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Facebook doesn't like the API either

Now this is an interesting perspective from the Facebook side of the world. Articles that are posted using their API get less traction than articles manually posted.

The speculation is that they're weighing articles that are posted through the API lower than those that come from posts done through Facebook's own app (the web or a mobile app), so fewer people end up seeing it based on Facebook's filtering.

People (myself included) keep saying that we need a write API here on Google+ because people want to be able to post things automatically as part of other actions. Google has resisted, saying that such posts are of lower value, and they want to keep Google+ filled with high quality cat pictures. Here is an example where Facebook seems to also feel that such shares are worth less than manually posted stuff.

(H/T to +Connie Neff)
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Maybe it's inevitable and I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed, but I sort of agree with Google - at least in theory. The more of these automated tools are out there, the less useful the whole web itself is becoming. Some of us will wax nostalgia and "remember the days" when a clever search query would result in exactly the information we needed; these days there are far more duplicates, lots of automated respun articles, blackhat practices and automatic social media posts that it's becoming tirelessly tedious to find but one ounce of useful information. And nearly everything is tied back to some obnoxious advertisement to buy someone's product or service.
I think I did wake up on the wrong side of the bed...
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