Facebook Changes News Feed Preferences… Again…

So I was doing what I always do when my dogs wake me up at 6:30 in the morning (yes, even on a Sunday), perusing Facebook. I found a page that I liked, and I wanted to ‘Like’ it. I don’t know about you, but the only reason I ‘Like’ a page on Facebook is so I can stay updated on that topic. I want to see their blog posts, new product, jokes, videos, quotes of the day, and if I decide I don’t want those things anymore, I unlike the page. So I’m not sure why Facebook has made this change, but it kind of bugged me.

So there I was, about to click ‘Like’ on a page. As soon as I did, this drop-down appeared:

In order to get updates from pages you like, make sure you do the following:

  • When you click ‘Like’ on a page, the above drop-down will appear. Click ‘Show in News Feed’. If you don’t, you will not see updates from this page.
  • Just to be sure, check a couple pages you are already a fan of, and make sure ‘Show in News Feed’ has a checkmark next to it. Do this by hovering your mouse over the ‘Liked’ button on the right-hand side of the page. After a second or two, the menu, as pictured above, will drop down.
When I checked several pages I’m a fan of, the ‘Show in News Feed’ button was already checked, so it appears your existing pages will default to this. Make sure you’re on the lookout for this and other unannounced Facebook changes. I can see why this might be a useful tool in some situations, but I don’t like that it defaults to not showing updates in the news feed. Sneaky Facebook.

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