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Facebook “All” Link Unfilters Your News Feed, But It Might Not Last

via John Constine, TechCrunch

Facebook filters the news feed so you only see the 15% or so of stories it thinks you’ll find most interesting. But a newly discovered “All” link shows you almost everything posted by your friends and Pages you Like. Facebook confirmed to me that http://www.facebook.com/?sk=nf_all ”is an old link that allows you to access your news feed operating on an earlier version of our ranking algorithm.”

First spotted by Tom Waddington, the All feed could make sure Facebook addicts never miss a photo or funny status update, and get marketers more eye balls. However, Facebook stresses that “This feed does not show all posts”, and since it’s an “old link”, there’s a good chance it could get shut down soon.

Years ago, Facebook offered a near-firehose real-time stream you could toggle to from the home page called “Most Recent”. Based on Facebook’s statement, that might be what this link brings up. But since it didn’t deliver as compelling stories to the average user, Facebook ditched it in favor of a heavily filtered feed. That’s great for making sure you see the most Liked updates by friends since you last logged on. However, it can show the same updates over and over again to people who visit Facebook all the time.

Facebook tried to appease power users by returning the “Most Recent” toggle switch, but it actually still filters out a lot. So if you can’t get enough of what your friends and favorite brands are doing, check out ” https://www.facebook.com/?sk=nf_all “. You better do it quick, though. Since this just seems to be something Facebook uses internally and that wasn’t meant for public consumption, it might not be around long.

Though it doesn’t automatically refresh with updates, it will show you a reverse chronological stream of almost every news feed post by friends and Pages starting with a few seconds ago. Judging by my initial scans of the All feed, you’ll also see plenty of wall posts, new friendships, Page Likes by friends, Event RSVPs, “Trending Articles” boxes, and more.

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