Facebook algorithms and you

Friends, fans, followers and those who just stop by occasionally,

We have to discuss something… something big… algorithm. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines algorithm as “a step-by-step procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing some end especially by a computer.”

Now you’re thinking “what on earth does this have to do with me?” – allow us to explain. Your ability to interact and see what we (and other pages) share is controlled by something larger than us, the Facebook algorithm. Mark Zuckerburg recently announced some big changes coming to the Facebook world, and we want to make sure you’re prepared. He and his team will be adjusting the algorithm of Facebook to show “less public content like posts from businesses, brands and media.” So how does this affect your Facebooking experience? Well, you’ll see more posts from your friends and family members and less from pages you’ve liked… us, the news media pages, your favorite shop and so on.

We’ve known for quite some time that your ability to see our posts is math based. All 15,538 fans can’t possibly LOVE our Battle of the Badges video, our public safety tips, where the motor guys will be hiding or who we need your help identifying on a fraud case. Understandable.

For many followers, Zuckerburg hit the nail on the head; you want to see less from the pages you follow. But this has many government agencies a bit concerned. This could directly impact our ability to communicate with you, even in times of crisis, as our ranking of making it to your Facebook feed will be dramatically decreased.

We have to be honest – we enjoy sharing our story with you, engaging with you, and chatting with you. Should you decide that we’re still your cup of tea, here is a way you can ensure that we show up a little more in that news feed:

When you click on our page choose “See First.” (see the picture) Hover over “Following” near the cover photo, and then select “See First.” If you’re feeling really froggy, turn notifications on. We promise not to blow up your News Feed with random pictures but rather meaningful information. We share videos, a picture of your favorite K9’s working, the good work the officers are doing in your community and urgent information. We try to post about once or twice a day, so we won’t fill your feed up.

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If you’re looking for other ways to follow us, head over to: Twitter @NRHPD – we use this during active/breaking news incidents, Instagram: @nrh_publicsafety, our Blog: www.nrhpdmedia.com or on NextDoor! We’ll still be here to interact, engage, help answer any questions and try to provide a laugh or two along the way.

Sincerely,

The North Richland Hills Police Department

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