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Making Facebook (somewhat) Useful Again

Until recently, I had been struggling with Facebook. I hardly ever logged on and when I did I never really felt like I learned anything useful. I even toyed with the idea of deleted the entire account.

I could not do this though, because my family and most of my close friends use Facebook as their exclusive social platform. This means that if I want to find out what my brother is up to or find out where everyone is going for Christmas I have to be on Facebook. Of course, that information was there, but it was hard to wring out of the myriad of old friends and acquaintances I've gathered since joining.

Recently though I discovered the solution and I'm going to share it with you. It's simple and effective, but it does take a bit of time to set up. The first step is getting your friends into groups. This may sound daunting, but it's worth it. I was lucky to have done this a while ago so I just had to go through and refine a bit. Personally, I would recommend dividing people up by, friends, family, co-workers, and then others. I then created a group called PIWTKA (People I want to know about) and put everyone who I wanted to follow closely into this group.

Like I said, this takes some time but it's worth it. Now after you've done this if you look at the left hand sidebar you will see the groups listed, when you click on the group, only the news feeds from those people in that group show up. This is a useful tool in itself, but I discovered a way to make it even better.

First you have to click the more button below your friend's lists. Then you simply click and drag the PIWTKA group to the top of the sidebar, drop and abracadabra, every time you log into Facebook, you automatically only see those people you really want to know about.
Hopefully, this makes your Facebook use more enjoyable, I know it's done it for me. Oh and while you're at it, why don't you add me as a friend, I may even stick you in my PIWTKA group.