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When your Facebook friends become addicted to various applications, like Farmville, you’ll find your wall littered with updates you have no interest in. It would be thoughful if they set their notifications not to publish, but most don’t know how to nor are aware of the implications of not doing so.

Fortunately you can elect to hide annoying posts (friends too, but that’s the subject of another post), so don’t begrudge them their fun. Have fun playing Farmville Cathy!

Here’s how to do it, step-by-step:

Step 1: Hover over the upper right corner of an offending post until the “Hide” button appears …

Step 2: When the “Hide” button appears, click on it …

Step 3: Three buttons will appear: Click the button which hides the application (or the friend if that’s what you really want). Assuming you chose to hide an application Facebook will hide all notifications from that application — not just the ones you’ve been getting from this one friend.

How do you unhide the application again (assuming you think better of it)?

Step 1: At the top of your “News Feed” switch to “Top News”. This is important in the current version of Facebook (constantly changing), if you’re in “Most Recent” you’ll only be able to edit friends, not applications in the next steps.

Step 2: Now scroll to the very bottom of your “News Feed” and click on “Edit Options” …

Step 3: In the “Hidden from News Feed” dialog box which pops us, click on the “Applications” button and choose which applications you want to add back into your “News Feed”.

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