You might soon be able to temporarily unfollow your friends, or the Pages or Groups you follow on Facebook. The company is testing a feature that gives you a handy “Snooze button.”
If you’re tired of seeing the same bragging, silly posts, or annoying “salesy” updates from friends, Pages, or Groups on Facebook, there is a solution in the works. According to a recent report from TechCrunch’s Josh Constine, Facebook is testing a “Snooze button” feature, to help you stay away from it all for a time of your choosing – without resorting to extreme measures like permanently unfollowing, unliking,or unfriending. The feature actually allows you to temporarily unfollow any friend, Page, or Group for a specified time of 24 hours, 7 days, or 30 days.
Facebook wants to build connections between people, so it’s naturally averse to those connections being broken. At the same time though, it wants to give people control of their News Feeds “so they can stay connected with the stories they find most relevant.” The feature being tested currently is a good option.
Simply go to the drop-down arrow on the top right-hand corner of a post. Instead of the unfollow option, you also now get the “Snooze” option as well. By tapping (or clicking) on that, you get the option to Snooze for a day, a week, or a month.
If you’re really intent on never seeing something again from friends, Pages, or Groups, you simply choose to unfollow. That simple.
The new feature being tested is an extension to the “See Less” option that appeared in 2012 and the “Unfollow” option that appeared 2 years later. Facebook also recently rolled out a “Take a break” option on friends’ profiles. The feature was recently spotted by TNW’s Director of Social Media, Matt Navarra as seen below.