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I cracked Facebook’s new algorithm and tortured my friends • Buzzfeed
Katie Notopoulos is the one to blame:
<p>We’ve come to accept nonchronological feeds in our social media. Even on Instagram, where people do still seem to complain the most about it, we understand the rules of the new feed. It’s in the moments where the cracks start show — when the same awful video is at the top of your Facebook page for 12 days straight — that we remember how fucked up it is having our friendships ruled by an algorithm. It’s like in a sci-fi movie where a sexy android peels off her mask and you remember she’s made of steel, or the Wizard of Oz furiously cranking his noise machine behind the curtain. This algorithm doesn’t understand friendship. It can fake it, but when we see Valentine’s Day posts on Instagram four days later, or when the machines mistake a tornado of angry comments for "engagement," it’s a reminder that the machines still don't really get the basics of humanity.

I’ve been down this path before. In fact, I’ve written about this problem before. In the summer of 2016, Facebook did another recalibration of its News Feed that prioritized posts from friends and family over publishers, ending what seemed to many like a three-year tyranny of BuzzFeed quizzes and cooking videos. Soon after, I noticed a post from a coworker, asking if anyone had ever tried making overnight oats, had “stuck” to the top of my Facebook feed for five days straight, even though I had never commented or liked the post. I dubbed this phenomenon the overnight oats problem…

…You can try this yourself; it’s easy to game the system by posting something that drives comments. Try asking a question, or for advice: “Does anyone have a shampoo they love?” or “What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you in middle school?”

Trust me, you will get lots of replies. And it will stick to the top of your friends’ feeds for days.

And if they are like my friends, they will hate you for it. Good luck.</p>

Personally I detest nonchronological feeds. It's a big reason why I rarely go on Facebook or Instagram.
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9 days ago by charlesarthur
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10 days ago by der_dennis
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14 days ago by e2b
DeplorableNacho comments on When an /r/vegan post reaches the front page
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You have no idea how impressive this is! Tons of webcomics have these ridiculously expressive faces and it looks like its just a few lines, seems easy right?

I read (edit: some expressions related book) recently while getting into digital sculpting, and he explains early on how even the absolute tiniest of lines drawn on the face can turn it from expressing one emotion to another. That artists go to great lengths to make someone smile, and what ends up on the page is a depressed creature.

Drawing a face is massively difficult for the average person, because we don't really see a face. You start by learning to see shapes instead of expressions (often by drawing without looking at your drawing). Eventually you start getting it down, and you start pulling at musclegroups. In 3D Sculpting this is an amazing process, because manipulating a basic face is extremely easy and you start to notice how small changes to a form can completely overhaul a character's expression.

That's this. It's not just that you need to understand what to draw to make an expression, it's that you need to understand what NOT to draw. In the artist's head everything is there, and he's carefully picking out what becomes a line and what doesn't. Because the brain of whoever sees that image will still process what isn't there. It will exaggerate and fill in blanks to such a stupid degree it can turn a few ridiculous scribbles into an expressive masterpiece.

Both the skill that go into creating an expression as well as the complexities of a mind that can't draw a face but from minor shadows create an expression is amazing.
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17 days ago by po

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