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7 Facebook Habits You Should Adopt In 2015

Everyone loves to complain about Facebook, but there are things we can all do to make it better. Here are 7 habits you should adopt in 2015 to make Facebook better.

1. Stop Liking Everything

facebook_thumbEvery time you click Like, it gives Facebook a little more information about you and what you find valuable. The problem is, you don’t know exactly how Facebook interprets your likes or what impact it has on what you see (or don’t see) in your News Feed. In a previous blog post, I described What Happens If You Like Everything On Facebook. The results are not so good. Stop liking so many things, and save it for the stuff you really, really Like.

2. Stop Writing On Friends’ Walls

When you write on someone’s Wall, it’s visible to mutual friends and possibly the whole world, depending on their privacy settings. It frequently even shows up in other peoples’ News Feed! If you want to send someone a message, then send them a personal Message. Or an email. Or call them. Usually when people write on friends’ walls it’s to pretend to say something personal, but it’s really to say something to everyone else. It’s often a subtle way of showing off.

Amy Jones –> Mary Johnson: “Oh, the party last night was amazing! Thanks for the invite!”
Translation: “Look everyone, I got invited to this party, and it was amazing! See how cool I am?””

Stop doing that.

3. Turn Off Push Notifications On Your Phone

imageTrust me, it’s better. You don’t need to be interrupted whenever someone clicks Like on your post or if you receive a new comment. It just sucks you into the Facebook black hole even further, and ends up wasting more of your time. Check Facebook when you have time, and look at your notifications then. Follow Facebook’s instructions to disable push notifications.

4. Post Things People Want To See, Not What You Want To Show Them

This is kind of a mindset change, and I think the quality of the content on Facebook would improve if everyone followed it. Instead of Facebook being a vanity show where everyone shows off, treat it like you’re a publisher and your friends are your customers. You should post things that others would genuinely be interested in seeing, rather than what you want them to see. They will value your posts more and feel like you are making their Facebook experience better. Before posting, ask yourself, “Who will be really interested in seeing this? Who will really like this?” If there is no genuine audience for the post, then you’re probably just self-promoting.

5. Check Your “Other” Inbox

imageDid you know that you may be receiving personal messages that you never see? Maybe a long-lost friend found you on Facebook and wants to say hi or verify that you’re the right person before requesting to be friends. But Facebook hides these messages from you, tucked away in an “Other” Inbox, and never notifies you that they are there. CNet even wrote an article about this: Find overlooked messages in Facebook’s ‘Other’ inbox

You should check your “Other” inbox every so often, just to make sure you aren’t missing anything. Chances are, there will be junk mail or spam in there, if anything. But you never know. I have known people to rekindle old friendships that they would have missed if they hadn’t checked their Other inbox.

6. Verify Information Before Sharing

http://www.snopes.com/images/template/snopeslogo.gifPlease stop clicking “Share” on every post that tugs at your heartstrings, or every post that promises a free Disney vacation. They are very often not true. And before sharing that missing child photo or missing dog photo, do a little homework. For example, I’ve seen this photo (from 2013!) shared many times, but Snopes clearly says he was found. In fact, the original photo was posted after he was actually found! No one should be sharing it! Here are some ways to verify posts before re-sharing it:

  • Go to Snopes.com and do a quick search. They have detailed information on many hoaxes, myths, fake missing persons reports, etc.
  • Click through to the original post and read the comments. Quite often on missing pet photos, for example, there will be a comment that says “Found, thanks!”. So there is no need to re-share it.
  • Check the date of the original post. If it’s a missing cat photo from 3 years ago, you can safely bet that you don’t need to share it. These posts keep getting shared for years by people with good intentions, but it isn’t necessary.
  • If it’s a contest, check the authenticity of the Page that posted it. If it’s a company like Disney, but the Page has only 400 Likes? That’s a clear indicator that it’s fake. Check the comments. Are people pointing out that the contest is fake? Are there multiple Page posts that are just pure contests? Probably fake.
  • Be critical of the wording. If the post says “50 winners will be chosen tomorrow!” then you can guarantee it’s fake. Real contests use exact dates, give detailed information, and will never require that you Share a post to enter. There are rules that Pages must follow to post contests to Facebook, so “sloppy” looking contests are almost always fake.

7. Stop Trying To Convince People That You’re Awesome. Just Be Awesome.

imageIn our new world of Social Media, many people feel the need to market themselves. Brand themselves. Create an identity and shape the world’s view of themselves. But this gets old really fast, and people are tired of it. Be genuine. Stop trying to convince people that you are a certain kind of person, and just be that person. When you post something, ask yourself, “Am I doing this so people will think of me in a certain way? Am I trying to reinforce the brand that I want people to see?” If so, then don’t post it. Instead, just be a genuine person and let your passions come through. Focus on being the person you want to be, rather than trying to convince everyone that you are that person.

Happy New Year!

I hope some of these tips will make you think or help you use Facebook in a little better way in 2015. Facebook is sure to introduce lots of new things in the coming year that will surprise and frustrate us. I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year!

Bonus #8: Use Social Fixer, the free browser extension that improves Facebook by adding features and fixing annoyances to make it more fun and efficient. Smile 

Matt Kruse

Social Fixer 12.0: Comment button, image previews, and more

logo_detailed_20053_thumbVersion 12.0 restores the “Submit Comment” button, adds Ctrl+Enter as a way to submit comments, fixes most image previews when hovering, and more.

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Install the 12.0 update from SocialFixer.com

What's Fixed / Changed

  • Submitting comments is now better than ever! This update adds a “Submit comment” button you can click to post comments. You can also (optionally) use Ctrl+enter to submit, and Tab+Enter still works too.
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    • Image previews when hovering over thumbnails and profile pictures now works in most cases.
      • https://fbstatic-a.akamaihd.net/rsrc.php/v2/yo/r/UlIqmHJn-SK.gifSecurity settings may cause some profile pictures to appear as the default FB Pic.
        • In some cases, image previews still don’t work, but I’m working on it.</ul>
        • Fixed the Messages dropdown so clicking a message doesn’t open it in the chat window
          • Fixed the hiding of user information popup when hovering over user names</ul> ## What’s Removed

          • I disabled the comment “reply” feature completely until I can fix it. It is broken because of major code changes in the internals of Facebook. So far I haven’t been able to make it work with their new code.

            • Removed the Social Fixer News link and subscription. Facebook removed my list with over 2.4 million subscribers, without an explanation or even notifying me! My emails to them about this have gone unanswered. This is extremely frustrating.
              • Removed the “Automatically expand “SHOW X SIMILAR POSTS” links” option because it no longer applies and doesn’t do anything. </ul> #### Questions? Problems? Need Support?

              The Support Team and the Social Fixer user community can help you out in the Social Fixer Support Group, located here: http://SocialFixer.com/support/

              Please, Donate_ **to support development!_

              Matt Kruse, developer of Social Fixer

Social Fixer 11.2: Bug Fixes, Missed Stories, Font Options

logo_detailed_20053_thumbVersion 11.2 is a minor patch update that squashes a few bugs, fixes a few more annoyances, and adds a few new user-requested features. 

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Install the 11.2 update by going to SocialFixer.com

What's New

  • New Option [Layout Tab]: Add a link to “Missed Stories” in the left side navigation. (This was a user request). This is a Facebook feature that not everyone knows about, that shows you stories that may not have appeared in your News Feed. It is enabled by default, but you can remove it by hovering over it and click the “x” that appears.
  • New Option [Display Tab]: Change the default font to whatever you choose. Enter a valid font name and everything on Facebook should change. (This was a user request).
  • The Events section in left side navigation can now be hidden by hovering and clicking the “x” in the upper right.
  • New Option [Advanced Tab]: “Use MutationObserver to watch for inserted content”. If you are experiencing performance problems or your browser is locking up, you can try enabling this option to see if it helps. It just uses a different way to detect new content added to the page by Facebook. I haven’t yet figured out why this method works much better for only some users.

What's Fixed / Changed

  • In some cases Top Stories mode was incorrectly identified, switching users to Most Recent in error.
    • The “Reply” link added to comments by Social Fixer now works more consistently and correctly and won’t be added if Facebook’s built-in Reply link is already there.
      • Image preview was showing when viewing pictures in the “lighbox” popup, making it difficult to tag friends. (This was a user request).
        • Reorganized the Options for post processing, action icons, control panel, etc in the “Posts” tab.</ul> ## Important Notes

        Here are some notes to address user comments, questions, and concerns:

        • Uploaded animated gifs never animate - only posted links to gifs with previews will animate. This is not a problem, and can’t be fixed because Facebook automatically converts uploaded gif files to jpg which removes the animation.
          • Using Tab –> Enter to submit comments fails for some users intermittently. Facebook is testing new code for its comment box, and I need to update my code to be compatible with it. I’m aware of the problem and will work on this.
            • For some users, clicking the Home link when on one of their Pages causes an infinite reload loop. I haven’t yet been able to identify the root cause of this or reproduce it myself.
              • If Events is in your Favorites in the left column and you hide it using Social Fixer’s “x”, a blank space is left. This isn’t a problem I will address, because if you don’t want it in Favorites you can just remove it from Favorites!
                • Safari 7.1 has some issues with extensions, and users may think Social Fixer won’t install. This is a Safari issue, and it usually works if you remove the extension, reboot, then install it again.</ul> ## Questions? Problems? Need Support?

                The Support Team and the Social Fixer user community can help you out in the Social Fixer Support Group, located here: http://SocialFixer.com/support/

                Please, Donate_ **to support development!_

                Matt Kruse, developer of Social Fixer