Facebook friends who clutter your newsfeed with CRAP.

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    Aug 18, 2014 1:11 AM GMT
    I've added a few new FB friends who constantly spam links which I don't care about, knocking people with "real news" - photos of their life, personal witticisms, etc. - down to the bottom. One cousin I told flat out that her daily Wisconsin animal adoption links have forced me to hide her from my newsfeed so if she has anything important to report she should message me directly. (Never happened, I checked her profile after a year and learned I didn't miss a damned thing.) A dozen or so think they're reporting for Reuters.

    To really clean up my newsfeed and be fair to my more thoughtful friends Is there a way to block any "share," post with a link and like notification? I tried Social Fixer but while that app can clean up the FORMAT and political posts using certain search terms*, apparently Facebook made them remove any feature that affects viewable CONTENT, and I don't want to have to hide a third of my friends entirely from my newsfeed, just their links.

    * http://lifehacker.com/5940319/how-to-block-annoying-political-posts-on-facebook


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    Aug 18, 2014 3:46 AM GMT
    LOL. Probably one of the reasons why I don't have FB. Instagram is really all I need to keep tabs on what my family/friends are up to. If they need to reach me for anything important, then they can call/text me.

    On a side note, I might have to create a FB account as a networking tool. Too many co-workers and business associates keep bugging me about not having an EB account. Ugh.
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    Aug 18, 2014 3:57 AM GMT
    I started hiding folks so I don't see all of their crap. Now, I only go on Facebook maybe once a week, I find I have more time in my life to do other things instead of wasting my time with that other crap.
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    Aug 18, 2014 12:12 PM GMT
    Frustratingly you used to be able to say specifically what kinds of content you wanted to see from which users (for instance you could see photos or status updates but not game activity, etc.) and they seem to have dumbed down that capability.
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    Aug 18, 2014 5:39 PM GMT
    Obligatory insensitive and hypocritical "Why do you still have a Facebook account?" comment. Condescension, snark, condescension. Secretly wishing I could get rid of mine.

    Seriously now, the worst ones are the Avon/pyramid scheme merchants because they wear the face of people you actually know. I started to feel bad not buying their stupid makeup, and I don't even wear it. And then the Candy Crush invites. *shudder*

    I just unfriend, hide, or block people depending on their social relationship to me, and I only accept friend requests from people I have actually met (no friend-of-a-friend nonsense). People rarely notice, and I see little reason to feign interest in what they have to say when all they say is white noise.
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    Aug 18, 2014 7:38 PM GMT
    There are two FB buttons with check marks on their Timeline page in the same space (cover photo)

    "Friend"
    "Follow"


    Both of these have check marks next to them by default when you first accept a friend invitation

    If you uncheck the "Follow" button but leave "Friend" checked, you will remain friends but this persons "news" will no longer appear in your news feed. Yes, the junk stupid stuff people post is very annoying especially religious or political




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    Aug 18, 2014 8:30 PM GMT
    scruffLA saidThere are two FB buttons with check marks on their Timeline page in the same space (cover photo)

    "Friend"
    "Follow"


    Both of these have check marks next to them by default when you first accept a friend invitation

    If you uncheck the "Follow" button but leave "Friend" checked, you will remain friends but this persons "news" will no longer appear in your news feed. Yes, the junk stupid stuff people post is very annoying especially religious or political



    Being part of an organization that uses Facebook heavily, I am very conscious of the fact that not everybody on my friends list shares this interest.

    Accordingly I limit my posts on my own wall related to that to articles I've gotten published or major news of some sort... those who are interested in more can and have joined the pages and groups specific to that stuff.

    I also have attempted to set up filters for my various "friend groups" so that what I post is targeted towards those people who I think will like it... that is a lot of trouble, but I have also not really had anybody complain and sometimes very surprising combinations of people get into conversations.
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    Aug 18, 2014 9:13 PM GMT
    like people pouring buckets of ice water over their heads.
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    Aug 19, 2014 12:41 AM GMT
    KJSharp saidlike people pouring buckets of ice water over their heads.


    +1. I really could care less if they want hypothermia.
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    Aug 19, 2014 12:53 AM GMT
    scruffLA saidThere are two FB buttons with check marks on their Timeline page in the same space (cover photo)

    "Friend"
    "Follow"


    Both of these have check marks next to them by default when you first accept a friend invitation

    If you uncheck the "Follow" button but leave "Friend" checked, you will remain friends but this persons "news" will no longer appear in your news feed. Yes, the junk stupid stuff people post is very annoying especially religious or political

    Ooooh, this is news I can use. EXCEPT...

    So does "unfollowing" hide everything from them from my newsfeed, or just links. I don't mind 9,000 pics of their kids' lacrosse games. It's the 40,000 things they're compelled to share - news articles, largely. It's like the article spammers here - if I wanted news that broke first on an MSN homepage, I'd go to the MSN homepage.
  • Apparition

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    Aug 19, 2014 5:21 AM GMT
    the button I really want is THREAD, so when they make 99 individual posts, it comes up as a "digest" that you can open, or just scroll past, without taking up the whole wall. It would be nice if you could COMPRESS certain people that take up a lot of wall space.
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    Aug 19, 2014 7:24 AM GMT
    I unfollow immediately after I friend someone. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 19, 2014 12:42 PM GMT
    Until recently you could turn off individual kinds of posts (e.g. I immediately hide all friends' game activity) for a person, but they took that away for some stupid reason. You can, however, still block these updates by each individual game (which they get around by launching a new one with almost the same name. I just got rid of Candy Crush, so now we have Candy Crush: The Phantom Menace and we start all over).
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    Aug 19, 2014 2:31 PM GMT
    FB sober for four months. Never going back. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 19, 2014 3:44 PM GMT
    ak_viking saidFB sober for four months. Never going back. icon_biggrin.gif


    I have my days when I think about it, but I have also reconnected with some folks I hadn't talked to in years, been able to take some friendships to another level and learned a whole lot because of it. I do want to try to manage my feed better so I can see less "What happens next will amaze you!" BS, and more of what my actual friends are thinking and feeling as well as getting to know folks that might not be possible another way.
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    Aug 19, 2014 6:51 PM GMT
    ak_viking saidFB sober for four months. Never going back. icon_biggrin.gif
    You should start an abstinence group called F.A. (Facebookaholics Anonymous). Then y'all can pray the Facebook away. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 19, 2014 7:47 PM GMT
    Can't that also be said about pretty much all of the internet though? Also, there is a unfriend and hide option.