Remember the first time you used Facebook?
Man, I miss the good ole' days!
Back then, 200 friends was a lot, and everyone was more engaged. Life online seemed so much simpler. :)
Not anymore... not by a long shot.
We're swamped. Sometimes hopelessly swamped.
But it doesn't HAVE to be that way.
What if you could go back to 'the good ol' days -- back to when your feed was manageable?
In this post, I'll show you how to do that.
C'mon, let's get started.
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5 Ways to Tweak Your Facebook News Feed Settings to See BETTER Content!
1. Unfollow that annoying friend
Do you have friends who constantly post their daily routines on Facebook?
Instead of 'unfriending' them (and risking the hurt that can cause)... simply unfollow them. You'll never have to know how well they did on Farmville today again.
2. Leverage the power of Facebook Lists
I don’t want to see photos of cute puppies and babies on Facebook all the time. By taking advantage of Facebook Lists, I don't have to.
Facebook Lists give me control over what shows up in my News Feed.
I can switch from focusing on business to talking with old friends about nothing in particular... with the click of a button.
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3. Get notified when your best friends post
Don’t want to miss an important post from an influential or favorite friend?
It's easy to get notified when they update. That way you won't miss the news that matters most.
Setting this set up is simple, just head over to THEIR profile, click Friends (the button located on the cover photo), then choose "Get Notifications."
4. Block irrelevant Facebook ads
I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook ads. Sometimes they are great -- and sometimes they annoy me.
When I see something I don’t like, I block it. That stops that ad from showing up on my timeline again.
All you have to do is click the arrow pointing downwards and choose "Hide all ads from (whoever you're sending to advertiser's purgatory)."
5. Adjust your News Feed to "Most Recent"
Tired of seeing the same old stuff on your News Feed?
Adjust that by clicking ‘News Feed’ on the top left hand corner of your profile -- then click "Most Recent." [See below for a note about the most recent Facebook News Feed changes.]
Conclusion: Heads-Up About Ongoing Changes
The most recent changes announced by Facebook should accomplish some of what we have talked about here automatically.
So that's good news.
In any case, you can still make these adjustments manually:
- Unfollow people who don't add value to your Feed
- Use Facebook Lists to segment your Feed into your chosen categories
- Set up notifications for friends you always want to track
- Block ads that make you crazy
- Adjust your news feed to Most Recent to keep things current
What say you? How are you taking control of your News Feed?
Any tricks up your sleeves? Any reports from the field?
Speak up! I'm listening.
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