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Facebook iOS App Introducing 'See First' Option for a More Customizable News Feed

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Facebook's News Feed has gone through a number of changes over the years, with the company attempting to streamline the best way for users to visualize the content they care most about right at the top of the social media site. Today, Facebook hopes to be one step closer to that goal, with the roll out of a new "See First" option to its iOS app that will allow users to choose up to 30 people or fan pages that will automatically appear at the top of their News Feed every time they check the site (via Re/code).

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As Re/code reports, Facebook promises that any pages or people added to a user's See First list won't be used to target customers with ads. In fact, Facebook hopes that the more streamlined experience will encourage users to visit the site more often, and perhaps counterbalance the fact that users may generate less ad income for the company thanks to not needing to scroll through the News Feed for as long anymore.
"It sounds counterintuitive, but the worse we do on rankings, the more we make people try and scroll through, the more likely they are to just go away," a company spokesperson told Re/code. "If we show you the stuff you really really want first, you'll come back more often."
The update will present users with possible suggestions for following pages and people when initially beginning the process to set-up a See First list, and also allow users to unfollow friends and pages from within the app, which you could only do on the web in the past. The update for Facebook [Direct Link] will begin rolling out throughout the day today, with the company promising the same features will be coming to Android and the web sometime soon.

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iSRS

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Here is hoping they fixed the battery draining issues introduced in the last update.
 
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lokey

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I moved to Facebook's Paper app and I like it a lot better than the main Facebook app, but it's getting stale. Some of the features and options that the main app provides, such as this one, haven't been ported over to Paper.
 
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keysofanxiety

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Not hugely related to the article, but does anybody know of any way to disable 'like' notifications?
 
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can they just stop with all this filter crap? just show everything in line of the news feed. one of the reasons i no longer use the app is cuz it always reverts back to the top news bs.

i dont know a single person who uses anything BUT the chronological order. who wants to see stuff from days ago mixed with current events
 
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keysofanxiety

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who wants to see stuff from days ago mixed with current events

Nobody, that's who. Which is probably why they introduced it. It's simply a website for social media, they should remember that and maybe listen to what their users actually want.

The main gripe with Facebook at the moment is the myriad of spam and hacked pages. Plus when you report they're rarely dealt with, and even if one account is deleted then another 10 are setup in that time.

Plus the stream of notifications from 'likes' is irritating, seemingly no way to disable that after they randomly decided to reintroduce that feature. And the fact my comments to pages and stuff are visible to every one of my friends (which I really don't like), yet if a friend clicks it to try and locate them then it won't direct them to the exact comment. So it's utterly useless.

It's a ******** website and I hate the fact that myself and my friends are too invested in it to move to an alternative.
 
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I'm kind of sick of Facebook these days, but if they would give me the option to permanently set my News Feed to simply appear in chronological order that would be great.
Wouldn't that just be lovely? Or, IMO better still have old posts reappear as new comments are added, but make them slightly grey or something. Let them stand out as old posts.
 
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chrfr

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I'm kind of sick of Facebook these days, but if they would give me the option to permanently set my News Feed to simply appear in chronological order that would be great.
I agree, but even with that setting, Facebook still "curates" what you see in a seemingly random fashion.
 
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Also, Facebook appears to have silently introduced a new mascot, seen in the screenshots in the article:

Crab with a tuft of blonde hair.

Crabs with blonde hair definitely makes me think of my friends. I'm glad they have this mascot now.
 
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Wouldn't that just be lovely? Or, IMO better still have old posts reappear as new comments are added, but make them slightly grey or something. Let them stand out as old posts.

Yep, it's like a candle in the wind - unreliable.
 
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BrentD

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I thought they were already dictating what we see first by how they arbitrarily revert back to "Top Stories" when you've never purposely set it on anything but Most Recent.
 
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Michael Scrip

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I wish you could filter out types of content... not necessarily people.

I have no problem with Sally... or Sally's vacation photos.

I just don't want to see some BuzzFeed link that Sally shared.
 
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can they just stop with all this filter crap? just show everything in line of the news feed. one of the reasons i no longer use the app is cuz it always reverts back to the top news bs.

i dont know a single person who uses anything BUT the chronological order. who wants to see stuff from days ago mixed with current events

The average user would see over 1500 posts per day if they showed you every update in order. You aren't going to go through all that. Instead they have been surfacing the stuff that's most relevant to you and the stuff you have shown that you like to see the most. Quit pretending you'd be interested in scrolling through all the Pages that aunt Ruth liked just to see your friend's videos.
 
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I wish you could filter out types of content... not necessarily people.

I have no problem with Sally... or Sally's vacation photos.

I just don't want to see some BuzzFeed link that Sally shared.

You can. Click the little ^ in the upper right of Sally's BuzzFeed video share and select "Hide All Posts From BuzzFeed Video".

The more you train your timeline to know what you do and don't want, the more it'll be filled with the stuff you like.
 
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marty1980

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Facebook's News Feed upsets me and this change certainly does not resolve my problems with it.

I want every post from every friend to be in my news feed in descending, chronological order from DATE_POSTED.

I can't recall how many times my friends have talked about a post that I never saw because Facebook's algorithm didn't prioritize my feed that way.

There is an option called "Most Recent." For a while it mostly did what I wanted it to do. But just like the news feed, it's slowly slipped into something else that doesn't show me what I would expect. There are all sorts of posts I can only see if I go to someone's Timeline.

Sure, insert ads and promoted posts. That's expected. But Facebook is not keeping my attention by hiding posts from me because their algorithm thought I wouldn't care to read it. Just because I don't post on it or like it doesn't mean I didn't find the post interesting.

I never have been heavy with posting my own updates and I don't check Facebook every day, but most days I do once or twice. My usage continues to be less and less as Facebook tries harder and harder to show me content I don't want to see while continuing to hide content I probably want to see from my friends.
 
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marty1980

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The average user would see over 1500 posts per day if they showed you every update in order. You aren't going to go through all that. Instead they have been surfacing the stuff that's most relevant to you and the stuff you have shown that you like to see the most. Quit pretending you'd be interested in scrolling through all the Pages that aunt Ruth liked just to see your friend's videos.

You don't know me. Yes I would scroll through 1500 posts every day if that's what was on my list. I do it on Twitter. Why not Facebook? What? Because it's more than 140 characters per post?

I don't mind scrolling. Even if it starts at the top and I miss old stuff because it's 3000 posts down the list, I know I missed it because I know the time period that I didn't look at. That falls back on me.

As it is, Facebook is not giving me the option to see chronological, let alone set that as my default view when I login; which is what I want.
 
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Dan DeWilde

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The average user would see over 1500 posts per day if they showed you every update in order. You aren't going to go through all that. Instead they have been surfacing the stuff that's most relevant to you and the stuff you have shown that you like to see the most. Quit pretending you'd be interested in scrolling through all the Pages that aunt Ruth liked just to see your friend's videos.

As it stands, I currently see THE SAME updates multiple times/day because someone made a comment to it. Just show the status updates in chronological order based on the time they were originally POSTED, not based on the last time it was commented on. Its not that hard - that's how they used to do it until they tried to get all fancy which is when people started getting ticked off at FB.
 
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agwin27

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"Today, Facebook hopes to be one step closer to that goal, with the roll out of a new "See First" option to its iOS app that will allow users to choose up to 30 people or fan pages that will automatically appear at the top of their News Feed every time they check the site."

There has been no update to the Facebook app, and I haven't seen that screen at all. The last update to the Facebook app was July 1. Am I misunderstanding?
 
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Graig

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"Today, Facebook hopes to be one step closer to that goal, with the roll out of a new "See First" option to its iOS app that will allow users to choose up to 30 people or fan pages that will automatically appear at the top of their News Feed every time they check the site."

There has been no update to the Facebook app, and I haven't seen that screen at all. The last update to the Facebook app was July 1. Am I misunderstanding?
Nope. I have not seen it either....
 
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