Social Fixer: About The Author

My name is Matt Kruse, and Social Fixer is a personal project of mine. This is where I tell you a little bit about myself...

I started working on Social Fixer (formerly known as Better Facebook) in 2009 as a Greasemonkey script for Firefox, because I was annoyed that I couldn't get rid of posts that I've already read and only see the new stuff.

From there it grew as I added more options and functionality, and released it for public use. I got a lot of feedback and more ideas, and kept building. As I learned about user script and extension support in Chrome, Safari, and Opera, I added support for those browsers also.

In July of 2010, Apple featured the Social Fixer extension in its Safari Extension Gallery and the number of users doubled in under two weeks! Since then it has enjoyed sustained growth which I think is pretty cool. It has also been featured in articles on LifeHacker and on the Kim Komando show.

I've been coding javascript since it was released to the public, back in 1995. I enjoy it because it's kind of a niche that many people don't understand, and it allows me to be creative by creating cool gadgets and scripts. Though it's a bit outdated now, I have maintained The Javascript Toolbox as a place where I offer a bunch of my libraries and scripts for free. I've also written a number of iGoogle Gadgets and written a free script called Better iGoogle that improves the iGoogle interface. I've messed around with PHP a bit, and created the free PHP Excel Reader which many people find useful.

Personally, I am married to my wife Dawn and we have three children - Emily (12), Ava (2), and Kevin, who is no longer with us. We have 3 dogs, 4 cats, and 7 chickens which forms what we like to call The Kruse Zoo!

Outside of the technical world, I enjoy all kinds of music, and I stay healthy and sane by running. I've finished three marathons (finally under 4 hrs) and continue to look for new challenges. I get through life with a healthy dose of humor and sarcasm. Though I rarely watch TV, Modern Family, 30 Rock, and SNL are the shows I never miss. I love playing with my kids and hanging out with my wife.

You'll usually find me working on Social Fixer late at night, after everyone in the house is asleep and I have some time to myself. I get lots of emails and page posts about it, which I read through often and usually respond to in bursts. I'll often reply to questions on my iPhone when I am out and about and have a few minutes to check. These replies are usually shorter and have more spelling mistakes. ;) I spend quite a few hours a week just maintaining and supporting Social Fixer. I have a normal full-time job, where I write java web applications, focused mainly in the financial industry.

I've created this application in my (limited) free time and I make it free to the Facebook user community. However, I also accept donations to help offset the development time, server expense, etc. Though I certainly don't expect everyone to donate, I'm very appreciative of those that do. The trickle of donations is how I justify to my wife all this extra time that I put into this crazy project!

I hope you enjoy Social Fixer, and I love to hear feedback on the Social Fixer Page!

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