Not everyone is a fan of Facebook’s post-sorting algorithm, which determines News Feed placement based on with whom users would be most likely to engage. But if you’re trying to see more of your best friend’s Facebook posts, or fewer from a habitual oversharer, there is a way to set these preferences.
On the new Facebook Timeline, mouse over or click the button on the right side of the cover photo that says “Friends.” From this drop-down menu, you can add the person to a list, suggest more friends for them, and change what types of updates you get. You can even unfriend them this way, if you want.
If you want to see more photos, but don’t care about life events such as relationship status changes, you can do that. If you want to make sure that you see all of this person’s posts, click “Settings,” then, “All Updates.”
However, within the News Feed (with the redesign), it’s a little tougher. After a user chooses to hide an individual story (by clicking on the carrot in the top-right corner of the post), they are given the option to hide all stories from this user. There’s no way to control what kinds of stories you see from this option, only to hide all.
From both the old and new News Feed, the user settings can be toggled by mousing over the name, which gives you a glimpse at the user’s cover photo. From there, click on “Friends,” and change options just like you would if you accessed this menu through Timeline.
If you’d like to see more posts from a page, there’s also a way to do that. While there’s not the same kind of control as there is for posts from people, you can sign up to get notifications on both desktop and mobile when pages post. To do this, go to the page’s Timeline and hover over or click the “Liked” button on the right side of the cover photo. From there, users can opt in to receive notifications.