Facebook's News Feed Algorithm
The Daily Beast tried to answer the question "How does Facebook algorithm for news feeds work". Although not scientific, the experiment led to some very interesting conclusions:
- Facebook is bias against newcomers. Newcomers' news feeds don't see to show in their more established feeds.
- You need friends to interact with you. Especially for newcomers, you have to have many of your friends interact with you if you want to show up in anybody's radar.
- Top News vs. Most Recent News. Top News shows hours old news from some friends while completely ignoring the rest. Most Recent News is a reversed chronological order. You might expect to get most recent news from all of your friends. The experiment proved that even most recent news are censored.
- Stalking your friends won't get you anywhere; your friends stalking you does. Constantly liking your friends pictures and posts or commenting on them will not increase your visibility. However, your friends doing this for you will.
- Links are better than status updates. Adding links, pictures, and videos increases your visibility faster than constantly updating your status.
- People who have more friends are more visible. Just like in real life: popular people win - at least, the Facebook visibility contest.
via The Daily Beast