Yesterday, Facebook made some changes in what information you receive on your wall by default, and now gives you the option of a News Feed and a Live Feed.
If you’re like many, you log in and just expect to see the latest status updates from friends on your wall. Many were surprised to see what appeared to be ‘old news’ on their wall. It took me a minute to see the Live Feed and News Feed links at the top of the page.
Facebook News Feed vs Live Feed
Clicking the Live Feed link provides you the current status update stream, and it auto refreshes (which is nice!).
The News Feed is essentially the old Highlights feature rolled into their new algorithm to create the News Feed and you will see not only status updates from your friends, but also video, images, page suggestions, event RSVPs, friend requests and photo tags.
How Facebook Determines News Feed Content
It’s apparently a popularity contest of sorts, as one part of their algorithm is how many comments that particular content has received.
Here’s a quote from Facebook on the News Feed:
The News Feed algorithm bases this on a few factors: how many friends are commenting on a certain piece of content, who posted the content, and what type of content it is (e.g. photo, video, or status update).
How To Control What Gets Posted in Your News Feed & Live Feed
Just as before, when you mouse-over to the right of a status update title/content, a ‘hide’ option will appear. Click the arrow and that will open up options in this instance:
Hide your friend entirely from your stream
Hide just the application they’re using that you prefer not to see
Facebook Hide Feature
You can read more about the Facebook News Feed on their Help page addressing the most common questions.
As Facebook continues to grow, we should expect to see more such changes. They are trying to keep it fresh and I’m sure address suggestions from users.
Do you like the new News Feed and Live Feed options? Comment below and let me know what you think.