We can all admit to spending too much time on Facebook. This is even more evident when you have work to do. Reading that business report or putting the final touches on that important presentation seems to take a backseat to Facebook. As a matter of fact, it’s often when there’s important work to do that it feels like we want to see what Facebook friends are up to, or want to post about that vacation. This might be inevitable, but here’s how you can make your Facebook experience more effective.

Filtering Friends

Have some Facebook friends that always clutter your news feed? If it’s not about what they’re eating that day, then it’s about all of the articles that they’ve read – or maybe even their opinion on their favorite reality show. Without de-friending this person, there’s a method in which you can get rid of the clutter.

Facebook will let you restrict your news feed to things that you want to read. All you have to do is locate an update from this prolific Facebook friend, click the arrow that will appear whenever you hover over that update with your cursor, then choose to “unsubscribe from status updates” within the menu that will appear.

Extending Messages, not Friendships

Here’s another nifty Facebook tip: You are able to send messages to people without sending them a friend request. Simply go to the Facebook page of the non-friends to which you want to send messages. Seek out the “message” button on the upper-right corner of the page. Individuals who let others send them messages without first befriending them will have this button.

Also, if you feel like you’re always on Facebook to chat with your friends, there is a solution that doesn’t even require being logged into Facebook! For instance, should you have a Windows Live profile, you can integrate it with your Facebook account. This integration is also available from Yahoo messenger. Perform a simple search through Facebook’s documentation to learn how this can be done.

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