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Facebook is now giving users a way to better filter their news feeds so they can really see the content they want. In the past, users have been able to choose whether they want to view "top news", which is a collection of updates that Facebook has deemed most important for you to see based on various algorithmic factors, or "most recent", which just showed you everything in reverse-sequential order. 

Now, the "most recent" link is accompanied by a dropdown menu that provides users with more options: status updates, games, photos, links, pages, and lists that the user has created. So, if you want to just see all the links people have shared, you can look at those. If you want to see status updates only, you can do that. 

Facebook News filtering options increase

The feature could actually get people using Facebook’s lists feature more. Mark Zuckerberg said that nobody uses them, when the company announced its Groups product recently. If users are presented with the option to view the lists right from their news feed, they may be more inclined to set more up and look at them more. 

Facebook design changes are often greeted with a lot of criticism from users, but it’s hard to imagine anyone having a problem with this change. It simply gives the users more options, and the default is the same as it has been ("most recent" being the starting point. 

Will you use these new news feed options? Will you create more lists now? 

(Hat tip to Inside Facebook)

 

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  • Doug Caverly

    Yep, Facebook should be able to avoid a protest this time around. The options will be there for people who want them, and easily ignored if folks don’t.

  • JohnPhilips

    The problem that I have with this feature is that it still does not address the major issue that many users have with privacy and that is privacy. How much of a difference does this new addition actually make? Why not use their time to solve the many problems the site has with its tagging feature and other such features which are damaging to privacy.

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