Latest Facebook Survey Targets Friends’ Annoying Posts


FacebookSurveyIntro650We all have “those” Facebook friends who muck up our News Feeds with all sorts of hoopla, from political rants and game achievements to oversharing TMI (too much information). Which posts are the most annoying? Well, Facebook probably has a good idea, as the latest survey from the Facebook Feedback Panel attempts to sort out the good, the bad, and the ridiculously annoying.

It’s about time Facebook decided to (maybe) start cracking down on the many, many annoying “people” posts that populate News Feed, but the posts they’re asking participants to rate aren’t exactly (for the most part) posts one would expect.

We have the loooong post. These can be annoying if they come at you nonstop, but this wasn’t from someone who typically posts paragraphs. Guess the social network is looking more toward “type” of post than particular people, though:

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And then there’s the family photo post. These typically annoy millennials, apparently. But I think they need babies to really ratchet up the anger. Not sure Facebook will get an accurate gauge on this one:

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This is one I think they grabbed because it mentioned a medical condition — those could often be TMI (or just make people squirm), but this wasn’t the case here:

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And then we have the viral share, comedy-type posts. I love these, don’t you? Anyway, I know SoMe cards have infested Facebook like locusts, but you won’t hear me complaining, as I’m fond of oversharing (or just reading) them:

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And then the posts that, I feel, need to go away, now: Sick children posts that are shared purely to boost pagesreach are disgusting. And I never … well, hardly ever … tell people who share this stuff that they’re feeding some jerk’s sick like machine because I know their hearts are in the right place. Sigh.

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After users rank approximately five posts, Facebook asks if they would like to rank more. I said, “Hell, yeah!” but it just gave me the same posts again. Hmmph.

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You’re welcome, Facebook! Let’s hope you use this data wisely.

Readers: Have you taken this survey? Were you surprised by the items it asked you to rate?

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