Hello SOTGC community,
When I first started using Facebook, it was an exciting new way to connect with friends, especially friends whom I didn’t see very often, and to follow businesses and organizations that mattered to me.
Over time, more and more people connected with me on Facebook – friends, coworkers, family, childhood acquaintances, other parents, etc. Some people are completely quiet, some update occasionally, some update every day, and even multiple times per day.
Even as it became more and more difficult to follow my quieter friends and organizations, Facebook complicated things by controlling what I see in my news feed. Facebook decides what I see based on secret methods, but reputedly based partly on how often I connect with someone and how many likes and comments my friends and organizations that I follow receive.
So I needed to learn how to take back control of my news feed, as much as Facebook allows me to.
Here are some methods that I use:
1. Sort: This is really the only way to get around the Facebook controls. There are two ways to sort your news feed: “Top Stories,” the default, and “Most Recent.” You can find the Sort option by clicking on the down arrow next to “News Feed” at the top of the left sidebar.
2. Friend Lists: If you sort your friends and organizations into lists, then you can view those lists separately.
– Facebook creates a “Close Friends” list and an “Acquaintances” list. Adding friends to these lists helps Facebook to know who to emphasize in your news feed.
– There are several friend lists that Facebook creates and automatically populates, such as “Family” and your current workplace.
– You can create your own custom lists. Go to “Friends” and then “Create List.” When you view a friend list, you will only see the updates from your friends on that list.
3. Controlling updates: When you create a friend list, you can select the type of updates that you’ll see from your friends in this list.
After creating a list, click on the down arrow next to “Manage List,” and then “Choose Update Types….”
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