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How To See All Friends' Facebook Status Updates

Updated on February 18, 2013

Friends' Status Updates

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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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  1. 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.

  2. You may want to receive notifications from some of your friends. If so, go to your timeline, and click your Friends list.

  3. 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!


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      NotPC 4 years ago

      Awesome hub! Thanks for the info, I will be spreading this around to my friends on facebook for sure! I was wondering why my feed was getting so lame and boring! Probably because I never like or comment on people's stuff so they don't think I'm even friends with anyone!

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      Staci Stathos 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

      I'm so glad this helped you, NotPC. My Facebook was getting pretty boring, too, for a while. It's definitely more interesting now.

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      Staci Stathos 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

      That's nice of you to say, Kaltar. I'm happy your found it helpful.

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      Bluebird2000 3 years ago

      Your comment from above - 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. - Is there any setting to restore those manual selections - the option of 'settings' when you hover over 'friends' is not longer available? Thanks in advance for your help

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      BobLA 2 years ago

      I found that iPhone app called Whatt that is made specifically to share status updates with friends. They do not filter out any posts. Just need to your friends to be there though... https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/whatt/id739776660?...

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I mainly use Facebook to keep up with my (grown) kids/grandkids 'doings', and had heard that posts from friends had become limited. Good to know there is a way to change that and receive more posts you want to see. Thanks.

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      Jen A. 2 years ago

      Thank you!

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      Staci Stathos 2 years ago from Charleston, SC

      You're very welcome.

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      Barry mcgiboney 2 years ago

      Why can't I see Rachel marie stutes friends list

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      Bob Wils0n 2 years ago

      Alright now I'm really upset... did everything as indicated and now anybody I click on it says .. You can't help anyone your not friends with even thought I am....

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      Staci Stathos 2 years ago from Charleston, SC

      Barry, I imagine you just got confused. It's no wonder since you have 5 or 6 Facebook accounts that are all very shady. I was able to go on Rachel Marie Stutes' pages just fine--both of them.

      I'm guessing you're also the other guy who posted here. Since I wrote this hub 2 1/2 years ago, I don't get comments on it anymore. I looked up your IP address as well as his, and you guys live in the same place.

      I don't know what your deal is, but Facebook will permanently ban all of your accounts. It's against their Terms of Service for one person to have more than one account. That's not to mention the fact that your accounts all look very sinister. I don't think HubPages will be too thrilled with you either.

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      comfort george 22 months ago

      I can see all my frnds post on fb,alwys there is no more post 2 shw

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      Mohit Sharma 22 months ago


      do you have any solution for a Facebook Page as well?. Actually, i do manage my company's facebook page and want the posts on this page to be seen by all those who like this page, at least.

      Do you have any suggestion to icrease my post reach..??

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      Johne420 20 months ago

      I do agree with all the ideas you have introduced for your post. They are really convincing and can certainly work. Still, the posts are very brief for newbies. May you please extend them a bit from subsequent time? Thank you for the post. kebgedageefe

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      Johne69 20 months ago

      Im not that much of a online reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I'll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back later. Cheers fegakcebkfdd

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      Connie Fitzgerald 9 months ago

      After making sure that there are no restriction whatsoever, I still can only see SOME of one of my friend's posts. How recent they are is not part of the issue. For example, of the things they posted today and yesterday I can see most but not all of what they added to their page. Also, I am not interested in them showing up in my news feed. I just want to be able to go to their page and see ALL of their posts.

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