I’ve heard so many people who are talking about how they are tired from Facebook, tired of getting applications that spam their time online, how it has spammed their inbox and so on. People that are tired of seeing their friends update all the time, “polluting” their news feed and so on.
Instead of having constant complaints I suggest getting to know the system better and the magic link for it is: http://www.facebook.com/feed_prefs.php.
Preferences: Control your exposure
This magic page lets you do two main things. First, it lets you choose how many feeds you will get from each Facebook function, and with a very simple, DJ like interface, you choose. The second thing, in the bottom of the page, is you get to choose whom of your contacts in particular you want to see more feeds from and from whom you want to see less. On the left you choose who you want to see more, on the right- less. Easy.
These preferences will dramatically control your experience on Facebook.
From someone who “practices” his experience preferences I can tell you it is also important to change some names on these lists from time to time or else you “lose” people, so it’s good to vary occasionally. Oh, and one last thing about that- you got 40 names to play with on each side.
Applications: Block them
Like everyone else I was bombarded with invitations until I decided to become pro-active of my experience with applications, I’ll explain:
Applications can be blocked. Applications’ spread is a function of trends. Blocking is the answer to everything.
I’ve done two things:
1- I’ve blocked every application that was sent to me (less active way)
2- I’ve blocked applications at the applications page (more active way)
2.1- I specifically blocked those applications I remembered friends sent me. The implication of this is that the invitation masses dropped to one or two a week. How is that for a solution, you like it?