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Facebook’s New Layout

November 9, 2009

Once again, Facebook has decided that it is in their best interest to change around the main layout of the home page. As a personal user of Facebook, it didn’t really bother me, as I am used to what seems to be the 50th home page layout change Facebook has made since it’s inception. That is until I found out about the filtering and what you might not be seeing anymore.

By now you’ve probably noticed that there are two options in your home page: News Feed and Live Feed. The News Feed is simply a summary of the ‘highlights’ from your Facebook friends, based on what it thinks you might like to see. It figures that out by your previous interactions with friends’ pages, comments, likes, etc. Also included in this are the pages you chose to become a fan of (which is why we are informing everyone about this!) Your Live Feed is an actual live feed of all your friends – or so you think.

Here’s the catch, Facebook hand picks (via a formula similar to what is used on the News Feed) only up to 250 friends that it thinks you want to see. Your fan pages are included in that as well. HOWEVER, it is fixable through a couple of easy steps:

1. Log in to your Facebook home page. Click on the “Live Feed” option.

2. Scroll all the way to the bottom. When you get to the blue bar across the bottom, there are two options to click ‘older posts’ and ‘edit options’. Click on ‘edit options’.

facebook live feed snapshot 1

3. Change the ‘250’ friends option to ‘5000’. Click save and you’re good to go. You will now be able to see all of your friends AND fan page updates in your Live Feed.

facebook live feed snapshot 2

We wrote this because we wanted first to make everyone aware of what Facebook was doing. And second, because we do run a Facebook fan page ourselves. We noticed that our interaction was way down over the past couple weeks, so I did a little research and found out what the problem was. Hopefully if everyone can be made aware of this new change, not only will you benefit, but so will we!

Thank you for supporting Florida Agriculture!

*It has been brought to my attention that not everyone might not have the ‘edit option’ available. If it is not there, I’m not sure why.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2009 5:21 pm

    I wondered what happened! I haven’t noticed as many posts from Fresh from Florida. We just started a fan page for the Florida Master Gardener program, so this is good info to share.

    • November 9, 2009 5:28 pm

      Yeah, it’s taken a couple weeks to notice it, but we’ve figured out that has to be what it is. Some people don’t have the option to ‘edit’ yet though. So it’s weird. We’ll find the Florida Master Gardener fan page and add it to the Florida Ag’s favorite pages.

  2. sassycrafter permalink
    November 10, 2009 1:07 pm

    Darn that sneaky Facebook bureacracy!

  3. November 10, 2009 5:30 pm

    Well, you can see who IS getting your updates – a certain institution of higher education in Northcentral Florida! πŸ™‚

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