Facebook has released version 10.0 of its mobile app for devices like the iPhone and iPad, and the whole-number update delivers a number of new features aimed at putting the mobile Facebook experience closer to being on par with Facebook desktop functionality. The catch: the new version of the app makes it even more difficult for users to keep their timeline focused on the most recent posts from their friends and family. But it’s just hidden, not missing.
One of the most common complaints with the previous Facebook 9.0 app is that timelines began showing more outdated content, with some of the top posts on the page being several hours old, presumably because an algorithm has decided that a user should be more interested in an older post from a closer friend than a newer post from someone they’re less connected to. That’s caused numerous users to frequently post Facebook updates complaining about Facebook, and specifically complaining about the fact that they’ve been forced to tap on “Most Recent” nearly every time they open the app in order to see what they really want to see. And now that feature is no longer located where it once was.
With version 10.0, Facebook has decided to bury this feature so deeply, most users won’t find it. “Most Recent” is gone from the top of the newsfeed, and instead is now hiding twenty items deep under the “More” tab, now listed under “Feeds” just above the Help section. Not surprisingly, this triggered even more complaints from users. The silver lining is it appears that once a user has selected Most Recent in the new 10.0 app, it does remain in that view going forward – meaning users only have to hunt it down once.