Scrolling down the Facebook homepage is sometimes messy – you can’t find the post you saw before and you are bombarded with often unrelated content. But finally things are changing.
In a Facebook postMark Zuckerberg announced that the platform is introducing a feature that allows users to customize and manage the content they see.
The new Feeds tab lets you see the most recent posts from your selected categories: Friends, Pages, or Groups. The All category displays posts from all feeds. Fortunately there is no Suggested for you content on feeds, but ads remain.
Users find feeds in their shortcut bar. On iOS it’s at the bottom of the app and on Android it’s at the top. Here’s what it looks like:
As you can see in the image above, you can also create a favorites list where you can select up to 30 friends and pages, but you can’t add groups.
Friends and Pages will not be notified if you add or remove them, and you can manage your list at any time.
To enable it, follow these steps:
- Select Favorites on your Feeds tab and click Manage Favorites.
- Click on the To add button to start creating your list. You will see a black star below the selected friends or pages.
- To remove friends and pages from your favorites, click the three dots to the right of their names. Then select Remove from favorites.
If this doesn’t work, find alternative steps at Facebook’s page.
With the introduction of Feeds, the primary tab you see when you open the app is now called Home.
Since it’s under the blue home icon, it’s not a creative choice, but there’s some meaning in this move nonetheless.
According to the company, Home will become a “discovery machine” for finding new content and creators through recommendations, though you’ll still be able to see posts from your friends, Pages, and groups.
It seems that Facebook is trying to broaden its scope and get closer to TikTok, but I’m not complaining about getting a chance to select the posts I’m interested in on Feeds.
The new feature has been available to some users since Thursday and is expected to roll out globally within the next week.