If you’re like me and you hate Facebook’s News Feed and you just want to display the Status Updates page as your default home view like you could with the short-lived 2009 Facebook layout, well… you can’t.
…at least, not through Facebook itself. However, if you don’t mind allowing your browser to lend a hand, then I have a “solution” for you. It involves creating a shortcut on your browser’s “links” toolbar, or whatever it’s called. All browsers are a little different. I am using Firefox.
What I did was this: When logged into Facebook, I navigated to the Status Updates page. This can be done by clicking “Friends” on the left, and then clicking “Status Updates”. Once you get to your Status Updates page, simply copy the URL in the address bar and save that as a shortcut.
The link should look like this:
This same link also worked for my friend, so I don’t believe it is unique to the user. However, Facebook might decide to change that app number, so if it stops working just follow the steps above and get the URL again.
Now that you have your shortcut on your browser, you will use THAT instead of clicking “Home” at the top right of Facebook. Say you’re looking at a friend’s photos, and you want to return home. Just click your shortcut. You’ll go straight to your Status Updates feed.
I haven’t found anybody else who offers a solution to this yet, so I’m pretty excited that I was able to find something, even if it’s a bit of a stretch. So… if you find this helpful, or want to add some info that would improve this, please leave a comment and let me know. I’d love to know if this is helpful to people :)
Side note: After chatting with some friends I began to realize that most people don’t even know if they have the new layout yet or not. I guess that’s what happens when Facebook changes things so often… nobody can tell what’s what any more. Probably the easiest way to tell if you have the new layout is by checking the location of your notifications. The old 2009 layout put notifications at the bottom right. The new 2010 layout has them in the TOP LEFT as a little “globe” icon.
So, as you can most likely see, I’ve updated the theme to my blog’s appearance, and by “updated” i mean “changed completely”. I like this one better. I think it looks a bit more professional and cleaner, and it also has customizable colors, which is pretty cool. Since I don’t really want to pay any money for my blog, I have to choose one of the built-in themes, such as this one, and each one has different kinds of things you are allowed to customize. Some of them allow custom header images at the top, and this one happens to allow me to customize the coloring. I also feel more comfortable with the symmetry of the layout. Instead of two columns on the right and the posts on the left, I now still have two columns but one on each side, with the posts centered in between.
I like it. What do you think?