If you're a regular Facebook user, you'll know that the posts that appear in your News Feed are visible because of an algorithm. It's part of the company's mission to reduce post overload, but it can often mean that you'll miss updates from some of your friends. In May, Zuckerberg and co. began testing a new feature that let users choose what they see in their feeds, but it was only available to a select few. From today, however, the new set of controls are rolling out to all.
So what's new? Firstly, Facebook wants you to choose who you'll see first when you open its apps. In the News Feed Preferences, you can select the profile picture of a friend, family member or your favorite page and their updates will be loaded before the rest of your timeline.
For those friends or pages who you probably should have removed eons ago, two updated features let you better control what you see from them. You can now zip through friends and pages and choose who you want to "unfollow," allowing you to keep up appearances without having to suffer through numerous photos of cats, uninformed rants or needy status updates. Now it's a handy list, you also can re-add friends that you feel might deserve a second chance.
Lastly, there's a new Page suggestion tool that will automatically suggest pages based on your previous Likes. This is similar to Twitter's tailored suggestions, which recommends people you might want to follow based on who you've just added. Facebook says that the updated News Feed controls will roll out on iOS devices today and arrive on Android and the official website "in the coming weeks." If you've been crying out for a more personalized timeline, your voice has finally been heard.