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HOW TO: Cut Through Facebook’s News Feed Algorithm And Create A List

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Users who want to see all updates from friends can be at the mercy of Facebook’s News Feed algorithm with the default setting, but there is a way to get around this through lists. Users can create lists of their friends (useful if you want to see what specific groups of friends are posting, such as co-workers or college buddies), then click to see their posts in reverse chronological order. Here’s how.

You’ll find that some lists are automatically curated, such as based on your workplace, city, and college networks. But if you want to create a list based on your criteria, here’s how to do it.

On the redesigned News Feed, users can click on their filtering options, go down to the bottom, and click edit.

After clicking Edit, you’ll be able to create a list. SImply name the list, then type in the names of Facebook friends to add to the list.

On the old News Feed, users can scroll down on the left hand sidebar to Friends. Then, you can mouse over the Friends text, revealing the More link. That will get you to the above screen.

So what happens after you already have a list, but want to add friends to it? You can do this through the News Feed or Timeline. On either version of the News Feed, mouse over a friend’s name or profile image. Then mouse over the Friends button to see more options. Users can then add a user to a list then.

From Timeline, it’s a similar process. Mouse over the Friends button to access this menu.

Once you get a list set up, you can access it to see those friends’ posts in reverse chronological order, without the influence of Facebook’s algorithm.

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