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They are a-changin’

Facebook thumbs downIt’s been a while.

The past few months have been more about editorial content and website optimisation than Facebook algorithm changes and Twitter updates for me – not that they care for my workload over in California, what with Facebook changing their page layout twice over and Twitter deciding we must all want to tag each other in photos (because if we do it on Facebook and Instagram, of course we need to be able to do it on Twitter.)

But I have noticed two things happening with my Facebook feed that are puzzling me.

  1. I am seeing a lot of posts from people who I am not directly friends with in my own newsfeed. So, if a friend-of-a-friend posts a birthday message on our mutual friends’ wall, I see a string of these updates in my Latest Posts feed. If a brand tags one of my friends in a photo or post, I see that on my wall too. Why, if I’ve set my privacy settings so that friends-of-friends can’t see my own posts, would Facebook assume I want to see what my friends’ friends are sharing with them?
  2. Similarly – my friends report seeing posts in their feeds whenever I like or comment on something, even if the post I like or comment on is on the wall of a person they don’t know.

Both these things have been happening for a while, but the frequency with which I’m seeing them seems to be increasing and despite numerous searches I can’t find any way to prevent this.

Has anyone else noticed this? If you’ve any suggestions, I’d love to know. Feel free to leave a comment below, or tweet me…

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