Facebook's New Update Will Make All That Stalking You Do So Much Easier

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You can now fill a majority of your Facebook News Feed with updates you're actually interested in.

According to Mashable, the social network unveiled four features currently available in the Facebook iOS app, but desktop and Android versions will soon follow.

To access these options, go to the "more" section and click on "News Feed Preferences."

The menu now allows you to prioritize which accounts show up at the top of your homepage, unfollow accounts so their updates never appear and reconnect with accounts you unfollowed.

It also suggests a series of previously unvisited pages related to pages you like as well as those liked by users with similar tastes.

The prioritize feature asks you to pick up to 30 people whose updates will be the first things you'll see in your News Feed.

These posts will have stars to signify they've been prioritized.

Greg Marra, Facebook's product manager for News Feed, told Mashable this option was conceived out of the idea users would enjoy the opposite of the "unfollow" feature.

He said,

The thing we were constantly hearing was, 'There's a few people that I really care about and I want to make sure I don't miss stuff from those people.'

Marra also mentioned the page recommendations could be helpful for intriguing, up-and-coming companies that would otherwise go unnoticed due to Facebook's constant flood of indistinguishable posts.

Before the "News Feed Preferences" menu, he said, the only way Facebook could better a user's experience was by monitoring clicks and likes.

Marra said,

Historically, the thing we've relied on most to improve News Feed is looking at what videos do you watch, what links do you click, what posts do you like, because those are all you saying, 'This is something that I want.' But what we're learning from these surveys is there are other things we need to know about what you care about that don't necessarily mean you clicked the link or liked the post.

If you don't use the "News Feed Preferences" menu, your News Feed will remain as is.

Desktop and Android users can expect to have these features available within the next few weeks.

Citations: Facebooks latest News Feed change lets you pick who you see first (Mashable)