Facebook Groups News Feed Stories By Keywords

Facebook yesterday officially announced that it is grouping similar news feed stories based on keywords, and as usual, not everyone likes the change.

Facebook yesterday officially announced that it is grouping similar news feed stories based on keywords.

Readers have been telling us about this capability for some time now, but now this feature appears across the site.

Yet like what happens in response to other upgrades on the site, many Facebook users are complaining that the topical groupings leave much to be desired.

In the comments beneath the site’s official announcement of the capability, numerous posters asked Facebook to get rid of keyword groupings altogether; such posts appear to outnumber the ones suggesting that the topic clusters would work with additional modifications added.

One commenter on Facebook’s official announcement suggested that the site offer the option to show news feed posts in chronological order, either starting with the most recent post. Another poster recommended limiting the keyword groupings to only top news.

It seems like many people might not have even noticed this development if Facebook hadn’t made a formal announcement — I couldn’t see any such keyword groupings in my own news feed.

I’m curious to know whether you’ve seen any appreciable changes in your news feed, and if so do you like this development or do you think Facebook needs to refine it? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.