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How to Unclutter your Facebook Wall

Submitted by on October 24, 2009 – 8:07 pm2 Comments

As explained in my previous blog, Facebook is filtering your News Feeds for you. If you are like me, you’d rather decide whose feeds YOU want to see, instead of having it decided for you. Still, with the increasing number of friends you may be getting from high school friends, to long lost cousins to “egg buddies” and mafia buddies, you may want to see the posts of fewer people to be sure you don’t miss what’s going on with the people who are most important to you.

It is really easy to filter your wall posts. Creating a filter allows you to see only the posts that are most important to you with a single click.

Using wall filters is a way that you can manage how many posts you see, and only see posts from the people you want to read. For example, if I’m in a rush and about to go out on the town, I might only want to read my local friends’ feeds. I also have a filter for family, and for important friends, and one for tech friends (they’re important too).

To make a filter for your wall so that you only see posts from certain people…

FB-Live-Feed-wall-more1.) On your home page. The list on the left can filter what posts you see. It may have some preset filters like your home town. If it is a short list click “more” on the bottom until you see “Create New List.”

FB-create-list

FB-choose-friends-list2.)When you click on “Create New List”

a window pops up with listing all of your friends. You can click on all the friends you want to see when you click on that filter (high school friends, work friends, local friends, out of town friends, etc.).

3.) Be sure to type in a name for the list in the upper left box in that window.
4.)When you are done, click “Create List.”

5.) It will automatically go to that filtered wall and you will see the list highlighted on the left.

FB-wall-with-filter

To go to another filter, click on that filter listed there.

To go back to the news feeds and live feeds, Click on News Feed.

I want to be able to choose the posts that I want to see and I don’t want to rely on someone else to decide whose posts I want to read. Filters allow me to choose who I want to see when I don’t have time to read everything.

Let me know if you have questions.

2 Comments »

  • Many thanks! I’m new to Facebook and am clearly missing something obvious and important. I want to be able to choose and filter which friend’s postings appear on my Facebook home page.

    When I hit HOME on the left side I have “News Feeds > Messages > Events > Photos > Friends —- nothing like you have listed here.

    I don’t know where to place these options from Facebook’s Help:
    There are three ways you can filter your Wall:

    1. [Your Name] + Friends. This default filter displays your own Wall posts, posts made by your friends, and stories generated by your activity on Facebook.
    2. Just [Your Name]. This filter includes any posts that you have made to your Wall and stories generated by your activity on Facebook.
    3. Just Friends. This filter displays all posts that your friends have made on your Wall.

    How can I choose which of my friends postings show up on my home page? MANY MANY THANKS!

  • FILTERING YOUR WALL IN THE NEW FACEBOOK: (I’ll make this a post, thanks!) Things happen so fast on Facebook. That was actually the LAST change they made. If you want to hide a certain APPLICATION or TYPE of posting –like to NOT see Farmville or Mafia Wars–you can hover your mouse to the right of that post and you will see a “HIDE” button. When you click on that button it will give you the option to hide that application or to hide that friend’s posts. Then you won’t be bothered with lots of those “egg buddy” or “mafia wars” or “farmville” (or whatever you don’t care about) postings.

    If you want to see only certain friend’s postings at times…(like just work friends or just close friends), make a Friend list. Go to FRIENDS. You’ll see at the top of the list CREATE A LIST. Click on it to create a list, give it a name, and click on the people you want to add to the list. To change what list is associated with a friend (and they can be part of more than one list), Go to that list and click on “EDIT LIST.” The people included in that list will be highlighted. Click on other people to add them to the list, click on highlighted people to remove them from the list. Click SAVE.

    Then go back to your Wall. You will see the list(s) under Friends on the left. Clicking on it will filter the wall to only show the postings of those friends. (Note: there is also an item to click on to see only status updates).

    Hope this helps some!

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