Before giving the process a try to see if it would really help show us more of what we want in our news feed, as a starting point, we did an unscientific analysis of our own news feed.
The posts that appeared most often included those from family, which made sense, but it also included posts from some friends we don’t regularly have contact with – people whose posts we don’t even normally “like.”
So why are they in the feed? Facebook urban legend – you know, the stuff of online conversations among Facebook users, and blogs – claims that if those people search for us or like our posts, they’ll show up more often in our news feed even if we don’t reciprocate. We have no idea if that’s true, because again, Facebook didn’t return our requests for comment.
It’s also possible those people made Bamboozled a “see first” on their pages. Maybe that makes difference, or maybe not.
Facebook also measures how much time you spend on the site and how much time you look at a post, and that’s taken into account when the algorithm decides what to place in your news feed, according to several published reports.