Facebook finally relinquishes a little bit of control and lets the users prioritize who and what shows up on their News Feed.
A number of changes to how the Facebook News Feed works have been announced on Thursday. The changes give more control to the users and allow them to prioritize and organize their News Feed according to what matters to them.
To change “News Feed Preferences” tap the “More” option on the bottom right hand corner of your Facebook mobile application and you can locate the preference changing menu under “Settings”.
Facebook’s algorithm will stop being the primary decider in what is shown as interesting for you, and instead the new features will allow you to choose which friends and pages you would like to see first or not at all.
Using the “News Feed Preferences” you can now tap on a friend’s profile picture and select to view his or her stories first on your News Feed. While the stories from people you personally selected will appear at the top of your news feed, scrolling down you will find that the rest of the feed works normally.
Facebook’s latest features also simplifies the process through which you can unfollow a friend without having to unfriend them completely, thus allowing you to easily sculpt your News Feed information without having to put yourself in embarrassing situations.
Facebook’s announcement also states that based on what you liked in the past, new pages which are on the same subject or concern the same people will be easily found. This feature might also allow the company to improve its advertising system by recommending pages which you would be interested in but giving priority to those who are paying Facebook customers.
These features have long been awaited and demanded by Facebook users. However, some users are skeptic about their implementation and claim that one problem might remain, and that is how many times you will see the same stories over and over again.
Currently if you do not personally change your News Feed Settings as to allow “Most Recent First”, the algorithm might choose to show the same story over and over on your News Feed either from different sources or from the one considered most relevant to you.
Now with the new user control features some ask themselves if the same stories belonging to the 3 or 4 friends they will select as primary, will be shown over and over again if the prioritized friends will not post regularly.
Currently, despite the fact that many users have more than 800 or 900 Facebook friends , some complain that occasionally only a few stories get updated each time they refresh the News Feed since the algorithm wants to show you what it thinks is interesting to you. So although out of 900 friends at least 50 recently update their status or post information , you sometimes keep seeing the same stories.
The new features will be available for iOS devices and will expand to desktop and Android versions of Facebook over the coming weeks.
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