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Did Facebook Change Its Algorithm?, If You Are A Blogger Or Media Brands, They Will Now Control Who Sees Your Posts

Gigionthat has learned, Mark Zuckerberg announced a major overhaul of Facebook’s News Feed algorithm that would prioritize “meaningful social interactions” over “relevant content” on Thursday, one week after he pledged to spend 2018 “making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent”.

Shortly after the presidential election, you probably started hearing the phrase FAKE NEWS which was made popular by the sitting president Donald Trump.

It appeared every time a story came out that he didn’t like about himself, he would get on his computer or phone and go to Twitter and Tweet that it was FAKE NEWS.

Mark Zuckerberg, owner of Facebook is a huge Trump supporter decided he will suppress your stories and your expression and will decide who see your news feed and who doesn’t.  They say it will be better for your health.

If you are a publisher, Blogger or independent media company who uses Facebook to share your stories with your audience, you will now see an 80% reduction in your views unless you pay to boost your post.

What was now organic, you will now be forced to pay for those same organic views.  If you have a business page on Facebook, you are going to witness lower numbers of people that are able to see your page because it is now being controlled.  We had bloggers tell us they went from over 10K views per day to 200 views which is not helping them but destroying their business.

Prior to Trump screaming FAKE NEWS, only when it applied to him, none of these actions were being taken.  Apparently they want the media to fall under a communist format from what many are saying where only Fox News will be reporting because they seem to be the only News Station that agrees with the president

However it does not just affect bloggers or news media.  This will affect all brands trying to promote on Facebook.  However, their goal is to make people more engaged with each other.

See below what is being reported by Mobile Monkey.

Earlier today, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook announced the end of the Facebook News Feed as we know it.

In a nutshell, public posts from brands, pages and publishers are being diminished in a substantial way from the Facebook News Feed.

Here are 10 things you need to know about the impending news feed Armageddon.

IN THE NEAR FUTURE PAGE POSTS FROM BRANDS AND PUBLISHERS WILL BE SCORED DIFFERENTLY FROM POSTS FROM FRIENDS

Facebook determines which status updates you’ll see and in what order they appear in your news feed, by calculating an engagement ranking score for each post.

Currently, this algorithm optimizes for time-spent-on-site and looks at other engagement metrics such as “likes”, clicks, comments and shares of posts. They want you to be glued to Facebook, essentially.

Going forward, the weightings of signals in the news feed algorithm will change dramatically. Posts from family and friends will be much more prominent, and posts from publisher pages will be suppressed, possibly by as much as 5x.

MARK ZUCKERBERG IS DOING IT TO SAVE FACEBOOK

Earlier this year, Zuckerberg acknowledged the damages that Facebook causes in the World, saying ‘Facebook Has a Lot of Work to Do.’ and has made his personal challenge for 2018 Is fixing His broken Website.

THE EFFECT ON POST ENGAGEMENT POST DEVASTATING

Some are saying that this change isn’t a big deal, as Facebook organic post reach has been declining for many years now.

We estimate that currently, average page reach per post is approximately 2-5%. Meaning if 100 people opted-in to “liking” your page, only 2-5 of them are likely to see one of your posts.

However, Mark Zuckerberg says that publisher posts in aggregate still account for most of the content people see in their news feed. This is because publishes push out substantially more updates than regular users every day (e.g.: 10, 100 or even 1000) per day. So even if individual post reach is low, Facebook overall still generates an enormous amount of free exposure for brands.

Since Zuckerberg is saying that they would like most updates to come from friends, we estimate that publishers will on average see an 80% reduction in page reach, clicks and engagement. We view this as a devastating new reduction in publisher engagement, despite falling engagement rates over the last few years.

TIME SPENT ON FACEBOOK WILL FALL

Mark Zuckerberg predicts that “by making these changes, I expect the time people spend on Facebook and some measures of engagement will go down”

AD PRICES ARE GOING TO SKYROCKET

Mark adds: “But I also expect the time you do spend on Facebook will be more valuable.” This is true not only for users, but also advertisers.

If people are spending less time watching funny videos and consuming fake news on Facebook, it means that there’s going to be less ad inventory to purchase. Furthermore, desperate brands and publishers will likely resort to spending more on Facebook ads to revive their dead organic post reach. The combination of decreased supply of ads and increased advertiser competition will most certainly yield.

We estimate that Facebook ad costs have increased by approximately 41% in the last year based on increased popularity of Facebook ads alone. The new change could increase ad prices by substantially more going forward.

FACEBOOK ACKNOWLEDGES THAT SPENDING TIME BROWSING VIDEOS AND NEWS ON FACEBOOK IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH

According to Mark Zuckerberg: “We feel a responsibility to make sure our services aren’t just fun to use, but also good for people’s well-being. So we’ve studied this trend carefully by looking at the academic research and doing our own research with leading experts at universities.

The research shows that when we use social media to connect with people we care about, it can be good for our well-being. We can feel more connected and less lonely, and that correlates with long term measures of happiness and health. On the other hand, passively reading articles or watching videos — even if they’re entertaining or informative — may not be as good.

PUBLISHERS THAT RESORT TO ENGAGEMENT BAITING WILL BE PUNISHED.

Many advertisers bait users into engaging with their content with offers that promise a coupon code or other incentives for liking publisher posts. Going forward, Facebook says these tactics will result in demotion of post rank.

MEANINGFUL DISCUSSION AMONG FRIENDS MATTERS THE MOST

Facebook says that “liking” a post is just a passive activity and is therefore a less meaningful signal to use for ranking purposes. They intend to prioritize posts based on the extent to which the post sparks meaningful discussion, for example longer form responses and subsequent follow-up replies from your friends.

FACEBOOK GROUPS ARE ALIVE AND WELL

Facebook Groups fall into the category of types of content that spark meaningful discussion, so we expect their organic engagement to hold steady or even increase over time. If you don’t have one of these yet, consider creating one ASAP!

USERS CAN STILL OPT-INTO SEEING POSTS FROM THE PAGES THEY FOLLOW AT THE TOP OF NEWS FEED

Users who want to see more posts from Pages they follow can choose “See First” in News Feed Preferences to help ensure they see posts from certain pages.

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