Have you been using Facebook and realized that your favorite mom and pop restaurant suddenly stopped posting? You enjoy seeing their updates in your news feed, they always posted their specials for the day or the week and had fun little tidbits to share about the restaurant itself or the area. Sadly you haven’t seen them post in awhile and figure they must have given up on Facebook.
Then one day you decide to actually go to their page to see if something is going on with the restaurant itself only to find that they are still posting every day. How strange, why haven’t you been seeing these updates?
It’s because Facebook is hiding them from you.
Somewhere along the way Facebook decided it knows what you like better than you do.
If you are a casual Facebook browser like most people and don’t click “Like” or comment on your friends posts or your favorite pages, Facebook has decided you don’t actually like them so showing you their updates isn’t necessary.
It’s a bit absurd honestly.
You added them as a friend or confirmed their friend request or “Liked” that restaurant’s page because you want to see what they are up to. Shouldn’t that be enough? Nope. An update awhile back changed all this and now Facebook decides what it thinks you want to see.
Many people have obviously been very upset about and even though it’s carried on for far too long, Facebook finally conceded a bit a made a slight change in a recent update. You can now pick who you see first in your news feed.
It’s simple to set up and as soon as I was able I did so. I was happy to see posts from many friends, family members, and businesses appear back in my feed. What a relief! It actually almost feels like old times again. I do wish they would get rid of the “we know what you want to see more than you do” alogorithim all together but for now this is a satisfying temporary solution.
It’s easy to set up. Here’s what you do:
On your iPhone in the Facebook app hit the “More “button in the bottom right corner.
Then scroll down and click “More” again. Then click “Settings” and a box will pop up with 3 options, one is “News Feed Preferences,” click it.
You now have a number of choices here to customize your news feed, for now click “Prioritize who to see first.”
Next you’ll see the names of all of your Facebook friends and the pages you liked. Simply click on those you want to see and a little star will pop up next to their name and they will be marked “See First.”
At this time you can select up to 30.
That’s it. It may take a few minutes to see the change and once it’s updated you’ll be able to see all those long lost updates. It’s refreshing and nice to see what everyone is up to again.
It’s also easy to set this up on the Facebook site on your desktop or laptop. Simply log in and then click the little arrow pointing down in the top right. A drop down menu will pop up. You’ll see News Feed Preferences right below Activity Log. Click it and next to the names of your Facebook friends and pages you’ll see another drop down arrow with the word “Following.” Hover your mouse pointer over the arrow and you’ll see the option to select “See First” pop up. Click it and you’ll start seeing their updates first.
If you have questions about these steps leave a comment below. I’m happy to help out.