Haute 100: Facebook Improves News Feed, Introduces Sports Stadium


It’s no secret Haute 100 lister Mark Zuckerberg aims to run the most efficient social media network the world has ever seen. Since Facebook’s launch in 2004, we have seen the network undergo astronomical changes. In 2015 Facebook updated its messenger and safety check tab as well as improved its pages sections to bring efficiency to small businesses owners. What’s next for the social media network? Improving its News Feed, of course.

The social network company announced it has tweaked its New Feed algorithm to try to give more prominence to stories that people find meaningful. The company said, “News Feed will begin to look at both the probability that you would want to see the story at the top of your feed and the probability that you will like, comment on, click or share a story. We will rank stories higher in feed which we think people might take action on, and which people might want to see near the top of their News Feed.”

Facebook surveyed more than 1,000 users to rate their experience and help the company improve the content available. The company also surveyed more than 10,000 people around the world to see how well it ranks in each person’s feed. The social network site asked questions like, “How much did you want to see this story in your News Feed?” Using a representative sample of people, Facebook was able to better understand which stories people would be interested in seeing near the top of their News Feed even if they choose not to click, like or comment on them — and use this information to make ranking changes.

In addition to improving users’ News Feeds, Facebook has introduced Facebook Sports Stadium, a dedicated place to experience sports in real-time with your friends and the world. Just in time for Super Bowl 50, Facebook will keep all sports related content in one place, and it comes in real time and appears chronologically. You can see:

  • Posts from your friends, and their comments on plays
  • Posts and commentary from experts, like teams, leagues and journalists, with easy access to their Pages
  • Live scores, stats and a play-by-play