Notice something strange lately about your Facebook news feed? Not seeing as many updates? Well guess what,
during the latest redesign Facebook took it upon themselves to limit the number of YOUR friends that come up in YOUR live feed.
If you scroll to the bottom of your feed and click “Edit Options” a box will pop up with the following:
“Live Feed automatically determines which friends to include based on who Facebook thinks you want to hear from most. You can manually adjust this list below.”
Take a look…
Notice towards the bottom it has 250 listed as the maximum number of friends shown in the Live Feed. But what if you have more than 250 friends? Well, Facebook has taken it upon themselves to decide FOR YOU which ones make the cut.
Facebook has also taken it upon themselves to completely hide people from your live feed. Take a look on the right side of that box and you will see a list of friends that are now “hidden.” Near as I can tell there is no logic between who is chosen, but I found 10 of my friends already hidden, including some that I communicate with regularly.
Now, the good news is there is an easy fix. You can simply delete that 250 and enter in 5,000, thus guaranteeing you’ll see updates from all your friends. You can also go through and add those “hidden” friends back in, but this raises some bigger issues…
What the hell was Facebook thinking? Not only should they have notified users if they were going to alter what content makes it into your feed, but how could they seriously think they know better than you which friends you want to hear from? I don’t care what algorithm they’re using, it’s insulting and ridiculous.
What do you think?
Got sent this link from a friend (@epsteada) that shows the 250 friend limit for your news feed actually goes back farther than this latest redesign.
Feel free to still take a look as I might not be the only person that missed this first time around. Also, make sure none of your friends have mysteriously come up “hidden.”