How to See All Friends' Facebook Status Updates
Friends' Status Updates
This process works, assuming you do not have a Facebook bug.
By now, you've probably noticed you only see status updates, photos, and links from a small number of friends on Facebook. Don't worry. They haven't un-friended you. The reason you can't see friends' status on Facebook is because of an algorithm Facebook uses to cut down the "noise" on your profile. This algorithm looks at which friends you've had the most interactions with, and then only shows you posts from those people.
Have you ever been a little disheartened to find out a lot of your "real life" close friends don't Like photos you post of your baby? Before you get angry with your friends, you need to realize they probably aren't seeing those posts at all. Facebook says the average reach of a user's post is 12% of their friends.
If you're a veteran Facebook user, you might be missing the good old days of seeing a wide variety of friends' status updates. After all, Facebook is supposed to be a social network. And who is Facebook to decide what you like to see, even when you're the one who specifically chose to add those friends in the first place?
There are a couple of ways to get your friends' updates back on your news feed. The difficult, time-consuming way is to go to your Friends List and change the settings for each one individually. This is a daunting task if you have 1000+ friends. I'm going to show you an easier route.
Easy way to get your Friends updates on Facebook News Feed
On your Facebook home page, click Close Friends under the Friends heading in the left-hand column. If you don't see it, click the Friends heading, and look for Close Friends in the list that comes up in place of your news feed.
In the upper right-hand corner of the page, click the box that says "Manage List", and then choose Edit List from the drop-down menu.
In the top left corner of the window that pops up, click the box that says "On This List"; and choose Friends from the drop-down menu.
Click the picture of any Friends whose updates you would like to see. (I chose all of my friends.) You can also click Pages you like that are on the list. If you choose someone by accident, simply click their picture again to take them off the list. When you're done, click Finish in the bottom right corner. There's more…
Putting these Friends on your Close Friends list will automatically change each friend's settings to show "All Updates". However, it will not change the settings you previously set manually. For example, if you changed the settings so you would not receive news about Games someone is playing, putting that person on the Close Friends list will not override your setting.
Moving friends to the Close Friends list will also enable the setting for you to "Get Notifications" for all those friends. You certainly don't want to receive a notification text, email, and/or alert every time someone updates their status so…
To change Notifications setting
Click the Close Friends list on the left. Click the Notifications box in the upper left corner, and choose Off from the drop-down list.
You may want to receive notifications from some of your friends. If so, go to your timeline, and click your Friends list.
Find a friend from whom you want notifications. Hover your mouse over the box that says "Friends", and click Get Notifications in the drop-down menu.
If you want to add new friends to this list in the future, go to that person's timeline, and when you click Add Friend choose Close Friends from the drop-down menu that appears. If you don't see Close Friends, choose Add to Another List, and then choose Close Friends. The person will automatically be added to your Close Friends list once they accept your request.
Once you've completed this process you will see friends' Facebook status updates from a wider variety of friends on your home page news feed. To see even more updates, click your Close Friends list. But, they still won't see your posts until you rebuild your Facebook relationship with them, which could take a long time of Liking, Sharing, and Commenting -- all the while hoping they do the same. At this point, the best way to circumvent the problem is to share this process with everyone on Facebook so they can complete the process as well. If there are some BFFs you're really missing, share this process with them in an email or private message. (Please do not spam.) Of course, you could pay Facebook $7 per post to promote your status if you're desperate; but spreading the word will be easier on your wallet. Now go forth, and have fun with your "new" old friends!