Facebook was one of the first social media platforms to adopt an algorithmically sorted timeline, much to the dismay of those who wanted to know what their friends and family were up to in real time. Facebook is now bringing back a chronological feed…sort of.
Facebook is beginning to roll out a new Feeds tab in the mobile apps, located at the bottom of the screen on iPhone and at the top of the screen on Android. Feeds is a purely chronological list of recent posts, so the most recent posts are always at the top and there are no “Suggested for you” items or ads. The normal start page in the Facebook app is renamed “Home” to distinguish it from feeds.
While other platforms like Instagram Twitter have a simple switch for chronological and algorithmic modes, Facebook handles this differently. Meta (the company that owns Facebook) said in a blog post, “We’re introducing Feeds, a new tab that makes it easy to see the latest posts from your friends, Pages and Groups. You can create a favorites list of the friends and Pages you care about the most and filter their content in this new tab.”
It’s a bit odd that you have to manually add people and Pages to the Feeds page to see their posts in order, but it makes Feeds a more filtered (and less noisy) experience — a bit like Twitter lists. Anyhow, the ability to restore algorithmic feeds has been endlessly requested over the past few years, and Facebook is now complying.
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