Remove Farmville Updates from Your Facebook Feed

April 27, 2010 at 12:01 am 6 comments

Many of my friends play Facebook games like FarmVille and Mafia Wars. Although my Facebook news feed is littered with requests, I don’t have any interest in watering their crops or feeding their puppies. All that noise makes it difficult to get to the heart of Facebook productivity, making jokes and sending pokes.

Don’t get me wrong, Facebook is a lot of fun and a great way to stay in the loop, but I wish there were fewer FarmVille updates.

Thankfully, Facebook has made it very easy to hide these updates. If you put your mouse over an update, a “hide” button will appear in the top right corner (figure 1).

Figure 1

Click the hide button and you’ll have the option to hide all updates from that person or hide the updates from that application (figure 2).

Figure 2

Click “Hide FarmVille” and you’ll never see another FarmVille update. The same technique works for other applications (“apps”) such as Mafia Wars, Cafe World and others. On that note, if you’re not already a fan, join Broken Secrets on Facebook — I won’t spam your feed, I promise.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Brett  |  April 27, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Just tried it and, holy crap, does it work!

  • 2. Shannon  |  April 27, 2010 at 11:11 am

    This same technique works to hide the news feeds of friends who like to spam ( Case in point I had a friend.. let’s call him Bob. Bob liked to update his status every few minutes. Bob did not have a job.. so really every few minutes “Bob is eating toast”…”Bob’s toast was good!”… “Bob is wondering if he should make more toast”….”Bob got a call from Sue.. it was fun” and on and on it went.

    Using this same technique I hid his feed, and so if I feel like reading every second of Bob’s day I just go to his profile.

  • 3. DrKoob  |  April 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Just discovered you because of your Webby nomination and love your site. Thanks for this tip.

  • 4. Kristen  |  April 27, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    thanks for this post! Farmville and Mafia Wars posts drive me crazy on my Facebook page and I had no idea how to block it

  • 5. Laura  |  April 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you so much for this secret!

    I hope this is allowed; here is the YouTube address to a Rob Paravonian song – Less From You – that I think describes some aspects of Facebook perfectly.

  • 6. Mary Beth (Cats, Books, Life is Good)  |  May 4, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Thank you so much! I’ve become a fan and my first born is on it’s way to you as a small token of my appreciation:)


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