Facebook News Feed Tweaked for Time Spent on Stories
Now the Facebook News Feed algorithm will show contents on the basis of time spent to view the post. Initially more emphasis was given on the Likes, Comments and Sharing of post but after this new tweak, Time spent on a Post will also be given importance. The updated News Feeds will roll out in a phased manner and will take multiple weeks to full complete.
The goal of News Feed is to show you the content that matters to you. The actions people take on Facebook—liking, commenting or sharing a post—are historically some of the main factors we’ve considered to determine what to show at the top of your News Feed. But these factors don’t always tell us the whole story of what is most meaningful to you. Recently, as part of our ongoing effort to improve News Feed, we asked people to rate their experience and tell us how we can improve the content they see when they check Facebook.
From this research, we learned that in many cases, just because someone didn’t like, comment or share a story in their News Feed doesn’t mean it wasn’t meaningful to them. There are times when, for example, people want to see information about a serious current event, but don’t necessarily want to like or comment on it. Based on this finding, we are updating News Feed’s ranking to factor in a new signal—how much time you spend viewing a story in your News Feed.