Facebook ‘Crap Be Gone’ App: Social Fixer

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SocialFixerLogo650“I love every single Facebook feature and every spammy post that shows up in my News Feed,” said NO ONE EVER. No matter if you are a dilettante dabbler or a Facebook fanatic, you undoubtedly at some point or another have asked yourself, “Why does Facebook do it that way? And why can’t I change it — even a little bit?” There may be some foot-stomping involved depending on your level of frustration. Facebook always has its reasons, of course, and while it claims to want the best user experience, the reality is that the company has a bottom line to meet and advertisers to keep happy. So what is a poor Facebook user to do (besides dump Facebook, but let’s not get crazy)? Call in the Social Fixer — that’s what!

OK, it’s not THE Social Fixer for everything that ails you, it’s just Social Fixer for Facebook. But this browser plug-in designed by JavaScript developer Matt Kruse will let you do things with Facebook that will leave you giddy as a schoolgirl.

Want to filter your News Feed? Do crazy stuff like organize your feed into tabs, hide stories by keyword, author or app? Done.

How about hiding posts you’ve already read? Or automatically loading your page when you hide all those posts you’ve read? Yup, that’s in there, too.

Speaking of hiding, you can hide parts of your page. Never want to see prompts to like pages or sick of birthday reminders? Click-bang-zoom. Gone.

Or what about hashtags? Do you live or die by them, or are you on the #HateHashtags bandwagon? With Social Fixer, you can decide if you want to see them and how.

And these are just a few things you can do with Social Fixer — check out its full list of features here.

Social Fixer is a free service, but you can donate to help Kruse continue to upgrade and improve as Facebook continues to evolve. And to help keep up with the changes that continually occur, Social Fixer has its own Facebook page, where you can get the latest bug fixes, version updates and other pressing info.

Using Social Fixer will let you create the Facebook experience you want to have. Seriously, it will. See what you want to see, arrange your page the way that works for YOU. More efficient, less irritating and just in general more fun.

So why put up with a subpar experience when you can download this add-on and drive Facebook like a Caddy with the top down?

Readers: Do you use it and love it?

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Facebook Should Listen To Social Fixer When It Comes To New Features

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SocialFixerBlogLogo650If you’re on Facebook a lot, you’ve likely discovered Social Fixer and its myriad options to take control of your News Feed. If not, you should check it out after reading this post, because beyond offering a suite of nifty (and necessary) options to organize your stream, its creator, Matt Kruse, posts some great social insight on his blog.

People have many gripes about Facebook. Some are justified, but many just aren’t. It’s free, after all, folks!

But justified or not, there is room for improvement – and here are three suggestions from Kruse that I agree with wholeheartedly:

Passive Friend Requests

Have you ever seen someone on Facebook who you know, kind of, and you’d like to connect, but it’s too awkward to reach out (particularly when you can’t be sure if they’re one of those “this weirdo I hardly know just friend requested me!” types)? Well, passive friend requests would remedy that. Kruse wrote:

You indicate that you would like to be friends with someone, but no message is sent, no notification triggered. They don’t know you did anything. Then, if they also do the same, you become friends. If the feeling is mutual, you both connect without the awkwardness … and if it’s not mutual, nothing happens, and no one ever knows.

Filtering Posts By Keyword, User, Type, Etc.

“Everyone probably has a list of things they just don’t care to ever read about,” Kruse wrote, like Miley Cyrus. Well, if Facebook let us filter our News Feeds (as Social Fixer does once you download it, FYI — and it’s free), we could have options before “unfollow,” which is a bummer of an option, isn’t it?

This will likely never happen though, as Facebook has tried to force Social Fixer to remove it as a feature on its application.

Turn Off Comments And Likes On Posts

Ever witness friends have a complete meltdown on your posts, fighting and insulting and acting crazy as they go back and forth in a never-ending battle deciding nothing beyond who can Google a topic most creatively? Kruse wrote:

Or have you ever posted about a thought or event, perhaps something sad, just to share with others but not necessarily seeking out endless “so sorry to hear that” or other messages that almost demand your acknowledgment?

The ability to turn off likes and comments would be a fantastic addition to Facebook, wouldn’t it?

Readers: You can find the rest of Kruse’s well-thought-out list here. Are there any you would add?

Murray Newlands is an entrepreneur, business advisor, and online-marketing professional. In 2013, he founded TheMail.com. He is a columnist for Entrepreneur.

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