1. Facebook now has three settings for each friend on your list...
This is my sweet sister-in-law, Tabitha's page. The first setting is "SEE FIRST." I picked this for Tabitha because I love
The second setting is "DEFAULT." This means that Facebook will perform whatever algorithm they use to determine what you'll see after your priority posts.
The third setting is "UNFOLLOW ..." If you're friends with someone and you love them but just don't want to know what they're up to, this option is for that friend.
2. You can choose what you see from your friends, even your priority list friends!
This graphic will cover four different elements:
#1: That blue star? That shows that Ashley is marked as a "See First" person. It's helpful because if you see someone and you think, "Hmm, I wonder if I have them marked as a priority," you can tell at a glance. :)
#2: The little upside-down carrot- it's what you click to open the menu. Sometimes, Facebook HIDES IT. It's invisible... so if that is the case at some point for you, level your mouse with the person's name, and move to the right of their post... when you get to the right, the carrot should become visible. Another helpful note- if you are on a DEVICE, like a cell phone, a Kindle, an iPad, etc., the memory it takes to open this menu is prohibitive, and sometimes it will seem like the carrot doesn't even work. It's not that it doesn't work in your app, it's because your device doesn't have enough memory to open it. I recommend using Facebook on a desk- or laptop when you're sorting posts, if possible- it will help a good deal.
#3: This is a HUGE, BIG DEAL. That hide post button? It's HUGE!!!! If you have someone marked as "See First," or as "Default," you are going to see every little thing they do. When you click HIDE POST, it gives you a new menu to choose from:
The first thing that happens is that Facebook will actually HIDE the post, replacing it with this gray box.
#1: You can choose to See less from someone (Erin, sorry, I really did like your owl post!). If you do that, THIS happens:
The gray box reduces and you'll start seeing fewer of that friend's posts... You will also have the option to Unfollow that friend... and this is nice because as you sort through your feed, you don't actually click on the person and go to their profile page, you can just unfollow them straight from this point here.
Back to our graphic:
This screen is GOLDEN. Your friend keeps playing games and the game posts a level on their behalf? HIDE THE GAME. If take it further than just seeing FEWER posts, if I click "Hide all from Nova 100," I will never see another post from Nova 100 ever again. BOOM, cleaner feed. Here's a hint- if it's a game, app, group, or page that the person has clicked on, click the bottom of the two options... the top option should be the person's name, the second is the specific app (etc.), and the bottom option should be the COMPANY who PUBLISHES the app... THAT'S the one you want to get rid of because it will clear out potentially dozens of apps (etc.) all in one quick click.
Okay, back to this step one more time...
#3: If you just want to hide that ONE post and never see it again, but you don't want to get rid of future images from Erin, and you don't want to get rid of future posts from Nova 100, you can simply click the X and it will hide this menu box... and you're ready to move on through your feed.
Back to the second image! We're almost done!
So, we've covered the blue star, the carrot, and every instance of what can happen with hiding the post... finally, we have
#4: Turn off notifications. Sometimes I'll click LIKE or I'll COMMENT on something... and then 700 other people also comment or click like... and I'm notified every time. If that happens, I get to a point where I don't really want to see the post any more... so in that case, I can click, "Turn off notifications," and it'll stop numbering among my notifications. You can also turn notifications ON for a post! If you're not already following the post but you want to, you can click on the carrot, and it will say "Turn on notifications." Click that and you're instantly in the loop with any updates on that post.
A word on ADVERTISING on Facebook... they also have those carrots, and you can open a menu and HIDE ADS!! Some ads are relevant and I like them! Like a super cute math shirt about fractions, I loved that. But 99% of the ads that pop up on my feed are irrelevant and a waste of my brain power... and then you never have to see those ads ever again because they will be hidden forever.
I will try to find images of different scenarios to post below... I clean up my Facebook feed a little bit every time I use Facebook... and it's probably obvious that the more friends you follow, the longer it will take to clean up and maintain. It's so worth it though- it saves me so much time going through my feed.
Post if you have questions, and good luck! Enjoy your fresher, less cluttered, WAY more relevant Facebook feed!
EXAMPLE ONE: GET RID OF OBNOXIOUS POLITICAL AD MEMES:
> Click the CARROT
> Click "Hide all from US Uncut."
EXAMPLE TWO: YOUR FRIEND POSTS IN A GROUP
> Click the carrot
> Click "See less from Kristi,"
DONE! Any time Kristi posts in a group you're not a member of, you won't see it. :)
EXAMPLE: WHEN A FRIEND OF A FRIEND COMMENTS ON A POST YOUR FRIEND POSTED TO THEIR PAGE.
Sometimes it's fun to see these... most of the time I hide them.
> Click on the carrot
> Click Hide post
> Click "See less from Jessica..."
EXAMPLE: WHEN SOMEONE POSTS ON YOUR FRIEND'S TIMELINE.
You have two options here...
> Click on the carrot
> Click "Hide all from Jade" (or the person who posted to your friend's timeline, of course)
DONE!! You will never see anything from Jade ever again. :)
EXAMPLE: HIDE SOMETHING YOUR FRIEND POSTED:
Janette most posts great stuff... but I can't stomach disturbing photos, so I hide them... because I like Janette's stuff, but I DON'T like this post, I will choose "Hide all from David..."
> Click carrot
> Click "Hide all from David."
DONE! Disturbing photo gone, and I just prevented other probable disturbing photos from showing up in my feed in the future. :)