Fix your social media.
I know my post for the past couple of weeks have been pretty random, but, hey, it’s the end of the year and I’ve been cleaning out old links.
I’ve noticed since I’ve been mostly off of Facebook this year, I’ve been more relaxed. My stress about the election, I think, has been considerably less than most of the people I know. This can’t be a coincidence. In fact, I’m sure they’re related. Facebook, for the most part, adds nothing to my life. There’s always been too much there for me to keep up with anyway, not to mention all the rage-inducing exchanges I’ve had with people who seem incapable of listening to reason or forming a cogent argument about anything.
Still, I understand the addiction. It’s hard to turn away from that flow of apparent social interaction once you get hooked. And, of course, there are legitimate reasons to connect there, like the movie groups my wife belongs to on Facebook. So, how do you avoid all the cruft that makes you crazy? Well, if you’re a Firefox (or Chrome) user, there’s a fix for that: Social Fixer.
Social Fixer is a free Greasemonkey script that let’s you hide sponsored posts, advertising, political posts, pages you don’t want to see and more. Yes, you have to install the Greasemonky add-on first, but other than that, it’s pretty straight forward. And, it’s the personal project of a regular guy who had the same frustrations as you and I, so you don’t have to worry about more corporate sponsors and greed ruining the fun. And, if you’d like, you can make donations, but it’s not a requirement to use the tool.
So make your social media great again and clean up your Facebook with Social Fixer!