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How Do Facebook and Twitter Decide What to Show You?

Also: Can live again on Snapchat?

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Why is there so much junk in my Facebook News Feed? Can Twitter really win over new users with a change to its algorithms? And will Snapchat give rise to a new type of reality star?

Kara Swisher, guest host Kurt Wagner and special guest Justin Kan, a partner at Y Combinator and the founder of, answered all these questions and more on the latest episode of "Too Embarrassed to Ask."

In the first half of the show, Kara and Kurt talked about Twitter’s recently announced decision to show users more "best of" tweets when they come back from an absence, and why that has worked for Facebook. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions about social algorithms — remember that you can always send in questions about any topic to us by tweeting @LaurenGoode, @KaraSwisher or @Recode with the hashtag #AskRecode.

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In the second half of the show, Justin Kan joined in to talk about his experiences as a serial entrepreneur and the pioneering online reality show, which he is relaunching as a project on Snapchat. Then, in "Too Embarrassed to Answer," Kurt challenged Justin with queries about Monica Lewinsky, the Crunchies and weird Internet comments.

Listen to or download the episode in the player above, or click here to subscribe on iTunes; you can also find "Too Embarrassed to Ask" on TuneIn and Stitcher.

And if you didn’t already know, we have two other podcasts you will love. "Re/code Decode," which comes out every Monday and Thursday, features interviews led by Re/code Executive Editor Kara Swisher and Senior Editor Peter Kafka with the movers and shakers in tech and media. Click here to subscribe to "Re/code Decode" on iTunes.

You should also check out "Re/code Replay," an archive of audio content from our events and interviews by Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg, Peter Kafka, Ina Fried and more. To subscribe to that, click right here.

You can follow @Recode on Twitter for the latest on upcoming guests.

If you like what we’re doing, please write a review on iTunes — and if you don’t, just tweet-strafe Kara and Lauren. Tune in for more questions and answers next Friday!

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