Monday, August 3, 2015

Facebook: What Happened To My 'Recent Activity' Screen Section?

What Happened To My Facebook 'Recent Activity' Section?

Basically put, I started wondering Where My Facebook Recent Activity Section went to? It was there and now it is gone. But to be more accurate, it and some of its functionality was moved around on you but it is still there. And now we need to find how to get back to it or edit things in it again.

It's like when you put a log in the fire. The wood is still around. But instead of wood, it is now smoke in the air! (How's that for a Facebook option analogy?)

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So the other day (like, months ago) I had modified a setting in my Facebook account that now BLOCKS updates that show when I like something new. Which is really nice because when a guy likes something like "Hooters" on Facebook, he can find himself at the center of attention and mocking and what not from the moral majority or women who are friends of his wife and what not.

Plus, if you have competitors who happen to be your friends, well, it's a good tactical advantage to be able to block specific news sources or such that you may end up liking on Facebook.

So this Facebook post addresses two issues.

WTF (W = Where) did my Facebook "Recent Activity" section go to?

And...

How Can I block What I like from my Facebook Feed?

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Initially I had made a settings change under my 'Recent Activity' menu that blocked the updates that reported when I liked a page. That menu used to reside on the left side of my profile screen.

To be honest I am not sure why I did it, except to maybe experiment with the setting. Well, it does work.


But when I was telling someone about the setting, I went to show them what I did and I could not figure out how I changed it.

Related to this was the fact that the 'Recent Activity' screen seems to have disappeared from the user's account page.

I searched Facebook help for this, but every time someone asked where their 'recent activity' menu went, the only replies to the question were statements from other users saying they were having the same problem, and subsequently, each question was closed by some FB moderator, making it difficult to answer their questions. Hence, I decided to crank up this article.

What I did find out was that FB spread out the functions from the 'recent activity' screen to the new subsections of your left panel, when you are looking at your own profile.

How To Change When Your Likes Show up on Facebook:


Now when you go to your own profile, on the left you will see 'Friends,' 'Photos,' 'Videos,' 'Places,' etc., etc. As you slide down your page, you will come across a section called 'LIKES.'

Editing Facebook account options for LIKES


If you hover your mouse over the header bar of 'LIKES' you will see a '+' and a pencil (edit) symbol.

If you click the pencil, you will get a sub-menu and if you click on the 'Edit Privacy' option, you will see an entire menu of options that you can make public, private or what not.

How to edit some privacy functions in Facebook


Apparently I'm not a very friendly guy!

Actually, I surmise that when FB took away the 'Recent Activity' panel from my account, they distributed my privacy choice from a few subset categories and populated other sections with my most restrictive option.  I guess that was the safest bet that Facebook could have assumed from one of my settings.

Additionally, you can modify settings in the other panels, to one degree or another. Your 'Recent Acitivity' section, or at least the part you could set account settings by, into multiple sections

Where is your Facebook Recent Activity Log?

If you're still looking for FB's 'recent activity'-like screen, you can click on your own name/profile, and in the lower right corner that your splash image occupies, you can click on 'View Activity Log' and you can see what you have done and it seems there, you can selectively edit each act.

That is where Facebook's 'Recent Activity.' (Yes, that's my dog and I, being filmed for something. More on him over on Vader's World.)

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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