David Reed Watson - posted on October 9, 2017 by

Beating Facebook’s Algorithm: Is it as easy as we thought?

(Article shared from the Elephant Journal. Go here for the original post.)

Just when we think we’ve got it all figured out, we realize we are wrong.

At Elephant Journal, we’re always trying to find the loophole to the limits set by Facebook and beat the algorithm.

Once we experimented with trying to gain control of what ran through our daily newsfeeds. The solution was to simply not “like” anything, confuse the program, and make it feed us a variety of news, not just the ones we “liked.” Breaking down the silos and creating a more balanced and mindful social media were the goals. It seemed to be successful.

If only it were that easy.

Facebook has changed since then. It notices more than what we like. The business tracks what we comment upon, who we message, and ranks our engagement differently by weighting our reactions of a heart or sad face as more valued than the ol’ thumbs up.

So, a new strategy to free feeds from the algorithm might be to not like, comment, or message anyone on Facebook at all. We could just call or text instead. Problem solved, right?

Nope. Facebook is also noticing how long we spend on each person’s post, even if we never engage at all. If we slow down on any post, it is noted and added to the greater gathered information about us. Then, it feeds us more posts like that one.

To be fair, the amount of information that could be in my feed is insurmountable. A billion people use Facebook today. By setting up this algorithm, Facebook makes our time on it more pleasurable as we are fed what we like. It is favoring the faster loading sites and eliminating the annoying ones that thrive on click bait. Nice, eh?

However, when we hear that our photos, our likes, and our time on one post is being shared and sold, the smile fades. If we would like the business of Facebook to stop spying on us and selling our details to outside sources, we need to just. Stop. Using. It.

Otherwise, we need to make a plea to the company to change (good luck there), or create another space that brings people together around the world to share their stories. We already have Instagram, but that is owned by Facebook. Twitter, Snapchat, and other sites offer connection. Yet in those arenas, we are more limited. Have any other ideas?

Do we go back to the old system of emailing or the ancient method of mailing letters with stamps and everything? How about the times before that when one left the village…that was it, never to be heard from again?

Social media used to be like the Wild West. Now, it has become a monopoly that seems to run a black market. Is it all really that dark? Is the fate of Facebook to be either a place where we allow no privacy, where our souls are sold or do we have more power than that?

“Several of them would have protested if they could have found the right arguments.” ~ George Orwell, Animal Farm

Join us in finding mindful arguments and answers, even if we are learning the best language to protest something we “like.”



Dear, Mark Zuckerberg—If you “Like” us, Please Read This.

How Facebook’s way of “Connecting Us” is an Epic Fail.




Author: Kate Fleming
Image: Flickr/Newtown graffiti 
Editor: Travis May

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David Reed Watson - posted on October 7, 2017 by

What’s happening in my world?

There is a lot going on right now and I am completely grateful.

First and foremost before I get into the music.
We experienced the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. History here in Las Vegas. We’ve experienced this tragedy first hand, but we’ve also seen people unite like never before. My fiance is one of the many people who worked tirelessly for the last week with the victims. She is a nurse here in Las Vegas and one of the most powerful people I know. When she comes home crying, you know that it was bad.

To every Police Officer, Fire Fighter, Nurse, Doctor, Paramedic, and those that selflessly helped those in need… I salute you. I salute you as a Marine. I salute you as a Human Being. I salute you for your dedication to your vocation. As tragic as this was, it was a lesson that even though there is bad in the world there is an equal amount of good. The Yin/Yang. You can’t have one without the other. Stay positive.

So… now on to the music.

Kill Ritual is well underway at the moment with a tour coming up in the new year, as well as a new label, video, CD and we are going Vinyl on this next one which I am very excited for. The line-up is solid with myself, Steven Rice, Jim Pegram, Chris Lotesto and Seamus Gleason. We did our first show together last month up in Santa Rosa at the House of Rock. This is the first time I’ve felt the groove that we’ve never had. Both Jim and Seamus locked it in giving Steven and I the freedom to do what we do. It was quite epic. I’m sure videos will pop up soon.

I have also joined Foundry, with Mark Boals singing with me and playing Bass… I have to pinch myself when we do rehearsals because he is such a down to earth guy with one of the most amazing voices in Rock n Roll. I don’t want my respect and admiration to overshadow the talent of Marc Brattin on drums and James Fucci on guitar, they both bring an element that cannot be denied. This will be a powerhouse line-up of shows coming up here soon. I’ll make sure to announce them as they arise.

Balancing each of them is keeping me on my toes. But the fact that they are both completely different genres of music is broadening me as a vocalist and writer. Miles Kennedy does it with Alter Bridge and Slash, and somehow it all works out, so I will do my best and keep it positive. I find myself stretching my abilities like never before. I’m even taking voice lessons from the Atlanta Rhythm Section and King Karma singer, Shaun Williamson. I went directly to Shaun when I heard that he had coached Glenn Hughes.

So… since I’ve got this highwire balancing act going on I’ve had to take leave of Sweet Home Alabama and hand over the reigns to my friends Jay Cee from 3 Lock Box and Dru Jaxin from Tailgun. Both great singers.

And if that’s not enough… I still have my Reiki/Life Coaching sessions going strong, working on clients, working with students and doing my best to bring a positive message to you every day. Make sure to add me on these sites listed below.








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David Reed Watson - posted on September 15, 2017 by

Jay Cee’s Birthday tonight!

Tonight is our friend Jay Cee ‘s 50th Birthday Bash! This is one you really don’t want to miss. Killer musicians and some kick-ass tunes at the Gold Mine in Henderson. Don’t forget to bring some donatable items for Hurricane Harvey victims!

I’ll be hitting the stage with him and some of our friends. This is going to be epic! Here’s a teaser for you…

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