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The ranking of the friends on the story viewers’ list on Facebook depends upon your activities and interactions with them.
The ones who react to your stories are the ones who are placed at the top of the list.
If you’ve some close friends who like or react to all your posts, and comments and share them too, they’re considered close friends. They are ranked higher than the ones who react to your posts rarely.
If there is a change in interaction with your friends or if you add some new friends who react and interact with you more, then there will be a change in the story viewers’ list.
Even, if you remove a close friend, the person will no longer appear at the top of your story viewer list.
Why Is The Same Person Always At The Top Of My Facebook Story Views:
The story viewers’ lists are arranged according to certain activities and interactions. They become chronological over time but there’s no actual algorithm followed by Facebook to rank the story viewers.
If someone has been appearing at the bottom of the story viewers’ list, it certainly means that the user doesn’t have much interaction with you on the DMs.
You’ll always find the regular story viewers or the reactors at the top of the story viewers’ list.
The one who has a high-frequency score of viewing stories or chats with you in the DM all the time gets a higher position in the list than others.
How Is The Facebook Story Viewer Order Arranged:
There are the following facts that work as reasons:
1. Reactions to Story
Facebook ranks the story viewers based on certain activities and interactions. Whenever you’re opening the list of viewers to see who has viewed your story, you’ll always find there the names of the ones who have reacted to your story are placed at the top of the list.
The viewers’ list is never arranged by the time of viewing the story or alphabetically.
Facebook allows users to react to the story that he or she views. The reactions are sent to the profile owner and are visible on the viewers’ list. But all the viewers do not react to stories or replies. Only a few friends send reactions to stories.
2. Interaction you made
As the viewers’ lists are arranged according to your interactions with your friends, the ones with whom you interact the most are placed at the top of the list.
There are some friends on Facebook with whom you chat or interact more than others. Most users don’t interact with all their Facebook friends daily but only with a handful of them.
These friends’ names are automatically placed at the top of the list and below their names, you’ll find the names of the ones with whom you interact less or do not chat at all. With the change in your pattern of interaction, the list will change too.
3. Close Ones
On Facebook, even if you have a long list of friends, there are some friends with whom interaction and engagement are more. You’ll always find a handful or selective friends who react to all your posts, leave comments on all the posts you upload or share, tag you on their posts and even share your posts. On Facebook, they are seen as your close friends which is why their name gets listed at the top of the viewers’ list.
The ones who react or likely your posts rarely, or never leave a comment are the less interactive friends whose name automatically gets placed after the names of their close friends. On Facebook, there are some people whom you barely know as a person, but at the same time, you have your relatives and real friends on the friend list too.
The users whom you barely know automatically interact with you less than your real-life friends which is how Facebook can identify the close friends of your profile.
4. Frequency of Viewing Story
The list of viewers always has some common names, which means that some friends view almost all of your story. The ranking of the friends in the viewers’ list also depends upon the frequency of viewing the story.
Some of your friends, i.e mainly your close friends view all your stories so the frequency of viewing the story is high for them which is why their names are placed before the other viewers.
The name of those friends, who rarely view your story is placed below because they have a low frequency of viewing the story.
If you view someone’s story more often, your name will automatically come above others.
5. Most Recently Added Friends
The names of the ones whom you’ve most recently added to your friend list will be placed at the bottom of the story viewers’ list. The ones whom you’ve added recently to your friend list have the least interaction with you so their names go to the bottom of the list if the user doesn’t react to your story. But if a newly added user starts to react to all of your stories, his name would appear at the top of the viewers’ list because of his reactions to the stories.
The story viewers’ list often gets changed when there is a change in the pattern of interaction or when you remove the close friends or replace them with closer ones.