Recently, a viral Facebook post has been going around with lightning speed, claiming that news feeds will be, or currently are, limited to just 25 or 26 friends. The post, which comes in several variations, typically offers solutions such as commenting on and/or sharing the post in order to “beat” Facebook’s algorithm. The lack of primary or authoritative sources here, as well as the viral nature of the post, should be a dead giveaway that there is absolutely nothing true about this post. It exists, like cancer, simply to spread as quickly as possible and clog up your digital arteries. Also like cancer, this sort of viral post typically affects those 40+ years of age. This is an example of what these spam posts typically look like:
How to avoid hearing from the same 26 FB friends and nobody else: Here is a post explaining why we don’t see all posts from our friends…. News feed recently shows only posts from the same few people, about 25, repeatedly the same, because Facebook has a new algorithm. Their system chooses the people to read Your post. However, I would like to choose for myself, Therefore, I ask you a favor: if you read this message leave me a quick comment, a “hello”, a sticker, whatever you want, so you will appear in my news feed. Don’t just “Like”, Facebook requires a “Comment”. Even one word! Thanks!!! Otherwise Facebook chooses who to show me and instead I don’t need Facebook to choose my friends! Do not hesitate to copy and paste on your wall so you can have more interaction with all your contacts and bypass the system. That’s why we don’t see all posts from our friends!
“People of the older generations simply don’t have the digital education to quickly discern between real and false posts,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a press conference last Monday. “While this particular post is not true, we are considering limiting the news feed to just two or three friends at some point in the near future. We’ve found that this is the typical number of people that everyone interacts with already, and this way all of the pertinent posts and information will be right where people want it. If we do implement this update, be assured that commenting on or sharing a post will do nothing to help you.”