I don't use it for basic privacy issues. It's only here for reference. .. but over the years I'm vindicated to learn I made the right call for all kinds of reasons.
Problem: When I leave for a day or two, or longer, returning and reviewing my news feed is difficult.
- I have to rely on my memory of which items I've read before.
I have to scroll down to read the oldest unread comment, and then scroll back up to view the newer comments. The sorting is upside-down.
This same problem happens everywhere. All the feeds are semi-backwards. They start with the newest item first and go back down through history.
To read everything in order, I have to read backwards from the oldest on up.
The way it's done right now is *normal*. However, for odd people like me, another method of viewing a history of threads could be useful.
The first idea which comes to mind is to do things forum-style. Well, what really comes to mind is how the xchat IRC client works when I switch away from a window.
It already lists all items with the newest on the bottom. When I switch to another window it draws a line where I was, and when I return, I can *immediately* see what I last read, and continue reading from there.
Something somewhat similar to this feature would be helpful for the news feed.
Keep it the way it is, sorted with the newest on top, but paint a horizontal red line and mark a date on the person's last login.
Think about having a user preference for displaying the last 'x' logins in this manner. Set to 0 to turn this feature off, 1 for the last login being displayed, 2 for the last two logins displayed etc..
But that doesn't sound quite right.. it would have to be the last refresh of that page.
Something like this:
item1 text text text item2 text text text item3 text text text -------------------------------- last viewed 2007-04-13 -------------------------------- item4 text text text item5 text text text
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