Facebook Master Algorithm
Facebook Master Algorithm is the name given to Facebook's algorithm for determining what content to show in Facebook's reader (AKA News Feed shown on their logged-in homepage), also adopted and tweaked by Instagram for their reader (app home screen).
2017-10-22 : How Facebook’s Master Algorithm Powers the Social Network (archived) (original article behind paywall)
Twitter Algorithmic Feed
(might deserve its own page) Twitter deployed an algorithm in 2016 to filter and re-order your reader view:
- 2016-02-05 Buzzfeed: Twitter To Introduce Algorithmic Timeline As Soon As Next Week
- "Algorithmic Timeline" is a misnomer here — it's not a timeline, algorithmic or not, if it’s not in chronological order. That’s the time part of the word timeline. — Tantek Çelik
- 2017-03-05 Slate: Twitter’s New Order: Inside the changes that could save its business—and reshape civil discourse
And previously (before algorithmic manipulation of your reader view)
- 2012-10-30 Buzzfeed: Twitter Is A Truth Machine: During Sandy, the Internet spread — then crushed — rumors at breakneck speed
- 2016-01-03 Slate: Who Controls Your Facebook Feed
- 2017-10-23 @mikejcasey: Facebook’s Master Algo should scare you. There’s something forebodingly Orwellian about having a single codebase shape our culture this way
- 2017-12-18 @Hellchick thread: … the story of my friend who died, and I didn't know because algorithms.
- 2018-01-11 NiemanLab: Facebook drastically changes News Feed to make it “good for people” (and bad for most publishers) via John Gruber: Facebook Purportedly Changes News Feed to Make It ‘Good for People’
- 2018-02-15 : How I Cracked Facebook’s New Algorithm And Tortured My Friends (archived)