When I first joined Facebook, it was a confusing mess. Then I got accustomed to it, and I could use it to do what I wanted to do, within the limits of its programming.
Again it changed, and it was a confusing mess. Again I got accustomed to the new way it worked.
Then it changed....
You see where this is going. Facebook, like everything today, is changing more often and more suddenly than I'm completely comfortable with.
It's like playing Mau--adapt to the rules and enjoy the game. The abrupt changes are part of the fun.
If you don't want to be blindsided, you can always subscribe to the Facebook Blog and be that much ahead of the curve.
Here are some of Facebook's changes, as they affect the News Feed, and what I love about them:
You can organize your "Friends" into lists--Close, Family, I Need A Laugh, Critique Partners, Editors...any way you want. The same person can be in multiple lists. Okay, so your lists are over there in that sidebar. Click on the name of the list and ONLY see the News Feeds from the people on that list. Hover your cursor to the left of a list and click on the wee little pencil that appears to add a list, a page, a group, or an app to your Favorites (the items at the top of the sidebar, easy to see and access).
Your Friends are already sorted into some lists according to similarities in your and their account settings.. If you told Facebook you went to Podunk High and Backwater University and now live in Wherever, anybody on your Friends list who ALSO claims they went to Podunk or Backwater or lives in Wherever will automatically appear in those lists.
You can click on a list so that you're in that list's News Feed and do a status update just to that list. So, if you want to tell your family that you're moving, but you don't want everybody else on Facebook to know it, you can do it. If you have a list of fans, you can do an update JUST to your fans.
Click on that, and you get a list of all your Friends. You're automatically Subscribed to all your Friends, but you can unsubscribe to any or all updates. Just hover over the Subscribed button to access your options. I always unsubscribe to Games.
Coming up in tomorrow's post: the Middle Bit and the Ticker.
Marian Allen writes science fiction, fantasy, mystery, humor, horror, mainstream, and anything else she can wrestle into fixed form.