Have you been annoyed with the stuff Facebook has been catering to you lately? You might want to give it another chance, as the social network promises to make your News Feed cleaner, and show only those updates that you like. The social juggernaut today announced the changes in its News Feed algorithm as part of a feedback program, which gives users more control over what shows up in their News Feed. Also Read - Facebook gives voice to emojis with Soundmoji: Here's how to sendAlso Read - Netflix could launch its video game streaming service next year, at no extra cost
Until now, if you didn t like a post you saw on your News Feed, you had an option to hide that update. The company is now expanding this feature. When users will try to hide a post now, they will be asked if they want to see less posts from that person or Facebook Page. If you don t wish to see much content from that person or Page, you will also be given a quick way to unfollow them. Also Read - You can now use WhatsApp web without your phone
The company also announced that it has improved the News Feed settings page which makes it easier for you to check the people, Pages, and Groups that have been flooding your News Feed. Here too you get a quick option to unfollow the person, Pages or Groups. But what if you want to again follow a person or a Page you unfollowed days ago? Facebook will maintain a track of such entities and give you quick option to re-follow them.
What you do in News Feed helps determine what you see in News Feed, the company wrote in a blogpost. You decide who you want to connect to, and what Pages and public figures you want to follow.
The feature will be available across desktop and mobile platforms. Desktop users will see a News Feed Settings bookmark on the web version of Facebook, while mobile users on iOS and Android will have Manage News Feed option, upon clicking on which you will be told about the people in your friend list who talk a lot.
This is a welcoming move from Facebook and will surely come in handy for a lot of us. However, you never know when you will miss an important update live events, job opportunities from the people you just muted. At the same time, it will allow Facebook users to be aware of the stories that matter more, like a terrorist attack, NASA s latest mission, instead of less useful posts like marriage photos and your friends cat pictures.
At his first public Q&A session where Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed why his company forced all of us to download the stand-alone Messenger app, and why he wears grey tees all the time, he also signaled the big changes coming to the News Feed algorithm. There s this inherent conflict in the system, though. Are we trying to optimize News Feed to give each person, all of you guys, the best experience when you re reading? Or are we trying to help businesses just reach as many people as possible? he said. And in every decision that we make, we optimize for the first, for making it so that for the people that we serve that use Facebook and are reading News Feed get the very best experience that they can.