Once upon a time, you could set Facebook’s News Feed to put the latest posts and updates from your friends first, rather than according to a hit-and-miss determination of the stories that are “most interesting” to you.
All that changed in September, when Facebook launched the “ticker” on the right side of the screen and rolled out an updated News Feed that put “highlighted” stories at the top (including stories that were several hours old), while removing the option to arrange stories chronologically.
Naturally, the change sparked an outcry from frustrated users, who (understandably enough) didn’t appreciate losing the option to sort their News Feeds.
Well, get ready to be happy—sorting is back.
If you look at the top of the New Feed on Facebook, you should see a new, tiny option: “Sort.” Click the icon, and you’ll see a pair of options: “Highlighted Stories First,” and “Recent Stories First.”
Note: Don’t see the “sort” option? Here’s the word from Facebook: “If you don’t have the updates to News Feed yet, you can expect to see them over the coming weeks as the rollout continues.”
Select the latter option, and presto—your News Feed will (once again) be arrange chronologically, and not according to Facebook’s arcane formula for picking stories that it thinks you’ll like.