Reports of the newsfeedocalypse have been greatly exaggerated. Publishers have once again reacted with fear and panic to recent announcements about Facebook algorithm changes and an initiative dubbed Instant Articles, whereby content from premium publishers is embedded in the newsfeed itself.
The other day I was doing a demo for someone and noticed that my Facebook Page had an extra icon in the status update box. I clicked, and to my surprise, it was “Add Targeting.” But here’s what you need to know: This is News Feed targeting, not post targeting. Anyone who comes to your Facebook Page can still see these posts. It just limits who can see them in their News Feed.
Online marketers everywhere are buzzing about the decline in organic Facebook reach for brand pages caused by the updates made to the news feed algorithm over the last few months. Many of these marketers and business owners are upset about the implications on their reach. However, there is no need to panic.
Following on from the introduction of hashtags to the site in June, Facebook is experimenting with a new feature, similar to Twitter’s ‘what’s trending’, which lists, alongside the News Feed, popular topics being discussed on the site in real-time.
Facebook is testing two types of new links in the news feed: one with larger photos and another with icons denoting the link source. The social media giant has also given groups their own separate box on the newly designed timeline, taking full advantage of the recent news feed redesign.
"Facebook is understandably reluctant to share the magic formula behind Edgerank, but there are sites that claim to enable you to check your Edgerank. According to Edgerank Checker, you ought to be aiming for a score of 14+ to be above average. Obviously, the way to enhance your score is to post more frequently and interact regularly with your fans."