Facebook has announced a new News Feed algorithm update, this time focused on reducing the reach of links to websites which contain “little substantive content and have a large number of disruptive, shocking or malicious ads”. The changes will also relate to ads from these domains, which will be blocked entirely.
In other words, if your site’s covered in crappy ads, you’re gonna’ find it a lot harder to keep drawing significant traffic from Facebook.
Facebook has announced another News Feed algorithm update, this time focused on reducing the reach of websites which are not optimized for mobile devices.
As explained by Facebook:
“We’ve heard from people that it’s frustrating to click on a link that leads to a slow-loading webpage. [...] During the coming months we’re making an update to News Feed to show people more stories that will load quickly on mobile and fewer stories that might take longer to load, so they can spend more time reading the stories they find relevant.”
On its surface, Facebook’s News Feed algorithm appears as a helpful tool that delivers only the information most likely to appeal to its users’ unique likes and personality. It’s the ultimate customer-centric device.
“Our goal is to build the perfect personalized newspaper for every person in the world,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained in a public Q&A in 2014. “We’re trying to personalize it and show you the stuff that’s going to be most interesting to you.”
Zuckerberg has also revealed that to achieve this level of personalization, out of the 1,500 or more stories aimed at each personal profile every day, Facebook delivers only a fraction of that. Adding all 1,500 to your News Feed would make the platform overwhelming and drive users away. This means each post you see on your News Feed won out over more than a thousand others.