There is a new algorithm in the current app update. We will update this post once it has rolled out to everyone, but in the mean time you can read the details here: Algorithm Changelog (ongoing)
We’ve been noticing a bunch of threads around engagement, which is obviously a huge and important topic in the world of byte. To better organize around this topic, and to keep the forums digestible for everyone, we’ve decided to create this megathread to focus on everything related to engagement. It will stay pinned to the top of the forum so that it can live on for a long time.
So what’s this thread for? Two things:
Questions about engagement. This is a place to ask questions about engagement, where both we and other forum members can chime in and help clear things up. We will also maintain a list of the most common questions that come up and keep them updated in this thread.
Tips and ideas about engagement. This is also a place to share your tips and ideas! We will similarly maintain a list here of good suggestions or points (with attribution, of course) so that people can find them easily.
Because of the nature of this thread, we ask that you keep engagement conversation here. If we see new topics about it, we will probably hide them and gently remind you to post here instead.
Let’s get right into it!
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How do I get more engagement?
There are a bunch of ways (including just getting lucky), but the best way we’ve found is to engage with others and keep posting. Let’s break this down:
- Engage with others. Although we’re working on algorithm changes, the way that byte is structured right now means that one of the best way to get your work seen by others is to be in contact with others to begin with. Every person that you’re in touch with is another person who is “on your side,” who is more likely to see your work and like it, rebyte it, or share it. And the more this happens, the more likely it is to reach others.
Important note: You should avoid joining “engagement groups” that exist solely to like or rebyte. The algorithm changes that we are working will mitigate the effectiveness of this method, and will likely have a negative impact on your own byte experience.
Keep posting. Exploration on byte currently focuses on recency above all else. This means that many pbytes lose their reach shortly (~1-2 days) after they’re posted. Although we will be switching to a model that dramatically reduces the focus on recency, there are still a bunch of good reasons to keep posting:
- you’re building up a repertoire of bytes that people can check out when they discover you
- there are more chances to practice and get better (don’t forget to ask for a critique in our Critiques category if this is something you’re interested in)
- you never know when you might get lucky
How does the algorithm work?
There isn’t one algorithm, but most of our discovery algorithms currently focus on new posts (1-2 days) and how many likes they’re accruing in a short window of time.
We are currently working on major algorithm improvements that should change this significantly.
Some algorithms (e.g. Your Mix) and sections (e.g. Spotlight, which is curated) do not follow these rules and are good indicators of some of the other options we’re exploring.
The best way to keep up with our algorithms and algorithm changes is to check our algorithm changelog, where we keep track of every significant change we make.
Why are my numbers going down?
We launched Byte only very recently (less than 3 weeks ago at the time of this post) and are still settling from a launch that received a lot of attention. Many people joined the app just to “check it out” and will likely not come back for some time. Others have decided to use the app on a more regular basis—like once every few days, or a few times a month. The launch day numbers aren’t “real” and we’re likely still a little bit away from “real” numbers.
Once this correction has taken place, we expect that over time the improvements we make to the app and an ever-increasing amount of great content will help the app grow in a natural way.
Because of how early it is, NOW is actually a great time to use Byte—especially as a creator.
P.S. Here’s a screenshot from a Google Image Search that visually represents the progression from launch, to settlement, to real growth, in a fun way.