Messy Face­book? Clean it up

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - By Scott Klein­Berg

When I used to look at my Face­book, I im­me­di­ately thought of that junk drawer in the kitchen that barely opens and closes. So much stuff, so hard to or­gan­ise.

It’s my fault that it took so long, but I fi­nally cleaned it up. now, I use it like a pro and ev­ery­thing fits neatly in its own space.

Whether you have 10 Face­book friends or 10,000, you don’t have to live with the clut­ter any longer. here are just a few ways to keep ev­ery­thing man­age­able.

cre­ate a friends list

Face­book has a lot of op­tions to nar­row down con­tent into easy-to-digest bites, but it doesn’t al­ways do a great job mak­ing peo­ple aware of them. You’ve long had the abil­ity to cre­ate a friends list, and now I’m go­ing to tell you why you should.

I cre­ate friends lists based on lo­ca­tion. So my friends from Pitts­burgh and my friends from new Jersey each have a list. When I want to see what they are talk­ing about, I click on the list. It’s a gi­ant fil­ter and it works flaw­lessly.

To cre­ate a friends list, click “friends” in the left rail at face­book. com and click “cre­ate list” on the next screen. Once you have your friends or­gan­ised into lists, the way you use Face­book will change.

Don’t miss any­thing from that spe­cial some­one

With Get no­ti­fi­ca­tions, you can en­sure that you never miss a post from a cer­tain friend. Once ac­ti­vated, you’ll get a no­ti­fi­ca­tion when­ever this per­son posts some­thing. And it should al­ways show up in your news Feed.

To ac­ti­vate a no­ti­fi­ca­tion for a spe­cific per­son, go to the per­son’s pro­file page and hover over where you see “Friends.” Un­der there, se­lect “Get no­ti­fi­ca­tions.”

Un­fol­low be­fore you un­friend

You know you’ve wanted to, but you chick­ened out be­cause you didn’t want the per­son to find out. I’m talk­ing about un­friend­ing, and there’s no other way to read it than “I can’t stand all your posts about pol­i­tics and di­a­pers and I never want to see your stuff pop up in my Face­book feed again.”

Re­sist­ing the urge to un­fol­low is just like re­sist­ing the urge to tweet some­thing that you’ll re­gret. In that case, I tell peo­ple to launch Notepad or Word to type their thoughts so they don’t get out on Twit­ter. In this case, I sug­gest some­thing sim­i­lar: Us­ing un­fol­low in­stead of un­friend.

And if you didn’t know there was an un­fol­low, you aren’t alone. But there’s a big dif­fer­ence be­tween the two: Un­friend is per­ma­nent and even­tu­ally the per­son you un­friended will find out, even if they just get the add friend prompt on your page. Un­fol­low­ing is com­pletely hid­den. You won’t see a thing from the per­son in their feed — noth­ing at all — but they will be none the wiser.

To un­fol­low, just find some con­tent from that per­son in your news­feed and hover over it un­til you see a down­fac­ing ar­row in the up­per right cor­ner. Click on the ar­row and se­lect un­fol­low. Boom! You lose the an­noy­ing stuff and no one’s feel­ings are hurt. Al­though note that you won’t get any birth­day wishes from this per­son. Just in case that mat­ters.

Be se­lec­tive

Re­mem­ber the friends list from ear­lier? You can cre­ate a list un­der here called “re­stricted” or “no” and use it to keep pry­ing eyes out. So a post can be shared with “close friends” and hid­den from “re­stricted.”

To pick and choose be­tween lists, look for the “cus­tom” menu un­der the friends icon in the post­ing win­dow. In the menus that pop up, you’ll see the op­tion to share with some but hide from oth­ers.

There are other ways to be or­gan­ised on Face­book, and I would love to hear what works for you. But th­ese should be a good start­ing point. — McClatchyTri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

clut­ter be­gone: Whether you have 10 Face­book friends or 10,000, there are ways to sort you Fb ac­count so it’s less dis­or­gan­ised.

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