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This LinkedIn and Facebook Hack is Genius

"No more daily updates from Aunt Marg about that amazing egg salad sandwich she had for lunch"

Many of you who know me really well already, know that I DETEST Facebook. There, I’ve said it. I’m not apologizing for it either. I’ve never joined and never will. There are literally over 100 reasons why I will personally never participate in Facebook, but the #1 reason is probably this: Facebook creates STRESS. Stress related to the latest political crisis, stress related to your lack of invitation to someone’s 40th birthday party, stress related to a family member who posted an unflattering photo of you from 1982, stress related to fake news, etc. etc. Whether you love it or hate it, Facebook is still one of the most widely used social media platforms out there. So, how do you stay committed to Facebook without all the drama? Is it possible to make it fun again (assuming you thought it was fun in the first place)? I recently stumbled across an article that shared a little known trick to help you take back control of your virtual life on Facebook. Yes, you can unfriend all the family members and co-workers who are driving you crazy with their posts. However, this may inevitably create a lot of tension when they notice they’ve been unfriended. Awkward! So, instead, unfollow them. This means you still remain as ‘friends’ on Facebook, but you no longer see their posts in your feed. When logged into your Facebook account, select “Newsfeed Preferences”. You can then select to unfollow posts of specific people you’re connected to. Brilliant, right? No more daily updates from Aunt Marg about that amazing egg salad sandwich she had for lunch. Here’s the best part ….  You can do the same thing on LinkedIn! LinkedIn has a feature where you can clean-up your feed. It will tell you (in descending order) who amongst your connections posts the most content on a weekly basis. So, if you have a connection that is posting too often for your liking (and clogging up your feed), you can choose to ignore their posts, but still remain as a connection. I actually did this last week on LinkedIn. To my surprise, I had two connections who were posting more than 50 times per week. That’s an impressive amount of content being shared. I still want these colleagues as professional connections, but I’d rather not see their names and photos in my feed that often, especially because most of their content simply doesn’t interest me. So, there you have it! My Facebook rant took a turn and is leaving you with some handy tips to help you clean up two of your social media networks. Happy connecting!  PS – If you are interested in more tips and tricks on marketing, events and sponsorship sent directly to your inbox, sign-up for my monthly emails here.

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