90% of my facebook updates are either things I don't care about (asteriskville, asterisk wars) or from people I don't care about. With Yahoo's pipes framework it's pretty easy to parse out certain pieces of your feed (but not all - I think most of the API still requires an API key).
Facebook still tries to force you to visit their site though, but you can use a relatively simple regex to parse out the url. See an example pipe here. If you subscribe to this feed, it will just have those links, and clicking on them will take you directly to the location pointed at by the url - you don't have to visit facebook first.
My brother’s suicide (3 years later)
6 months ago