In a bid to offer a better user experience, Facebook has altered its News Feed algorithm to adapt to your internet speed
21st Oct., 2016, Red Newswire/-
If you’ve used the Facebook app on your smartphone before, you’ll know that it isn’t the best experience, at least on a slow internet connection. And although Facebook tried to enhance this experience last year by tweaking its algorithms to serve up stories by caching them on your device, this approach provided users with outdated, irrelevant articles and content.
The company today announced a whole new update that will fix this problem. Apparently, the new system weighs “both new stories from the server and unseen stories from the persistent cache.” This means only the content that is relevant and fresh, even if it is from your device’s cache, will show up.
There are many factors that are responsible for the visibility of an article, video or post on your News Feed. These include the time of the post, the content present and whether or not the starting text of the article or the beginning of the video have loaded. Unless and until a little bit of the content isn’t rendered, the post isn’t considered relevant. This is Facebook’s personal approach in order to avoid spinners and checkboxes.
The whole experience is, apparently, going to be further enhanced now. Now, whenever you open up the Facebook client and scroll on your News Feed, the client will trigger a request to “get next best story.” It then looks up all the available articles/posts and ranks them based on the aforementioned factors. These then show up in the given order of relevance based on a score alloted by the algorithm.
While this new update is excellent in developing countries and places where internet connectivity isn’t the best, it is also hugely beneficial for everyone as it ranks all articles based on multiple factors and so you will be reading the best content out there.
Image credit: The Next Web