I wonder how meaningful Facebook’s snapshot is given my own experiences. Facebook has, from their point of view I’m sure, done an excellent job filling my feed with things I’m interested in reading, based on my history.
Given that I search out information on LGBTQ advocacy issues for my own writing purposes, my Facebook feed is constantly full of articles from LGBTQ Nation, Pink News, the Washington Blade and other such dedicated sources. Once in a while I will also see an article from The New York Times or CNN on the same topics.
I almost never see news in my feed about anything other than LGBTQ issues or tangentially related items.
Facebook has decided they know what I’m interested in, and that’s what I get. I’m sure I can’t be alone in that.
I don’t rely on Facebook for my news. In fact I don’t even enjoy using Facebook; for me it’s just part of my job.
But if I did rely on Facebook for my news, I would be getting a very skewed and restricted view of the world.
I can’t help but think this is a serious problem.