Lately my Facebook friends have been dropping like flies. I hear them say: “There are too many political posts!” “All anyone posts are memes.” “I get tired of arguing.”
I feel you, but I promise there is a better way. Best of all, you don’t have to unfollow or unfriend your favorite aunt because all she posts are Minion memes (what’s up with those anyway?).
The trick is to unfollow the pages that they share. That way you’ll still see their real status updates and photos but not so many of the things you’re not interested in.
Step 1. Let’s say my friend shared this image and I don’t want to see these types of posts. I’ll click the little down arrow in the top right of the post (this exists on mobile too) to get options.
Step 2. From the dropdown, select “Hide all from <whatever page>.”
That’s it! The post will disappear and you won’t see any other posts from that page, no matter who shares it. It takes a bit of time and cultivation, but it’s cleaned up my newsfeed a ton. For example, I’ve unfollowed just about every political page and I rarely see those posts anymore.
Plus, if you make a mistake, you’ll get an instant chance to “undo”:
I hope this helped! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.
One of my biggest pet peeves is spoilers. I’m the kind of person who even avoids watching too many trailers. I hate trailers that are long and give too much away. After watching the initial trailer for something I want to see, I’ll usually avoid the rest. There’s nothing like watching a movie or TV show and discovering things along with the characters in front of you. It makes you a part of the story. So when something crucial is spoiled, you lose that moment. It possibly ruins the whole episode or movie.
There’s obviously a time period for any medium when you’ll just have to accept that people will talk about something. I mean if you get mad that someone spoils the end of The Sixth Sense for you by now, you need to get over it. But I do think that time period for talking spoilers is now much later than what it used to be. Back in the day, if you missed an episode you were out of luck unless you had a friend record it for you or you caught a special rerun weeks later. With the Internet and DVRs today, people aren’t beholden to cable providers’ schedules. People set their DVRs to automatically record their favorite shows, watch them online a few days or weeks after premiering on TV or even wait until an entire season comes to Netflix.
We completely cut cable two years ago and it was the best decision we ever made. We save hundreds of dollars a year and are perfectly content with catching up on older shows and movies on Netflix and streaming newer shows online when necessary. No regrets!
One of our current favorite shows (along with half of the country) is The Walking Dead. We watched Season 1 on Netflix and have watched Season 2 and now Season 3 on AMC’s website. AMC streams each episode on their website two days after it shows on TV. If you watched last Sunday’s episode you’ll know it was a doozie. So, I’d love to know why the official The Walking Dead Facebook page thought it was a great idea to post its biggest spoiler on that day!
I’m going to link to a screenshot to show what I’m talking about after the break. You are being warned. If you are not caught up to episode 303 of The Walking Dead, then do not click that link.
I love FarmVille. The first step is admitting it.
If you don’t know, FarmVille is an application game by Zynga on Facebook. The goal of the game is to manage a virtual farm by planting crops and orchards, raising animals and harvesting/collecting the fruits of your labors. As you play, you gain both gold and experience points. Experience points count toward levels, each new level unlocks new plants/animals/items to purchase and the ability to expand your farm. Gold can be used to purchase seeds for planting, animals and various decorations for your farm. You can also get items and bonuses for unlocking achievements or “ribbons,” usually for doing things like planting a certain number of crops, milking a certain number of cows, etc.
Another large part of the game is interacting with other Facebook friends who play FarmVille. You can add your friends as neighbors. The more friends you have as neighbors, the larger your farm can be. Friends can visit each others’ farms and fertilize crops/feed their chickens giving them bonuses when they harvest. There are a number of free gifts you can send your friends to help them with their farms including trees, animals, decor and building materials. Another bonus to having friends that play are news feed updates. When a friend makes a certain achievement or finds a special item like a lost cat or “lonely bull” they have the option of sharing it on their Facebook feed, leaving the item up for grabs for other FarmVille-playing friends.
There’s the basics. Now I’d like to share some tips/tricks I’ve learned that have aided me in playing the game.
But, Amber, I hate FarmVille. How do I never hear about your stupid chickens laying eggs?
First thing’s first, I understand that not everyone gets or even likes FarmVille. I’ve heard of frustrated people getting bombarded by FarmVille updates in their news feeds “defriending” people. This is completely unnecessary. If you don’t want to see FarmVille updates, or any other updates for that matter, Facebook has the option to hide them.
As you can see in the image at left, I’ve highlighted the “hide” button. It appears when you hover over the right side of a news feed item. Click on it and it will give you the option to hide FarmVille updates or, if you really don’t like your friends, all of their updates.
Got it? Now on to advice for the FarmVillains who still want to play.
My first suggestion is to ditch playing FarmVille through Facebook. Once I collect the free gifts from my friends on Facebook, I head over to www.farmville.com. Why? There’s several reasons. For me, the game runs much more smoothly on the site and has a really clean interface. The big reason, though, is the “game feed.”
On FarmVille.com, there is a convenient game feed (pictured right) below your game window. If you’ve ever been frustrated because you were too late on a game bonus as a result of getting lost in your Facebook news feed, then this will come as a relief. It places all of your friends’ FarmVille updates in one place. I’ve gotten so many more coin bonuses, free animals, gas, flowers and collectibles since I started using the Web site. I’ve also been better able to help friends requesting certain items or looking for help to upgrade their storage/chicken coops.
Another positive side of using the is exclusive gifts to send your friends that can only be found on FarmVille.com.
Another way I like to play, and this is not limited to FarmVille.com, is in full screen mode. It’s especially useful when your farm gets large so you can better see everything. This is done by clicking the button on your tool bar that looks like a little square on a big square next to the “+” and “-” zoom in/out buttons.
It’s a trap!
I’m an impatient person. One thing I can’t stand on FarmVille is when harvesting trees or animals you have to wait on your miniature sprite to walk all across the farm manually picking each cherry and sheering each sheep. You can speed this process up by trapping them. Continue reading »