What’s in your Facebook newsfeed?
Bunch o’ junk you don’t care to see?
Do you miss seeing posts from your best friends, and the Facebook Pages you adore?
Take control NOW! Here’s how.
We’ll run through some Facebook newsfeed basics, then delve into how you can see what YOU want to see!
What shows up on Facebook newsfeed?
News Feed is the constantly updating list of stories in the middle of your home page.
News Feed includes status updates, photos, videos, links, app activity and likes from people, Pages and groups that you follow on Facebook.
Posts that you see in your Facebook News Feed are meant to keep you connected to the people, places and things that you care about, starting with your friends and family. source
Adam Mosseri, “Head of News Feed,” will clue you in on how FB determines what to show you:
Facebook shows you what they decide to show you
Here’s the deal. When the average Facebook user logs on, there are potentially thousands of posts from their friends and “liked” business Pages that could be shown to them.
For many years, Facebook has NOT been showing you ALL those posts. In fact, there’s no way you could find them all, even if you spent all day and tried really hard 🙂
The Facebook newsfeed is NOT a waterfall feed, like Twitter, where the most recent posts are shown at the top, and all posts from everyone you follow are shown in chronological order. Nope.
Facebook uses a mysterious Ranking algorithm (formerly called Edgerank) to determine which posts you get to see.
The Facebook news feed algorithm attempts to figure out which posts you most want to see.
Posts that you see first are influenced by your connections and activity on Facebook. The number of comments, likes and reactions a post receives and what kind of story it is (example: photo, video, status update) can also make it more likely to appear higher up in your News Feed.
Posts that you might see first include:
- A friend or family member commenting on or liking another friend’s photo or status update.
- A person reacting to a post from a publisher that a friend has shared.
- Multiple people replying to each other’s comments on a video they watched or an article they read in News Feed.
Keep in mind that if you feel you’re missing posts you’d like to see, or seeing posts in your News Feed that you don’t want to see, you can adjust your settings.
If there’s a friend or Page whose posts you want in your newsfeed, step one is to interact with the posts that you do see.
If you’re not seeing any, go to their page and leave likes and comments on a few recent posts.
I also suggest you never hide their posts.
P.S. Please don’t ever hide Fan Page posts – if you don’t like what they post, it’s better for the business if you “unlike” or unfollow the Page.
How can I fix my Facebook News Feed?
We will first cover how to see the most recent posts, then go into fine-tuning exactly what you do and don’t want to see!
Facebook shows you the most-liked posts, NOT most recent
The Facebook News Feed default is to show you the “Top Stories.” That means you’re going to see the posts that have a lot of comments and likes.
Even worse, the more comments and likes they continue to get, the more likely you’ll see the same stories again at the top of your Facebook news feed.
But you can easily change this priority to “Most Recent.”
On desktop, just go to the home page (newsfeed) and click the 3 dots to the right of the words News Feed, then choose “Most Recent.”
How to see more friends’ posts on Facebook
You can set more granular preferences for your News Feed.
To edit your News Feed preferences on desktop:
- Click the little down arrow in the top right corner of any Facebook page.
- Select News Feed Preferences (see below).
NOTE: You can also access via “Edit Preferences” in the dropdown shown in the screenshot above.
The Preferences panel shown directly below will pop up.
Read on for how to find these settings on mobile, plus detailed instructions on setting them properly.
To edit your News Feed preferences on mobile:
Tap the 3 lines at bottom right corner of the Facebook app.
- Scroll down to Settings & Privacy. Tap Settings.
- Scroll wayyy down to News Feed Settings.
- Tap News Feed Preferences.
You can set the same 3 options as on desktop, detailed in the next section.
Step One is to prioritize who to see first in your Facebook feed.
Choose whose posts you want to see first – from Facebook friends and “liked” Pages.
You can click on the “ALL” button if you only want to prioritize friends or Pages.
Select the best friends you want to see at the top of your news feed!
You can select up to 30 people or Pages to see first. Your selections aren’t ranked For example, your first selection isn’t seen first, your second selection isn’t seen second. source
Later we’ll cover how to never miss a post from a certain someone (Bonus 1 below).
For now, click “DONE” and we’ll move on.
Step Two is to unfollow people, Pages, and groups you don’t want to see.
Click on the next section. to choose what you want to stop seeing in your News feed.
Again you can choose to see all kinds at once, or click the “ALL” button if you only want to unfollow one category:
- Pages (business / Fan Pages you “Liked”)
Either way, you can keep scrolling until you’ve found all the ones you want to unfollow.
The people, Pages, and groups won’t be notified that you’ve unfollowed their posts.
Click “DONE” and move on.
Step Three: Reconnect with people, Pages, and groups you unfollowed.
If you wish, you can use the next section to re-follow any accounts you previously unfollowed.
You might want to take a minute here to decide if you even want to be connected to these accounts at all.
If you do want to unfriend or unlike, you could open another browser window and search them out to be done with them once and for all. Totally up to you.
When you’re done with this section, click “DONE” and move on.
There are a few more options to Manage your snooze settings, and I also had a section of Apps hidden from News Feed – in case I want to see them again, which I do not!
X out of the Preferences panel in the upper right when done.
Bonus 1: Get Notifications from your besties
If you really don’t want to miss a friend’s or Page’s posts, get notified each time they post.
Choose Notifications by hovering the Friends button for friends and the Following button for Pages.
When they post, you’ll get the same type of notification as when someone likes or comments on your posts – the red numbers at the top (desktop) or bottom (mobile) on the bell icon.
Ask your Page Fans to turn on Get Notifications
If you’re a Fan Page owner / admin with a dedicated fan base, you might ask your Fans to choose Notifications to ensure they’ll see your posts.
You can create a “how-to graphic” like the one below. Note: The button to hover now is Following!
Do this only if you post less than twice daily, and provide high quality content. Otherwise, you’ll end up annoying them with too many notifications
Bonus 2: Edit your Facebook Shortcuts list
You can also add Pages, apps and groups to your Shortcuts list – but not individual friends.
To add a Page you admin, group or game to your shortcuts list from desktop:
Hover over Shortcuts in your left side menu and click Edit.
Search for or select a Page you admin, group or game you’d like to pin to the top of your shortcuts. source
On mobile, find Shortcuts under Settings & Privacy > All Shortcuts.
Your Groups, Liked Pages, Interest Lists and friend categories will appear for you to select.
You can have them appear by:
- Sort automatically (which will be based on how often you interact).
- Pinned to the top.
- Or hidden from Shortcuts.
Control your Facebook News Feed: Conclusion
- How Facebook newsfeed works
- How to see Most Recent posts instead of Top Stories
- How to prioritize what you want in your newsfeed
- How to unfollow and refollow people, Pages, and groups
- How to Get Notifications from your besties
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