebook are hiding or reporting a given post

I do have 1 thing I don’t understand after the Facebook announcement. In the announcement Facebook said

“when they hide something, that tells News Feed to display less of that content in the future”

So if that’s the case, why is it that I keep hiding, blocking, and removing games from my newsfeed and my overall Facebook experience (Note – I do NOT play a single FB game), why o why do I seem to get even more game “suggestions” not less, but that’s just my opinion.

Source: Facebook (https://www NULL.facebook

Source: NY Times (http://bits NULL.blogs NULL.nytimes