One of many options Fb has at all times been extremely sneaky about is the order of posts showing within the Information Feed. By default, it is algorithmic (it is known as High Tales), that means Fb decides the order wherein you see posts. That is alright when you belief the corporate’s machine studying algorithms, however simply seeing posts so as wherein they seem chronologically has plenty of advantages.
Fb does supply an possibility to point out the Most Latest tales within the Information Feed — it is tucked away within the Shortcuts menu, probably below See Extra — however the setting “ultimately” returns to High Tales. This odd conduct reveals how vital it’s for Fb to maintain exhibiting you tales within the order it chooses, but it surely’s additionally extremely annoying when you’re set on seeing the latest tales, as there isn’t any everlasting approach to flip this function on. (Notably, Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg was lately grilled by the U.S. Congress about the best way the corporate’s algorithms work).
Now, Fb has made some modifications to this, but it surely’s nonetheless being very dodgy about it.
On Wednesday, the company announced a brand new function on cellular known as the Feed Filter Bar, which primarily provides you two new tabs on high of your Information Feed. You’ll be able to select between Residence, which reveals you the algorithmically chosen High Tales; Favorites, which shows posts from the folks you have chosen as such (take a look at set Favorites here); and Latest, which provides you a chronological view of your timeline.
Lastly, you say! Not so quick. There’s nonetheless no approach to completely swap to Latest, that means you will need to faucet on that tab each time you open the app. Even worse, although, the Feed Filter Bar possibility does not seem for all customers. Per Fb rep Alexandru Voica, the function “seems when you use these options regularly.”
Overlook the short-term nature of the Most Latest function, the truth that the Feed Filter Bar does not even present up until you employ one other function regularly is simply plain bizarre, and will certainly be complicated while you attempt to clarify to somebody flip it on.
I needed to attempt all this out on the iPhone, however these options are presently solely out there on Android (Fb says the Feed Filter Bar function must be out there on iOS “within the coming weeks”). So I fired up the most recent model of Fb on an Android smartphone, however nonetheless no cube — I do not see the Favorites function, and the Feed Filter Bar does not seem for me. I do not even see the Favorites function on the internet model of Fb. The above could also be particular for me, however I am sharing it simply to point out how sophisticated it may be for a person to entry a easy new function on Fb — particularly when that function provides the person extra management.
Be aware that I can nonetheless entry Most Latest tales via the Shortcuts menu (it is situated on the highest left of the online model of Fb, and on the highest proper of the cellular model). However it’s not very sensible — for instance, on cellular, while you’re searching via Most Latest tales, you lose entry to most of your menus and choices; the one approach to get to them is to faucet the again arrow within the high left, which returns you to the usual model of Fb.
I’ve requested Fb to elaborate a bit on these options, and can replace the put up after I hear again.
The excellent news about all that is that it’s now — type of — simpler to get a chronological view of the tales in your Fb Information Feed. However it positively appears that Fb is just not even remotely prepared to present its customers full and simple management of what they see of their feeds.
Fb additionally added extra controls for managing who can remark in your public posts — it may be anybody, associates, or profiles and pages you point out. Lastly, the corporate is offering extra context round prompt posts via the “Why am I seeing this?” possibility.