3 Tips for Customizing the New Facebook Home Page

With the new “real time” stream on Facebook’s redesigned home page, Facebook is relying less on its ability to algorithmically select interesting content for users and more on users’ abilities to group and categorize their friends to create the most interesting stream. Here are a couple quick tips for customizing it the new Facebook home page to make it work better for you:

1) Hide friends whose updates you don’t want to see.

The easiest way to get started is to hide friends from the News Feed. You’ll no longer see any shared content from friends you hide.

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2) Group friends into Friend Lists and use them to filter your feed.

friendlist3The next step is to group friends into what Facebook calls “Friend Lists.” Friend Lists are private friend groups that no one ever sees but that you can use for privacy – for example, sharing personal content (like photos) with only some of your Facebook friends. You can also use them to create filtered views on the home page stream so that you only see updates from certain types of friends – like “Best Friends,” “Work Friends,” “High School,” etc.

To create Friend Lists, go to the Friends tab and click “Make a New List” on the left side of the page.

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3) Change your default home page filter.

You can change the default stream you see on the home page by dragging a friend list or network filter above “News Feed” on the left. Most people don’t know that this is possible, but it’s a powerful feature once you’ve created a friend list you like using a lot.

Now, you’ll only see updates from “Best Friends” (or whichever list you prefer seeing most often) when you load the home page.

You can only currently use friend lists and networks as your default News Feed filter – not applications. However, you can still rearrange applications in the section below friend lists and networks in order to put your favorite ones on top.

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34 Responses to “3 Tips for Customizing the New Facebook Home Page”

  1. Foo says:

    Awesome, that new default group is the killer tip!!!!

  2. Ian Chapman says:

    great post, get listed!!

  3. Dude says:

    It’s insane that the newsfeed can’t be filtered based on content. Every time I see the results of a “quiz,” I want to punch myself.

  4. Jan Horna says:

    That is exactly what I have already set up. It would be great if Twitter gave us such filtering tools.

  5. Joe Dawson says:

    Definitely need to share this to the newsfeed as since the homepage was upgraded I have noticed that I have been consistantly losing friends. I believe it’s due to the noise I generate through sharing content and importing through Facebook! :)

  6. Andrés Feliciano says:

    This is a sad attempt of what it was before.
    I hope they bring back the previews Live-Feed.
    Now we have to get everything, or miss everything from a friend.

  7. Nicola Quinn says:

    Joe, great idea, what better place to share it!

    And Jan, I think the beauty of Twitter lies in its simplicity and hope that doesn’t change.

    There are so many apps for filtering and grouping, I use Tweetdeck as the groups feature on there is very powerful and has allowed me to follow more while not missing my close friends’ tweets as well as topics of special interest to me.

    Off to reorganise my FB home page, thanks Justin!

  8. TianChad Chen says:

    Nice tips given, thanks!! ^@^

  9. Lynn (www.mamasays.us) says:

    Thanks for these tips. Can’t wait to create lists to segment family, friends, work associates, etc. – so helpful.

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  12. Nene says:

    Great post. Very helpful. Have linked back to it on my blog. Thank you.

  13. jim eritwoise says:

    nice tips, thanks.

    another good tip for people sick of seeing quiz results and other silly apps clogging up their facebook homepage is Facebook Purity : http://tinyurl.com/fbpurity
    its a greasemonkey script for firefox, that filters out all messages from 3rd party applications

  14. Jon B says:

    Great tips. Thanks.

    However, I worry that Facebook will screw up eventually and make my private Friend Lists public. And there isn’t anything real time about the “real time” feed… I thought we were going to get a scroll that would update continuously.

  15. LaRon Carter says:

    Great instruction. I haven’t taken the time to see if any of these notes were on my bottom menu but catching Sue Tirittili’s link to this post in my news feed make it real basic. Just the way I like it. Smart-Savvy!

    LaRon | @laroncarter

  16. Charlie Anzman says:

    Sounds like more of a primer for new Friendfeed users but agree, simply can’t ignore the FB community anymore. It’s huge and these are great tips

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  20. Jim Hicks says:

    I use the friend groups a lot and really like that feature. I just wish the old Livefeed was still an option. That is where I saw a lot of what my friends posted.

    It was all in one place and I didn’t have to go looking around in different friend groups.

    Maybe it was just me.

  21. Chris Nwakobi says:

    Love this; we hear some people that dislike the new FB. I am glad I read this; will definitely come in handy once I apply the tips.

    Keep them coming

  22. Madalyn Sklar says:

    Thanks for the great tips! I’m always learning new things and passing it along to my peeps.

  23. Walman Manurung says:

    Thanks 4 d tips!! Give me more..

  24. Kate says:

    Cant seem to place my pals list above the news feed. It switches back every time I refresh. Boo, because this is the best tip yet

  25. Adam Urbanski says:

    Very helpful! Thanks for sharing this!

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  27. Hai Phung says:

    hello
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    how to customize ?
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  28. Linda says:

    These are great tips – I will certainly be using the “friends only” list for my home page.

  29. andi says:

    great post.
    I am looking for tutorial to change theme permanent on facebook. Is there any tutorial about it?

  30. Rezowan says:

    Now this is old. Please update quick.

  31. Ashish says:

    1) Hide friends whose updates you don’t want to see.
    The easiest way to get started is to hide friends from the News Feed. You’ll no longer see any shared content from friends you hide.

    How do I undo that step so that I can unhide the News Feed of some of my friends?

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  33. Lonnie Cato says:

    I want to put in a section called “grandchildren and great grandchildren” but I do not know how to do this

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