I’ve joked before about Facebook friend clutter, but never really felt the need to do anything about it. Who cares if a friend never posts, or has abandoned their account without deleting it? How is that hurting me?
I’ve known for awhile that Facebook does not show my personal posts to all my friends. And, sadly, it shows even fewer of my awesome biz posts to fans of my biz page, despite the fact that they’ve indicated interest by “liking” it. (What the heck?) It’s all part of a complicated algorithm that is based in part on how many friends/fans “interact” with my posts by liking/commenting/sharing them.
But recently I read that one of the things Facebook looks at when deciding how widely to share your new post is how many of your friends interact with it during the initial phases of releasing it to them. Yes, they are released in phases. Not all at once. And the more friends you have who do not engage, the less likely they are to show it to the rest of your friends. Wow.
So what prevents friends/fans from engaging? Well, it could be boring content. Not me, I know. LOL!
But it could also be that the friends/fans are inactive users; or they’re “just not that into you”; or… well, they could be dead. Don’t laugh, I just removed 3 such friends from my list!
I don’t know how true all that is, and in any case they are constantly changing the Facebook algorithm. But it did prompt me to take a closer look at my friend list and inspired me to create a new flow chart for you. This one’s a freebie. I hope you enjoy it! (Hint: If it’s not someone whose friendship you value, they’re Facebook clutter.)
P.S. The chart kinda mixes apples with oranges: “unfriending” would theoretically, but probably not significantly, help with one’s posts getting seen; and “hiding” just declutters one’s own news feed. But it’s mostly just for fun anyway.
Do you agree with the chart? (Click the image to enlarge it.)
What would you add?
Are you going to unfriend (or hide) anyone as a result?
Please leave a comment below!
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