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Facebook Gives You Control Over Your News Feed

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?

DiggMixer for the iPad – The Perfect Way to Control Your News

DiggMixer helps you control the news and stories that you want to see – and hides the ones you don’t. There are even faders included in the app which will control how many stories you’ll see within each topic. This is an unofficial Digg app built with the Digg API.

The app boasts ten features that you won’t find in any other iPad news app:

  • The mixer lets you control how much content is visible in each topic.
  • A trashcan holds old stories so they never reappear (unless you look in the trash).
  • Save stories to your favorites list so you can read them later (even if trashed).
  • Stories are grouped by topic and sorted by popularity.
  • A “More” button can fetch older stories if your list runs low.
  • A timer can automatically fetch the latest stories.
  • All top level comments are visible and sorted by popularity.
  • Dual refresh buttons: one for the feed and one for the visible story/comments.
  • Post comments directly from the app.
  • Vote for comments and watch them move up/down in the list in real time.

Organize your stories into three lists: latest feed, favorites and trash. Stories are sorted by the number of diggs and are grouped by topic. Comments are sorted by popularity. When you vote for comments, they are automatically re-sorted based on the most current popularity.

Even if you aren’t a fan of the normal Digg site, you’re likely going to enjoy this app. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “power of choice.”

The Best Free Desktop News Ticker

Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed

I don’t really watch the news anymore, unless someone sends me a clip of something. I snack on news headlines, and dive deeper into whatever interests me. I like to just get a taste of what’s going on. I don’t know how you digest your news. One suggestion is to use a news aggregator. I also have another suggestion to make, potentially something that can augment your ability to digest the news as it comes in through RSS feeds.

This solution is cross-platform, and runs on Adobe Air. Snackr is an RSS ticker that pulls random items from your feeds and scrolls them across your desktop. When you see a title that looks interesting, you can click on it to pop up the item in a window. Currently it checks all feeds on startup, and after that it waits at least 45 minutes between checks of a given feed. This way, you aren’t overwhelmed with items every couple of minutes! You have time to snack on them in between having new ones brought to you.

Snackr sits on any edge of your screen (top, bottom or sides). It scrolls the latest headlines across your screen, much like any news or stock ticker. It tells you how long ago they were published, and where. It also comes with a default set of feeds. You can, however, easily configure it. Remove ones that are there you may not want, and add whatever it is you DO want.

The exciting part is watching the headlines as they scroll by. It only takes a moment to do, and you can then dive deeper into anything you may need or want to know more about. It’s easy, and it’s free! Add to that how configurable it is, and you have something excellent to add to your desktop – and your day!

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