How to Fix Facebook Annoyances
There's no denying that Facebook is enormously popular, with over one billion members. But it's also enormously frustrating and annoying sometimes. Some things are hidden or hard to find. Others just won't go away. Navigating the ever-changing interface is daunting. What if you could fix all that with just a few clicks? Read on to learn how….
Social Fixer to the Rescue!
If you use Facebook at all, you've probably encountered some of most common annoyances, and wondered "Why in the world does it do THAT?" or "Why can't I just do THIS?" Then you probably resigned yourself to the fact that there's nothing you can do to change Facebook.
What programmer born and trained anywhere on Earth would make the Enter key the Submit key in a comment box? This is why many Facebook comments lack proper paragraphing and are difficult to read, or end in the middle of a sentence.
Who but a malevolent space monster would make notification pop-ups appear in the lower left corner, right over the window in which one is writing a comment? And you cannot turn off those pop-ups or move them out of the way; there, I just saved you an hour of wasted time in Facebook’s unhelpful “help” system.
It’s a browser add-on available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and even Grease Monkey. But not for Internet Explorer, because Microsoft makes third-party add-ons difficult. There's a good reason to switch, if you still use IE.
How Does Social Fixer Improve Facebook?
Here is a wholly inadequate bullet list of the major blessings that Social Fixer bestows:
- Force the Enter key to be Newline in comments, so you don't prematurely send your unfinished comment.
- Make the news feed show "Recent Stories First".
- Tabbed News Feeds -- Posts from Facebook's most popular games and applications will be separated into their own tabs, so you needn't be bothered with this trivia unless you want to see it.
- Advanced Feed Filters -- give you control over what stories you want to see or hide, by moving stories to separate tabs, based on rules you create.
- The ability to mark posts as read, so you don't have to keep scrolling past things you've already seen.
- Show only your online friends in the chat list (rather than whoever Facebook picks to show).
- Change font size used in comments.
- Enlarge Thumbnails On Hover -- Place your mouse over an image in on your timeline, and the full-sized photo will appear in a popup.
- Friend Tracker – Get notified when someone unfriends you.
- Enhanced Left-Column Navigation -- Makes it easier to find links to some features of Facebook
- Pin the Notifications window to right side of the screen.
The death of that notification pop-up alone is worth a tip. Many other small but precious graces are granted by SocialFixer. And it's customizable, so you can turn most features on or off, depending on how you want to personalize your Facebook experience.
Paying it Forward...
Did I mention that Social Fixer is free? Yes, Kruse requests a modest donation if you use the software and find it helpful. But that's optional. I would highly recommend it, though, because Kruse provides Social Fixer as a labor of love. He's got a family and a regular day job. People like him, who provide free high quality stuff online, should be encouraged.
I want to share an example of how dedicated and generous this guy is. Yesterday, I had to run System Restore to fix a problem on my laptop. Afterwards, Social Fixer no longer worked, even after re-installing the software. I appealed to Matt Kruse via Facebook at 6:26 p.m. Pacific time. His response arrived at 9:40 p.m. (10:40 Matt’s time). He sent a link to a page of potential solutions, all clearly written and easily followed step by step, with screenshots. I had my precious Social Fixer back in ten minutes flat. So I tipped him again via Paypal.
Here's another good reason to toss something into the Social Fixer tip jar. Kruse was recently smacked down by Facebook, who claimed that he somehow "violated community standards" by having a page and support group on Facebook that helps people enjoy Facebook more. His Social Fixer page, which had over 300,000 "likes" was deleted without any notice along with his support group.
Social Fixer will continue on, but it'll be harder for Kruse to communicate with those who want information and support. I think you'll find it a very useful tool. Not since Prodigy stopped advertising on TV have I used the cliche’, “You just gotta try this thing!” But you do.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 19 Sep 2013
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