Changes to WP Reader~

Something doesn’t seem right…last I checked, people’s words here are more than just advertising clips to be scrolled through.

https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/reader-refresh-2017/

I had to search to find this. Are you aware of the changes to the WP Reader? They are compressing and chopping posts in the Reader to accomplish what they call “streamlining” so the viewer can scan more posts more quickly while seeing less of your content in their reader. What WP is doing is giving your post much less than half the room it used to have in the reader, sometimes only two lines of text if you don’t have photos.

They are also now inserting blogs they promote in your Reader. So they are taking up the room they are saving by compressing your posts in the Reader with blogs you are not following and they are promoting.

This seems manipulative and non-transparent on WordPress’s part and not in the best interest of bloggers.

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5 thoughts on “Changes to WP Reader~

  1. It’s a form of technological censorship and this is one of the many ways WordPress gets away with it. I am happy someone else has pointed this out. I heard somewhere that it makes no sense to critique a platform on the platform itself, especially when we are offered free space. However, the way I see it, we do not have a way to see our concerns addressed privately.

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  2. Yes! You said this beautifully, “If someone writes a poem, I’d love to see more than two lines so my interest can be sparked to read the whole piece. When so much emphasis is put on colorful, aesthetic pictures, it really warps and dilutes some blogger’s textual style.”

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  3. It seems to me this new change really undermines the words and thought put into everyone’s posts, compressing them into something remarkably similar to little advertising clips. If someone writes a poem, I’d love to see more than two lines so my interest can be sparked to read the whole piece. When so much emphasis is put on colorful, aesthetic pictures, it really warps and dilutes some blogger’s textual style.

    Let’s try to protect our values on WordPress!

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