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snaxking
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1/24/2014 | 8:44:59 PM
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Kristin Burnham
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1/21/2014 | 8:24:33 PM
Re: Facebook for news
Content based on your friend list is a good point -- a fraction of my Facebook friends are my close friends; others are former classmates and coworkers and acquaintances. I probably don't have a lot in common with most of them, so we'll see how useful the suggestions are.
Shane M. O'Neill
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1/21/2014 | 12:53:44 PM
Re: Facebook for news
The problem with having "trending" topics based on what my friends are reading on Facebook is that I have a variety of friends and don't always share common interests with them. But I do think Facebook can still be a good news source. You must be proactive though. When you follow pubs and websites on FB that are important to you (NYTimes, Wash Post etc), your FB news feed can become a good resource. I've designed it this way, de-emphasizing (hiding) friends and emphasizing news and media. I've discovered a lot of great content this way. I keep friends around who share my interest in news and media (with the hope that they will post interesting content). But I've admittedly hidden friends who post fluff.
Kristin Burnham
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1/21/2014 | 8:36:25 AM
Re: Facebook for news
I don't turn to Facebook for news. Like another commenter said, I go there to see what my friends are up to. But I do discover news there. I follow a number of news pages and organizations on Facebook and do come across news stories I haven't seen and articles to read. 

I'm not sure yet how useful the trending topics will be; so far they've been mostly celebrity-focused and I haven't found any interesting enough to drill down further.
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1/20/2014 | 4:05:09 PM
Re: Facebook for news
For me, FB does not even provide 1% of the content that I am looking for or would like to find. FB does try to offer suggestion, but mostly those suggestions are pointless, if their suggestion could be more like youtube then maybe FB could provide more content that is consumed.

FB trending might be able to provide value that Google trending can't provide for example, suppose I am a law student and I have added many friends who are also law students, if treading could pick up on discussions and contents that are relevant then it might work out.
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1/18/2014 | 2:58:13 AM
Re: Facebook for news
I think they're barking up the wrong tree. When I go to Facebook, it's to exchange gossip with my friends. The news comes up occasionally, but what we're all here for is the latest divorce, birthday, or a video of someone's dog in action. Nope, Facebook isn't the place that you go for news.
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1/18/2014 | 1:02:21 AM
Re: Facebook for news
Currently Facebook plays no role in how I get the lastest news. With no filters for topics to get the stories I want, Facebook has zero interest from me. If the Reader app is more than a rumor, is available on desktop AND has filtering by topic (e.g. not just sports, not just hockey, but the Chicago Blackhawks), then I will consider it. Otherwise, it will only fit with those who have a casual or passing interest in the news and be another sign that Facebook is incapable of making a real product.

BTW: beyond catching up with my extended family, I don't use Facebook for anything else since most of its own features are not very useful.
Kristin Burnham
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1/17/2014 | 1:42:03 PM
Facebook for news
Facebook users: What role does Facebook play in the content you discover and read?


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