Facebook Is Changing Their Algorithm—Here's How to Keep Your Favorite Content on Your Feed

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Even if you "like" all your favorite artists, follow only the most trustworthy outlets, and cleanse toxic people from your friends list, you're still at the mercy of the programmers when it comes down to what shows up on your Facebook Feed. And if you've finally gotten comfortable with your feed, you may not be happy to hear about the latest change from the social media site: Facebook has tweaked their algorithm yet again, this time to prioritize content from friends and family over public pages. That means more pictures and statuses from people you actually know, but less links and videos from the sites you enjoy.

If you want a feed that better reflects your tastes and interests, surrendering to the new algorithm isn't the only option. Facebook has a tool for picking and choosing which pages are most important to you, but it requires some navigating to get there. According to Travel + Leisure, you can make the changes by selecting the drop-down arrow in the upper-right corner of Facebook on desktop. From there, click "News Feed Preferences," and then select "Prioritize who to see first." In the mobile app, you can get there by clicking the menu icon in the bottom-right corner, scrolling down to "Settings," and tapping "News Feed Preferences."

The window that pops up will show you a list of the friends and public pages you follow. Click a profile to highlight it and it will show up at the top of your feed whenever you log on. You can do this with close friends or family members you want to keep up with, as well as media sites like Mental Floss. If you already "like" Mental Floss on Facebook, the page should show up in the "Prioritize who to see first" list. If you have trouble finding it, visit our Facebook page to make sure you’ve hit "Liked," and then drop down the "Following" option and select "See First."

If the quality of your News Feed fluctuates from day to day, sharing your preferences with Facebook should give you more of what you want to see. And if fake news and political posts from old high school classmates continue to be a problem, you can take the opposite approach: Click the icon at the top of the post to hide or snooze that page's content.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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This Outdoor Lantern Will Keep Mosquitoes Away—No Bug Spray Necessary

Thermacell, Amazon
Thermacell, Amazon

With summer comes outdoor activities, and with those activities come mosquito bites. If you're one of the unlucky people who seem to attract the insects, you may be tempted to lock yourself inside for the rest of the season. But you don't have to choose between comfort and having a cocktail on the porch, because this lamp from Thermacell ($25) keeps outdoor spaces mosquito-free without the mess of bug spray.

The device looks like an ordinary lantern you would display on a patio, but it works like bug repellent. When it's turned on, a fuel cartridge in the center provides the heat needed to activate a repellent mat on top of the lamp. Once activated, the repellent in the mat creates a 15-by-15-foot bubble of protection that repels any mosquitos nearby, making it a great option for camping trips, days by the pool, and backyard barbecues.

Mosquito repellent lantern.

Unlike some other mosquito repellents, this lantern is clean, safe, and scent-free. It also provides light like a real lamp, so you can keep pests away without ruining your backyard's ambience.

The Thermacell mosquito repellent lantern is now available on Amazon. If you've already suffered your first mosquito bites of the summer, here's some insight into why that itch can be so excruciating.

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