News feed is the fundamental hear beat of Facebook

“News Feed is the constantly updating list of stories in the middle of your home page. News Feed includes status updates, photos, videos, links, app activity and likes from people, Pages and groups that you follow on Facebook.”

On desktop it is the big wide column that shows a changing stream of content and on mobile it’s the first thing you see on the screen.

The title comes from the fact it should be a selection of news-worthy items, from people, places and things that you care about, starting with your friends and family. The clue is in the title “news feed” – is yours full of newsworthy items? And likewise do you post and share items worthy of the news feed on your page?

What you see is also influenced by your activity on Facebook as well as the direct connections you have made with people, groups and pages.

When someone in your personal tribe reacts to a piece of news you may well see their activity as well if Facebook considers it would be meaningful to you.

So it really is a dynamic situation and there is no ‘one size fits all’ as to what happens in your news feed. Each News feed is unique. All 2.1 billion of them!

You can view your news as ‘most recent’ or ‘top stories’. In addition you can set your new feed preferences – see here https://www.facebook.com/help/371675846332829?helpref=faq_content

See First and Unfollow are the key points in this area.

As well as your personal news feed there is also a Pages Feed, where you can view in one easy place all the Pages you have liked who have posted recently. It’s not chronological but you will see more of what’s important to you than waiting for it to pop up

https://www.facebook.com/pages/feed

Then there is the new Explore feed which is a feed of Pages you haven’t liked yet but based on your interests FB thinks you might like to https://www.facebook.com/explore/

Watch the video below to see the steps you can take to fill your news feed with the things you really want to read

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