Have a friend that fills your newsfeed with countless baby photos, political rants or uncomfortable religious proclamations? Well then Facebook’s new “Unfollow” feature is just what you need. The company started rolling out a new feature this week, replacing the “Hide All” button with an “Unfollow” button. It’s Facebook’s newest way of allowing users to unfriend someone without actually having to publicly declare your lack of affection.
Can we still be friends?
If you choose to “Unfollow” someone, there will be no change from their point of view. You will still be friends on Facebook, but you will no longer be forced to read updates from that person. Users will be able to better curate their newsfeeds with just a simple click of a button and no one’s feelings will be hurt in the process.
The next best thing to “dis-Like”
Though much of the functionality will remain the same as it was with the “Hide All”, the “Unfollow” function will now apply to your friends as well as news organizations and people that you are following but not friends with. It’s the next best thing to the much-maligned “Dislike” button – which is perhaps the functionality that we all are secretly coveting.
The rollout will come to desktop users over the following weeks and then spread to mobile users in the following months.