Major update of Facebook’s News feed
Updated Controls for News Feed
The goal of News feed is to display the most important news, photos and stories that Facebook algorithm thinks it is most important for you. It consists form news from the people that you are connected to on Facebook and are ranked particularly based on what Facebook believes it will engage you more in terms of liking and commenting.
Despite that, you still get news and updates on your News feed from people that are not so interesting to you, but you have them as your friends on Facebook. This brings you to a bunch of unimportant news on your news feed that kills your will to even open the Facebook. Facebook has been working on this issue for a while and came up with an redesigned and expanded set of controls that let you customize which news and from who to appear first on your Facebook’s News feed. In this way you will have much bigger control of what you see.
To try the new features, users on iOS can open “news feed preferences” and choose between:
- Prioritize who to see first
- Unfollow people to hide their posts
- Reconnect with people you Unfollowed
- Discover new pages
As always, Android and desktop users will have this option activated later.
Prioritize who to see first
To set priority for stories from certain friends and Pages, thus ensuring you don’t miss their new posts, you can now select which friends and Pages you would like to see at the top of your News Feed.
If you want to see a friends posts first on your News feed, you will go to the News feed preferences and tap the friends profile picture. After that, all the new stories that your friend has shared since you last visit on Facebook will appear on top of your News feed. Also, a star in the top right of the friends post will appear so you can know the reason why this post is at the top.
Unfollow people to hide their posts
This option displays a list of the top people, Pages and groups that you’ve seen in your News Feed over the past week, so you choose to unfollow whatever you think it is not important to you, and for which you don’t want to see their updates.
Reconnect with people you unfollowed
With this tool, you can also see who you’ve unfollowed in the past and choose to re-follow them again.
Discover new pages
If you are looking for new pages that might be interested to you and you wand their posts to be on the top of your news feed, than you should use this option. It lets you connect to your favorite artists, businesses. The new pages are offered based on your previous interests.