Thursday 07 August 2014

Do you do things that social networks ask you to do?

Facebook asks me if I want to do surveys to improve my feed. I do want my feed improved because I don’t know why I have to see someone’s post from ten days ago because THEY commented on their own post in reply to something (dull) someone who I don’t know said.

So if they could work that out it would improve my experience of going on Facebook. Admittedly it (a) couldn’t get much worse and (b) will not really change the frequency I check on there as you can’t really do it more than 50 times a day.

But Facebook isn’t interested in improving my feed – at least not for me. Facebook wants to improve my feed by making adverts seem less like adverts. ALL the questions were showing me statuses and asking me did I think they were adverts. Sorry, did they feel like an advert – you can’t argue with a feeling.

Below you can see three of the examples I STRONGLY AGREED felt like adverts. They could be broadly characterised as ADVERTS, things telling me that items were available for me to own as long as I gave someone money for them.

The other things they showed me were statuses by other people: a photograph of someone’s arm with cat scratches; someone being tagged at a wedding; someone saying they had ‘enjoyed’ their ‘tea’. I can’t put pictures of those up because they are other people’s lives.

I can show you of something that I didn’t feel felt like an advert. One of the 15 examples Facebook showed me was from a person I call me. Did me saying I strongly agree City will finish 14-19 points above Arsenal feel like an advert? No, no it didn’t.

It did feel like I am still going to see more updates from people who annoy me and less updates from people who I actually am interested in, though. And that Facebook will use my answers to make more money.

Fair fucks, I could delete my account and stop carping about it.

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