Facebook recently detailed an algorithm change to its News Feed, aiming at resurfacing older updates that it thinks are relevant, even if they’re not as fresh. It’s based on something simple: if Facebook registered that you never saw the item and it’d be an item that you’re statistically likely to engage with, it’ll bubble the item back into your “current” news.
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They specified 4 signals that indicate a News Feed item is important to you:
- 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
Take note of the fact that the behavior of hiding a post is specifically called out, and it’s one of the metrics that’s now included in Facebook Insights for Pages. This is critical to the success of your Facebook Page! Go into your Page Insights, switch to Post view, and choose Post Hides, Hides of All Posts, Reports of Spam, Unlikes of Page by post.
If you see anything other than zeroes, you need to retune your Facebook content strategy immediately because what any one Facebook fan does impacts what their friends see. Facebook clearly stated that what one person likes impacts what their friends in particular see bubbled up in their News Feeds. A hide is likely to not only impact the user that hides but also reduce the impact of that post among all of their friends.
This, by the way, is the answer to whether you’re posting too much on Facebook or posting the wrong kind of content. Anything that triggers a hide – cadence, content, etc. – is bad news and calls for an immediate reassessment of what you’re doing.
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