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July 1, 2016

Dear Mark Zuckerberg, can we please talk about News Feeds

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Internet, Media, Observation

This is a slightly edited version of a Facebook Message I just sent to Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg (and no we're not actually Facebook friends).

Hi Mark,

Let's give this a go and see what happens.

I understand you want to maximise the impact of the News Feed but if you give people the option to have either Top Stories or Most Recent, then why not respect a user's choice?

I choose Most Recent.

I choose Most Recent. (Screen capture)

Time and again Facebook changes my preferred option of Most Recent to Top Stories.

I want to see all the Most Recent from people and pages that post often as well as the ones who do it only every now and then.

I'm able then to keep track of all things and manage my own feed. I do it regularly so I know when scrolling through when I reach the point of things I've already seen on previous views.

I don't want to see a News Feed that's filtered by some algorithm. That's not how I engage in person with people.

I may choose to talk to the talkative person in a room, but the quieter people often have more interesting things to say if you make the effort to listen to them.

Popular movies attract crowds, but niche movies also have a message to say.

It's up to the individual to seek how how we interact with things in life, I don't want to be spoon fed by an algorithm.

By all means drop the odd advert in here and there if it helps pays the bills, and I will populate my profile enough so you can target those ads you think would attract me, that's fine.

But as with commercial TV, I choose what program I want to watch and have no say on the adverts in between (I wish I did) but I still watch the programs.

So please, please, please respect my decision to see ALL my Most Recent posts by friends and pages (and you know it's not just me asking for this).

Yours,

Michael


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