Facebook is conducting a survey to make your newsfeed better. I received a notification the other day, and decided to take a peek.
What followed was a veritable "hot or not" comparison of status updates.
"I am interested in seeing more like this," was the basic statement, and then I was asked to pick a rating on a scale that went from "strongly disagree" to "strongly agree."
News articles from the New York Times went up against soul-bearing status updates from a friend who just let go of a mystery toxic person in her life. Pictures of adorable children duked it out with videos from Upworthy. And each time, I was forced to choose which I liked better, which I wanted to see more of.
But you see, my content appetite changes rather frequently. Sometimes I can't get enough news articles, other days I want to ignore all the anger-inducing nonsense going on in the world. These days I'm hiding Elf On The Shelf photos like it's bringing me discretionary income. After the holidays, I'll want to see New Year's resolutions from those same people.
I've never been a fan of the fact that Facebook creates a user experience that puts a lot of responsibility on the user. It's up to YOU to constantly tinker with your privacy settings, and determine who gets to see your posts through a completely unintuitive privacy customization mechanism. Kind of a pain in the neck.
But here's one instance where I don't want Facebook to try to make the decision for me. As I've said before, just because I "like" one post and "share" another, it doesn't necessarily mean that for the foreseeable future, I want to see less posts like the one I "liked" and more posts like the one I shared. A human being's content appetite is hardly predictable, yet it feels as though Facebook is trying to make it so.
Or, perhaps we're all too predictable when it comes to the information we want to consume, and we just don't realize it yet.