Is Facebook Collapsing Under Its Own Weight?

That’s what this opinion piece for Entrepreneur Magazine argues.


The writer claims that because the amount of sharing is doubling every year, there is now so much information out there that people can’t cope. And Facebook’s algorithms cannot adjust.


Every time someone logs into Facebook, there are an average of 1,500 pieces of content that they “could” see, were Facebook to reveal everything that all of that person’s friends are doing. This is growing, and the figure doesn’t include ads.


Last I heard from Google, they are crawling over a trillion pages every day. When I first started working at Yahoo! a dozen years ago, we were looking at perhaps a hundred million web pages.


Do you find Google overwhelming because they will return 167 million results for “Facebook Marketing Expert”?


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Do you think that Mari Smith, who is ranking #1 on Google for this search, is worried about the other 166,999,999,999 folks?


And if you grow from having just 50 friends on Facebook to 500, does it mean that the acquaintances will drown out your close friends and family?




The author doesn’t understand that the purpose of a newsfeed algorithm is to show you what matters most to you, based on who you’ve interacted the most with, what content you enjoy, and how often you wish to consumer content.


In fact, the more information Facebook has, the more they know about you and the smarter they can be in personalization.



If you take a pizza of 8 normal slices, then cut each slice in half, you have 16 slices. Do it again and you have 32 slices. But there is still the same amount of pizza.


Facebook doesn’t enable you to have more close friends, arguably. Nor do they require that you discard your good friends to fritter away time on acquaintances.  They don’t show casual friend updates with the same frequency.


Likewise, with Facebook having a greater pool of status updates to select from doesn’t mean you have to spend more time on Facebook. However, the author did calculate that it would take you 17 hours per day to consume all the content available to you.




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It’s fashionable to decry Facebook– too many ads, all the kids are abandoning, your privacy is gone, or whatever sensationalization generates press.


But the smart money is on Facebook ads and doesn’t fall for it.
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Dennis Yu

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Dennis Yu
Dennis Yu is on a mission to create a million jobs.

He is the host of the CoachYu show, a digital marketing certification program that partners together with industry professionals just like doctors, engineers, and teachers where people can get trained and have a job at the same time.

He has been building brands and teaching marketing for over 13 years.

Specializes in helping young adults to grow into the leaders of tomorrow, by confidently developing their marketing skills through training programs and seminars with enterprise clients like The Golden State Warriors, Nike, and Rosetta Stone.

He developed the Technology Partner for Digital Marketing Agencies and Personal Brands. A RevShare Partnership Program that enables growing companies to stay competitive.

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