“To improve your experience, your feed will soon be ordered to show the moments we believe you will care about the most,” the company wrote in a blog post announcing the change. “The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting, and the timeliness of the post. As we begin, we’re focusing on optimizing the order—all the posts will still be there, just in a different order.”
Some users of the photo-sharing app are likely to be unhappy with the change, as many Twitter users were when the company began testing more curated feeds. But for parent company Facebook, which engineered the social algorithm that now influences more than a billion people, this move is not unprecedented.
Judging by Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom’s comments to the Times, the change likely has less to do with controlling what users see and more to do with the app’s increasing popularity. “On average, people miss about 70 percent of the posts in their Instagram feed,” Systrom told the Times. “What this is about is making sure that the 30 percent you see is the best 30 percent possible.”
Unlike Facebook’s news feed, Instagram will still show every post on your feed, albeit reordered—so you can still get your fill of parody accounts and puppy photos.
WIRE TELEGRAM: Poker strategy writer Nigel Goldman has been convicted in the UK of swindling eBay customers out of thousands of dollars in a rare coins scam.
Now the author of the book Make a Million from Online Poker may be facing extradition to Spain where he is accused of operating a Ponzi scheme that allegedly bilked investors of millions.
Self-styled playboy Goldman fled Spain for his native UK around the time Spanish authorities first started investigating the Ponzi scheme allegations among the ex-pat community.
As a poker player, he had enjoyed a modicum of success in the country, once making the final table of the Marbella Classic, although with tournament winnings of just $37,000 over the best part of a decade, it’s reasonable to assume that his “millions” came from sources other than poker.
His book, the title of which, perhaps tellingly, has the ring of a get-rich-quick scheme, is in fact very much a treatise for beginners and is therefore unlikely to result in the aforementioned millions.
Goldman, who changed his name by deed poll to “Howard Del Monte,” will be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on January 8th for two counts of fraud related to the eBay coin scam.
The court heard that he used his knowledge of rare coins to advertise the sale of gold sovereigns and South African krugerrands, which would be paid for but would never arrive.
Meanwhile, in Spain, lawyer Antonio Flores, representing the victims of the alleged investment fraud, has begun extradition proceedings against the author. If extradited and convicted he could face ten years in prison.