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    Good? I go on Facebook to look at pictures of friends’ burritos. To the extent I see more burritos and fewer links to news articles I’ve already read, things are getting better, not worse.

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      I would love a Facebook mode in which I could see only original content generated by the posting account–no links, no “Joe liked this” or “Jane shared that.” I have no difficulty in sourcing my own news; I don’t need my friends’ help. The goal of my engagement with them on Facebook is to know what is happening in their lives to them personally.

      The fact that Instagram trends in this direction is one reason why it’s so much more enjoyable than Facebook.

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        Why don’t they have a “Youtube Red” for Facebook? It is the perfect fit.

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          Then Facebook would have no revenue source and you wouldn’t have a place to post photos at all.

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            I think the problem is that Facebook can’t afford to run its business the way many people would like them to run it. I would prefer a service that charged a few bucks a month and made modest revenues and didn’t have to take over the entire world in order to justify its valuation or market cap.

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              app.net tried that, but couldn’t earn enough to continue development.

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                Sure, but that doesn’t mean the business model is fundamentally flawed, that service just didn’t take off, like hundreds of others services with various business models.

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          What if you miss that article about poisoned burritos?

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            Science fact: burritos cannot be poisoned. Always safe to eat.

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              Science fact: lobsters can’t be poisoned.

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                Hmm, I read it on lobste.rs so it must be true! Rotten burritos for all!!

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                      ------------    
                     /  REST IN   \   
                    /    PEACE     \  
                   /                \ 
                   |      jpm1      | 
                   |   poisoned by  | 
                   |    a tainted   | 
                   |     burrito    | 
                  )|/|\(/)|\|(\/\())|)
                  
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              Sadly these days unless a fried is using Facebook Live Video or “My Story” to show me they’re eating a burrito I’m almost guaranteed not to see it.

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                that’s all well and good if it only affected {insert content you don’t wish to see here}, however this affects any and all posters on fb. The comments on OP mentioned several small pages who are seeing the same trend. Soon those burrito posts will be gone too.

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                  The good news is none of my friends care about tracking their burrito post metrics. If I miss one, the world still turns.

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                    I miss the good old days, when lost writes where considered cause for complaint.

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                This might be a better fit over at https://barnacl.es/.

                This seems mostly to be SEO navel-gazing, and I personally wouldn’t want to see more of it here.

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                  Agreed.

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                  Unmentioned: the Chicago Tribune website has been steadily declining in quality. I won’t argue the quality of writing, but there are constantly more ads (pulling up the top story, my ad blocker caught a dozen items and there were still four on the page). Around the time of this change, they introduced a paywall that limits you to X articles per month and has an undismissable modal telling you turn off your ad blocker (few blocker filters catch this modal).

                  Facebook watches everything. If they notice the rate of users clicking through to ChicagoTribune.com and bouncing back to Facebook.com in a couple seconds has lept up, they’re going to consider it a low-quality site and serve it less often. Facebook probably never made a decision to reduce the frequency of links, or of news links, or of links to the Trib - this is probably just a general quality filter doing its job.

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                    But what about their parent company’s plan to focus “on leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve the user experience and better monetize our world-class content in order to deliver personalized content to our 60 million monthly users and drive value for all of our stakeholders. Our rebranding to tronc represents the manner in which we will pool our technology and content resources to execute on our strategy.”

                    Surely that would have improved their site’s quality by now?

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                    I would hate to have my work depend on this kind of Kremlinology. The idea of relying on publishing income that’s tied to a loose notion of “fans” (not subscribers) and non-deterministic delivery is terrifying, especially with a universe of fake news outlets nipping at the heels of these newspapers.

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                      I’d argue than an endless stream of every post by everyone “content provider” anyone is a “fan” of isn’t really what Facebook is about, and that it’s probably good beginning to a longer process of reducing the number of promoted/surfaced articles. 33% seems a low number to me, having seen what Facebook looks like these days.

                      Full disclosure: I am not a user any social media at all, so no Friendster, MySpace, Orkut, Facebook, MediaGoblin, Diaspora, Twitter, identi.ca, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Medium, Vine, VK, Tumblr, WhatsApp, Gitter, Kik, Livefyre, Disqus, Delicious, StumbleUpon, *chan, Reddit, Slashdot, Newsvine, Hacker News, Metafilter, Voat, Aether, or even GitHub (which is a social network). lobste.rs might be the only exception, and I lurked around just reading for almost 5 years before I bothered to act on any invite.

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                      My anecdotal experience: I use Facebook’s “hide all posts from…” for all media outlets. As tedu says, I love going to FB to check on my friends, their pets, their kids and their lunches (not satirical). I don’t want to see the news. Maybe more and more people are discovering “hide all posts from…”?

                      In any case, I understand this is bad for publishers, but it’s good for Facebook. They day I can’t see my friends personal stuff I’ll stop using Facebook.

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                        Uh oh… Facebook algorithms are out of control !