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Using Friend Feeds and Status Updates on SparkPeople!

How to Find and Use These Community Features

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SparkPeople's Friend Feed allows you to keep up with your mutual SparkFriends, and helps them to stay up-to-date with you more easily, too! Put simply, your Friend Feed shows all of the SparkPeople Community activities of your friends in one place.

Your Friend Feed can contain the updates for the following activities:
  • Weight Lost (when someone weighs in)
  • Every 250 fitness minutes tracked
  • Every 1,000 SparkPoints earned
  • Joining a SparkTeam
  • Adding a friend
  • Making a blog post
  • Commenting on a blog
  • Adding new photos
  • Sharing a recipe
  • Rating a recipe
  • Giving a SparkGoodie
  • Receiving a SparkGoodie
  • Commenting on an article
  • Commenting on a SparkPage
  • Status changes (a new feature with more info below)
Who Sees My Friend Feed?
When we talk about Friend Feeds, we're really talking about two things:
  1. Your Friend Feed page. This is a page that only YOU can see. It includes updates from all of your mutual friends in one place. Click here to see your Friend Feed now.

  2. Your Activity Feed. This is what your MUTUAL FRIENDS see about you. Your Activity Feed collects your most recent activities (according to your preferences) and displays them on your public SparkPage. Your Activity Feed is also "fed" into their Friend Feeds of your mutual friends, which means that when your mutual friends look at their Friend Feed, they'll see your updates along with updates from all of their other friends, too. Click here to see your Activity Feed.
Privacy Settings
We realize that you might not want to share all of the activities listed above with others, but keep in mind that all of these actions are already public to the Community. The Friend Feed simply puts it all in one place. By default, all of the activities above will show up in your Activity Feed (with the exception of weight lost, which is private by default). Note that you can edit these settings any time by clicking here. NEW: Based on your feedback and requests, we've added an option to the privacy settings page where you can choose to remove your Activity Feed from your SparkPage.

Only your mutual friends will be able to see these updates about you (and vice versa). A mutual friend is someone who has added you as a friend AND whom you have also added as a friend. You can click here to use our Mutual Friend Finder to find out which of your SparkFriends are "mutual" friends. Other members who aren't mutual friends will NOT see these updates about you. The one exception to this is Status changes (more info below). If you update your status, and choose to make it public, anyone who visits your SparkPage will see it.
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  • Friend feed is very difficult for older people since the checking process is not very clear. I try to comment and I get a message saying I am not recognized I have no account. I have been here loving it for 3 years but Friend feed can be useful when and if you find it. - 1/27/2013 11:30:56 PM
  • Why? - 10/5/2012 10:58:45 AM
  • DANDYLINES
    I detest friend feed - I never heard of the "SparkGuy" but I get stuff from him.
    I can't figure out how to eliminate it altogether. - 6/8/2012 10:55:31 AM
  • I love the friend feed, but wish there were a way to track conversations. - 5/8/2011 2:28:19 PM
  • I wish it were easier to see who has posted comments back to my Status Updates. I have to go to my Sparkpage, then to Feed, then to my own feed. I wish comments would show on my start page under my Status Update.
    Also its not easy to comment on someone else's status Update. You can't do it on their Sparkpage directly to the update. You have to find it in your friend feed.It's pretty cumbersome. - 2/11/2011 6:43:08 AM
  • The friend feed is great! It keeps me up to date with my friends and I enjoy commenting on their status changes and blogs. It's a way to keep in touch. I love SparkPeople! - 12/11/2010 7:40:29 AM
  • I love this feature as with the number of friends I have I can not check their statuses daily on their pages! - 9/24/2010 1:22:49 AM
  • It's still crazy difficult to find a particular friend (even with the sparkpeople id). The friend feed page has no links to add new friends or to search for friends. - 8/13/2010 1:51:40 PM
  • Why is it so hard to add a friend? This is counterintuitive. - 8/6/2010 10:02:51 AM
  • I like the friend feed. I don't have time to surf everyone's page, every day, so the friend feed allows me to keep in touch with how they're doing. In fact, I have found about half of my Spark buddies because one of my friends commented on their page, it came through on the feed and it sparked my interest enough to check out their page. - 7/9/2010 8:57:53 AM
  • I ENJOY SEEING MY FRIEND FEED!!!!!!! GOOD WAY TO KEEP IN TOUCH TOO!!!!!!

    SHARON - 3/16/2010 9:07:21 AM
  • You CAN disable what you see about your friend's activities AND what they see about yours. When you click on "see all updates" there is an option to "edit privacy settings." Am I the only one who notices these things? - 10/23/2009 10:03:20 PM
  • DTRMNEDME
    I finally found out a way to get rid of it... yeah!
    I do not like it but to each his own I guess. - 9/26/2009 2:55:07 PM
  • I love the Friend Feed! It is the easiest way for me to stay in touch with my many spark friends!

    Thank you SparkPeople for this awesome new tool to motivate and support my many friends! - 9/26/2009 12:41:30 PM
  • Love the friend feed! - 9/26/2009 10:22:30 AM

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