Facebook and changes – they go together. We get our settings just as we like them and then there’s another change. Today we’re going to look at the Facebook News Feed Preferences and how you can adjust your settings to see things from the people you care most about, hide everything from people you still want to be friends with, but you want/need to mute them for a while and how to look at and restore people/pages you un-followed in the past.
There’s a video I did that will walk you through all the News Feed Preferences (except I noticed they added 2 more things since I did the video last week. Told you Facebook changes things fast). I have a brief synopsis of each item below.
To get to this setting, click the down arrow in the blue bar near the top of your Facebook page. Then look down the list and click on ‘News Feed Preferences’.
Prioritize Who To See First
Most of us have family members that are important to us. That’s why I’m on Facebook – because my daughter got on years ago. Now just about all my close relatives are on and I enjoy stalking them! Click on this setting (image above), and a window will open where you can scroll and click on the people or pages you want to see first. Unfortunately, there’s not a way to do a search, so look for the scroll bar along the right side.
Unfollow People to Hide Their Posts
People will ask me how they can still remain ‘Facebook friends’, with someone but yet not have to see any of their posts. There are many and varied reasons for doing this. The video shows you how to do this and I show how you remain friends after you mute them. They won’t know and you’ll still be friends.
Reconnect With People You Unfollowed
If you unfollowed people in the past (as I have), this is where you go to see who those people are (I’d forgotten about some of mine), and start following them again if you want to give them another ‘chance’.
Discover Pages that Match Your Interests
This doesn’t seem very effective to me. When I looked at what they had for me, it was a finite list of maybe 20-25 pages – no search capabilities. I’m sure they’ve concocted some algorithm to come up with what they did. Un-useful, in my opinion.
Settings From Within Your Newsfeed
The last set of controls I talk about in the Facebook Newsfeed Preferences video are the controls that exist from within every post. There’s a drop-down you can click on and say you want to see fewer posts like that one (different from completely blocking). This works pretty well for me. This is another place you can un-follow people.
Taking a few minutes to configure your Facebook settings will make your time on Facebook more effective (although not many of us think of Facebook and effective as going together)!