I do have a Facebook account, but only use it sporadically to see what is going on. I'm not really active on the site, don't play games, don't use chat that often, and use it mostly to manage pages that I administrate.
Anyway, the Facebook news feed provides you with information that your friends post on the site. From status updates to pictures or questions, it is all there in chronological order.
The news feed does not display all information, likes or comments that friends posted on the site are for instance not included here. This is likely done to reduce the number of new items of the news feed. It is still possible to access those in the sidebar.
What many users of the social networking site may not know is that Facebook alters the news feed by default so that the information are not displayed in chronological order.
It can be configured in two ways. The first, called top stories, displays select news at the top. This is the default mode, and Facebook's algorithm selects stories based on likes, comments and other factors such as the type of post or the friend who posted the news automatically.
You can switch that to recent stories, which is a true chronological account of new stories posted by your Facebook friends.
The option to do so is displayed right on the news feed page, but it is not highlighted in any way which means that it can be easily ignored.
Here is what you need to do:
Open your news feed on the website. You see a small down arrow icon next to news feed in the sidebar. Click on that, and select most recent from the context menu.
This switches to a chronological display of stories on the site. Once you have made the switch, you a back to top stories link is displayed at the top at all times that you can use to switch back to top stories.
Friends news feeds
There is another option to change what is being displayed to you on your news feed. This one uses friend groups. You find the friends listing in the left sidebar, and when you click on it, you are taken to a page that lists all groups that are available to you. Most are created by Facebook automatically based on information such as your location or relationships.
You can create your own friends group if you want, for instance all friends from school or work, and display those special news feeds on Facebook.
You can add groups to the favorites so that they are displayed on the left sidebar directly. To do so click on the edit icon on the right side on the friends page and select the add to favorites option there.