Pick Who You Stalk First With Facebook's News Feed Update

Finally, you can now further avoid that random high school acquaintance and her three chubby babies in your Facebook News Feed and focus more on your BFF's photos from Napa... Important stuff, you know. Among a few recent Facebook updates, you can now personalize your News Feed by, basically, who you love the most and want to see the most.

"You can adjust the new News Feed preferences, which are only in Facebook's iOS app for now, from the "News Feed Preferences" menu in the "more" section of the Facebook app. The revamped preference menu has four sections: prioritize who to see first, unfollow people to hide their posts, reconnect with people you unfollowed, and discover new pages.

Of the four, the biggest change is "prioritize who to see first," which lets you select which pages and people you always want to see at the top of your News Feed. The feature allows you to select up to 30 accounts whose newest updates will always appear first in your feed. Posts from accounts that have been prioritized will also include a star to remind you that you have opted-in to seeing more of their posts.

Greg Marra, Facebook's product manager for News Feed, said the feature was modeled after News Feed's "unfollow" feature, which allows people to choose not to see posts from specific pages and people in their feed. "The thing we were constantly hearing was: 'there's a few people that I really care about and I want to make sure I don't miss stuff from those people,'" he told Mashable.

The new preferences also provide a dedicated menu for unfollowing friends and pages whose updates you don't want to see as well as "reconnecting" with people who you have unfollowed in the past. Additionally, the preferences will also surface recommendations for new pages to follow.

The suggestions in the "discover new pages" menu are influenced by the pages you already like as well as those liked by people like you, and are meant to give users more ways to see the posts they are most interested in, Marra said. The change could be particularly significant for pages run by smaller organizations whose updates may get lost in the noise of other updates."

However, to see these changes you have to activate them yourself. Otherwise, strangers babies will stay in your feed.

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Post by Allie Nute

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