On Facebook’s new layout

Click View Live Feed to make Facebook show ALL content in order (the way it was before).
The Facebook developers recently changed the default homepage so that the stream of recent updates only shows select information (“News Feed”) instead of a more comprehensive stream (“Live Feed”). Someone, (probably well intentioned) started spreading this advice:

If you dont like the new FB here is how you can change it back to the old. Look to the top left menu and click on MORE. Then drag STATUS UPDATES to the top. After dragging to top, click on it. That becomes your default and it is like before. Pass it ……on!

Thinking this to be a good solution, people have been spreading this paragraph like wildfire through Facebook. The problem is, it is incorrect. This does not return Facebook to what it was “like before.” It actually makes what you see much more limited. Facebook only considers something a “Status Update” if it is only text. If you add a photo, link, event, or a video to a status update, it is no longer considered a status update. Instead it becomes a “Shared” item. So if you follow the advice above, you will only see updates that are text-only. This may appear to fix the problem at first, but over time I think people will realize they aren’t getting photos, videos, and links like they did before. For some people that may be fine — maybe they don’t mind missing out on photos in order to get a version of Facebook that is much more succinct (and like Twitter come to think of it).

So if you want to get back to the old Facebook, your best bet (in my opinion) is to click the “View Live Feed” link at the top of your homepage to make Facebook show ALL content in order (the way it was before). And yes, this does include more information than before, such as who friended who, but that is how the old old facebook was that everyone wanted back last time wasn’t it? 😉 I’ve found that when I log out and log back in Facebook even “remembers” how I set this to Live Feed, but your mileage may vary as they say.

Also: If you have more than 250 friends, you will need to scroll to the bottom of the Live Feed, click the Edit Options link, and increase the number of friends to include from 250 to a higher number, otherwise Facebook picks 250 friends for you and excludes updates from those not on this list.

Click Edit Options at the bottom of the Live News Feed to set the number of friends whose updates will show on your Live Feed.
If this number is lower than your number of friends, Facebook will pick whose updates to show you using its own logic.

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