“I love every single Facebook feature and every spammy post that shows up in my News Feed,” said NO ONE EVER. No matter if you are a dilettante dabbler or a Facebook fanatic, you undoubtedly at some point or another have asked yourself, “Why does Facebook do it that way? And why can’t I change it — even a little bit?” There may be some foot-stomping involved depending on your level of frustration. Facebook always has its reasons, of course, and while it claims to want the best user experience, the reality is that the company has a bottom line to meet and advertisers to keep happy. So what is a poor Facebook user to do (besides dump Facebook, but let’s not get crazy)? Call in the Social Fixer — that’s what!
If you’re on Facebook a lot, you’ve likely discovered Social Fixer and its myriad options to take control of your News Feed. If not, you should check it out after reading this post, because beyond offering a suite of nifty (and necessary) options to organize your stream, its creator, Matt Kruse, posts some great social insight on his blog.
Many of Facebook’s more than 1 billion monthly active users would agree — the site is great, but could use some improvement. As users complain about ads, a cluttered and confusing interface, and several other things, there are a few things that Facebook could implement to make the site much more palatable. Here are five innovations (some possible, some rather imaginative) that we think would improve Facebook.
Facebook and Google Chrome users who are tiring of political posts as Election Day approaches now have two post-blocking candidates to choose from, as Social Fixer, an extension for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera, was joined by Chrome-only Noppl.
So you’re not running with Romney or beaming for Barack, and you’re a little sick of seeing all of the political posts on your Facebook news feed. There is a way to block them, without clicking on each one individually. Tech blog Lifehacker illustrates how to remove certain keywords (such as Romney, Obama, Democratic, Republican, etc.) from popping up in the news feed.