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DIY Facebook de-sucking...

OK, I'm not going to rant about the Facebook interface redesign, I just don't care. It's not anywhere near the biggest bit of suck in Facebook.

The biggest bit of suck in Facebook is apps. Useless apps. Stupid apps. Spam apps. Deceptive apps. All without any real oversight from Facebook.

(Yes, I was stupid once, I clicked on a spam app. Never again.)

There's also all the app "status updates." Think about it. Do you really want to share your game status with everyone?

I don't give a damn about your hatchlings, your flair, any of that crap. It's just a virtual version of Let me tell you about my character, it's a half-elf ranger with a plus-twelve longsword and a magic bow and...

You've all been in that discussion at a convention, gnawing your leg off to escape. I suppose I could have updated that for WoW characters instead of D&D. It would have been more appropriately virtual.

That change your perspective on apps posting on your wall and profile?

So if you're a Facebook user, and you're my friend, please consider the following:

Clean up your apps.Your friends will thank you, and your Facebook will start working better.

Avoid new apps
  1. Visit your "notifications" page. Un-check other applications besides "feed comments" and "likes." After you un-check an app, a panel appears above your notifications, and you can mark the application notifications as spam.
  2. If you get an invite to an app, there's a little "block application" link below the invite. Use this link, and you will stop getting invites on that app.
  3. If you know the name of an app, use the "search" bar at the top to find the application's page. You can block applications you haven't been invited to on their pages.
  4. If you do find yourself on an "authorization page" for an app, find the name of the app in the description. Don't click on the big authorize button. Click on the application name link to go to the app's page, and block it.


Block apps. It's the right thing to do.

ETA: Wow... Authorization pages are really your friend. I just went through my newsfeed, clicking on apps that are posting to it, and used the auth page's link to the app pages to block a bunch. I also just found out that if I block apps they stop posting to my newsfeed (in spite of the warnings that suggest otherwise). I'm now rid of Hatchlings and a bunch of others.

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trystbat
Mar. 31st, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
Um, is there any way you can disable that Google Reader thing from posting your updates? I always see 3-4 of them telling me about a doc you did something with.
bovil
Mar. 31st, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
It's an import, I could disable it.

It only updates when I mark a blog entry I want to share, though. Most days there are no links reposted.

There are a few techs on my FB friends who have found the Lotus and Blackberry posts useful. Some other folks have commented that they like the Adobe hints I've shared.
trystbat
Mar. 31st, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
There seems to be a string of them at once every other day, so it looks like spam or an error. At least space them out a bit! They look just like 4 ppl took the same "what color is my aura?" quiz or whatev.

Basically, all blogging, social media, websites, heck even a certain amount of Usenet back in the day, is 'me me me' wanking. That's human nature exported to a new technology. The key is filtering, & since FB is more like ye olde net days where the spewer is the one in control of the filters, the viewer is kind of stuck either deciding exactly who to interact with, attempting to negotiate w/each spewer, or moving on to newer & newer tools.
bovil
Mar. 31st, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
There seems to be a string of them at once every other day, so it looks like spam or an error.

That's Facebook's broken import scheduler. Some days it works on schedule, some days I go in and have to manually tell it to run my imports.
melaniewing
Mar. 31st, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
Thanks... I like FB for some things, but the apps get out of hand...
dakron
Mar. 31st, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Thanks A, I just fixed mine, much appreciated.
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trinsf
Mar. 31st, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
I don't give a damn about your hatchlings, your flair, any of that crap. It's just a virtual version of Let me tell you about my character, it's a half-elf ranger with a plus-twelve longsword and a magic bow and...

I love you. I would offer to have your snarky lil babies, but I'm *so* over that lifestage.
seekatesew
Mar. 31st, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the instructions! I hate to be (unintentionally!) obnoxious because of technological ignorance; hopefully this will help me avoid being part of the problem. :)
moonpuppy61
Mar. 31st, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
You Said I don't give a damn about your hatchlings, your flair, any of that crap. It's just a virtual version of Let me tell you about my character, it's a half-elf ranger with a plus-twelve longsword and a magic bow and...

You've all been in that discussion at a convention, gnawing your leg off to escape. I suppose I could have updated that for WoW characters instead of D&D. It would have been more appropriately virtual.


Guilty here. However I try at conventions or online to let the audience opt-in to my endless D&D, WoW and gamer geeking. In fact I believe bovil was one of the people early in my LJ usage to lead by good example on how to filter and place behind the cut topics for a cleaner, more manageable view.

So thank you for the inspiration and insight for doing it with FB.
nitroace
Mar. 31st, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'll follow your instructions. The amount of notifications I'm getting is quite out of hand. When doing a quiz or some such the "now send this to your 20 bestest friends" page usually has a "skip" button in very tiny print. I generally use that to avoid sending crap to others.

Thanks again for the FB advice.
esprix
Sep. 8th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
By the way, I wanted to thank you for these tips. I'm finally aggregating my LJ to FB since some friends are only there and I'd like to keep in touch, but I am growing to loathe FB more and more. This will help keep me sane! :)
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