When you pick up a newspaper after not reading it for a week, the front page quickly clues you into the most interesting stories. In the past, News Feed hasn’t worked like that. Updates slide down in chronological order so it’s tough to zero in on what matters most.
Now, News Feed will act more like your own personal newspaper. You won’t have to worry about missing important stuff. All your news will be in a single stream with the most interesting stories featured at the top. If you haven’t visited Facebook for a while, the first things you’ll see are top photos and statuses posted while you’ve been away. They’re marked with an easy-to-spot blue corner.
Here is a picture of the visual cue that will help you not think about what is important to yourself because hey we’re just too busy to bother with that kind of stuff.
What is never even broached in this post is just HOW Facebook determines what you deem to be important. Will it be posts from your family first or is Facebook running an anti-family campaign and putting your close friends ahead of your family members? OK so I crossed the line but you get the point. It is reported that you can tell Facebook whether something was or wasn’t important but this exercise seems like more work than it’s worth because what’s important to someone is relative. It changes over time so do we have to keep updating Facebook so it can update us about what we want to be updated about?
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As with everything that is just released in the Internet space it is too early to tell much of anything but out of the gate this seems a bit odd. If you think it’s OK for Facebook to determine what is important to you, you may have bigger issues.
There are other new features that have been introduced. Fortunately Facebook is continuing its cute little habit of copying everything Google does these days. This has resulted in the following video description of Top Story and other features including the new real time ticker. Enjoy!