8 Tips on How You Can Manage Your Facebook Feed
You can only enjoy your Facebook experience if you know how to handle your News Feed. Fortunately, using simple strategies, you can eliminate bothersome updates and replace them with interesting ones.
Here are eight practical ways you can manage your Facebook Feed…
1. Determining What People See on Your Facebook Profile Can Also Affect Your Facebook Feed
One of the first things you must do after joining Facebook, is to determine what people see on your profile. You should place the right settings, based on your personal preferences, especially if you don’t want everyone to see everything about you.
This will also affect your Facebook feed, since it would help determine the kinds of people who post or comment on your timeline. Additionally, when you also limit your friend requests, you would influence the type of posts that appear on your feed.
You can do this easily by clicking on the “Privacy Shortcuts” icon. This is located next to the notifications icon, at the top right corner. The icon has an image of a lock.
Set Who Sees Your Posts
If you want to keep all your stuff hidden from strangers, you can set a “Friends only” default audience for all your posts. This means, only your friends will see what you post. On the other hand, if you want everyone to see what you post, you can change the default audience to public.
To confirm that the settings are active, click on the “View As” option. This option lets you see what your profile looks like to particular people (either the general public or specific people). When you include the name of a particular person, you can see what your profile will look like to them.
Set Who Can Send You Friend Requests
Facebook may be a place to meet new people and get new friends, but you might not want too many friends. Hence, you can either allow everybody to send your friend requests or change the settings to allow only friends of friends.
You can go as far as blocking certain people. This will essentially, eliminate all contact with that person. Go to the block option and add the individual’s name there.
2. Determine How Much You Want to See From Your Friends
The most irritating thing with Facebook’s News Feed is having too many posts you’re not interested in. That’s made worse by having very few posts you’re interested in. Fortunately, you can optimize your news feed and get exactly what you want.
Adjust Your Facebook Feed Setting to “Most Recent”
Typically, Facebook’s system delivers news feeds based on what it perceives you like best. Many times, this doesn’t reflect your real tastes. You might also want a wider variety – not just the stuff you love.
When you change your News Feed setting to “Most Recent”, you’ll get feeds organized according to publication date. This will deliver all the most current feeds, giving you ample variety of content.
Facebook’s Friends Organizer Tool Can Help
Not many people may be aware of Facebook’s Friends Organizer Tool. It’s a valuable tool that can help you get feeds from a predetermined group of friends.
You’ll go to https://www.facebook.com/friends/organize. There, you’ll find a process that lets you set up an Acquaintances list. Placing a group of friends in this list indicates to Facebook that you’re closer to them compared to others. Once you do this, you’ll get more content from these friends.
Get Rid of Posts You Don’t Like
You can get rid of particularly irritating posts from your friends. Once you see such a post, just click the arrow next to it and select “hide.” Doing this will lead to an option to change the updates you get from that person.
With this option, you don’t have to block that person completely. You’ll only block out the offending posts from him/ her, while getting updates of other posts.
3. Keeping Select Pages in Your Feed
Apart from getting your preferred updates from friends, you can also do the same for Facebook page updates.
Subscribe to Your Favorite Pages
You’ll often come across page posts shared by your friends. If you find them intriguing, go ahead and subscribe to the page itself. Once you do that, you’ll get all the interesting content you want. You’ll find a “Like” button on the cover photo of the Facebook page. Just click it and posts from that page will appear in your News Feed.
Get More From Pages You’ve Subscribed To
Just liking a page isn’t enough. If you’ve subscribed to many other pages, you might not always get posts from your favorite pages. In fact, your favorite pages might hardly ever appear on your news feed, unless you do something more than like the pages.
To get your favorite pages first, all you need to do is select one of the options under the “like” button: see first or default. You should change from default to “see first”, so you’ll always get the latest posts from your preferred page.
This feature is similar to the “Follow” button found on personal profiles of your friends or celebrities. Once you click “Follow”, you can change the settings to see that person’s posts first on your feed. However, there’s a limit to how many profiles you can set to see first on your feed. If you reach that limit, you’ll get the option to revert other profiles and pages to “default”, so you can have room for a new account in “see first” mode.
Get More From Your Favorite Pages, Beyond News Feeds
Apart from getting news feeds of the latest page posts, you can go further to select “Notification All On” for your favorite pages. This will ensure you always get notifications of posts by that page, even if you haven’t been checking your news feed.
You might spend a whole day without logging into Facebook, but you’ll still catch up with all your favorite posts by checking your notifications.
Get Rid of Pages From Your News Feed
The moment you lose interest in any page, you can click on the “Like” button to unlike that page. This will automatically remove that page from your favorite pages list, and you’ll no longer get any updates from them.
There’s another option, in case you don’t want to unsubscribe from a page but only want to get rid of the page posts on your feed. The moment you see a post from that page, click the arrow at the top-right side. Under this arrow, select the option to hide all from that page. Having done this, you’ll never get any more posts from that page. If you do change your mind later, concerning that page, you can go to your favorite pages list and revert those settings.
4. Saving Posts to Read Later
Often, you can’t read all posts appearing on your news feed. This applies in particular if your friends post lengthy articles, which you’d like to read later. Fortunately, you can save such posts in your account, using a couple of options:
Share the Post to Yourself
Click on the Share button and change the setting to “Only Me”. This way, you’ll get the post on your timeline. You’ll also find an alert in your notifications. If you want to read it later, you’ll just go through your timeline without searching all over Facebook for the post.
Save the Link
Alternatively, you can click the down arrow on the post, at the top-right side. Within the drop-down menu that appears, select “Save Link”. Once you do that, the post will be on the left sidebar, under “Saved”.
This is a great option since you’ll have only your saved posts stored here. It also has categories, sorting out posts as videos, links, photos, products…
5. Tell Facebook What You Want
If you want to take even more drastic action, why not tell Facebook exactly what you want. You can do that through a couple of methods:
Flag Uninteresting Content
Friends tagging you in strangers’ photos can be quite irritating. You might also hate location check-ins and links to boring articles. To help curb all these, flag the content as uninteresting. Progressively, you’ll see less of such content.
All you need to do is click on the down arrow on that offending post. Select the option indicating that you don’t want to see such posts. As you continually do this to such posts, Facebook will get the message and stop showing them in your news feed.
Take a Facebook Survey
You can go further to talk to Facebook directly and express your preferences. Through Facebook’s surveys, the appearance of your news feed can improve.
When you click on the down-arrow on any post, you’ll get “More Options”. Once you select this, you’ll get the opportunity to take a survey to make News Feed better. The survey consists of approximately 15 screens that you click through and indicate your rating for various aspects. This serves to gather views from Facebook users to enhance the overall Facebook experience.
It’s a fantastic opportunity to get rid of spammy posts, especially when all other options fail. However, you shouldn’t expect an instant change; rather, the change might happen gradually.
6. Blocking friends, Pages, Ads, Apps and Events
Although previously mentioned, this blocking feature is even more expansive than just blocking friends and pages. You can go further to block ads, apps and events from your news feed. You can even block messages.
Once you click on the settings button at the top-right corner, you can select the “Blocking” option. Here you can do so much more than just blocking unwanted friends…
Place Friends in the Restricted List
Whichever friend you put on the restricted list won’t see what you post to friends. Such a friend would remain in your friends’ list and can see any public posts you make. This is a great option if you want to set apart a group of close acquaintances from the rest of your Facebook friends.
Block Specific People
Once you block someone, that person is no longer on your friends’ list. If you have a change of mind later, you can unblock them.
Block Event and App Invites
Perhaps, you don’t want to attend a particular event, or you’ve had far too many invites already. You can deal with this by blocking such event invites.
Do the same for app invites. Once you do this, you’ll no longer have such bothersome app updates on your news feed.
Block Pages in Bulk
If you have a whole bunch of pages you wish to unsubscribe from, this option will make the task much easier. Instead of going to each page, you can block a whole bunch of them through the blocking option, under the settings tab.
Block Irrelevant Ads
This option isn’t under the settings tab. You’ll have to do this directly on each ad you find irritating. You’ll only block the ad you dislike. Doing this will eliminate it from your news feed.
Click on the down-arrow on the ad and select the option to hide all ads from that particular advertiser.
7. Facebook Interest Lists
Another useful feature is Facebook Interest Lists. Such lists consist of different categories, including: business, politics, sports, social media, music, food, art… Once you follow a list, your news feed will feature a summary of recent posts from that list.
Access a comprehensive update of all posts in particular lists by clicking on the specific lists. You’ll find the lists among the bookmarks on the left sidebar. The creator of each list determines the types of posts in it.
8. Searching for Old Posts From Your News Feed
The problem with News feeds is that you’ll have a hard time getting back posts you saw a while back. This means you should know exactly how to search through old posts and get what you want.
Find Old Posts in You Activity Log
If you liked, shared or commented on any post, it will appear in your activity log. Hence, if you want to comment on or share it later, you’ll get it easily through your activity log. This is particularly true if you don’t recall who made the post.
When you go to your Facebook profile page, you’ll find an “Activity Log” button on the cover photo. Clicking this will open up a whole list of interactions you’ve had on Facebook.
If you recently interacted with a post, you can simply scroll down and find it. In case, the post you’re looking for is quite old, you can use the “Recent” option in the drop-down menu. This lets you pick a specific year you wish to search in.
You also have various other options of filtering through the massive list:
- Filter by timeline review – This option gives you a list of posts in which you were tagged, requiring you to approve the post for it to appear on your timeline or not.
- Secondly, filter by tag review – The tag review allows you to approve or disapprove of any post in which your friends have tagged you.
- Filter based on your posts – All your posts will appear in this list.
More advanced filtering options are available. These allow you to sift through hundreds or thousands of posts. Such an option is extremely valuable for long-time Facebook users.
Using all these features, you’ll get a much better Facebook experience.