Sometimes it’s the little things that count… and one of those little things is that now that I’m using Gist in replace of my feed reader, twitter reader and facebook newsfeed, I no longer need to worry nearly as much about “who” I follow on sites like Twitter… and no need to pay any more penance for unfollowing people.
Now, if someone is too noisy or uninteresting I just set their importance to 1 out of 100! The result being I’m finding myself willing to follow people much more freely because the noise never has to hit my Gist feed…
Turns out the latest update to the Facebook news feeds sets a bunch of feeds that you may want to follow to “hidden” so that they don’t show up in your main feed. This includes both “friends” and “public profiles”, so it’s probably worth checking to see if you have some things hidden that I did not mean to!
How to check?
This is not self-evident, at least it wasn’t for me. The trick is that you first have to hide a news item, and then Facebook will (briefly) give you a link to edit your hidden items (i.e. “show hidden friends”):
This will open up a menu similar to this one where you can unhide (or “add to newsfeed”):
Personally, I was not only surprised at the number of “pages” or public profiles that were hidden, but also at just how many people were hidden in my menu. I think the old messaging of “show fewer updates” turned into “hidden” in the new layout.
And if you’re looking for more background on Facebook, maybe you should ask yourself, Why bother with Facebook Pages?