Facebook Tip: Display Missing Status Updates in Facebook’s Live Feed

Facebook’s Live Feed shows a stream of your friends’ activity on Facebook in real-time.  This feature was added after the updated News Feed was released, which only shows popular posts (tailored just for you) that occurred throughout the entire day.

One thing I noticed when I compared my Facebook Live Feed to the feed displayed in 3rd party applications like TweetDeck was that several of my friends were not appearing in the Facebook Live Feed.  My first suspicion was that Facebook was “pruning” the Live Feed to keep it interesting, but a little investigation showed me that there was a very simple fix for this problem.

Displaying All Friends in Facebook’s Live Feed

For some reason, the default number of friends displayed in the Live Feed was set to a number lower than the total number of my friends.  This caused only a fraction of them to show up in the live feed.

To display all of your friends’ updates in the Live Feed, scroll to the bottom of the homepage and click Edit Options.

Set the Maximum number of friends shown in Live Feed field to something higher than the total number of friends you have.  It wouldn’t hurt to increase the number so you don’t need to adjust it in the future.

That’s it!  Now your Live Feed will display all updates as they occur.  If you feel the Live Feed updates too quickly, you can change the maximum number of friends displayed to a lower number.

  • Stephanie

    That worked for me with the previous update, but it's not fixing the latest update that arrived in the last week.

  • Stephanie

    That worked for me with the previous update, but it's not fixing the latest update that arrived in the last week.

  • bob

    edit options…. i dont see this.

    • It looks like Facebook might be doing some behind-the-scenes work at the moment. I didn't see my "Edit Options" just now either, but after refreshing a few times it showed up again.

      If it is working, it should appear in the bottom left of your news feed.

  • bob

    edit options…. i dont see this.

    • It looks like Facebook might be doing some behind-the-scenes work at the moment. I didn't see my "Edit Options" just now either, but after refreshing a few times it showed up again.

      If it is working, it should appear in the bottom left of your news feed.

  • Lois

    I've changed the number, I've checked the people's names, I've manually entered names, I've updated…nothing keeps the names on the list.

  • Lois

    I've changed the number, I've checked the people's names, I've manually entered names, I've updated…nothing keeps the names on the list.

  • Hanrosiland

    Hi, this is good advice however I am having an issue in utilising it; this might be something that everyone else knows, but how do I stop the live feed from updating long enough to actually click on the ‘edit opyions’ at the bottom? It simply disappears as it updates with more history, and I can’t click on it!

    • I’ve had the same problem, which I think is an oversight on Facebook’s part. One way I found to get access to the menu (which is a total hack) is to hold the ‘Page Down’ button for so long that Facebook quits loading the next set of posts. It would be nice if there was a better way though.