Using Friend Feed and Status Updates on SparkPeople!

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
  • Status Changes
  • Adding new photos
  • Sharing a recipe
  • Rating a recipe
  • Commenting on an article
  • Receiving a trophy
  • Posting a Secret of Success
  • Tracking fitness
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 the 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 and you have the option 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.

Finding and Using Friend Feed Features

To see your Friend Feed (updates from your mutual friends), click here. From your Start page (Click on "Start" at the top of the page, or scroll over the "My Trackers" tab at the top of the page and select "Start" to go to your Start page. Scroll down your Start page and on the right side under "My Community Quick Links" you will see "Friend Feed". Click there.)

Changing Your Status
One of the Friend Feed options is a "Current Status" feature. As a bonus, you can earn 1 SparkPoint per day for updating your status! If your preferences allow, your Status changes will also show up in the Feeds of your mutual friends and in the Activity Feed on your SparkPage (viewable by anyone who visits your Page).

We hope that you will update your status with actions related to your healthy lifestyle journey—foods you ate, workouts you completed, goals you met, or support that you need, but you can update your status with just about anything! You can change your current status as often as you'd like (you must be logged in for this to work):
  • From your SparkPage (In the middle of your SparkPage you'll see your Current Status. Click the "Change Status" link, enter a message about what you're doing into the text box, and click "save" to instantly update your status on your SparkPage and your mutual friends' Feeds.) Remember that the Activity Feed you see on your SparkPage when you click on Feed at the top is only visible to you and your mutual friends, but Status changes you make are viewable to everyone.
We think our Friend Feed and Current Status features will help you stay in contact, get support and better communicate with your SparkFriends and others in the Community. We hope you enjoy learning more about your mutual friends and updating the Community with your status!
Click here to to redeem your SparkPoints
  You will earn 5 SparkPoints

Member Comments

Great information! Thank you! I need all the help I can get! Report
This is a fantastic feature, and would really benefit from being more easily found. Why not also add it to the community menu? Or as a toggle for the community feed?

Good article, but it needs to be updated. Report
Connecting with people in like same positions is so helpful. Can't go it alone. Report
Still cannot find the friend feed. When I go to the Community tab at the top there is NO Friend feed in my drop down box. How will I ever find it? Report
Don't begin to like the idea of the friend feed - it's something that would keep me from my real life which is hard enough, I would probably spend all day looking at posts - not productive or mentally good - for me and in my case FOMO would apply after a short time. Not going there, sorry. Report
Learn something new every day.
Had no idea there was a friend feed or any of the other things in todays article.
May never find them again, but interesting. Report
This article is not accurate! Weight lost is NOT private by default. It is at the top of the list that is shared, and everything is shared by default. Personally, I think weight loss is something to be proud of, buy your article is lying about it! Report
i don't like this much but it told me i had to do do this. Report
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. Report
Why? Report
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. Report
I love the friend feed, but wish there were a way to track conversations. Report
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. Report
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! Report


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