How to Get the 'Old' Facebook Back, Kinda
Last week, Facebook made some changes to its homepage news feed, and the Internet masses are up in arms (as they always are when anything changes). The new homepage moved the focus from live status updates, which can get overwhelming if you have a lot of Facebook-addicted friends, to a top "News Feed" that puts together a highlight reel of recent Facebook activity -- including new photos, birthday reminders, and relationship status changes.
Some people are clamoring to bring back the straight-up status updates, and while there is no way to revert back to the old(ish)-school Facebook home screen, you can at least get a decent approximation.
Simply click on the "more" link in the left-hand column, just underneath where it says, "News Feed," "Status Updates," "Photos," etc. When the list expands, drag the "Status Updates" entry to the top of the list, above "News Feed." Then, simply refresh your home page by either clicking your browser's reload button or by hitting F5. Just like that, the live status updates will be returned to their place of prominence. It's not perfect, but it should appease some of the cry-babies out there moaning about Facebook's new look.