MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Facebook offered a deep dive into its its News Feed ranking algorithm on Tuesday, expounding on why it moves up old stories and how it picks which stories it thinks you want to see.
Lars Backstrom, the engineering manager in charge of News Feed ranking, explained how Facebook sorts through the "tens of thousands" of potential posts users put on Facebook each day. While there is a median of 1,500 potential stories that a user can see daily, Facebook inserts about 300 based on an algorithm that guesses how interested you will be … Read more
Facebook Home was released for Android phones in April as a way for Facebook users to transform their phones into a Facebook-centric device. One of the features that stood out was Cover Feed, which turned the lock screen into a convenient and attractive way to browse your Facebook News Feed. With the latest Facebook for Android update, you can now use Cover Feed without having to install Home.
To enable Cover Feed, go to Settings then check the box next to "Use as Lock Screen." The lock screen will start up immediately and begin showing your feed. Remember … Read more
Facebook is updating its Android application Thursday to provide a larger group of social network users with one of the company's most innovative creations to date: Cover Feed.
Cover Feed is an inventive twist on News Feed that previously came bundled with Facebook Home, a poorly rated social-networking software package that made Facebook the heart of select Android phones.
Now, however, Facebook users who update to the latest version of the standard Android application can set Cover Feed as their lock screen, meaning they can view a panning collection of photos and posts from their Facebook friends without having … Read more
Just a couple of weeks ago, Feedly and Digg Reader weren't able to import Google Reader subscriptions manually. Digg recently added support for OPML import and now you can do the same with Feedly. If you haven't exported your Google Reader data yet, you only have until July 15 to do so. Once you've exported the data, here's how to import it to Feedly:
Step 2: Log in to your Feedly account.… Read more
When these sad departures occur, the ritual of going through the deceased's basement begins, and in the case of Google Reader it turns out that the place was full of lots of digital detritus belonging to you and me, and hundreds of thousands (if not millions -- we never really found out how popular Google Reader was in definite terms) of users.… Read more
Users of the RSS iOS app Reeder can now add feeds from Feedly following the demise of Google Reader.
Released on Tuesday, version 3.2 of Reeder for iOS no longer supports Google Reader since the search giant's RSS service has kicked the bucket. But the new support for Feedly should be able to fill the gap.
Feedly has been hard at work trying to make itself a home for RSS users. The company recently upgraded its site to offer a new interface and end its dependence on Google's RSS feeds.
Feedly has also made it easy for … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Ants aren't the only ones destroying electronics: Bored pets are, too.
- Snapcat: A photo app for cat selfies.
- Stop the presses: Today is the last day to send a telegram in India.
- RIP Google Reader: Today it is kaput.
- What happens when a guy logs in under his wife's gamer tag? Understanding sexism in gaming.
We rely on cloud services more and more every day, trusting service providers with our data. But as Google Reader users know all too well, it's sometimes necessary to take that data elsewhere. Many Google Reader users have migrated to Feedly, and the subscription data that once lived on Google's servers now resides on Feedly's. Feedly just recently added the ability to export your feeds to an OPML file, so if Feedly shuts its doors like Google Reader did, you can use it to import your feeds to another reader. Here's how:
Step 1: From the … Read more