The bad news is that Facebook’s algorithms to determine what appears in your News Feed are a closely guarded secret. In a matter of minutes, we can help make Facebook more interesting to you again with some clever ways to change what appears in your News Feed. The quickest and easiest way to stop seeing irritating posts from Facebook friends is to unfollow them.
You can also avoid seeing posts from particular Facebook Pages. This is useful if you have friends who continually share content from StupidDumbSite.com, and you can’t bear to see another survey about what kind of breakfast cereal they’d be or what their mystical pixie name is.
You can “tell” Facebook which types of posts you want to see fewer of in the future. Whether it’s friends tagged in strangers’ photos, location-based check-ins or links to articles you couldn’t care less about, you can flag the content as uninteresting, and you’ll see less of it next time you log in.
Facebook knows folks are getting ticked off with what they see in their stream, and it wants to help. You can take a short survey to improve what appears in your News Feed.
You’ll then have 15 screens to click through and give a rating in order to — again, in theory — improve your future Facebook experience. It’s worth a try, right? We tested it out and it does seem to remove some of the more spammy posts we used to see — but maybe our more annoying friends are just having a quiet couple of weeks.
Finally, you can manage your News Feed Preferences via Facebook’s main settings menu. To access this, click on the drop-down arrow at the top-right of your Home Page and select “News Feed Preferences.” Read more…