Facebook is changing its news feed. Here’s how to keep up with Summit County news
On Jan. 11, Facebook announced it was making big changes to its news feed to show users more content from friends and family over what it calls “passive content” — videos or articles that ask a user to just sit back and watch or read. Posts from businesses, brands and media are expected to have less of a reach unless shared or engaged with by friends and family.
“We feel a responsibility to make sure our services aren’t just fun to use, but also good for people’s well-being,” said Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive, in a post describing the change.
We at the Summit Daily News believe it is our responsibility to provide our community with the most up-to-date information when it comes to what’s happening in our county. We believe staying informed is good for people’s well-being, and social media has become a useful tool to engage with readers and quickly distribute information. We expect this Facebook change to affect the way our readers see articles on the social channel.
Whether you are a longtime local, second-home owner, or just visit once in awhile and you appreciate receiving news local to Summit County, there are still plenty of ways to get your news. And if you want to continue to see posts from the Summit Daily in your Facebook News Feed, you can also make a quick adjustment to prioritize what you see (instructions below).
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Prioritize Summit Daily News in your Facebook News Feed
There is a way to make sure the Summit Daily’s posts — and posts from other pages you like — stay prominent in your news feed. Here’s how:
When you log into Facebook, click the down arrow in the far top right corner. Select “news feed preferences.”
From here, click “prioritize who to see first” and choose what pages and friends you’d like to appear at the top of your news feed.
Facebook shows you the most popular posts by default, but you can change this setting to view most recent posts first. Here’s how to switch it:
Click “home” at the top of Facebook. Hover over the news feed tab in the left side menu and click “…” Select most recent.
Think a story is important? Engage with it — like (good), comment (better) and share (even better). It’s the best way to get articles in front of more eyes.
Other Facebook announcements
About a week after Facebook made its big announcement on changes to the News Feed, Zuckerberg made a second update on the plan. In a post on Jan. 19, Zuckerberg — writing that “news will always be a critical way for people to start conversations on important topics” — shared a second major update: “to make sure the news you see, while less overall, is high quality.”
“As part of our ongoing quality surveys, we will now ask people whether they’re familiar with a news source and, if so, whether they trust that source,” Zuckerberg writes. “This update will not change the amount of news you see on Facebook. It will only shift the balance of news you see towards sources that are determined to be trusted by the community.”
As Facebook moves to implement these changes, we hope that you will continue to consume local news, however you choose to do it.
Heather Jarvis is the digital engagement editor for Summit Daily News.
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