Improve your Facebook

Helpful Facebook controlsMany of the people I hang out with use Facebook. Not all know about a great way to stem the flow of messages coming into your stream…

Undoubtedly some of your Facebook friends who are not those you want to hear about every single day of the week. And likely, a few of your Facebook friends are not really friends — but you don’t want to “unfriend” them and cut them off forever.

All you have to do is hover your mouse over the right edge of their latest post. A little X will magically appear. You can choose to hide that individual post, hide all posts by that person or by application (like if they are always telling you of their latest Farmville triumph) — or if you really don’t like them, you can mark their post as spam.

I fault Facebook for not making this option more obvious. I thank them for the anonymity of that control.

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6 Replies to “Improve your Facebook”

  1. I found that option, but only after I’ve unfriended people I don’t have much to do with. It’s actually a better option than unfriending, because unfriending means that if I want to get back in touch I have to resend a friend request. If they thought we were friends that’s embarrassing. The way that Facebook rolls out changes, it’s hard to know when it appeared though!

    1. It’s one-way hidden-ness. In other words, unless they “hide” you, they will still see what you posted, even if you have hid them.

      And it’s reversible. You just go to your friends list and click on that friend & change the settings for them.

  2. My Facebook experience was much improved once I learned to hide all game notifications. Used to be about 25% of what I saw were Mafia Wars and Farmville reports. There’s a worship leader whose notices I have hidden because he was using Facebook as his main marketing tool, and I don’t even like him.

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