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(Business Insider)   You'll never believe what Facebook just did to Upworthy   (businessinsider.com) divider line 43
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2014-02-11 09:57:43 AM  
Good.  Now if we can only kill off buzzfeed, then the internet will be at least somewhat tolerable again.
 
2014-02-11 09:58:20 AM  
In a blog post, Facebook said it wanted to feature more "high quality" content and fewer "meme photos."

But how else will I know what kids think are cool these days?

//do they still say "cool"?
 
2014-02-11 09:59:34 AM  

Arkanaut: In a blog post, Facebook said it wanted to feature more "high quality" content and fewer "meme photos."

But how else will I know what kids think are cool these days?

//do they still say "cool"?


BTW I just realized that there has never been an article that deserved the Grumpycat image as much as this one.
 
2014-02-11 10:00:05 AM  

Arkanaut: In a blog post, Facebook said it wanted to feature more "high quality" content and fewer "meme photos."

But how else will I know what kids think are cool these days?

//do they still say "cool"?


You just have to Like George Takei if you still want to get memes.
 
2014-02-11 10:00:09 AM  
You'll never believe this one cool trick for decimating a website's traffic
 
2014-02-11 10:00:24 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: Good.  Now if we can only kill off buzzfeed, then the internet will be at least somewhat tolerable again.


But how will I find the right dog Vines, then?
 
2014-02-11 10:01:17 AM  
It spawned a thousand copies, unfortunately.
 
2014-02-11 10:02:06 AM  
One worthless site changed some minor detail and some other worthless site got less traffic.
Is that all there is to this "story?"

Cool story, bro.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-02-11 10:05:36 AM  
It could be that Buzzfeed, unlike all those other sites, buys traffic from Facebook.

Did Fark stop greenlighting your submissions? Perhaps you would like a sponsored link.
 
2014-02-11 10:47:22 AM  
Is anyone else seeing the "Facebook is so filled with forwarded meme's, let's try to class it up blah blah, post some art"?

Are people honestly oblivious to the fact that those are now the meme posts shiatting on everyone's feed?
 
2014-02-11 10:57:33 AM  
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// don't make this a thing
// I'll pray to whatever deity you want, in whatever style you choose, just...don't
 
2014-02-11 11:06:08 AM  
That is one weird trick.
 
2014-02-11 11:09:54 AM  
Are "Which ______ character are you? Take the quiz!" things taking over everyone's FB feeds, or just mine? And aren't stupid quizzes like that the reason we all left Myspace?
 
2014-02-11 11:16:44 AM  
Can I just e-mail them a list of websites they can decimate? Just a few would clean up the majority of the Internet sludge most people see.
 
2014-02-11 11:26:28 AM  

Imperialism: Are "Which ______ character are you? Take the quiz!" things taking over everyone's FB feeds, or just mine? And aren't stupid quizzes like that the reason we all left Myspace?


word
 
2014-02-11 11:35:14 AM  
Weird that they would do that, since I've been filling out their little timeline surveys for months telling them that I want MOAR memes in my feed.
 
2014-02-11 11:50:15 AM  
You're absolutely right. Mainly because I haven't the slightest idea what "upworthy" is. Sounds like one of those annoying made up words they add to the dictionary once a year to try and get publicity. Not sure what that has to do with Facebook though.
 
2014-02-11 12:04:27 PM  
How about you try to drive traffic to your own site through quality content instead of relying on Facebook to provide the clicks?  Facebook and anyone whose business model depends on it can go EABOD.
 
2014-02-11 12:18:37 PM  
Facebook wanted to reduce meme posts? What the hell else is it good for.
 
2014-02-11 12:29:11 PM  
Basing your business model on gaming somebody else's algorithm is never good for anything more than a short term investment.  If the Upworthy guys were smart, they would have already cashed out before the hammer came down.
 
2014-02-11 12:36:41 PM  

serial_crusher: If the Upworthy guys were smart, they would have already cashed out before the hammer came down.


Same with the Zynga (sp?) and Groupon guys.  But, I'm convinced these startup-types are really just gambling addicts---they think if they just keep playing a little longer, their hot streak won't end.
 
2014-02-11 12:50:53 PM  
In November, viral-content-for-a-cause site Upworthy posted insane traffic numbers...

I don't understand "for-a-cause", I guess.

static4.businessinsider.com
 
2014-02-11 01:02:11 PM  
How much do want to bet there was a solicitation made before Upworthy got downgraded?
 
2014-02-11 01:03:25 PM  

impaler: Facebook wanted to reduce meme posts? What the hell else is it good for.


Simple games and stalking exs.
 
2014-02-11 01:35:47 PM  
Good. I started to keep track of the percentage of meme photos (picture with overlaid caption) to all other content in my news feed, and then decided not to spend all that time and energy on something that pisses me off.

Please refrain from clicking on or sharing links to Downworthy, Viralavon, or Feedbuzz. Do it for the children. (You too, modmins.)
 
2014-02-11 01:41:22 PM  

Honest Bender: One worthless site changed some minor detail and some other worthless site got less traffic.
Is that all there is to this "story?"

Cool story, bro.


You're so cool.
 
2014-02-11 01:43:48 PM  
 
2014-02-11 01:47:43 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: meme photos (picture with overlaid caption)


Heh. Copypasta from my FB post on the topic. I apologize for redefining "meme photo" for the far more 'net savvy FARK crowd.

/I don't always explain obvious shiat, but when I do...
 
2014-02-11 03:15:19 PM  
Right.  The "upworthy" page is bullshiat.  maybe it started out good, with good links and meaningful content, but it certainly isn't anymore.  Reminds me of the I LOVE SCIENCE page that features Neil Degrasse Tyson quotes, memes from the Big Bang Theory, and very little real science.

It's all noise, and this article needs to eat a dick.
 
2014-02-11 03:43:40 PM  
One amazing trick to unfollow friends who post annoying shiat on Facebook
 
2014-02-11 05:43:23 PM  
It would be nice if Facebook stopped dicking with things and actually let people see everything, like all their friends' posts, updates from all the pages they've liked etc. Facebook doesn't quite seem to grasp the whole social media thing.
 
2014-02-11 07:42:22 PM  

p the boiler: Imperialism: Are "Which ______ character are you? Take the quiz!" things taking over everyone's FB feeds, or just mine? And aren't stupid quizzes like that the reason we all left Myspace?

word


Hey, those were cool. I remember when I had my "Which Fark cliche are you?" Thingie in my profile.
 
2014-02-11 07:56:07 PM  
Maybe I missed it, but I did not see where in the "story" the writer addresses what percentage (if any) of Upworthy's traffic comes from facebook, and how that changed after December.

This writer needs "correlation is not causation" burned in to his chest.

It's also been very cold and snowy in much of the USA since December.  Should we also draw a connection between the weather and facebook?
 
2014-02-11 08:12:37 PM  

WhyteRaven74: It would be nice if Facebook stopped dicking with things and actually let people see everything, like all their friends' posts, updates from all the pages they've liked etc. Facebook doesn't quite seem to grasp the whole social media thing.


i just want to see the posts that are made in the chronological order they were made
 
2014-02-11 09:20:27 PM  

SilentStrider: WhyteRaven74: It would be nice if Facebook stopped dicking with things and actually let people see everything, like all their friends' posts, updates from all the pages they've liked etc. Facebook doesn't quite seem to grasp the whole social media thing.

i just want to see the posts that are made in the chronological order they were made


Indeed. Or at least some rhyme or reason to the order in which they present posts. One might think that older posts appear before newer ones because of being "liked" more or from having recent comments posted. But then you come across posts with no likes or comments appearing completely out of chronological order for no reason. It's annoying.

Also, Upworthy sucks anyway. Upworthy links on Facebook are usually the equivalent to Fark links that go to crappy blog write-ups about articles or videos rather than just linking to the articles or videos themselves. Free ad revenue for the middleman which contributes nothing to the quality of the information (and usually diminishes it by wasting your time).

So... yeah. grumpycatgood.jpg
 
2014-02-11 09:34:09 PM  
Is upworthy the one that always first asks "Do you want to support all of our causes everywhere, or are you a horrible bastard unworthy of reading anything on our site and should be drawn and quartered in the streets?" before it allows you to read the article?
 
2014-02-11 10:15:12 PM  
I just found out that the "famous" Eli Pariser from MoveOn and the Filter Bubble is the CEO of Upworthy. Wow.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli_Pariser
 
2014-02-11 10:38:09 PM  

SamFlagg: Is upworthy the one that always first asks "Do you want to support all of our causes everywhere, or are you a horrible bastard unworthy of reading anything on our site and should be drawn and quartered in the streets?" before it allows you to read the article?


Upworthy doesn't have articles.
 
2014-02-11 11:39:15 PM  
Upworthy started off awesome very cause related articles, usually about progressive issues, then they got all buzzfeedy and angsty.
 
2014-02-12 05:41:55 AM  

InterruptingQuirk: TuteTibiImperes: How about you try to drive traffic to your own site through quality content instead of relying on Facebook to provide the clicks?  Facebook and anyone whose business model depends on it can go EABOD.

Kind of like:

We're testing a revenue model where we change a Fark link (not the tagline - and the submitter retains credit) to re-point to a similar if not identical article on a different media property. Someone submits a good headline and interesting story that's on a particular website, we greenlight it like we always do, then we later edit the link to essentially the same story on a partner media site.- Drew


So..it's a business?
 
2014-02-12 08:39:05 AM  

hestheone: InterruptingQuirk: TuteTibiImperes: How about you try to drive traffic to your own site through quality content instead of relying on Facebook to provide the clicks?  Facebook and anyone whose business model depends on it can go EABOD.

Kind of like:

We're testing a revenue model where we change a Fark link (not the tagline - and the submitter retains credit) to re-point to a similar if not identical article on a different media property. Someone submits a good headline and interesting story that's on a particular website, we greenlight it like we always do, then we later edit the link to essentially the same story on a partner media site.- Drew

So..it's a business?


Of course it is, and he owns it lock, stock and barrel. Does it change that we should be aware that the same practices which we are ridiculing in this thread for being part of the business model of that easy target FB, are also part and parcel of these hallowed halls that we stomp around in daily.
 
2014-02-12 12:22:29 PM  

Imperialism: Are "Which ______ character are you? Take the quiz!" things taking over everyone's FB feeds, or just mine? And aren't stupid quizzes like that the reason we all left Myspace?


Ten years ago, the decline of LiveJournal saw the exact same downward spiral.

I still remember realizing that the appearance of those dorky quizzes in someone's journal indicated that they were all done posting interesting things, ever.
 
2014-02-12 02:34:10 PM  
I still don't know what upworthy is....

Is that where everyone gets their stupid cat pictures with cutesy slogans?

IronJelly: Right.  The "upworthy" page is bullshiat.  maybe it started out good, with good links and meaningful content, but it certainly isn't anymore.  Reminds me of the I LOVE SCIENCE page that features Neil Degrasse Tyson quotes, memes from the Big Bang Theory, and very little real science.

It's all noise, and this article needs to eat a dick.


I 'like' this.
 
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