Are you a fan of the Facebook platform but find yourself cringing whenever you log on due to asinine posts by your “friends?” Well, you’re certainly not alone. I even wrote a whole post on how Facebook was only for “narcissists and voyeurs.” Then I quickly did an about-face and said Facebook wasn’t the problem. It’s the way that some people and brands use Facebook that’s the issue. This doesn’t absolve Facebook and the Zuckerberg clan from all their shady privacy issues, but it does mean Facebook can do a pretty good job when it comes to providing value for your online activities. This article will teach you how to make Facebook awesome and maybe more importantly, how to make it not suck.
This seems pretty self-explanatory but how many of you still have people in your timeline who make you groan every time they post something? Right. That’s what I thought. First things first, unsubscribe or mute every single one of those people and brands. They won’t see that you stopped getting their updates so no harm, no foul. Just like you need to do a spring cleaning once a year, stay on top of pruning those annoying Facebook users and brands.
Hey, here’s a novel idea. Instead of liking something that you don’t actually care about start liking people, brands, artists, businesses that you actually enjoy. This way when you scroll down your newsfeed it’s not just a bunch of annoying clutter. I subscribe to a ton of electronic music producers and spiritual leaders because that’s what I’m into. When I log into Facebook now everything I see is something I actually enjoy. And remember, if something pops up in your timeline that you don’t like, mute it!
I’ve gone over why you should be using Chrome as your web browser too many times for me to repeat it. I’m just going to go ahead and assume that you’re using it now. If you’re a Facebook user go now and grab this free Chrome extension, PhotoZoom for Facebook. After you install it whenever you hover over a photo on Facebook it will make a larger version appear. One of the best things about Facebook is the ability to see photos that people and brands have shared. Get rid of the squinting and start enjoying photos the way they were intended to be seen.
One of the coolest things about Facebook is that you can get instant feedback whenever you share something. This does not mean you should share every sandwich that you’re eating or every emotion you experience in a 24 hour period. Try sharing content you’ve found around the web and see which of your friends respond to it. This is a great way to practice some content curation without getting too crazy. Maybe you noticed that a lot of people are really responding to those nature pics you posted from your latest hike. The key is to find out what works in terms of sharing and what doesn’t.
And, voila! Now, Facebook isn’t quite as awful as it used to be. This doesn’t mean that Facebook isn’t stil tracking everything you do all over the internet but if you follow these simple steps it will certainly provide for a much more enjoyable experience whenever you log on.