If 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?