We all have that someone (or worse, those people) on our Facebook Friends List whose posts aren't really that welcome or amusing to see on the News Feed. You know, those posts that make you roll your eyes or say 'who cares?' That's the one. The options back then were to either unsubscribe to alerts from them or completely remove them from your friends list, or "unfriend", the latter being a more hurtful (and obvious) kind of filtering that isn't always advisable especially with those extra sensitive over-sharers.
Well, thank you Facebook for noticing that some people were just added to the list out of courtesy and not really because you wanted to know what they were eating every meal of every day. If you notice on the lower left portion of your Home screen, under Friends, are your lists. The social network introduced this before 2011 ended, but the author personally had friend lists way before just for organization and proper compartmentalizing---can't crack jokes about your college days and expect everyone to get it, right?
Facebook now has a tool to make those TMI-ing (too much information) friends go away---chuck them all under Acquaintances. You'll get fewer alerts from people on that list, and when you open it up, you can click 'Manage List' and uncheck (or check) what kind of updates you want to see from them.
The best part is that they won't be unfriended by you or notified by Facebook that they were put on the I-Don't-Want-To-Know-About-It list so, no hard feelings there. Whew! This gives you more peace of mind, doesn't it? At least you won't have to keep clicking 'Hide Post' for all the annoying things you don't want to see, just list that person as an Acquaintance and you're good to go.
Now, back to a peaceful, Facebook stalking surfing experience.