Facebook. It used to be like the Wild, Wild West. You could do what you wanted, express yourself with impunity and never have to worry about what your boss, your coworkers or your parents thought about what you had to say. That is, until your boss, your coworkers and HR departments everywhere ruined it for the average user, spawning list upon list of Facebook dos and don’ts, invading this digital space and making snap judgments. If you want to avoid the hassle of unfriending people and remain in total control of your social media life, here are three tips to do just that.
1. Put Everyone on a List
When opening up your newsfeed, on the left hand side of the page, you will see a few lists of friends. For the novice user, this will include “Close Friends,” “Family” and a few others. You can create and put anyone on your friends list on any of these lists at any time. You can even make your own custom lists for people on your master list, so that you are only getting the status updates in your feed that you want, when you want them. Lists are the ultimate in data filtration for the net. To begin, all you have to do is click the “More” button that appears when hovering over the “Friends” segment of your feed.
2. Learn why the “Restricted” List is a Beautiful Thing
The restricted list, or, as I like to call it, hiding in plain sight is probably one of Facebook’s best privacy features. If you have some nosey Nellies, or people who you don’t want to know your every move or update, you can add them to this list. To do so, simply click on the “Restricted” list under the Friends heading. Then, on the right hand side of the screen, you will see a box. Begin typing in any names you want on this list, and they will no longer be able to see any update you don’t make public (think the little world symbol). It will also restrict them from seeing photos you are tagged in, as well as what other people post on your timeline. This is the ultimate in Facebook drama avoidance.
3. How to Unsubscribe from Annoying Updates, Without Unsubscribing
If there is someone on your feed who is getting on your nerves, silencing them, while keeping them as a Facebook friend is quite simple. When you see their update, mouse over the upper right hand corner of that update. From here, you will see an arrow pop up. Click on that and you will have several menu options, one of which is “I don’t want to see this” as well as “Unsubscribe”.
The “I don’t want to see this” feature, hides that particular update. The “Unsubscribe” feature makes it so that you no longer have to read anything they post online. So if you have someone in your life who is a thorn in your pixelated side, but who you aren’t quite ready to unfriend yet, this is a top notch option.
Remember, you are in control of your digital life. The second you start to segment the people on your list and take ownership of that is the second that all fear drains out of you when it comes to what you post on Facebook, or what other people post to your timeline. Social networking should be something we can all enjoy, not something to be fearful of, and it can be, as long as you know the rules.
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