Facebook changes its mind, offers news feed layout option

Haters of forced change, rejoice! Announced in a blog post, Facebook has given the masses what they wanted and included the option to change the news feed back to its old ways. Before, users would read their news feed in order of time posted, but that all changed when Facebook decided to push "top news" to the top of the feed. Top news would be earmarked with a blue shading, but many were left unhappy with the change.

This isn't something new. Almost every time Facebook is changed, there's a vocal mass of people demanding it gets changed back. But it looks as if Facebook's previous policy of "I-can't-hear-you" might be coming to an end. The company also changed the way chat is handled recently, replacing the online list with a list of people you're likely to talk to. After users complained about it being confusing and hard to use, Facebook offered a second list underneath that showed who was online instead.

While the new option lets you change the sorting of the feed, the rest of the changes stay the same. That means top news is still marked in the same way, photos are still larger, and the ticker is still there at the side. Still, it's better than nothing, right?

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I hate that I have to constantly remove the blue corner on the top of new posts, including mine to make them not 'top stories' all the time and I hate the new status feed on the right side of the screen. All these 'improvements' make me want to delete my profile. They SUCK!

Cherie Bargery said,
I hate that I have to constantly remove the blue corner on the top of new posts, including mine to make them not 'top stories' all the time and I hate the new status feed on the right side of the screen. All these 'improvements' make me want to delete my profile. They SUCK!

then delete your profile and stop moanng about it. you dont pay a fee to use facebook.
if those features SUCK can you program them in a way that dosent make them SUCK?

Mine hasn't changed yet, but this can't happen quick enough.

All the other layout changes I'm fine with, but top news can EAD, and why would I care about people who are offline in chat?

Finally. I have been so sick of that damn Top News feed crap. I don't use Facebook a ton but that was so stupid. Who is Facebook to decide what I consider interesting? The chat changes were dumb as well, but I don't use it because kept getting chatted by people on my list I didn't want to talk to lol.
Might start using Diaspora more now, just started and it links with Facebook.

"Still, it's better than nothing, right?" I'd have hated it if they'd reverted anything else back to the previous design. I've enjoyed the changes to the News Feed; I've seen much more interesting content in there than I did when I used to only follow the "Most recent" news. I realise I could have used "Top news" before, but I didn't realise how useful it was until Facebook merged them. To me, the merged feed is excellent.

Now, if they'd just give an option for the chat style. I don't care about seeing 20 people who aren't online. Much preferred the old method where only people who were online showed up in the list.

DKAngel said,
ok it would be nice if u actually could tell people how to change it back

I came back to this article just for that, sadden to see there's nothing.

DKAngel said,
ok it would be nice if u actually could tell people how to change it back

It's on the top bar of your wall. Click SORT>Recent stories first

(Blog post says not all users may have it yet.)

Damn, I liked it by time. Because I would often refresh every now and then and I dont want to read the same news feeds over again. Newest content up top please

If you like it then nothing changes for you. This is just letting people know that they have the option to switch back to the old system if they want.

Intrinsica said,
If you like it then nothing changes for you. This is just letting people know that they have the option to switch back to the old system if they want.

Oh sweet. To be honest I hardly even login anymore, only rarely do I check on my phone when I get bored

Another day, another facebook change. Surprised? No. But it's nice they're giving us more options now. That's definitely a plus.