21 December 2015

How to Customize News Feed Preference for Facebook Posts

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Facebook is a social networking site. So what make it social? We can share status, photos and videos using it. In the same way, we can get updates from other people also. All these posts can be seen under one roof i.e in news feed.

Customize Facebook News Feed Preference

Now imagine if you had liked thousands of pages and have hundreds of friends and joined groups than how is it possible to get updates from all these sources. This is what happening to me. I have around 500+ friends, 1500+ liked pages and 50+ joined groups. Due to this, I was unable to see updates from some of close friends.

Although Facebook system is smart enough to read our mind as it can filter posts based on our interest but then too it lack somewhere. To overcome this problem, your account is provided with custom feed settings using which you can control and manage the flow of posts in news feed.

According to my research, the first priority in news feed is given to friend posts then to pages and at last to groups. Sometimes group posts may disappear from your news feed. This may happen when you're inactive in groups from a long period of time or else if you've ignored those group posts earlier. Same thing is applicable for pages also. In my case, I had liked 1500+ pages and it's obvious that Facebook can't display all their posts in my news feed. So how does it manage this situation.

Before I will answer this, let me ask you one question. What will you choose between fresh and old food ? No doubt, you'll choose fresh one. Facebook also do the same thing. It pick new and fresh content first and then display it in user news feed. Apart from fresh content, popular and trending content is also loved by Facebook.

Same way, If a page is more active and provide more fresh, popular and trending content, it is more likely to be displayed first. Apart from these factors, your engagement with page activities, other user engagement ( indirectly likes and comments ), your interaction with page in past etc., also contribute to this.

So this is all you need to know on how Facebook news feed system works. Hope you have no doubts. If you are not satisfied with these default settings, you can set them manually as per your choice. Below I had listed 3 ways for you. Now let me give you better dive in this topic.

Okay! starting from basic customization, you can switch between "Top Stories" and "Most Recent". Most Recent will fetch latest updates, no matter from which source it comes while Top Stories will display popular and trending content. If you wish to change this setting, go to homepage and click the drop-down arrow next to "New Feed" option available at the left sidebar menu ( see below picture ). Now select any option as you want and refresh the page. For more advanced customization, keep reading this article.

Switch Between Top Stories and Most Recent

Recommended: All mentioned methods are applicable on desktop version only. So if you're an android user then first read an article on How to access Facebook desktop site on Android.

News Feed Preferences Feature

This is the fastest, easiest and simplest way for you. Recently Facebook has added a new feature in account settings from where you can filter friends and pages using see first, follow and unfollow options. To use this feature,

  1. Click on drop-down icon from top navigation menu ( same button from where you logout your account )

    News Feed Preferences

  2. Now find and click on "News Feed Preferences".

After this, on-screen pop-up box will appear as shown in below picture. Here you will find 3 options which are described as follows -

News Feed Preferences Settings

1. Prioritize Who to See First

As the name itself speak, "see first" means to give first priority to something. Here it refers to the posts of your friends and pages. Just click the option and select up to 30 choices you want to see at the top of your news feed and finally save this setting by clicking on "Done" button.

Next time whenever you'll visit your account home page, these selected friend and page posts will be displayed first and then others. You can change this priority any time. Simply untick old people and select new one.

To clear one doubt in this topic, Imagine if you had selected all 30 people, then which one will be displayed first? Well It's not in your hand. As much as I know, Facebook will randomly arrange all these 30 sources. What do you think?

2. Unfollow People to Hide Their Posts

Here comes another amazing option using which you can hide posts from any people just by unfollowing them. Wait! Wait! Wait! This doesn't mean that you'll not be their friends or fan. It will simply disable your direct access which means that you can still check their activities from their wall but this will prevent Facebook to display their posts in your news feed.

So simple? Um. By default, all people are followed by you from the day you joined them. If you want to unfollow someone, simple add that person in this list and save changes.

3. Reconnect With People You Unfollowed

In future, if you want to reconnect with people you unfollowed in past then this feature can be reduced your task by 80%. You don't need to manually unfollow them by going to their profile. Simple select this option and Facebook will automatically display all people you had unfollowed. Tick mark all of them and click done button. After this, you will again start following them within seconds. So how was it?

Facebook Lists - Amazing Way to Categorize People

How it would be to get a new room booked for same category people. I am not talking about hotels booking. Imagine, If you want to filter your friends, family members and most loved pages then how is it possible? Very Simple! Facebook lists can do this task for you.

Apart from this, it can be a way for you to keep watch on your friends/kids activity anonymously. I had already posted an article on this. So better read it first.

Now let me teach you how to create these lists. Don't panic. You don't need to program anything. Simply follow these steps -

  1. Login to your Facebook account and move to
  2. Click on "Create List"

    Create Facebook List

  3. Now choose any person or page you want to add.

    Add Members to Your List

  4. Click next button and name your list as “News Feed” or any name you want and choose its visibility. By default, it is public. Public lists are available to everyone and anyone can follow them while Private lists are hidden from outside world.

    Name List and Choose Visibility

  5. Finally click done button and you had successfully created it.

It would take few hours for Facebook to fetch latest data, after which you can visit your list link to see new activities.

Note: Adding a friend or page to your list wouldn't notify them that you've added their account.

Get Direct Notifications

Last but not least, you can opt for direct feed notifications. This is helpful when you don't want to miss even single post from any page, person and even from groups. Yeah! This method is applicable for groups also. Now lets see how to use it -

For Person -

  1. Open profile by searching name in search tab.
  2. Now hover to "Friends" button available at the bottom right corner on cover photo. See below picture for help -

    Get Person Notification

  3. A small drop-down menu will appear. Select "Get Notifications" option.

For Pages -

  1. Go to page wall and hover to "Liked" Button.

    Get Page Notifications

  2. Now click "Notifications" and a pop-up box will appear. Select any option as you want and that's it.

    Choose What You See From This Page

For Groups -

  1. Go to the group and click "Notifications".

    Get Groups Notifications

  2. From drop-down menu, select any option as you want.

Final Words!

Post is already too long now. Wrapping up this, I can proudly say that Facebook is best in customization. You can change anything as you wish. All these things are under you control. All you need is proper guide which I had already covered in this topic. So how was it? Which method suits you best for your custom news feed preference? Finally If you have any questions or doubt regarding this, please let me know in below comment box. Love and blessings!

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