Sometimes the big social networks roll out features (or forget to roll them out) that work for the majority of the users, but just don’t make sense to some of us. For example, I’m still trying to figure out why Instagram doesn’t have a good way to upload photos from the desktop or why Twitter makes it so hard to switch to desktop view on an iPad or tablet.
Another strange one is the fact that Facebook loves to show you the “Top Stories” that it thinks are important in your life and while that works for some, there are those of us who prefer to see our feeds in chronological order. In the desktop view of Facebook, there is an option to change from Top Stories to Most Recent, but Facebook only maintains that setting for about 24 hours and then it automatically reverts back to Top Stories.
Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to permanently change this setting in your profile, an option that I feel Facebook has mistakenly overlooked. I’m sure that Top Stories probably garner Facebook more opportunities to learn about what is popular or what topics you are more likely to respond to…which can also lead to increased revenue for them. It also gives them more control over your feed, as opposed to Most Recent, which simply dictates that the posts will be show in chronological order.
The good news, is that there is an easy way to adjust Facebook so that it ALWAYS shows you top stories. Instead of using the standard http://Facebook.com URL to access the site, try clicking this link instead:
The ?sk parameter at the end of the URL will now always display the most recent stories and will cause the banner to appear that indicates you’re viewing Most Recent. So just bookmark the URL or add it to your Favorites and you can assess Facebook b
Unfortunately, I still haven’t found a great way to switch the Android or iOS Facebook mobile apps over to Most Recent, but for those of you on Android, if you click the menu icon, you can always select “Most Recent” from your list of available feeds.
In iOS, you can do the same thing by selecting the menu icon at the bottom of the app and choosing More > See More> Feeds > Most Recent. I know…it’s a lot of steps, but it’s worth it if you really want to see your feeds in chronological order.
Hopefully that helps those of you who like to see the most recent posts from your friends and family! If you another way or a better way to make this change permanent, definitely share them in the comments.