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

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Look, we all have so much crap from our Facebook friends – from photos from their drunk party night, to videos of questionable materials. And while we all ponder the way to remove it is to simply not friend them, but you then have to endure the anger, the guilt trip and the attempts to re-add you. But there is an easier way – just hide it.

Like the old idiom says – “Out of sight, out of mind”.

Hiding the updates from ‘that’ friend

If you want to get rid of your ‘friend’ from your entire news feed, then this method is pretty simple. Hover on the person’s avatar or name, then move down to the “Friends” button and again hover on top of it. Then you’ll see the above drop down menu. Now, find the “Show in News Feed” option, and tick that off. This will make the person no longer appear in your news feed.

In some cases, we want to limit what updates we want to see from your friends. You might want to still keep in touch by reading only status messages, but don’t want to see constant spam like ‘liking’ YouTube videos, sharing those constant images that say ‘1000+ likes for (insert topic here)’ or the constant application notices created (we’ll get to the last one in the next bit).

In order to limit the updates, go to the option below – “Settings”.

You can control how many updates you can see – all updates, most updates or just the “Only Important” updates. The “Only Important” statuses are determined by Facebook based on your interactions with the friend in question.

You can also control what type of updates – see only life events, status updates, photos, games they play (and what they pushed to their wall), any music and videos-related posts, or what they have liked or commented at. The “Other Activity” includes changing their relationship status, or profile information, etc. Simply tick any of the options and customise what you want to know about that friend.

On the next page: how to stop the page spam, and get rid of those app messages…

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