Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Making Facebook A Happier Place...

We're all well aware of the US election result last week, and this isn't a post talking directly about it, as there are enough of them in the blogosphere already without me adding my two-cents. However, this is a post all about how to make your Facebook a happier place around politically charged times.

I have been a Facebook user for nearly 10 years now, and during that time I've seen it shift from being a haven for students posting drunk pictures, to a place where families keep in touch and people share images and videos all the time. Unfortunately the shift has meant that it isn't always such a fun place to be, and you can learn about the political leanings of your family, which you may not agree with.

The vast majority of my family are on Facebook now, and some of them like to share pictures from pages, and some of these are from pages which I am vehemently against, such as Britain First and other disgusting things. When I see people who I love and respect sharing things which I disagree with it is never pleasant. Some people would argue with those family members, but instead, I am a huge fan of the "hide all from" button. In case you didn't know what it looks like I'll put a picture of it below for you.

Now, I don't actually have anything against the page World Travel, but it was the first thing I could find on my feed that I don't actually subscribe to (which is a good thing!). The hide all button is my best friend, it means that when your adorable Great Grandma likes something hideously racist, you can just choose not to see that, and you can carry on having a relationship with her without arguments.

The unfollow button is something I rarely use, but have to sometimes when a family member posts status updates which upset me on a regular basis, it means that you are still friends with them, and they will never know that you choose not to see their updates.

This is a great technique for keeping the peace with family members, and filtering out all of the crap that you don't want to see on a daily basis. Now my Facebook is mostly just full of the people I care about, and some pages which make me giggle so I don't want to block.

I hope you've found this helpful, and let me know if you do the same thing with your Facebook too!

Rachel x

1 comment

  1. I'm a huge fan of the unfollow button - I first discovered it a few years ago when an old school friend was constantly updating her status boasting about how perfect her life was - it got boring very fast!


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