Text Response Week #8

I currently have a friend that is taking a break from Facebook. Her reason behind the break has to do with the fact that the content on her Facebook is not at a standard that she thinks reflects her interests. Another specific reason she chose to take a break was because of the different types of political videos that were showing up on her feed. There was one specific video that caused her to go over the edge and make a statement that she would be off Facebook until the election had passed.

Honan’s article really goes hand in hand with what my friend was experiencing, prior her Facebook break. While she didn’t necessarily like everything she saw on her feed, Facebook started catering to the things she did like. I remember there was various times where she would show me videos or posts of things that would make her really upset and would never like. But since she had liked similar videos that were based on the same topic, Facebook simply kept feeding her posts based on that. Morgan touches on this by discussing her experience with the “algorithm does not understand the psychological nuances of why you might like one thing and not another even though they have comparatively similar keywords and reach similar audiences” (Morgan).

She recently told me how she feels less stressed ever since she started her Facebook break because she doesn’t encounter daily posts that would otherwise make her upset. Also she said that she doesn’t have to see what others are posting, which added more pressure for her to interact with them. I think this has to do with the fact that she has always been quite an active person on Facebook whether it was sharing videos and posts she agreed with or simply liking and commenting on other pictures.

One thing I am curious about it how her feed has changed due to the fact that she has been inactive for so long. Does Facebook track your log-ins, if so will her feed be different from what Morgan experienced? Does the prior level of activity of an individual have an effect on their feed after they decide to take a break or stop liking things? These are questions that I will update on, once my friend has started using Facebook again, but if anyone has had some thoughts feel free to share them with me.

 

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2 thoughts on “Text Response Week #8

  1. This is a solid response; count it. Your friend is certainly not the only one who has decided to take a “Facebook break,” and the strangeness of its algorithms that Honan and Morgan both discuss are important elements of that. (Note: you might want to take a minute and just browse through the piece one more time: there are a handful of grammatical issues – like missing commas or run-on sentences – that while too small to keep from being counted for credit, still detract from the overall strength and clarity of the piece.

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  2. Regarding your questions at the end “Does Facebook track your log-ins, if so will her feed be different from what Morgan experienced? Does the prior level of activity of an individual have an effect on their feed after they decide to take a break or stop liking things? ” I can say, from experience as someone who went from liking everything on Facebook to simply not visiting it anymore, that my feed is certainly different. It is a lot cleaner now and it is probably a result of Facebook algorithms taking note of my absence, probably not sure if my likes have stayed or are the same anymore – so it calms down. Facebook does track your logins and in reality it seems to track everything else you do on the web even if you aren’t logged into your page. This article talks a little more about that and how to avoid it. http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-how-to-stop-facebook-from-tracking-you-2012-9

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