In a change that I personally think many people are going to love, Facebook is introducing a new way to filter your recent news feed. Users with access to the redesigned feature see a drop-down arrow beside their Most Recent news feed tab on the home page, revealing filters for status updates, Photos, Links, Pages, Games and friend lists. Are you sick of seeing Farmville updates? Don’t look at them in your feed anymore. Do you want to only see the photos your friends are posting? Filter out everything but those and enjoy the snapshots. This is a positive move towards giving you more control over what you see and do on the network.
Facebook has made it so the only game stories non-gamers see are for when their friends discover and install new games. The status updates filter makes it easier for you to consume your content. There are no photos, much like you’ll find on Twitter. This filter is much easier on your eyes – and your brain. The Links filter gives users previews of articles they can read off-site, as well as videos that can be viewed in-line. The Pages filter helps user separate personal posts of friends from broadcasted posts by official entities on Facebook.
During your day, you want to see and read different things. These new filters are making it simple for you to do that. If you’re eating lunch and trying to relax, you likely won’t want to read the latest world news. You probably want to catch up on the funny sayings found in status messages or giggle over the new drunken pictures of your best friend.
Most of the time Facebook makes changes lately, we tend to get really upset and throw a fit. This time, however, I think everyone will breathe a sigh of relief. Do you have the new filters in place yet on your profile? What is your reaction to them?