How I View My Facebook News Feed

How I View My Facebook News FeedI don't love Facebook, but acknowledge it's important to be there. Whenever I flirt with the idea of deleting my Facebook account I remember that's the main way I now keep in touch with friends and family. When a friend gives birth, I'll learn about it and see the pictures in Facebook. When my nephew dresses up as Max for Halloween, I only know about it and see the picture because I'm on Facebook. Whether you update your status message and post updates or not, it's important to be there.

One thing I've always disliked about Facebook is how their News Feed works. It's not a reverse-chronological listing of all updates by all friends. That's what I want, but that would be too simple for Facebook. Instead, it's a strange unknown algorithm that determines what makes your News Feed and in what order.

I no longer visit my Facebook home page (the official news feed) when checking Facebook for updates. I've created a list I call "Everyone" and I've put every single one of my friends in this list. Then, my bookmark for Facebook is actually the feed for this custom list. This way I actually get all updates by all friends in reverse-chronological order without being filtered through any unknown Facebook algorithm.

Here's how you create custom lists right from your home page:

  • Click the Home link (along the top-right of every Facebook page)
  • Click the More link next to Friends
  • Click Create a List
  • Search for your friends in the search bar at the top of the page, or add people from the List Suggestions on the right

When it comes to interface and behaviour, I prefer Google+ to Facebook. The problem is, almost everyone is on Facebook and almost nobody is on Google+. Sometimes you have to go where the action is, even if you don't love being there.


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Lorne

Good tip. The rare times I do check Facebook, there's a tiny (tiny) little link called "Sort" that's sometimes in the upper right (maybe), and if you click it (but not, as would intuitive, the V icon beside it), you can change to "Most Recent"

Facebook will show you reverse chronological order-- for about an hour, when it will forget the settings, and go back to the stupid News Feed method.

November 15, 2012 @ 1:22 PM

Nana

Facebook has replaced the phone as a form of communication and keeping folks up to date with what is going on. We gain a false sense of feeling that we are keeping in touch with family and friends. As for not knowing about your nephew dressing up as "Max" well.....he sure looked cute!!! I wouldn't save the really, really important events for Facebook; those should be face to face OR at least by phone!

November 15, 2012 @ 2:25 PM

elvis

I like Facebook because who wants to actually interact with people, let alone family? I love my virtual sibling, parents and extended family!

November 15, 2012 @ 3:06 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@elvis

And really, without Facebook, I'd never seen my nephew dressed up as Max. That's just a fact.

November 15, 2012 @ 3:08 PM

Alvin

Why not just change the sort order to Most Recent or something via a little drop down at the top of the page. Not sure if this option is saved but works for the seldom time I log in. I also don't need to remember to add people to a list.

November 15, 2012 @ 3:24 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Alvin

It's still filtered by the algorithm. Facebook won't serve up all updates by all friends in reverse chronological order on the main news feed. Don't ask me why.

November 15, 2012 @ 3:28 PM

Teeth1971

Thanks Mike...the same issue has been driving me crazy for ages!

November 15, 2012 @ 4:59 PM

Boomer

What is this Facebook you speak of :)

November 16, 2012 @ 1:44 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Boomer

Neither of my brothers are on Facebook.

That just means my brother Ryan will never ever see Nate dressed as Max from Max and Ruby. That's the trade-off.

November 16, 2012 @ 1:50 PM

Irvine

Hey Elvis. Can I add you in Facebook? I need more neighbors in Farmville.

November 16, 2012 @ 7:01 PM

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