How-To Clean Up Your Facebook News Feed (Without Suffering the Friend’s Guilt Trip)

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Stopping the Page Spam

For any topic, music artist, TV show or website (like ours – just a little plug), there is certainly a Facebook page on it. Facebook has merged pages with your interests, so basically you are automatically ‘liked’ to an artist’s, author’s or TV show’s Facebook page. For me, I listed “The Daily Show” as my favourite show, and now automatically liked.

However, in some cases, there are some pages that I liked to support a cause, just keep posting status messages, sharing images and videos that I don’t really care. And you can hide them from your news feed – simply just repeat what we did for your friends: hover on the name or avatar, now hover onto the “Liked” button and go down and untick “Show in News Feed”.

And there you go, you don’t have page spam.

Get rid of the apps messages

While Spotify is alright, in many cases I really don’t care what you listen to. Yes, it’s interesting to know that some people you work with happens to listen to Justin Bieber on Spotify, but most of the time, it’s just filling up the news feed with spam. Then we also have those annoying social reader apps from Yahoo and the Washington Post – I’ll leave you with what the Oatmeal has to say about that.

And don’t get me started about Viddy – all my Facebook friends watch weird crap on that service.

It’s time to stop being notified about it. And it’s pretty simple. Hover on the message until you see an arrow on the right hand side of the item. Click, go down to the “Hide all by (app name)” and it’s gone. No more Farmville spam. No more Spotify spam. And definitely no more of that Viddy crap that happens to be attracting my age group.

On the next page: how to reverse the changes, if you ever change your mind…

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