I have tried to steer clear of the Facebook frenzy mainly because I don’t like the platform (it is too unwieldy) and frankly, pretty boring. I would be lying if I said I don’t have several accounts and regularly use it to advertise some of my own entrepreneurial ventures. After all, how can 500,000 million users be wrong?
However, with the release of the movie The Social Network and Mark Zuckerberg’s recent foray into saving Newark, NJ and secondary education, it is getting difficult to avoid entering the fracas (not to mention that it is good for SEO).
While the popularity of Facebook continues to grow, it is becoming increasingly difficult for new and even long time users for figure out how to successfully use the platform. To overcome the difficulties and complexities of Facebook, the folks over at CollegeCrunch.org posted an article to help college students (and others) makes Facebook “less annoying” to use.
I find this extremely ironic, since college students were the first Facebook users and mainly responsible for its meteoric rise in social media circles!
10 Ways to Make Facebook Less Annoying
While Facebook has grown and evolved a whole lot from when it first was created, it seems as though it also seems to be losing some popularity. People who have had Facebook for years have noticed the drastic changes and numerous page layouts and defaults that have changed Facebook in recent years. The following changes could help Facebook turn around its image and be a little less annoying:
1. Friend requests procedure
Unless you have some major privacy settings set on your account, it’s fairly easy for anyone you know- or don’t know for that matter, to send you a friend request on Facebook. The problem arises when you don’t know or care to be friends with that person and you ignore their request. You can then be bombarded by repeated attempts which can be annoying and creepy. Making it impossible for someone to send you a friend request once you have denied them, would make the Facebook procedure a lot less annoying.
2. College students only
When Facebook first started, only college students and staff were able to join and create profiles. Facebook required you to have some type of university administered email that had to be verified before users could join. Now that just anyone can join, it allows all sorts of people you don’t want to be friends with send you friend requests. When you start getting friend requests from your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and then people you don’t even know you begin to wish Facebook went back to just letting university students and staff in on the network.
3. Limit status updates
Everyone has someone on their Facebook that updates their status and informs you of every step along the way in their day. Not only can documenting their day on Facebook become extremely annoying, it’s also an open door for other people to know where you are and what you are doing. We don’t really need to know who’s eating what and with whom, who’s fighting with their significant other and how drunk someone is, it’s best to limit the amount of times a person could update their status a day- it would be a lot less annoying and probably stop a lot of people from yelling at their computer screens or phones.
4. Eliminate Farmville
While Farmville and other games on Facebook seem to have plenty of followers, the people that don’t play these games shouldn’t have to be subjected to constantly view their progress in the game. A group has even been started on Facebook that invites discussion and provides info for those that hate games entitled "I don’t care about your farm, or your fish, or your park, or your mafia!!!" That group alone has over 6 million members, and is a sign that the elimination of that game and many others would make a lot of people on Facebook less annoyed.
5. The layout wasn’t changed so often
If you’ve been a user with Facebook over the last several years you’ll know that the layout is changed quite frequently. It seems as though just as you are getting used to the current layout, it is changed again and you are left wondering how to navigate through things and don’t know where to find certain settings, applications, and general things on your home page or profile. Plenty of Facebook users find this extremely annoying, as sometimes it takes days to figure out and get used to the new layout, for it only to be changed and relearned in a couple of months.
6. Easier and more understandable privacy and account settings
It seems that anytime you are trying to customize or change privacy or account settings, its not very easy to navigate through. It would help a great deal if the privacy settings were clear enough to where you do not have to individually manage settings and type in every single person’s name in your blocked or not blocked lists. It seems as though anytime you want to change something in your privacy settings, it’s going to take a while, and that can be very annoying.
7. Categorize picture tagging
As if picture tagging wasn’t a chore in itself, the fact pictures can not be tagged in separate groups can be very annoying. Since most of us on Facebook like to limit our profiles from certain friends, coworkers, or family members, it’s kind of annoying that you can’t also group and tag your photos in some way so that they can be under different categories. That would save a lot of time and frustration when uploading and tagging pictures.
8. Block applications, event invitations, etc.
We’ve all been all that point when our notifications are nothing but event invitations, invitations to join a certain cause, or to join a certain group. If you are one of the ones that finds this annoying, you can modify your settings so that you don’t receive a notification whenever you receive one. It would probably just be less annoying to be able to block all invitations in general, because even if you modify your notifications, the events and invitations will still show up on your home page.
9. Don’t accept just anyone
While some people feel bad denying friend requests with people they don’t know or would just not rather catch up with, being choosy with who you decide to accept as a friend is pretty important. Accepting someone just because you don’t want to feel bad or don’t want them to keep requesting you is going to annoy you more when you can’t stand to see their walls, status updates, and photo albums. So, keep it easier on yourself and don’t accept people you’d rather not having anything to do with.
10. Delete your account
If you really are at the breaking point with Facebook and find yourself so annoyed with it all the time, there are two options. You can either limit the amount of times you login per week so that you dont have to be bothered and annoyed by people’s pictures, updates, and wall posts, or you can delete your account all together and never worry about Facebook annoying you again.
Until next time…
Good Luck and Good Following!!!!!!!