How To Declutter Your Facebook News Feed


Facebook is a great way to keep touch with friends both near and far, but its News Feed can be an unmanageable mess. Facebook News Feed can be a busy place, particularly if you have lots of active friends. Much of what they post might be interesting, but some are probably you have no interest in. There are several ways to declutter that feed once and for all and only see the stuff you care about.

Here’s how to take control of or streamline your News Feed:-

Change your Facebook News-feed Priority

By default, Facebook News Feed shows the most popular stories first. These are posts from your friends, groups, and pages that Facebook deems more important in some way, and so thinks you shouldn’t miss. This means you see the same post at the top of the News Feed for some time, with other more recent posts buried further down.

How to Fix It: To temporarily sort the News Feed so that the most recent posts always appear at the top of the list:-

• Click Home at the top of your Facebook.
• Hover over the News Feed Tab in the left side menu and click the three dots (…)
• Select Most Recent

Unfriend or Unsubscribe from People You Aren’t Interested In Seeing

It’s the most obvious first step in Facebook cleansing. Removing someone from your friend’s list or unfriending them means you’ll no longer receive their posts; nor will they receive yours. They’ll instantly be removed from your friend’s list – without having a notification to alert them to the fact.
But unfriending doesn’t solve everything. Maybe you have a friend you want to keep in contact with, but don’t want to see every update they post. Luckily, Facebook has another option: Unsubscribing. You can unsubscribe completely from a friend’s posts without defriending them completely. You’ll no longer have to see status updates from that particular friend but they’ll never know – unless you accidentally let on that you’ve not seen any of the things they’ve shared on Facebook.

How to Fix It: To remove someone from your friend’s list, go to that person’s profile page and hover over the ‘Friends’ button at the top of their profile and then select ‘Unfriend’.To Unsubscribe, Simply go to one of their posts and click the down arrow in the top right-hand corner. From the menu that appears, select ‘Unfollow’.

Move Friends to the “Close Friends” or “Acquaintances” Lists

Now that you’ve got all the unfriending out of the way, you can further refine your feed by telling Facebook who you’d like to see more or fewer updates from. Facebook lets you put people in different groups which in turn affect how their posts appear in your News Feed. By default, all new friends you make on Facebook are ‘Friends’ and everything they post appears in your News Feed.
The easiest way to do this is with Facebook’s smart lists, particularly its “Close Friends” and “Acquaintances” lists. They do exactly what they sound like: Friends on your “Close Friends” list will be shown more often, while friends on your “Acquaintances” list will rarely be shown in your News Feed.

How to Fix It: Head back to your friend’s list and scan through your list or move your mouse pointer over their name or photo in your News Feed (or anywhere else you see them) until a window pops up. If you want to see more or less of a person’s updates, click the Friends box and select “Close Friends” or “Acquaintances” to move them to that list.

NOTE: – If you don’t want to waste a bunch of time, Facebook has a slightly hidden tool that’ll recommend friends for your Acquaintances list that you don’t interact with often. Head to http://facebook.com/friends/organi… and check the friends you want to see less of. It isn’t as good as manually adding all your friends to Acquaintances and Close Friends, but it’ll jump start the process and only takes a minute.

Subscribe (or unsubscribe) to Specific Post Types or Hide posts

Even close friends can overwhelm your News Feed with things you’re not interested in but there’s an easy way to limit the kind of posts you see — and it works for all kinds of friends. If you really want to fine-tune certain friends, you can do so from the same drop-down menus we’ve been using thus far you can unsubscribe from specific types of posts and fix these problems.

How to Fix It: You can do this from your friend’s list, but generally, I think it’s a waste of time to do this for every single friend—instead, do this as you browse your feed day-to-day and see stuff you don’t like. The menu, however, is the exact same: just hover over your friend’s name in the news feed and click the “Friends” box. This time, head to “Settings.” From here, you can unsubscribe from any kind of update: Photos, Games, Life Events, and more.

Note: – You’ll see one other option in this list, which lets you choose whether you see “All Updates,” “Most Updates,” or “Important Updates.”I recommend ignoring this. Adding friends to your Close Friends or Acquaintances lists achieves the same purpose from what we can tell; only it’s easier to edit and view those lists. The only exception is with Facebook pages—for those, the “All Updates,” “Most Updates,” and “Important Updates” boxes are the only way to change how often you see their posts.

Remove Unwanted apps and Likes

Using apps and ‘liking’ pages will lead to posts from both appearing in your News Feed. If there are some you’ve long since lost interest in, removing them will help clean up your feed.

How to Fix It: To see and remove apps attached to your profile, click the arrow at the top-right of any Facebook page and select Settings, then click Apps in the left column of the Settings page.
To see and remove ‘liked’ pages, open your profile page and click View Activity Log on the page banner. Click Likes in the column on the left of the Activity Log page, then click the pen icon at the top right of entries on the right and Select Delete to remove them.

Filter Specific Posts with Social Fixer

The above tricks all use Facebook’s built-in options to cultivate your feed, but there is another option for more advanced filtering: Social Fixer, the one extension that infinitely improves Facebook. Not only can you clean up your News Feed and generally improve your Facebook Experience, but you can also filter posts with certain words or from certain friends. It’s great for blocking annoying political posts, TV and movie spoilers, and more.

How to Fix It: Install the Social Fixer extension and head to its settings and edit your filters. You have a lot of options here, and we won’t go into details, but check out our guide to hiding political posts on Facebook. It’ll tell you everything you need to know, and you can easily adapt it for any subject or words you don’t want to see.

Block Ads and Sponsored Posts

So you’ve filtered all the clutter from your friends, but what about the obnoxious ads and sponsored posts Facebook has been bombarding you with lately? Luckily, Adblock Plus hides these very easily, along with a bunch of other Facebook annoyances.

How to Fix It: Just install the Adblock Plus extension or any other Adblock extension of choice. By default, it’ll block ads and sponsored stories on Facebook.You can head to this page and hide other, non-ad annoyances on Facebook as well.

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