Monthly Archives: December 2015

Most recent first

This is about Facebook and the way it sorts posts on your start page.
Don’t know about you, but I like the FB post ordered chronologically, most recent first. So new additions are into view at every page refresh. This setting can easily be achieved by selecting the “Most Recent” option under the “News Feed” item in the menu at the left side of the page.

mostrecent

Unfortunately Facebook seems to have the habit to reset this to “Top Stories” every now and then, without asking me whether I ever wanted that.
Sometimes it takes a while before this gets noticed, if you weren’t aware of the banner ‘Viewing most recent stories’ at the top of the list and you can’t see a fresh post from a friend because is way down on the page.
It’s annoying having to change the setting back over and over again. On top of that, working with a not so responsive tablet − as I am − makes you touch the spot where the “Most Recent” option sits one time to many, which results in you hitting the “Events” option unintentionally.

To minimize the chances you’ll have to redo this setting, is always starting Facebook with the correct ordering option. You do this by a adding the sk=h_chr query parameter to every Facebook link and bookmarks. Like so:

https://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_chr

Probably this will mean something like “Sort key is home chronologically”.
If for instance you always start your browser with Facebook, set your Startup page this way. This is how that looks in Chrome:
startup
I’m sure you will be able to figure out it must be done in your browser. Any other link to facebook.com, like bookmarks, should be altered in the same way.

In the occasion you happen to like the “Top stories” setting, you just need to use the sk=h_nor setting instead:
https://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_nor.