Apparently, the big honcho of social media is not the biggest fan of memes or any type of content the social giant considers “low-quality”. I kid you not; they’ve found a way to get them off your social feeds. Not entirely, but at least much less.
Personally, I don’t mind. Memes were funny…once. When done right, they’re chuckle worthy and perhaps worth a share. At this point, however, the originality that made them popular is no longer there. Some can still get a smile from me, but many have lost that effect.
Essentially, the algorithm that decides what constitutes content as high or low quality will filter pages that produce good content from those that post cheap, none gaging content. This move would ultimately force business and organization’s pages to produce good, engaging posts in order to generate likes. It’s a good move, users will engage with something that takes the time to catch their eye as opposed to a redundant tactic. If businesses are using memes for their social content, then they should be working harder. Not a good look. This new devaluing Facebook is giving them might be that push that they need. Leave the memes for Reddit, not Facebook.
But please, keep it away from my friends list.
While I’m all for encouraging high quality content from pages, I’m not the biggest fan of Facebook applying that algorithm to content my friends post. Personally, the only thing that judges my friends’ content as quality or not is me. I don’t think it’s crazy in saying Facebook should not deciding what I would like to see on my newsfeed, especially if it’s based on interactions. The social networking site has remained consistently used in my case because of two things:
it works as a fantastic medium for communicating with friends that are miles away.
it’s a good way to keep in touch with friends you no longer see often.
Facebook has played a key reason why some of my high-school friends and I have remained close. I go to several conferences through the year and meet plenty of fantastic individuals, several of whom I keep in touch and get to know better thanks to Facebook. Sometimes, your newsfeed’s a great way to remind you to post on a friend’s wall…or delete off your friends list.
I’m cool with Facebook picking and choosing what’s good enough for my newsfeed in terms of my interactions with businesses and my likes with brands. With the amount of users it has, it’s not a bad idea to want to up the quality of the site. As long as it stays away from my personal stuff, then we’re good. But honestly, that never happens. Not with Facebook.