[FIXED!] Social Fixer is Back and Better
The best thing that ever happened to Facebook was broken by Facebook for more than a year. But on August 29, 2016, the Social Fixer browser addon returned, better than ever. If you use Facebook, you just gotta have this thing! Read on…
Social Fixer is Back!
Social Fixer, you may recall from my previous glowing review, eliminates many Facebook annoyances that arose from bad programming or deliberate abuse of users. For instance, Social Fixer makes the Enter key insert a line break instead of ending and submitting a post. It also lets users control what they see on their Facebook pages, instead of what Mark Zuckerberg wants them to see. It’s estimated that between 500,000 and 1 million people use Social Fixer.
After struggling vainly for several months, Kruse gave up on fixing the original Social Fixer. The new version 15 is a complete rewrite. It’s faster, simpler to use, easier for Kruse to maintain, and incorporates new features that I didn’t realize I desperately wanted until I saw them.
One of my favorite features is the ability to mark an item as read, so the next time you view your feed, you see only the new content. Kind of like email, right? You don't want to keep seeing the same items over and over. I also love that Social Fixer lets you stay in "Most Recent" mode, instead of constantly switching you to the "Top Stories" view.
Social Fixer’s Wrench icon has a “Hide/Show Parts of the Page” option on its dropdown menu. This feature highlights with a green box the parts of the page that Social Fixer knows how to process. Click on a box to hide that area from future renderings of the page. Hidden areas are highlighted in red so you see what you’re missing and show any of them again when you wish.
Tweak Facebook to Your Liking
You can remove the left and/or right columns of Facebook’s standard three-column format. The option to stretch the center column to fill the new space is gone because it was hard to maintain and often caused undesired side effects. But you can add wide-format stylesheets from UserStyles.org to make use of the extra space.
News feed filters are now more powerful and accessible. A library of filters written by advanced Social Fixer users is available for the less technically proficient to “subscribe” to. New filters are constantly being added, and old ones to which you have subscribed are updated automatically. Here are a few examples of filters you can add to tweak your news feed with just one click:
- Filter any posts related to the U. S. elections
- Move posts about Pokemon Go to their own tab (which you never have to open)
- Save posts by specified authors to their own tabs
- Hide posts about “sponsored” and “suggested” pages
- Hide “Shared Memories”
- Hide “People you may know” posts
There are dozens of tweaks to Facebook that you can make with Social Fixer. It returns control of the user experience to the user, as long as a desktop browser is used. Mobile versions of Social Fixer are the Next Big Thing, and I hope that happens soon. To install Social Fixer, visit the download page and click the link for your web browser. Social Fixer is available for Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Support for Microsoft Edge (the new browser in Windows 10) is listed as "coming soon." If you use Internet Explorer or Opera, no Social Fixer for you.
It's important to realize that Social Fixer is the creation of one guy, Matt Kruse. By day, he writes web applications for a staffing company. After his wife and kids go to bed, Matt stays up until the wee hours of the morning refining and expanding Social Fixer. It’s a work of love, he says, and that’s why he does not insist on being paid for it. But there’s a donation button, and if you find that this handy tool makes your time on Facebook measurably bettter, click it to express your gratitude with a few bucks.
Social Fixer deserves permanent enshrinement in the Software Hall of Fame, and Matt Kruse deserves whatever donation you can spare for his heroic efforts that have improved the Facebook experience for thousands of people. Your thoughts on this topic are welcome. Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 2 Sep 2016
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