It’s been almost a month since I unfollowed everyone on Facebook. This is how my feed looks now:
Now, my only ventures to Facebook are for messages and group conversations. All the noise is gone. If I have the desire to stalk someone, I have to make a conscious decision to type in their name in the search box. More often than not, I don’t bother. To me, staring at that “No posts to show” message, every time I visit Facebook, has been such a relieve.
How I did it
It’s a step-by-step process and, honestly, it’s been super easy.
- Every time you log onto Facebook, you go through your feed post by post and unfollow whoever posted it. As many as you can handle. Don’t distinquish between people (and pages, groups etc.). Unfollow everyone who posted something. Remember, you can always follow them again if you change your mind.
- When you see the “No posts to show” message the first time, you are getting closer. It won’t stay there, since some of your friends post very infrequently.
- Once in a while, a new post will pop up. Some people never post anything, but will be tagged in updates and pictures once in a while. Actually, you will soon discover that most of the Facebook clutter comes from a very small group of people. This is good news, since it makes the whole process stepwise. You will have less and less people to unfollow and less and less Facebook noise to look at.
- After a while, post an update to Facebook explaining what you did. This way, people will know why most of the time you won’t like or comment their stuff. If you do, though, you will have made a conscious decision to visit their profile and actually have cared about them.
That’s it. You will probably never unfollow every one, since some people literally never post anything and disabled tagging of their names. But since you won’t see anything from those people, there is no reason to unfollow them.
Why it works
- You do it step-by-step
- You can still visit Facebook as much as you want
- You can still post updates if you feel like it
- You can still (choose to consciously) stalk people
- You can still use messages and groups (the biggest excuse for most people)
- You can still see if it’s someone’s birthday
Start now. Go to Facebook and unfollow a bunch of people. It feels great and it’s not your responsibility to read everything that people post on their walls.