Shortly after your first burst of Facebook Friend-ing, you may discover a few people you’d just as soon hear from a little less, but aren’t sure what to do about it. Many people are addicted to Facebook, but most of them only know how to like, comment, share and post. They don’t know how things end up in their newsfeed nor do they realize they have any control over it. Here’s a quick primer that can save you from the “Unfriend” button.
In Your Newsfeed
On each post there’s a little arrow, at the top on the right hand side. Click it for a quick fix. You can ask for more or less of things right there. You can select, “I don’t want to see this,” which will make the post go away and let Facebook know you’re not interested. Or you can unfollow someone. They’ll still be your friend; you’ll just see less of what they post. Or you can just hide anything posted from a certain site. The friendship remains intact and you’re relieved of constant reminders of a site that irritates you.
From Your Friend List
This is where you can really customize what you see. In the bar closest to the left hand side is a category called “Friends” and next to it is the word “MORE.” Click on that. Then you’ll get a new box with a button up at the top that says “See All Friends.” Click that.
Now you’ll see all your friends and their names. Next to their picture is a box with the word “Friends” and an icon. If you’ve never seen this page before, then your friends should all have check marks next to them. That means Facebook is treating them all the same.
To see more of what someone says, make them a Close Friend. To see less, make them an acquaintance. Friends will have stars. Acquaintances get a little box. Remember, this is not for rating your friendship in the real world. No one but you will see it, but it puts you in control of your newsfeed. You can also decide whether or not you want notifications for your close friends’ posts.
These suggestions might take care of things for you, but if you’d like to fine tune it further, then you can.
In the Friend List menu with each name, there’s an option to Add to Another List. This can really help you. Facebook automatically categorizes your friend list from their profiles. For instance, if your profiles reflect that you both worked at the same place, then Facebook will put them on a corresponding list. Then it will try to deliver posts to you based on that part of your relationship. This could be a good thing or a bad one. By using the “Add to Another List” button, you can override Facebook’s choices, manually add your friend to other lists or even create your own lists.