If you've managed a Facebook page for a client then you know how difficult it can be to get your posts seen by fans. Just because your page has 10,000 likes, doesn't necessarily meant that your posts are going to be seen by 10,000 people.
In the past, your post reach was determined by an algorithm called EdgeRank (which marketers were finally starting to wrap their head around). Not unusual for Facebook, they've made some interesting changes recently, including the ability to embed posts on your website. That being said, Facebook has officially replaced the news feed algorithm from EdgeRank to Story Bumping.
What is Story Bumping?
With EdgeRank, Facebook news feeds used to be organized based on freshness. The newest posts would be visible to a user first and would be prioritized over older stories. In short, this often meant that older stories would likely get buried towards the bottom of a user's news feed.
Story Bumping helps change this, and takes into account all posts a user has seen and pushes unread stories to the top. This means that when users load their news feeds, it will populate stories that are new to each user. Regardless of the time they were posted, even stories that may have been previously missed will be pushed to the top of the news feed.
Facebook stated that in testing, story bumping has already resulted in an increase in interactions (likes, comments and shares) with different stories.
Wait, there's more!
Another change rolled out is related to the way Facebook organizes the news feed, and is based off your last 50 interactions with the site. This new feature is called Last Actor and is another signal that the algorithm will use to prioritize posts in the news feed.
Last actor will review an individual's most recent Facebook activity, which means that the social network is adding more real-time signaling to help decide what should show it the user's news feed.
What does this mean for Marketers?
The ultimate goal of all these changes is to encourage brands to create relevant content that produces interactions from users - whether it's likes, comments or shares. While the algorithm changes have an impact on businesses and marketers, it's important to note that these only apply to organic content. The Facebook ad system uses different algorithms to promote posts.
Story bumping has the potential to open the door for brands and marketers, as it will allow extended visibility for content, even for users who might have missed it when it was originally posted. Along with this, Last actor provides added visibility over shorter time periods - taking into account real-time interactions.
Final thoughts: You no longer have to worry about your posts getting lost in the news feed because they're a little old. If you're putting out good and relevant content, and people regularly interact with your posts, they will get seen.
Only time will tell how users react/interact with this content. What do you think of these changes?
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