It quickly gets annoying seeing some users posts, game invites, polls, etc. Hovering your mouse to the right of the post and clicking
the Hide button as shown below can hide any post. After pressing the button you’ll have the option to hide that user or in the case of a Facebook application the option to hide that application from ever showing up on your profile.
To unhide someone or unblock an application click the Edit Options link in the bottom right corner of the news feed as shown below.
Greasemonkey and FB Purity
Although Facebook does not give you the option to hide friends, friend requests, or various notifications, these can be hidden using browser add-ons. If you’re running Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Opera, or Safari we suggest installing the Facebook Purity add-on.
Update your privacy settings
Click Account in the top right corner of the Facebook window and then click Privacy settings to adjust who is capable of seeing what on your Facebook profile. We highly recommend going through all the privacy settings to verify your privacy is properly protected.
Anything that is not set to friends only or friends of friends can be seen by anyone searching on the Internet. Below is a few things we recommend for most users.
- Under Search in Privacy settings uncheck Public Search Results. Adjusting the settings prevents users from finding your account and profile picture in search results such as Google
- Under Application settings, make sure you’re only allowing applications you want to have access to your information. Applications that you grant rights to can have access to your Facebook profile information.
- If you’re curious to see how a program or web page connect to the Facebook API can see your profile see Tip135.
Use the Facebook top bar for navigation
Knowing how to properly navigate is vital if you want to get the most out of Facebook. Below is a brief description of each of the available options in the top bar as shown above.
Home (facebook logo) – Clicking this logo takes you to your wall (News Feed) that shows all friends recent posts.
Friend requests – If any friend requests are waiting to be approved this icon shows a notification of how many friends are waiting for approval. This icon can also be clicked when you want to view any friend recommendations or search for friends on Facebook.
Messages – This section allows you to send and receive private messages between one or more of your friends.
Notifications – Any time a friend or Facebook application creates a new post you’ll be notified in this section. Clicking this icon shows all recent notifications. To change notifications including any Facebook applications or games click the See All Notifications link at the bottom and check or uncheck what you want to be notified on.
Search – Finally, the search box in Facebook can be a powerful tool that can be used to quickly find any current friends or people on Facebook. Also, searching for terms such as a company name, product, sports team, music band, etc. will find fan pages and groups that can be joined.
Modify your account notifications
Keep your e-mail and your cell phone clean by updating or eliminate Facebook notifications or keep more up-to-date by adding new notifications. Facebook notifications can be added and removed by clicking Account link in the top right corner, then Account Settings, and then clicking the Notifications tab.
Top News and Most Recent
By default Facebook displays your wall postings in the News format, which means it only displays posts it believes are most relevant to you. These results are based on your past interaction with your friends. If you want to see every post made by all your friends that are not hidden click the Most recent link in the upper right section of your news feed as shown in the above picture example.
If you want to adjust who shows up manually click the Edit Options in the bottom right corner of your news fee