Facebook’s New “Trending Widget” – Not Good At All (Yet)

This unwelcome visitor to my Facebook screen offers me a “trending newsfeed” and I guess there could be worse things.

But the news it’s showing me is so horrible:

Facebook Trend Widget


There’s got to be trending topics that I care about, but perhaps they are trending a little less than the above (which really, by showing what’s trending the most for the entire Facebook community, doesn’t that reduce the results to the lowest common denominator?).

Perhaps in time Facebook will cross reference all the pages I ‘like’ (on Facebook itself) and return news results that I care about. Since this news feed (should be) personalized for each user, there should be no conflict or privacy concerns in using the list of topics that I’ve “liked” to guide the trending widget to return more interesting results.