Facebook News Feed: 4 Ways To Cut Clutter

Facebook now gives you more -- but not absolute -- control over the content in your news feed. Use our tips to ditch the noise.

constantly tweaking its news feed algorithm with hopes of it becoming "the perfect personalized newspaper for everyone in the world."

Your news feed contains more than 1,500 stories every day, according to the company, and Facebook's algorithm surfaces the 10% that it considers most relevant to you. These stories are highlighted under the default "Top Stories" view -- but you can change it to display your posts in a more chronological order.


To switch your view from Top Stories to Most Recent on a desktop, click the "Sort" option that appears at the very top of your News Feed -- below the status update box and above the first post. When you switch to "Most Recent," the top of your feed will read "Viewing most recent stories."

On mobile, tap the More option, then select "Most Recent" from the options under Favorites.

3. Use lists
Friend lists are an easy way to view posts from and share content with only the people you want. Facebook auto-manages some lists, including the people you work with, family members, and a list based on your location. You can find and edit all your lists by clicking the Friends subhead on the left-side navigation.

To create a list -- for a group of close friends or family, for example -- click the button at the top of the Lists main page. Assign the list a name, and type in the names of friends you want to add. Previously, Facebook let you choose your friends from a list; that visual made it easier to create your lists instead of relying on memory, though it appears to have done away with that option.


When you're done creating your friend lists, they will appear on the left-side navigation under the header "Friends." If you don't see this header, click the "More" tab on the bottom. When you click any of your friend lists, your news feed will show updates from only those friends you selected -- an easy way to cut through Facebook's clutter.

4. View content only from Pages
Your news feed displays content from pages you liked, your friends, and groups you joined. But if you follow many news outlets, for example, or subscribe to retail store pages just for exclusive offers, you may want to view these posts separately, without the updates from your friends.

Under the Pages heading in the left-side navigation is an option called "Pages Feed." Click this to view updates only from the Pages you've liked.

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