Friday, February 24, 2012

Two Nifty Little Tricks, Facebook, and You.

Some things are so easy, provided we know about them. We all want to “clean up” our busy social lives on Facebook sometimes, right? Here are two ways to accomplish just that; both are optional of course.

Too many pages? There, there now, we all get carried away sometimes. Sure, you can like both Aerosmith and Robotic Dancer’s Monthly, but oh, “Things My Awfully Cute Terrier Says” has got to go and most of those other pages too. But what if you wanted to get rid of ALL of them with little more than a wave of your magic wand?

In Timeline, start off on your wall (click on your name on the top to get there).
Just under your cover picture, click on the box where it says Likes. Once you’re on the page where your likes are, click on edit in the top right. You’ll see the names of ALL your likes by category. The first thing I see is “Music”; you probably see that too.

For each category, simply click on the first page where you’d like to start deleting and hold down the Delete Key and the pages will delete one by one. You can stop at any time and start the process over elsewhere in the category; maybe there’s a few you’d like to keep after all? When done, click on the big blue button that says Save Changes just below that section. You DO have to do this for each category.

We've certainly cleaned up our stream now, haven’t we? Ready to clean it up a little more? Are there people that annoy you to tears to the point where you’d like to cast a spell on them or people you really, really, really want to hear from more often? You can easily make modifications in regards to both of these situations and customize your stream a bit more to your liking.

Too many posts from Ned Painintherear? If you’re using Timeline, go to his wall and click on Subscribe, just under their cover photo, and directly to the right of Friends. A pull down gives you lots of options. The default is “Most Updates”, with the other choices being “All Updates” and the one you’d likely choose for Ned, “Only Important”.  There’s also a list of the types of posts as well. Here’s where you can shut off your friend’s Farmville posts or those friends that post music videos non-stop. Plenty of options for customizing what you see!

You DO have to go to each of your friend’s walls and make the changes for each individual friend. Unfortunately, there’s no time saving tactics here.
Ah, but the results! See what YOU want to see instead of having Facebook pick those posts that THEY feel are important enough to be “most updates”.

Prest-o change-o! Did that make your day just a little bit better?


Shannon Grissom said...

Oooh I'm going to have fun with this one :O)

Gerry Wendel said...

Both or just one of the "tricks"?

Anonymous said...

Not on Timeline yet. Can still do it?

Gerry Wendel said...

Hop on Timeline as soon as you can. You'll be forced to very soon. No, I wrote these for Timeline. BTW, Pages will revert to Timeline by March 30th as well; at that time, everything will have converted over.

Try it; you'll like it!

Jackrabbit Media said...

Thank you for the tips.

Gerry Wendel said...

Glad to help!