Facebook has launched a new feature that we will all probably be using at some stage over the new year.
The social network giant is rolling out ‘Snooze’ which is a button that stops updates from certain people, pages or groups showing up in your news feed (and clogging it up).
It’s easier than blocking or unfriending someone and there is also the reassurance of knowing that the person on the other end will never find out.
The ‘Snooze Effect’ is only a temporary fix for you Facebook fans and 30 days after you use the button, any friends, pages or groups will once again appear in your news feed and all over your timeline.
The feature has been said by Facebook to give you, the user, “more control over your news feed… so the time [you] spend on Facebook is time well spent.”
To activate the button, all you need to do is click the options button in the top right hand corner of a post and select Snooze.
Facebook will notify you before the Snooze period is about to end and you also have the ability to reverse the setting at any time.
“Seeing too many photos of your uncle’s new cat? Is your friend tempting you with endless photos of ramen on her Japan trip? It turns out, you’re not alone,” Facebook product manager Shruthi Muraleedharan wrote in a blog post.
“We’ve heard from people that they want more options to determine what they see in News Feed and when they see it. With Snooze, you don’t have to unfollow or unfriend permanently, rather just stop seeing someone’s posts for a short period of time.”
If you aren’t able to access Snooze yet, it’s because the rollout process is still ongoing but the social media company say that everyone should have it before Christmas.
Just in time to ‘Snooze’ that annoying friend of yours who absolutely adores Christmas.