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March 26, 2009

How to make the new Facebook less hateful

OK, we have 3 big problems here... 1) Your Facebook homepage is a mess. Not enough wheat, too much chaff. It's chafing :) 2) You get useless notifications. 3) Your privacy is not secure any more. Those funny/ naughty/ loving/ friendly messages or gifts you send (or receive) are visible to everyone in your friends list. Learn how to fix it easily by yourself in minutes. The tips are below. Cooking time for this recipe - 10 minutes or less. But do make sure you follow all steps and add all the ingredients. Don't forget the salt in Tip #3
***************************************** > BREAKING NEWS ***************************************** Good news, Bad News, Good News… Great News - These tips work well. I’m overwhelmed by your responses on the wall here and in my inbox. I have also been sent some hot tips by people including a GREAT one I didn’t know before by Lucy Westerman. The Bad News – Facebook does not allow me to contact you since the group size is larger than 5000. How couth is that. NOT! Good news – I have created a ‘page’ here on FB called Skillfoo. It works like something between a group and a personal profile. It will let me post a status that you will see like a standard Status Update from a friend. That way we can have at least some sort of a channel of communication open. I hope to be sharing some very cool tips there that I have stolen from all over the place. Please either search for SKILLFOO on the search box above or use this link directly http://www.facebook.com/pages/Skillfoo/59441729633 and then click on ‘Become a Fan’ It’ll take me a day to post fresh updates and to start answering the questions some of you have asked. I’m also doing a downloadable & printable document of all tips. I can only work on this a few hours a day so please do be patient with me and not hate me if I can’t respond to personal messages individually. This group runneth over :) -------------------------------------------------------------------- Tip #1 - How to clean up your Notifications Click on the notifications icon on the lower right side of the screen next to 'Online friends'. Click on 'See All' on top right of this box. On the right side of the screen you will see a column of applications that send notifications. The first is 'Applications you have authorized'. You may want to keep most of these checked (e.g. wall). Uncheck the ones where you don't want to be notified of any updates. The section below it is Other Applications. Uncheck the ones you don't want to be bothered with. I suspect you will find almost all of them worthless and would uncheck them. I only kept Feed Comments checked on mine. You might have to do this step again later once you get notifications from new applications that were not there the first time around. This step takes about 60 seconds and within 3 days you should have a much cleaner notification list. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Tip #2 - How to protect your privacy and also stop spamming your friends home pages unknowingly (The ‘Do Unto Others’ principle) Take your mouse over 'Settings' in the blue bar on top of the screen. Don't click on it but on 'Application Settings' that drops down in the menu. On top right of page you will see a box with the word Show before it. It will probably say Recently Used. Change that to 'Allowed to Post' Now you will see a list of all the applications that post your activity on your home page and on the home pages of all your friends (Blush!) Click on 'Edit settings' of the first one. Change setting to 'Never publish any stories from xxx'. Then click on the Profile tab above, in this same box. Change Privacy to 'Only Me' Do the same for the rest of the Apps you want to keep private. In future, whenever you add a new App, after you have pressed Allow, and while you are still in the App, hover your mouse above Settings on top of the page and select the 4th option which will be the settings for the app you are in. Change that to 'Never Publish' and Privacy to 'Only Me' so that you never have to manage this list again. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Tip #3 - Spread the word (Think about it… it won’t work for you till your friends clean up their act too). Share this group and make it easy for your friends and also those who are unwittingly spamming you. They will have a cleaner Facebook, and once they follow Tip #2 above, YOUR Facebook will be cleaner too. Click on SHARE (top right of this page) to post this group on your profile with an appropriate message. It takes 15 seconds and earns you REAL karma points too. It'll perhaps also be a smart idea to click on 'Invite People to Join' on the right side of this page. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Tip #4 – Join the page Skillfoo to receive fresh updates. I’m amazed at what people have discovered and I’m sure they will continue to pour in new ideas. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Skillfoo/59441729633 and click on ‘Become a fan. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Enjoy! If we are not already friends here, please feel free to send me an Add. I am likely to be delighted to accept, especially if you are female and you seem to be a real person with a real ID. ;)

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