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Every since its launch, we’ve seen Facebook change. And change. Again, and again, and again. While many changes are actually for the best, there’s one thing these updates never fails to add to our news feed: more clutter. There’s also something our ever-growing list of friends never fails to bring to our news feed: even more clutter. Between Facebook’s ads, sponsored posts, and upcoming “personalized” news feed Facebook Changes Again: Check Out Your Re-Imagined News Feed [Updates] Facebook Changes Again: Check Out Your Re-Imagined News Feed [Updates] After several days full of guesswork, Facebook has finally announced its biggest change in a while: a brand new News Feed. You can filter your posts so you get to see updates from all friends,... Read More , and your friends’ posts about politics, religion, babies, cats, and weddings, it’s getting harder and harder to see the things that really matter.

Are you ready to change that? Don’t get too excited, I haven’t found a magic way to re-design your Facebook feed according to your wildest dreams, but there are ways and tools that can help you focus on what you’re really interested in, while doing away with noise, boring posts, uninteresting people you’re not sure why you ever friended, and unnecessary announcements. Whether you’re only interested in links, in photos, or in a specific group of people, there’s a way to focus your updates on what you want to see.

Facebook’s Built-In Options

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There are several ways to use Facebook’s built-in options to de-clutter your news feed. These include changing the way your feed is sorted, manually hiding posts you don’t like seeing as you stumble upon them, customizing which friends appear on your news feed and what kinds of updates you’re seeing from them, and creating Facebook lists that can help you curate your news feed according to how much you care.

None of these things is complicated, but it does take some patience to go through your settings and fix things up. If you’re up for it, head over to Tina’s post about managing your Facebook news feed Do You See Too Much From Too Many People? Manage Your Facebook News Feed with Ease Do You See Too Much From Too Many People? Manage Your Facebook News Feed with Ease If you are spending too much time on Facebook, digging through updates you don't really care about, only to randomly discover what you are really interested in, and while feeling overwhelmed or guilty for wasting... Read More , and learn exactly who you can perform each of these actions.

Unwhatever.me [Chrome]

Unwhatever.me is only one of nine different extensions that can help you clean up your news feed easily. The extensions are available for Chrome only, which is a shame, but do a swift job of purging certain keywords out of your Facebook life.

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After installing the extension, specify the keywords you want to filter out in the extension’s options, and watch the magic at work. You can also set up a photo feed to replace the posts that get filtered out. The extension comes with an Instagram feed already built it (grumpy cat), but you can easily change the tag to show pictures you’d like. If you change your mind and what to see a hidden post, click “undo” to view it.

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If you’re too lazy to specify your own keywords, sibling extensions such as Unbaby.me, Unpolitic.me, Unfoodpic.me, and Unwedding.me can you help you get rid of common annoying subjects you may not care about. All extensions are available for Chrome, and can be downloaded from the Unwhatever.me page.

Social Fixer

Social Fixer is a Facebook-cleaning old timer, and can be used for much more than simple news feed filtering. The extension is available for any browser you can think of, besides Internet Explorer, and adds various tweaks and features to Facebook.

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One of the features Social Fixer offers is filtering. This isn’t as simple as Unwhatever.me, but if you’re willing to spend a few minutes on tweaking it, you can set up your news feed to really show only the things you’re interested in. You can filter our certain people, apps, keywords, etc., and set up different actions for your filters.

You can use Social Fixer to create different tabs for your news feed, and filter your content into those tabs. You can then ignore certain tabs for as long as you want, and explore them only when you feel like it.

Learn more about setting up Social Fixer and creating filters Clean Up Your Facebook News Feed With Social Fixer Filtering [Weekly Facebook Tips] Clean Up Your Facebook News Feed With Social Fixer Filtering [Weekly Facebook Tips] Facebook has become a one size fits all social networking platform. The typical News Feed is filled with randomly mixed updates from friends, family, colleagues, and various pages. While you may want to see all... Read More .

The New New New News Feed

Facebook’s news feed keeps changing, and the latest iteration will offer another built-in way to filter your news feed. Want to see only photos? No problem. Only music-related updates? There’s a feed for that. As it looks right now, there’s not going to be a way to create actual personalized news feeds, except for the already-existing lists.

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Will the new news feed help silence the news feed noise, or increase it? That remains to be seen, but you can go a long way to getting a de-cluttered and focuses feed even without it.

Know of other ways to see only what you care about on Facebook? Share in the comments!

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  1. harley
    April 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Yes! Now I can get rid of some of the crap.

  2. Bumferry
    April 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Facebook is great at many things. Not perfect, but very useful for what it is supposed to be - a way to keep in touch and share with friends and family.
    Unfortunatly, these "sponsored posts" are nothing short of the devils own handy work.
    Here's what happened. While reading updates what my mates have been upto (I live over 100 miles away) a sponsored post had thrown itself into the mix with a huge picture showing a detailed spoiler for one of my favourite TV shows. there was no way I could not see this! without asking to follow or clicking a button or even asking for it, I was subjected to the equivalent of the office moron blurting out "Can't beleive the main character died at the end! what a shocker... you need to watch this!"
    It has ruined years of TV for me. that last episode will never be a surprise for me.
    Because Facebook has allowed what is essentially SPAM into my own newsfeed I now hate Facebook.
    *insert sad face*

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 6, 2013 at 11:10 am

      That sucks!! I would be so mad... which show was it?

  3. Peter Everett
    April 5, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I found the ultimate way to remove the clutter from my facebook feed! as of today, I have closed my account. problem solved :) all it took was a post stating as such and to contact me in future by email or phone.

    I feel better already :D

  4. John Michael Borja
    April 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    thanks for sharing

  5. Rafael
    April 5, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I think I've done a good job myself with Facebook's own options.

    Add these college people that you friend only to be gentle to the pre-defined acquaintances list, choose the most irritating people and set to show "only important" updates, you can even unsubscribe from the ones you really hate without unfriending. That pretty much cleaned my Facebook experience.

  6. Nevzat A
    April 5, 2013 at 5:57 am

    We all need to fix that news section and use filters.

  7. kajehart
    April 5, 2013 at 1:44 am

    I love Social Fixer in Firefox. Then I use the Adblocker plus addon. Plus I bookmark a link to my facebook list. Trust me, not all my "friends" or liked pages are on that list! LOL! Then, if you know CSS, I use the Stylish addon to {display: none} on some annoying Facebook sections (divs or classes) and then use relative positioning to move things around that Social Fixer doesn't do so well.

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