Facebook’s new feature lets you easily silence annoying friends in your news feed
Everyone has at least one friend who overshares on Facebook, whether it’s ranting about their bad day at work, revealing far too much about their latest romantic encounter, or endlessly posting pictures of their fabulous Caribbean holiday.
Now there is a way to silence those friends for good. Facebook has added an option that allows users to easily “unfollow” their most annoying friends from within their mobile app, so that posts from those people no longer appear in their news feeds.
“Unfollowing” a friend is not the same as “unfriending” them. If you search for that user, you will still be able to view their profile, and they will be given no indication that you have unfollowed them. Their updates will simply be removed from your news feed.
You can also unfollow any page or group that you have seen in your news feed over the past week, if you no longer want to see their updates. Unfollowing friends isn’t a brand new feature, but Facebook’s update makes it much easier to unfollow or re-follow people in bulk.
All you need to do is tap “More” at the bottom right hand corner of your mobile app, open up “Settings”, go to “News Feed Preferences”, and select the friends, pages or group you want to unfollow.
You can also see a list of people you’ve unfollowed, and choose to re-follow them at any time.
The new unfollow feature is one of a handful of new tools that Facebook is introducing to allow users to “actively shape and improve their news feed experience”.
In the past, the content that appears in Facebook users’ news feeds has been selected automatically, based on a combination of who they interact with and the other content they like, read and comment on.
Within “News Feed Preferences”, users can now select which friends and pages they would like to see at the top of their news feed, to ensure they don’t miss posts that are important to them.
There is also a new tool to help users discover new pages featuring publishers, artists and businesses they might be interested in, based on pages they have liked in the past.
The tools will be available today on iOS and will be rolling out on Android and desktop over the coming weeks.
source : telegraph.co.uk