Facebook has been frought by privacy concerns within the past month. Some people have deactivated their accounts, or tuned up their skills to keep their profiles more private and restricted. However this post isn’t about privacy, or how to delete your account.
Personally i feel that you should use the platform (or any platform for that matter) and tools to your advantage instead of worrying about issues that you can’t really control. What you CAN control is:
- Your privacy settigs. (once you’ve developed those skills)
- You have complete control over what you share or post. Just make sure you don’t make anything public that you’ll regret.
- Most importantly you have control over what you’d like to see in your stream. (Facebook doesn’t offer too many filters, but enough to morph your News Feed into a news aggegator)
Note: I’m NOT deactivating my Facebook account as the people and content there provide more than enough value for me to stay. Rather i’ve set up my account to receive news and updates from friends and news sites across the Facebook Platform.
I think you might benefit from this as well, and make Facebook a one stop shop for all your requirements. This is great for busy people on the go as well.
Step 1: Setting Your Signal Up For A Funnel Of News
Your first step is to add or as Facebook call’s it “Like” some of the pages you are interested in receiving news from. For example if i type in “The New York Times” into the search bar i get a return query of just that exact page. Now all i need to do is “Like” that page after clicking through. Note that by liking you are becoming a fan of that page. Similarly you need to repeat those steps until you add about 15-20 pages that are relevant for your news feed. Here are some pages that i’ve added that might help you get started with your feed.
- CNN International
- BBC News
- Faster Times
- The Guardian News
- Telepgraph News
- Harvard Business Review
- Business Insider
- The Economist
Again go ahead and add what’s relevant for you. This could be a group of friends / early adopters / musicians et cetera that you’d like to watch closely.
Step 2: Editing Your Home NewsFeed Options
If you’re reading you should know there is a difference between your Profile and Home feed. We will concentrate on the Home feed for now. Navigate over your home feed and on the bottom look for “Edit Options”. Why you need to do this? Simply because the Live Feed automatically determines which friends to include based on who Facebook thinks you want to hear from most.
Refer to the above screen -shot for help. In the “Show More” field start typing in the names of the companies / feeds that you’d like to show and then add them into the list. I’d recommend adding at least 15-20 for a firehose of content. Remember: Adding the pages to your profile by liking them in step one is crucial here or Facebook won’t pick them up in the “Show More” field.
Lastly adjust the the maximum number of friends to the positive integer 1. This will ensure a clean signal of news feeds without the clutter of your friends updates. Don’t worry you’ll be able to see all your friends updates in the “Top News” section of your Home News Feed.
All you have to do now is save your options and navigate to the “Most Recent items” (there is a difference between most recent items, and top news) in your NewsFeed. You’ve now managed to setup a news aggregator successfully on Facebook to track all the relevant news and views that interest you.
Most importantly you now have a clean signal of friends, family and NEWS to start discussing and liking. Why deactivate your account when @Facebook provides a plethora of content for your benefit?
It’s all upto you to use the tools correctly and benefit from them..