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pcharles09
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8/27/2014 | 12:13:08 AM
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@Thomas C,

Yes but they don't want you to know/admit it publicly.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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8/26/2014 | 7:17:40 PM
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Isn't every Facebook post "clickbait"?
Ariella
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Ariella,
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8/26/2014 | 7:17:19 PM
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I can't stand click-bait and avoid clicking on all links with titles like "you won't believe what happens next."
asksqn
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asksqn,
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8/26/2014 | 7:07:23 PM
More fixing of what is not broken
Given FBs constant messing with the algorithm, this is just so much smoke & mirrors the end result of which is that users don't actually get to see the posts from the pages they've liked and actually WANT to see the content.  Instead, they are hit with what FB deems appropriate.  
Susan_Nunziata
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8/26/2014 | 4:32:33 PM
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@Lorna: I was thinking exactly the same thing! Also, there are many times that i click thru and read an article but then choose not to share it, it's not a judgment on the value or quality of the article but rather whether or not I think the folks in my FB feed would want to see it. I get that they're trying to reduce click-baiting, but I find this new plan of theirs all rather silly at best and patronizing at worst.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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8/26/2014 | 3:15:00 PM
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"To determine which posts are click-baiting, Facebook will take into account how long people spend reading an article away from Facebook. For example, if someone clicks an article and spends time reading it, the social network will deem the content valuable. But if users click a post and then return to Facebook, it suggests that they didn't find something they wanted, the company said."

But how does FB know I'm reading the article, not starting dinner or cruising Woot? Or that I didn't see the article, think "hmm, that's kinda long, let me save it for later."

I mean, I know Facebook's darn near omnipotent, but that seems a stretch! 
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