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How to Navigate the Right Side of Facebook's Home Page

The Facebook Home page is divided into three parts. On the right side of your Facebook Home page, next to the News Feed, you find a somewhat random smorgasbord of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s coming up next on Facebook:

  • Ticker: The newest addition to the Home page is Ticker, a stream of updates your friends post in real-time. Just think of Ticker as a lightweight version of News Feed — a continuously scrolling stream of your friends’ various activities presented in a concise format. Click any story in Ticker to view the full News Feed version.

  • Upcoming Events: Reminders about all Events to which you’re invited show in this column unless you RSVP as Not Attending. Click the Events link to open a pop-up window with details of your upcoming Events. From this window, click See All to see all the Events to which you’ve been invited. After Events, see all the friends who have birthdays today and click their name to open a pop-up window with a text field for writing a quick birthday message (press Enter to post the message to that friend’s timeline). You won’t see birthday reminders for those friends who have chosen in their timelines to hide their birthday information.

  • Suggested Pages, People, and More: Going out and finding all the people you know on Facebook would be a lot of work. Same goes for the Pages you like or other things on Facebook you might be interested in viewing. In this space, you see rotating suggestions that might interest you, and the headline of this section will rotate to match. You’ll see people, celebrities, and bands that Facebook believes you may know or like. These suggestions are calculated using a number of factors, the most important of which being how many mutual friends you have with the suggested person, or how many of your friends are fans of the suggested brand or celebrity. If you see someone you recognize, click her photo to add that person as a friend. This box may not appear if Facebook doesn’t have recommendations for you at this time.

  • Sponsored: Facebook doesn’t grow on trees, you know. Nor was it brought into this world hanging from the beak of a magical stork. Facebook is built from pure manual labor (where manual labor equals a lot of typing) and a whole lot of computers storing all the information you and your friends add to the site each day. The ads that appear in this section fund the entire system.

One way to look at the Home page is to divide it into three columns: a skinny one on the right for navigation, a fat one in the middle displaying the most interesting and compelling stories, and a skinny one on the right with scrolling real-time updates and reminders. Keep in mind this layout: You’ll see it on a lot of different Facebook pages, including Groups, friendship pages, and Events.

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