Facebook To Reintroduce Ability To Choose Between Highlighted / Recent Stories

Remember all the backlash against Facebook’s new News Feed design that forced users to view highlighted stories first and then the most recent stories? Well, the company has announced a newer way for sorting News Feed, which we’ve talked about after the jump.

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The news come straight from Facebook’s official blog in the form of an update made to their original post from September regarding the new News Feed design. According to the update, users will soon be able to choose the way they want stories to sorted in their News Feed: they will either be able to view highlighted stories first and then recent ones (like it works currently) or see recent stories first and highlighted stories later.

From The Facebook Blog:

UPDATE on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011: Now you have a new way of sorting your News Feed: most recent stories first.  You can also continue to view highlighted stories first, followed by recent stories, like what you see today.  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.

While plenty of people have already received the new feature, the rest of us should expect to receive it “over the coming weeks”. Once you do receive it, you can change your News Feed sorting by clicking on Sort in the top right corner and choosing Highlighted Stories First or Recent Stories First (whichever suits you).

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Facebook is constantly looking for new ways to improve user experience while trying to get more money out of its 800 million strong user-base. These “improvements” get complained about all the time, but Facebook refuses to bring back older features and everyone just forgets about the changed UX in a matter of days, if not hours.

What do you prefer having first? Recent stories or highlighted ones?

I, for one, prefer getting recent stories first. It makes stalking following up on friends and family much, much easier since, you know, I don’t have to go through algorithm-based top stories first.

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