URL Gives Facebook Users More Complete News Feeds

By David Cohen 

Facebook users: Do you want to see almost every story that is eligible to be included in your news feeds? There’s a code for that, and it was unearthed by developer Tom Waddington and shared by sister blog Inside Facebook.

According to Waddington, users who go to https://www.facebook.com/?sk=nf_all can see posts that are not normally included when viewing news feed by top stories or most recent, including friends adding friends, friends posting on friends’ timelines, likes, photo tags, and page posts.

Inside Facebook pointed out that when users access their news feeds in top stories mode, the URL is https://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_nor, which likely stands for “home, normal,” and for those viewing news feed in most recent mode, the URL is https://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_chr, likely for “home, chronological,” but both URLs display the same stories, in different orders, whereas the URL discovered by Waddington delivers more content.

However, Inside Facebook added, Waddington’s URL is not a full-fledged news feed, as it does not automatically refresh with new content, nor does it include all stories about users liking or commenting on activity from open graph applications.

Readers: How noticeable is the difference between your standard news feed view and the content you see when trying Waddington’s URL? Here is my news feed, captured seconds apart, in most recent mode first, and using Waddington’s URL second:

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