Facebook question

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by desertman, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. desertman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 14, 2008
    Arizona, USA
    This might not be exactly the right place for this question. However, I raised basically the same question some time ago on Facebook and in some Facebook forum and did not get any answer (kind of confirms my impression about Facebook and its users).

    I have a Facebook account that I visit infrequently, usually with a browser on my Mac, sometimes with the Facebook app on my iPad. Last night I did so from the iPad and learned through a post on my timeline that the husband of a very good friend of mine had a severe heart attack last week and will have open heart surgery today.

    Since my wife, who is currently out of state and does not have a Facebook account, had planned to visit our friend (and her husband) in about two weeks I thought it would be good to inform her about this by sending her a screen shot of the post about this event. However, when I looked at my Facebook account this morning with Chrome on my Mac I did not find this post in my timeline. I had to go to my friends own Facebook page to find it - something that I usually, of course, don't do as the "relevant" posts should also appear in my timeline.

    I noticed this before - the posts that I see in my timeline with a browser on my Mac are not identical with the posts that I see in my timeline with the Facebook app on my iPad. I tried to find a pattern and I couldn't. It seems that some posts that I see on the iPad are missing on the Mac but not vice versa. There is no difference whether I look into my Facebook account on the Mac with my usual browser extensions or without any browsers extension; there is also no difference whether I use Chrome or Safari or Firefox - some posts are simply missing when accessing my Facebook account with a browser on my Mac.

    Did anybody else notice this, too? Is there any known and intelligent reason for this?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Could be a difference in viewing "Top Stories" and "Most Recent Stories"
    That toggle resets itself on my computer randomly
    And it has to be set specifically to "most recent" each time in iOS I believe
  3. elf69 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    On my iphone and my fiancee ipad we use the facebook app and go to feeds and most recent.
    On my imac I select most recent in the feeds list on left and then both are the same.

    This would tie in with MacDawg as above.

    Top stories is usually the default listing (which I personally hate)
  4. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    I can't help with the technical FB stuff, but why not directly communicate the information to her instead of sending a screenshot?
  5. desertman thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 14, 2008
    Arizona, USA
    Thanks, MacDawg and elf69. I adjusted the settings - and iPad and browser look on first sight indeed identical.

    However, sorting the posts the way I want it (by time) instead of how Zuckerberg and his cohorts want it (by their idea of "top") comes at a serious price: unlike when having the posts sorted by "Top Stories", where I can scroll back indefinitely, I can only scroll back for something like three days when the posts are sorted by "Most Recent" (at least in Chrome).

    Moreover, although the post about my friend's heart attack is only two days old it is still not visible in a browser on my Mac, only on my iPad. At the top of the timeline browser and iOS app are identical, further down not anymore.

    And apparently it's true that the timeline has to be reset by hand to "most recent" each time after restarting the app on the iPad.

    All of this truly sucks (and confirms one more time my opinion about Facebook).

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