Facebook has a lot of flaws, but it’s free. So, you probably just shrug them off and hope that someday Zuckerburg will decide to fix them. Waiting is no longer necessary. I’ve discovered a cool social media tool called Social Fixer, thanks to a buddy of mine on Facebook that mentioned this amazing little add-on.
Social Fixer aims to improve Facebook’s usability. It has tons of cool little features and fixes, but the most impressive one is the ability to block annoying posts, possibly saving countless relationships with family and friends.
No one wants to admit it, but sometimes a stream of posts that are contrary to your own beliefs can actually become quite a problem when they are clogging up your news feed. For example, perhaps you are like myself and many of your relatives lean toward Tea Party politics, when you are a democrat. Or maybe you believe that Paula Deen should be fired, but many of your friends are posting that she should be saved. Or maybe you are an atheist and your friends are always posting about God. Or maybe it’s gay marriage. Social Fixer gives any user the power to filter out any topic that they choose. You can take any of the number of little peccadillos that we all have and this tool is flexible enough to eliminate them all from your newsfeed in just two easy steps.
Step One: Install Social Fixer
It’s easy to install. Just go to the site and download the appropriate version for your selected browser. I took all the recommended default settings and then added in specific tweaks later as needed. Social Fixer is supported by all of the following browsers: FireFox, Chrome, Safari, Opera and Grease-monkey. It doesn’t currently work with Internet Explorer.
Step Two: Setup Your Filters
So, what kind of posts should you eliminate? That’s up to you. There was a time when I couldn’t stand to look at any posts about babies and pregnancy because my husband and I were struggling with infertility. So, this is the kind of filter that I setup. First, click on the wrench icon in your upper right hand corner. Then, in the popup box select the Filtering tab. Leave your Author blank, unless there is a specific person that you want to focus on. Leave Application blank.
Under Other insert either a single text word in Matching Text, such as baby or insert multiple words as follows: /text1|text2|text3/i. So, my text looked something like this: /baby/babies/pregnancy/pregnant/ultrasound/i. You need the i at the end to eliminate case sensitivity.
Under Action choose what you want to do with these posts. I chose to create a separate tab for them by selecting Move to Tab and then creating a name for that tab, in case I ever wanted to take a peak. Otherwise, you can totally eliminate them by checking Hide.
Social Fixer is also robust enough to eliminate links or photos. Just, keep Author and Applications the same, but under Other use the Matching Selector field. For a link, use the following text: a[href*=”text1|text2|text3″, where the text changes according to your desired filter.
It’s so easy to setup a filter that you can do it quickly when a new controversial or offensive topic starts appearing in your news feed. It’s a handy way to stay connected, instead of just powering down for the day to avoid Facebook feed frustration. Let’s face it, we love our family and friends even if we don’t always see eye to eye.
I encourage you to explore the rest of Social Fixer’s features. It is a robust application that will also allow you to hide posts you’ve already read, it highlights new comments and notifies you of anyone who has unfriended you (maybe this is not such a good thing?).
Now, all we need from Social Fixer is the mobile app version. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long.
How do you use Social Fixer?