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Keyword Snooze removes politics and spoilers from your Facebook News Feed

A most welcome feature.

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Have you ever had the ending of your favorite television show spoiled by a message on your Facebook News Feed? Worried you might read something that gives away the secrets in a new movie you’re about to see? With Keyword Snooze, you can now adjust what you don’t want to see on your feed.

As Facebook explains of the new feature now in the testing phase,

Located in a post’s upper right-hand menu in News Feed, the feature gives people the option to temporarily hide posts by keywords, which are pulled directly from text in that post. If you choose to “snooze” a keyword, you won’t see posts in your News Feed containing that exact word or phrase from any person, Page or Group for 30 days. In other words, fewer spoilers.

Before getting all excited about this feature, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, in its present state, you can’t use Keyword Snooze to block something from being seen preemptively. Instead, you have to click on a post that has that keyword and click on “snooze keywords in this post.” From there, Facebook will then provide suggestions for keywords within that post that you can snooze.

There’s also that crummy 30-day time limit, which doesn’t make much sense. Luckily, that limit might be changing during testing. As Facebook told VentureBeat: “We’re looking to add different time options for people in the next few weeks as we develop the feature.”

Regardless, it’s nice to know Facebook is finding new ways to improve the News Feed.  In recent months, it has also added See FirstHideUnfollow, and Snooze.

Will you be using Keywords Snooze on your Facebook Feed?

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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