Every so often, a friend of mine shares some­thing offen­sive that I no longer want to see on my Face­book News Feed. I don’t want to remove them as a friend. (Actu­al­ly, in the 9 years I’ve been on Face­book, I’ve nev­er removed some­one from my friends list.)

To me, unfriend­ing seems too harsh. Plus, it feels per­ma­nent. I’ve always found it odd that some­one would unfriend me on Face­book but then inter­act with me in real life. Why remove me from your friends list if we’re still friends?

Luck­i­ly, Face­book has imple­ment­ed an “unfol­low” option. On the spec­trum of elim­i­nat­ing peo­ple from your News Feed, unfol­low­ing is the least dras­tic, fol­lowed by unfriend­ing, and the more severe block­ing.

Unfol­low­ing allows you to stop a friend’s posts from show­ing up on your News Feed with­out hav­ing to remove them as a friend. This allows them to still check out your vaca­tion pho­tos or new­born videos, and it allows you to still invite them to par­ties and get-togeth­ers.

I should also men­tion that some peo­ple invest a lot emo­tion­al­ly into friends lists, and they may take it per­son­al­ly if unfriend­ed. By unfol­low­ing, you can also avoid mis­un­der­stand­ings and hurt feel­ings because they nev­er receive an unfol­low noti­fi­ca­tion.

If you need to know how to unfol­low some­one, check out my tuto­r­i­al on how to remove a friend’s Face­book posts with­out remov­ing your friend.

What are your thoughts on unfol­low­ing vers­es unfriend­ing? Let me know in the com­ments below.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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