Confessions of a Facebook Slut

There’s one problem with being a Facebook Slut (accepting nearly every friend request) and having 700+ so-called friends. I’m now entirely dependent on the filtering in FB’s ‘Top News’ stream. It’s smart enough to know whom I really care about and filters out the rest. The other ‘Most Recent’ stream is unfiltered, so I have to scroll through pages of stuff people who aren’t really friends and family in order to read stuff from those who are. Okay…that works on the website, but as far as I can tell, the FB apps for iPhone, iPad and (my favorite) Flipboard don’t have access to the filtered ‘Top News’ feed. Apparently they can only deliver the unfiltered ‘Most Recent’ feed, which renders them pretty much useless for a slut like me. Unless one of my 700+ friends has a fix.

One thought on “Confessions of a Facebook Slut

  1. That’s actually an issue that I’ve been working on an algorithm for (but not for Farcebook); if you consider the dynamics of the Hedgehog Dilemma the questions become apparent. The solutions have evaded me for about 6 months so far, but… I’d like to think I’m making progress. My main issue is – and this may be true of others, I believe – that you don’t always interact with everyone; you interact based on your own life context. With a tsunami in Japan, you’ll probably want to know how your friends in Japan are doing. Otherwise, they’d be lower priority. And then there’s the intellectual context as well – if you’re exploring a mathematical idea, you’ll probably spend more time with your friends proficient in math rather than the constitutional lawyers. Affinities vary over time. How to nail it down… well, I have a whiteboard full of ideas but all untested. And none of them easy on processors of servers.

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