Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Contradictions of Facebook And How TO See All Entries from Any Feed

So if you didn't know, if you follow a page or person and their updates start to slow down or disappear, more than likely, that's because Facebook has deemed it something that doesn't need to show up in your feed if you're not interacting with it.

I guess they never heard of absentee observations.

What you have to do to make sure you see updates from particular pages or friends feed entries is to go to that page and choose "Get Notifications."

For Friends:  Click on the Friends tab/button near the UR corner, and you'll see the option to "Get Notifications."

Clicking on it will make sure that this person's updates will always appear in your feed.

For pages, over your mouse over the "Liked" button, and slide down to, and click on "Get Notifications."

Personally, I thought this was a pile of BS that you have to choose to make sure you're getting updates from pages and friends.  To be honest, I thought the reason you clicked on the "like" buttons were so you can get their updates.  Not be shut out.

But wait, it gets better.

The other day, I noticed that a page I don't care about showed up on my feed.

The reason being that they wrote something about a page I follow, despite the fact that Facebook stopped showing me that page's updates because they fell out of Facebook favor as far as my interacting with them.

On the other side of the coin, if there's someone you friended or liked on Facebook, and they're filling up feed with noise you don't need, you can always go to their page, hover over the "liked" button and uncheck "Show in News Feed."

This won't unfriend them, it will just turn off their noise in your own feed.

- To Recap:

Facebook makes it so you will stop seeing updates for any friend or page that you don't "interact" with.  Whatever that means. (But what it does mean is you might want to go through your stuff to make sure you're not missing anything.)

You have to choose to get updates from specific entities if you want to see them at all.

But if there's a page you are following, but has been cut by Facebook from your feed, you'll still get updates from stupid pages you don't care about because they've interacted in some way, with your 'liked' page.

Did you get all that?  Good, because I won't be able to repeat it!

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Hi - sorry for the confirmation but I need to weed out the noise from the well intended comments. Thanks for leaving a note... - Bruce