Facebook Upgrade And Tips

In August I wrote about Facebook’s changes and upgrades. Then in September they put thing back and I was hoping it would stay that way. Well over the past few days you may have noticed they put it back again. If you have not read my previous article, read it now before I explain some important changes and how they may affect you and how to fix them.

Third Party Advertisors

Facebook is again allowing your information to be used by third party advertiser by default. If you have unselected this option before, you need to do it again. To do this:

On the top right of your page click Settings > Privacy > News Feed and Wall > Facebook Ads > then change both Allow ads on platform pages to show my information to no one and Show my social actions in Facebook Ads to no one > save changes.

Making Friends

In my first article on this subject, I mentioned how every time you add a new friend it shows up in in your current friends live feed. If you are about privacy and do not want your friends to know who else you are making friend with, you can fix this. However it will not stop you from seeing who your friends are making friends with.

On the top right of your page click Settings > Privacy > News Feed and Wall > Actions Within Facebook > uncheck Add a friend > save changes.

News Feed and Friends Updates

To see your friends updates in real time you need to make sure that on your Home page is set to Live Feed and not News Feed. Now even so the Live Feed is suppose to update in real time, it does not always do this. As well you still need to refresh your page for any notifications alerts to appear in the bottom right of your screen. To make this change even more frustrating, if you have a high number of friends, Facebook has preselected which friends you will get updates from at the default of 250 friends. As well, Facebook has deciding for you which friends you will see more updates from and which friends you will only see a small number of updates from. To change these settings:

Make sure you are on your Home page > Scroll down to the bottom of your Live Feed and click Edit Options > If you have more than 250 friends change the number to how many friends you want to see updates from > Click on View Recommended Friends > Start selecting the friends you want to see more news from > Save.

Facebook has made other changes such as suggestion how you should connect with friends. An example is “Write on so and so’s wall.” I do not find this helpful but others may. The one thing I really wish they did not get rid of was the Highlights section on the right hand side of the wall. That was the most important way for me to find updates from my friends as I do not pay attention to Facebook a lot throughout the day to see who is doing what or who was tagged in which picture, etc. I just hope with selecting the handful of friends that I a want more news from, I will not miss important information as I have been since these new changes were made permanent.

If you have any other important tips for Facebook users, please feel free to leave them in the comment section or email them to me and I will update this post. I hope you find these tips helpful.

Jules Sherred is the parent of two teenage boys, freelance writer, web designer, author of Five Little Zombies and Fred, General Manager and radio personality at The Look 24/7, owner of the largest Star Trek community on Google+, Geeky Pleasures creator, geek support for Parsec Award winning The Minister of Chance, and more. On the Geeky Pleasures Radio Show, Jules has interviewed Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Coulton, Phil Plait, Sylvester McCoy, Richard Hatch, Paul and Storm, R.A. Salvatore, John Kovalic, and so many more. Jules' writing can also be found on Hugo Award winning SF Signal, GeekMom, United Federation of Pla.net/s, Nerdy With Children, Star Wars vs Star Trek. Slowly, Jules is working on another book titled Nerd Love. You can follow Jules on Twitter @GeekyJules. Also, JULES LOVES STAR TREK.

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