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Facebook lets Americans try promoting their posts, won't let you escape saccharine updates

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
October 3, 2012
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Visiting your Facebook news feed can feel like a chat with parents eager for grandkids -- it's sometimes a flood of engagements, weddings and baby photos. Whether you enjoy it or not, that not-so-subliminal messaging is about to get more prominent with a US trial for promoted posts among everyday users. Just as with earlier deployments, American socialites can click a link to push a given post higher in others' news streams and get feedback on just how many have taken a peek. The testing is limited to those with under 5,000 friends and subscribers to keep the celebrities and social media experts on the sidelines. However, anyone with a quiet life might want to duck and cover for the next few days while more sentimental friends push all their sugary updates to the top.

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