Facebook is Keeping You from Seeing All Your Facebook Friends Facebook Status Updates – Here’s How to Get Them Back
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Did you know that Facebook is keeping you from seeing some of your Facebook friends Facebook updates and Facebook status messages? Even though you are seeing regular Facebook notifications on your Facebook news page, you are not seeing everything from all of your friends. In fact, you are only seeing the Facebook stuff from your Facebook friends that Facebook thinks you’ll want to see. Facebook is making that choice for you. (“We’re Facebook .com, we know your mind better than you do.”)

This gives rise to some Facebook problems, most notably that you are missing a large portion of your friends’ Facebook updates, not to mention that their Facebook status ideas as to what you want to see from your Facebook friends – and from which Facebook friends, at that – may be wildly different from what you really want to see.


Fortunately, there is a way to override Facebooks selections, and to see the Facebook status updates from all of your friends.

The first thing you will need to do is to switch your news feed setting from “Top News” to “Most Recent”. Facebook automatically sets your news feed to “Top News”, which can mean anything that Facebook considers newsworthy from the pool of what your Facebook friends have written any time in the past..well, we’re not sure how long, but usually the things in our “Top News” feed are hours old. (As you can see from this screenshot that we just took – no offense to Craig Newmark, whom we adore, but this is the top entry in our “Top News” news feed on Facebook, and it’s 6 hours old!):

 

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So the first thing that you need to do is click on “Most Recent” to switch to that view.

 

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Switching to the “Most Recent” view is very important, or this next step won’t work for you.

 

After having switched to the “Most Recent” view, go down to the very bottom of the page, and click on “Edit Options”. (If you don’t switch to the “Most Recent” view, it will give you the wrong options).

 

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Clicking on the “Edit Options” link brings up this window:

 

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Note the text that we have highlighted at the top of the window. We weren’t kidding that Facebook is choosing which friends’ updates you will get to see. But we’re about to fix that.

Go down to the bottom of the window, to where it says “Control how many friends you want shown in Live Feed.”

In the “Maximum number” box, type in a number that is larger than the number of friends you have, allowing for you to add more friends, as well. We put the number “5000” in there; we’ve also heard that 5000 is the highest you can go. So go higher at your own risk.

 

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Once done, click “Save”.

Now, if you keep your news feed view on “Most Recent”, and the maximum number of friends above your actual number of Facebook friends, you should always see all of your Facebook friends’ status updates.

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2 thoughts on “Facebook is Keeping You from Seeing All Your Facebook Friends Facebook Status Updates – Here’s How to Get Them Back
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  1. on my screen i had to click on the down arrow beside ‘sort’ to see the choice of ‘most recent’ and then all i see at bottom of the screen was ‘About · Advertising · Create a Page · Developers · Careers · Privacy · Cookies · Terms · Help’ I will keep working on it, I get mad every time I think about how FB is intruding on my life

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