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Facebook (unless you pay to "promote" an item) only shows your posts to a certain proportion of your friends, (even if they're using the "most recent" way of looking at updates). In a flawed attempt to harness the wisdom of crowds:

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14

What percentage of your Facebook friends (of the ones who look at Facebook in the hour or so after you post) do you think are shown what you have written?

View Answers
Mean: 39.29 Median: 30 Std. Dev 24.92
No-one 00 (0.0%)
102 (14.3%)
203 (21.4%)
304 (28.6%)
400 (0.0%)
501 (7.1%)
601 (7.1%)
700 (0.0%)
803 (21.4%)
900 (0.0%)
Everyone 1000 (0.0%)

Assume that this is a plain old text update, not a photo or anything like that. Friends that have interacted with you more often in the past will tend to be shown your activity with higher probabbility. If you have no Facebook account, don't complete the poll ;)

There is no right answer that I know of, though if someone has hard data on how to calculate these things, do comment with links.

Date: 2013-04-16 10:36 pm (UTC)
liv: cartoon of me with long plait, teapot and purple outfit (mini-me)
From: [personal profile] liv
How sure are you about this information? I thought the pay to promote stuff was for pages / organizations rather than individuals. And the not showing individual updates to everybody is more about FB trying to guess which updates you're most interested in?

I think I see most updates, because I've gone through everyone on my friends list manually and told FB I want to see all their posts in my feed. Any time I do a spot check by going direct to a random friend's personal page it looks like I'm not missing a whole lot. But how many see my posts, I don't know.


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