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Facebook Feed Changes: 4 Ways To Declutter

Facebook's newest algorithm changes may leave you with a stream full of annoying posts. Regain control over your News Feed using these tips.

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We all have Friends like them: the Facebook users who post incendiary political rants, the ones who upload endless family photos, and the Candy Crush pests. And, according to Facebook, as long as the posts continue to receive Likes and comments, they'll continue to appear high up in your News Feed.

Facebook announced plans this week to tweak its News Feed algorithm once again. This time, the changes will affect the types of posts you see and how often you see them.

According to the social network, you can expect to see articles higher up in your News Feed and other posts -- such as memes -- further down. Facebook will also resurface posts with recent activity, such as an ongoing conversation, and you can expect to see them higher up, too.

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Facebook said this update will help show "the right content to people at the right time," but you can still have a say in the content you see. Here's a look at some ways you can regain control over your News Feed.

1. Unfollow button
For Facebook users you dislike -- but haven't quite crossed the line into Unfriending territory -- you'll find Facebook's newest feature helpful. The Unfollow button, which is still rolling out to users, prevents a person's updates from appearing in your News Feed.

This button replaces both the Hide All button, which you could access by hovering over the person's post in your News Feed, and the Show in News Feed option, which you could find in the dropdown menu by clicking the Friends button on the person's profile. The new button does not Unfriend the person, who will never know you've opted out of that person's updates. It's a perfect passive-aggressive option without the finality of Unfriending.

There are two ways you can Unfollow a Friend. In your News Feed, you can hover over that person's post and click Unfollow in the dropdown menu.

Or you can navigate to that person's profile and click the button that has a checkmark next to Following. The button will change to Follow once you click on it.

You can do this with games and applications, too. If you no longer want to see updates about your friends' Candy Crush accomplishments, hover over the post, and click "Hide all from [game]."

2. Hide specific posts
Say one of your acquaintances gives birth and announces the baby's arrival on Facebook. You may have no interest in this post, but because of all the Likes and comments it's getting, it keeps appearing high in your News Feed. Luckily, there's an easy way to nix it.

Hover over the post, and click the dropdown menu. Click the option that says, "I don't want to see this." Facebook will remove it from your News feed and ask you why you don't want to see it.

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User Rank: Ninja
12/7/2013 | 3:17:18 PM
To many "cute kitty" posts
Thanks for this info. I have one Facebook friend, unemployed, who is a cat-lover with nothing better to do than post about 100 pictures of adorable cats a day. Now, I like kitties, but enough is enough! Unfriending her would be an unkind thing to do, but using this technique, I can keep my feed from being overwhelmed. Thanks!
User Rank: Author
12/7/2013 | 6:43:26 PM
Re: To many "cute kitty" posts
@gary_EL I am often tempted to unfollow those who post too many cutesy pictures, whether of animals or kids or food. But I try to overcome that temptation, as some of those are my relatives. One other thing that gets me is the repeated requests for game participation despit my having checked that I don't want any and having posted status updates to that effect.
Kristin Burnham
Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
12/9/2013 | 8:26:44 AM
Re: To many "cute kitty" posts
@Gary_EL: You've got too many cats, I've got too many babies. If you do hide people from your feed, keep a mental note of who you've hidden. I made the mistake in 2008 when the Patriots lost to the Giants in the Superbowl when I hid a bunch of gloating NYG fans. :-) Couldn't remember who I hid, and combing through my friends list was just too tedious.
User Rank: Author
12/9/2013 | 11:07:03 AM
Re: To many "cute kitty" posts
There really should be a "hide all cat pictures" option. Especially if you are a dog person :)
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