UPDATED, 22 September 2011
Okay, your ex just friended you on Facebook. Or your boss. Or your friend whose political views stream forth as constantly as the water from that broken fire hydrant when you were a kid. Oh brother.
How can you be nice about it? Hide them!
Facebook knows you’ll have friends like these, so they’ve given you a way to tune them out.
HOW TO HIDE FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK
1. Go to your Facebook homepage.
2. In your news feed, find the post by the offending friend.
3. Place your cursor over your friend’s post, and drop down arrow appears in the upper right corner of the post.
4. Click that arrow!
A drop down menu appears:
Here you’re given more opportunities than before.
5. Click “Hide story.”
Once you’ve done this, the story will be hidden from your news feed and you’ll be given the opportunity to unsubscribe from your friend (her posts will no longer appear in your news feed – this is like hiding her) or you can unfriend her.
6. OPTION: Instead of clicking “Hide story” in no. 5 above, click “Unsubscribe from status updates by [friend's name].”
Your friend’s updates will no longer appear in your news feed
7. ANOTHER OPTION: click “Unsubscribe from [friend's name].”
Your friend’s stories, or posts, won’t appear in your news feed, and you’ll be given the option to unfriend them.
“But wait! I’ve change my mind!”
HOW TO UN-HIDE FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK
So let’s say your friend has learned a little Facebook etiquette and no longer posts updates like an automated bot. It’s easy to un-hide them.
1. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
Since Facebook loads more post when you reach the bottom of your page, you’ll need to scroll again until you see this:
2. Click “Edit Options.”
This window will appear with the list of names of the friends you’ve hidden:
Click the “x” next to the name of your reacquainted friend and, poof, they’ll no longer be hidden from your news feed.
While you’re here, check out this option:
You can change what you see on your news feed. This is where you determine if you’ll see posts and updates by the friends and pages you interact with the most or by all of your friends and pages.
3. Click “Save.”
Enjoy the friendship!