When a company like Facebook believes that it knows better which updates you want to see than you, and does not make it easy to display all posts of friends on Facebook at the same time, then there is something inherently wrong with that system.
Whenever you visit the social networking company Facebook, be it on the web directly or in a mobile app of your choice, you are presented with a selection of top stories only.
Top stories are selected by Facebook automatically in the background based on factors such as popularity. If a story gets comments and others don't, chance is that the story with comments will become a top story.
The problem here is that Facebook does not display the other updates at all on the page. And if you don't know that, or cannot find a way to display updates in chronological order, you may miss out on a lot of posts and updates on the site.
While it is possible to switch to most recent on the Facebook website, it won't stay the default option forever.
I have not found out when the setting gets reverted, deleting cookies or signing out does not seem to trigger it all the time.
To change the display for the session, do the following:
- Open Facebook and log in to your account.
- Click on the small down arrow next to news feed located at the top left of the screen and select most recent instead of top stories.
- Et voila, all updates are now displayed to you, not only those that Facebook's algorithm believes are of greater interest.
What many Facebook users don't know is that there is another option that works all the time. Instead of opening facebook.com, try loading https://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_chr directly.
This loads the news feed in chronological order (aka most recent mode) automatically when you do so.
As mentioned earlier, top stories are displayed on mobile devices as well by default. It is even less obvious on those devices how to switch to most recent stories instead.
On Android, you need to tap on the Hamburger button (the three bars) at the top, scroll all the way down until you find most recent under feeds.
This preference does not stick as well. As is the case on the website it will revert eventually to top stories only. Unlike on the website where you can use the url posted above to display updates in chronological order, it is not possible to do the same when you are using the application.