August 13, 2020

What's your opinion of news feeds?

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What are your general opinions on news feeds as a user? Do you hate them or love them? All social products use them, but many seem to be just full of spam. If you were to build a new social product, would you include a news feed?

What's your opinion of news feeds?
  1. They are essential to know what's going on
  2. They are full of spam and is generally noise
  3. I am indifferent to news feeds
Vote
  1. 2

    I mostly rely on RSS feeds for specific news/articles/blogs.

    I also have a personal 'no scroll' rule on social media. I'll read notification, responses, etc. I just refuse to scroll.

  2. 2

    What are your general opinions on news feeds as a user?

    Have made sure explicitly that there are no News feed in the social networks I use, for Business reasons. My News consumption are from non-realtime sources and trusted curated forums. But that's just my personal preference as a user.

    If you were to build a new social product, would you include a news feed?

    Say, if I'm forced to build a social product today and the survival of humanity depends on it - I would.

    But knowing very well that people don't click the links to read the news anymore on any social platform any social product I build would have portrait video as the first class citizen and so the news should be of same format.

    1. 2

      Thank you for the insightful comment!

  3. 1

    You kinda have to, if you are not going to start with 10k active users. How would people curate the good content if they don't see any. It requires moderation to keep it clean that's all. It's essential imo. Also I like the news feed more than popular. Popular feeds are usually "spammed" with popular kids while actual interaction happening on newest section.

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      Can you tell me the difference in news feeds vs popular feeds? I had the assumption they were one and the same.

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        I guess I get the question wrong, I thought "news" = newest content shared on the platform.

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