If you’re like most, you probably feel bombarded by an endless wave of spam on your Facebook news feed from people you barely know. Maybe it’s the daily horoscopes of some girl you met once in a bar, game updates from the guy down the hall at work, or the endless wave of status updates from your favorite band. Either way, you may feel compelled to abandon Facebook all together. But, before you click that “Close Account” button, let’s look at some ways you can slice through all the clutter and find the posts that really matter to you.
Lists allow you to group your friends and tell Facebook who you want to hear most from. Clicking on any list will display a separate news feed with only updates from the people on that list.
You can even select what type of posts (status updates, games, videos, etc) you wish to see in your news feed by clicking “Manage Lists” and then “Choose Update Types” in the upper right of your list’s news feed.
Close Friends – anyone you add to this list will show up more often in your news feed.
Acquaintances – friends in this list will show up less often in your news feed.
Restricted – these friends only see posts you make public. You’re still friends, but they only see stuff non-friends have access to.
These lists automatically update based on the information in your friends profiles, such as their location. These can be based on employer, school, or geographic area.
Create separate lists for each group of friends. For example, work, church, and school. You can check each of these daily to stay on top of what’s happening with each group of friends.
Unsubscribe from Friends, Interests, and Applications
You can remain friends with someone but never see any of their posts by unsubscribing from them. Simply hover over any post and an arrow will appear in the upper right corner of that post. Click the arrow and click “Unsubscribe from [their name here].” This will work for interests and applications as well, so you can finally rid yourself of those pesky games.
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