Facebook’s mission is to make the world more open and connected. It gives us the ability to connect with anyone and everyone we know, have known, and will know. This serves as a great way to keep up with high school friends, college friends, work friends, etc. However, oftentimes “connecting” with someone on Facebook doesn’t mean you want to see all of their updates in your news feed. So, how can you reduce the noise in your Facebook news feed without de-friending the majority of your connections? Enter, Facebook friends organizer – a handy, little-known Facebook tool that helps you clean up your news feed in minutes.

Most of you probably haven’t heard of this tool because there is no button for it on Facebook. In order to access it, you have to follow the link below. Once you open the below URL, you’ll be greeted with a tool that finds the friends you haven’t interacted with in a while and asks which ones you want to add to your acquaintances list. Once you move people to your acquaintances list, they won’t show up as often on your news feed (you can also add people to your acquaintances list by visiting their profile and selecting “add to list…”; however the Friend organizer tool adds people to the list in bulk and is therefore much faster than going through your friends and adding each “acquaintance” individually). Once you access this tool, you can check and un-check friends as you see fit.

I really like this tool because I don’t like Facebook choosing whose updates I see and don’t see. I know you can create your own friend lists manually (which is probably more effective), but when you have thousands of friends like I do, organizing them all into lists is too much of a headache. I use lists for their privacy settings and to control who can see what on my profile, but when it comes to controlling what I see in my news feed, I’d rather not have to take the time. Therefore, this handy little tool is perfect. It’s quick and simple, and weeds out all those “acquaintances” whose updates are causing news feed clutter.

Click here to give it a try: https://www.facebook.com/friends/organize

 

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