The Middle Bit
If you keep your News Feed open, the Top Stories will disappear as they're replaced with new stories. Hover over the upper right corner of a Top Story and click the little arrow that appears to mark or unmark the story as a Top Story, hide it, report it, and manage your subscription to that person’s stories.
If you get an item in your News Feed that you want to know more about the next time it is discussed (Facebook changes, for example), mark it as a Top Story. Going forward, anything on that topic will be prioritized as a Top Story for you.
The coolest thing about the Middle Bit of any of your Facebook pages? Click on Update Status (“What’s on your mind?” (or sometimes called “Write something”)) at the top of any page. Type in “Super secret birthday party”. Down next to the POST button, there's a button with an arrow next to it, indicating who can see the post. Click on that arrow. Click Custom. Now you can choose a list with whom to share it and hide it from the birthday individual!
The Infamous Ticker Bar
Are you used to it yet? I LOVE it! If it bugs you, one thing you can do is go down to the bottom right-hand corner of your screen and click on the Chat bar. It'll move the ticker bar over to the extreme right of the page, further from your peripheral vision. This is especially cool, because that Chat bar follows you all over Facebook, so, if you love your Ticker bar, you can always have it. If you DON’T love it, you can click the horizontal bar between the people available on Chat and the Ticker Bar and move it upwards until only the top ticker item shows.
You may have already discovered that hovering over items in your ticker bar allows you to engage with them. If my friend Likes a page, I get that in my ticker bar. I hover over it, and I get a button to Like that page, too. If my friend becomes friends with somebody we both knew in school, I can hover over that item and I can friend request that person right from my own News Feed page. If a friend is listening to a song, I can hover over that item, and, if I have the Spotify app installed on my page, I can listen along. I think that's AWESOME.
To edit what you see in your ticker bar, you need to edit what you see from your friends. This is where editing your Lists and News Feed Subscriptions comes in (see yesterday’s post). You can hide any individual story or all stories from a particular person, page, or app by hovering over a Ticker Bar item, hovering over the upper right corner to access the arrow and clicking on the arrow. Each story behaves in the same way in the Ticker as it does in the center column. You can remove one story, everything from that person, or report that person for spam. Click here for more information.
Marian Allen writes science fiction, fantasy, mystery, humor, horror, mainstream, and anything else she can wrestle into fixed form.