Facebook is still the number 1 social media platform out there with over 2 billion monthly active users and 1.15 billion mobile daily active users.
If you’re like me, one of the first things I look at when I wake up is my Facebook News Feed. When I start scrolling, I want to make sure I am looking at people’s content that I am interested in.
In this blog post, I am going to show you how to customize your Facebook News Feed so you aren’t wasting your time looking at things that don’t matter to you.
There are a few key areas you need to be aware of when it comes to your News Feed on your desktop:
- News Feed
- Left Sidebar
- Right Sidebar
The News Feed
This is where you get most of your content and information. With a few quick changes, you can make sure you are seeing things that matter the most to you.
To edit your settings for your News Feed, click on the drop-down arrow in the upper left corner of your Facebook Page and select News Feed Preferences.
Another way to get to the preferences is to click on the three dots next to where it says News Feed on the left sidebar and then click on Edit Preferences.
Once the Preferences screen pops up, you will be able to adjust a few things:
- Prioritize who to see first: this allows you to choose whose posts would always appear at the top of your News Feed. You can select up to 30 people or Pages. You can either see All, Friends only, Pages only, and then view the People you see first. Once you are done selecting the people or Pages, click on Done. Now when you are on your News Feed, those people or Pages will appear first and you will notice a blue star on their post. That blue star tells you that you selected that person or Page to show first.
- Unfollow people to hide their posts: this allows you to choose whose posts you want to stop seeing in your News Feed. You can filter by All, Friends only, Pages, only, or Groups only. Only you will know who you have stopped following
- Reconnect with people you unfollowed: this allows you to follow a person, Page or Group that you unfollowed in the past.
- Discover Pages that match your interests: Facebook will suggest some Pages you might like based on your interests.
- See more options: this area includes things like the apps you have previously chosen to hide from your News Feed.
Following a Facebook Page
If you find a new Facebook Page to Like and you would like to get their notifications, click on the Following button, and then select On or All Off. You can also select how you want this page to appear in your News Feed (like above). You can leave it set to Default or choose to See First or Unfollow.
By clicking on the pencil next to either In Your News Feed or Notifications, you can edit the settings.
For In Your News Feed:
See Most Recent Stories First
By default, Facebook shows you the Top Stories first along with the people and Pages you have selected to see first. If you want to see the Most Recent stories, then you have to select that.
Click on the three dots to the right of News Feed on the left sidebar and select Most Recent.
Unfortunately, Facebook does not keep this setting so when you visit Facebook again, the Top Stories will appear first.
Tell Facebook What You Want To See
There is a way to tell Facebook what you want to see and what you are not interested in.
Whenever you see a post you don’t want to see anymore or see less of, click on the drop-down arrow in the upper-right corner of that post and select one of the following:
You can do the same thing for Facebook Ads:
The left sidebar is for you to access different areas of Facebook quickly. You will notice three categories: Shortcuts, Explore, & Create.
First, I want to start with the area underneath your profile picture and name:
- News Feed: we already addressed this above
- Messenger: area where you can send messages and have conversations with your Facebook friends
- Watch: discover new shows to watch right from Facebook
- Marketplace: originally, you could only access this through your mobile device, but now you can sell things directly from your desktop and buy things
This is a place to find your Groups, Pages you are an admin of, and Games that you visit regularly. Facebook does select these automatically but you can pin something to your shortcuts so it’s always at the top of your list.
To edit this section, hover your mouse over Shortcuts and click on Edit to the right. Here is where you can pin something to the top, sort automatically, or hide from shortcuts.
If you are a member of a Group that you would like to show up in this list, go to that group, click on the three dots next to Share and select Pin to Shortcuts.
Some of the things you can look at under Explore include:
- Events: these are Events you have been invited to, Events you have created, as well as other Events happening in your area (happening this week, trending across Facebook, popular with friends, recently announced, looking ahead & upcoming birthdays).
- Groups: groups you are a part of, manage your groups you own and are a part of, as well as discover new groups (recommended groups, groups your friends are a part of, local groups, recent interest groups, and then Facebook breaks down groups by topics).
- Saved: this is a list of articles, photos, videos, etc. you have saved on Facebook (things you want to go back to later)
- Pages: Facebook shows you the top suggestions, any invites you have waiting (people can invite you to like a page), see all the pages you have liked, see a list of pages you are an admin of or create a page.
- On This Day: this is one of my favorites because it shows you things you shared previous years as well as how long you have been friends with someone.
- Recommendations: use this if you are looking for a recommendation for a restaurant, plumber, doctor, etc. Then your friends can comment on who they recommend.
- Order Food: this shows you a list of restaurants accepting orders on Facebook. PRETTY COOL 🙂
- Safety Check: this can come in handy when there are natural disasters, such as the recent hurricanes. You can connect with friends and family and find and give help after a crisis.
- Live Video: shows you anywhere in the world with live videos going on. By hovering your mouse on one of the blue dots, you can watch the live video. You can also hover your mouse over one of the live videos on the left in order to see it.
- Pages Feed: like your News Feed but for all of the pages you like on Facebook
- Movies: see what’s playing at your local movie theaters and purchase tickets through Atom Tickets.
- Buy and Sell Groups: this shows you suggested groups where you can sell your items
Here you can create Facebook Ads, Facebook Pages, Groups, Events, and Fundraisers.
Here you will find information on Facebook Ads, the Ticker, see what’s Trending, Games you have played, your Watchlist, and Facebook Ads people are running.
This area shows you information about your Facebook Ads. If you are an admin of more than one page, you can view each page where Facebook ads have run.
This is a real-time ticker of your friend’s activities. If you get sidetracked a lot, like I do ;-), you can keep this closed.
This area shows you any Game requests, how many events you have this week and who’s celebrating a birthday that particular day.
You will see what is trending on Facebook that may not appear in your News Feed.
According to Facebook:
The topics that appear in Trending are determined based on the number of publishers that are posting articles on Facebook about the subject and the engagement level of those articles. Facebook’s team is responsible for reviewing Trending topics to ensure that they reflect real world events.
You can view Top Trends, Politics, Science and Technology, Sports, and Entertainment. To view a specific topic, click on it and Facebook will show you a page of different people or pages talking about that topic.
Games, Watchlist & Sponsored
Games show you games you have played recently. You can also see recommended games, trending games among friends, new games, and trending games on Facebook.
Watchlist shows you anyone you have saved on your watchlist. You can see latest episodes, saved episodes, and anyone you are following.
Sponsored are any Facebook Ads people are running.
As you can see, Facebook has changed things a bit in the recent months so that things are easier for the user.
What is your favorite feature? Comment below!
In my next blog post, I am going to talk about how to market to different generations on social media.
Until then, Keep Calm & Love Social Media!
Also published on Medium.