Because space in News Feed is limited, showing more posts from friends and family and updates that spark conversation means we’ll show less public content, including videos and other posts from publishersbusinesses. As we make these updates, Pages may see their reach, video watch time and referral traffic decrease. The impact will vary from Page to Page, driven by factors including the type of content they produce and how people interact with it. Pages making posts that people generally don’t react to or comment on could see the biggest decreases in distribution. Pages whose posts prompt conversations between friends will see less of an effect.
this will mean a lot of things, but the first folks to feel this pain will almost certainly be publishers who rely on Facebook for distribution. I heard the word “video” quite a few times as something on the death list so good luck on that pivot to videohttps://t.co/J8W6JZCPxh — ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) January 12, 2018
It’s more about valuing stories that facilitate meaningful interactions between people. As it turns out people interact more with stories from friends than from publishes, and so on average friends and groups see gains and publishers see less distribution. — Adam Mosseri (@mosseri) January 12, 2018
It’s worth noting that a lot of people were already not seeing much news in their feeds anyway. Last month my colleague Shan Wang published the results of an experiment she ran: “Half the people in our survey saw no news at all in the first 10 posts in their feeds — even using an extremely generous definition of ‘news’ that counted everything from celebrity gossip to sports scores to history-based explainers, across all mediums.” She wrote:
So many publishers think they have audiences, when what they really have is traffic. I think we’re about to find out who has an audience — Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) January 12, 2018
It may be that millions of people see certain news posts. But what’s filling the rest of their feeds is very likely less news than we, the industry that produces the news stories, like to think. After all, Facebook isn’t exactly hiding the fact that in the news feed, family and friends and sharing come first.Also, personal anecdata: I’m active in a number of private Facebook groups and, for at least the past couple of months, I have pretty much only seen posts from those groups in my News Feed. These changes will probably not seem drastic to many users. And many publishers have already noticed a decrease in organic Facebook traffic over the last year or so. Still, Thursday’s news probably cancels the plans of anyone who’d thought they were going to build a business on Facebook traffic.
The summary slide on my @BostonGlobe 2017 strategy deck doesn't include anything re: Facebook pages. Pages are ineffective as they don't cultivate community and relationships. We've known this for years. pic.twitter.com/9bj47VS5PB — Matt Karolian & (@mkarolian) January 12, 2018
Important thread. I suspect that this will also encourage publishers to spend more $$$ on Sponsored Posts. Making it a win-win for FB and a lose-lose for publishers. https://t.co/ugW4uo83XF — David Skok (@dskok) January 12, 2018