The Facebook Newsfeed Algorithm update had a huge influence on web-traffic via The Atlantic
About the middle of October, a number of news organization websites started to see huge numbers of visitors flowing from Facebook. Buzzfeed’s Charlie Warzel reported that Buzzfeed and its partner sites had seen traffic from Facebook surge 69 percent between August and October.
The change wasn’t out of nowhere. In August, a Facebook corporate blog post hinted that the algorithm that controlled the site’s News Feed was changing slightly, such that “stories that people did not scroll down far enough to see can reappear near the top […] if the stories are still getting lots of likes and comments.”
It sounds like a little change, but it’s hard to overstate the importance of the News Feed… And a traffic jump of the size Warzel reported could only come with a change in the News Feed algorithm.
For the past two months, traffic has been surging to news publishers. Facebook dwarfs Twitter—and every other social network—such that an algorithmic change like this quickly makes it the largest referrer to most news sites. A programming change is all it takes to remind publishers who’s boss.
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I made it transparent
The Guardian experiments with a robot-generated newspaper with The Long Good Read. Guardian developer Dan Catt made a script running on Google App Engine that calls the Guardian’s API for each new item it sees to find out more about it. It rejects things like Galleries, Podcasts, Videos and such like right away. It also gets rid of the “Live Blogs” at this stage. Then does a word count rejecting anything under 1,000 words. Any article that gets past those filters would get queued and blogged.
The technology was then paired up with semi-automated on-demand printing technology from The Newspaper Club to create layouts ready for print. Tom Taylor, who automated the process was interviewed:
It’s a human-robot workflow that makes putting together a customized newspaper a quick process. The Long Good Read is sent to the printer on Friday and delivered fresh on Monday, Taylor said. “It becomes possible to make a paper in an hour that you can put in a coffee shop and have 500 copies.”
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