It seems that with the introduction of Google+, and with the staggering number of people on Facebook today, people are experiencing Facebook “burnout”, and are eagerly awaiting the next great social networking site to come out so they can abandon their crowded, noisy Facebook experience. We say “HOLD ON A SECOND”!
Are you one of those people who are just tired and frustrated of looking at your news feed, only to see the same annoying people that post pictures of themselves in the mirror in the new dress that they bought at Forever 21? Are you tired of seeing posts from people complaining as they’re sitting in traffic during their morning commute? Do you not care to see a picture of what your high school “friends” had for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking at the bar… etc?! Well, let’s first see if you’re using Facebook features that really can help you get that stuff out of your News Feed, and put the posts and information that you want to see more up front and center.
DO YOU USE THE MOST RECENT FEATURE ON YOUR NEWS FEED?
I’m surprised by how many people have never used this feature. Facebook uses a fancy algorythm to populate your “TOP NEWS” feed. They think they know what you want to see, but come on, how well do they really know you? Up on the top of your news feed is a link that says “Most Recent”. CLICK IT!
This is going to show your real news feed, with the most recent posts from anyone in your Friends list, or Page Likes.
You may see some people in there that you haven’t seen in a while. Give it a try.
DO YOU USE LISTS?
This is a feature that I use a LOT. I have all of my facebook Friends in at least one list. These lists are the same as Google+ Circles. You can add Facebook Friends to lists, so that if you only want to see people from your high school, you can create a list for that. If you only want to see people in your hometown, create a list for that. If you only want to see your current co-workers, create a list for that. If you only want to see posts from girls who are blonde, create a list for that (is this starting to sound like and Apple “There’s an app for that” commercial?). Anyway, I think you get the idea.
Once you create your lists, you can go through your Friends list and add them to your lists.
Next to each friend listed, you can click Edit Lists by placing your mouse close to the Remove Friend X. Your new list of Lists will appear, and you can to choose which lists you wish to add this friend. Yes, you can choose more than one list.
On the left side of the page, there is even a helpful “Friends Not on a List” list that allows you to see who you have not added to a list yet. You may need to expand the list on the left to see it.
Now, when you go to your news feed, you will be able to pull up each of those lists, and see ONLY the information that people within the list are posting. You select these lists in the same place as the Most Recent link. There’s a dropdown arrow next to Most Recent that allows you to choose the lists. Check it out.
There are also other options of lists to view instead of the Top News or most recent when you click on the dropdown arrow.
DO YOU USE THE HIDE FEATURE?
Did you know that you can hide information from Games, Pages, Apps, and even Friends entirely?
Next to every item in your news feed is an X. This X has some options. Click on one next to a feed item that you wish to NOT SEE. You’ll see a little dropdown of options. If it’s a Game feed item, you’ll see the option to Hide anything from that Game (I’ve pretty much blocked every game on Facebook). This will completely remove any posts from that game. You can go as far as to block a person from your news feed entirely also. You can report someone’s post as spam if you fear aunt Mary’s account has been hacked.
You can edit some additional settings for your News Feed. Way at the bottom of the News Feed page is an Edit Options link. This will allow you to specify how you want your News Feed to filter your content. You will also see a list of anyone that you have permanently hidden. Well, I guess it isn’t really permanent, since you can add them back in here.
So, before you abandon Facebook because of all of the noise and annoyances, give these features a try and see if it cleans things up for you. You may find out that you’ve been missing things that you are interested in. And you may even be able to strengthen a few relationships that have dropped off of your social radar.
Let us know if you have any questions.