@DairyCarrie: Make Facebook less like a root canal
By Carrie Mess
One of the things I hear from many people is they enjoy Facebook, but they don’t use it because they are either annoyed by all of the game requests and political rants, or worried about their privacy.
1) How to block game requests from your news feed.
I’d hate for your second cousin’s relentless game notifications to keep you from using Facebook, so let’s look at ways to tweak your Facebook feed to limit what you want to see. (These tips only apply to the desktop computer version of Facebook, not your smart phone.)
When you receive a game request, click on the little arrow in the corner and then click “I don’t want to see this” (Figure 1). A new screen will come up, giving you options (Figure 2). You will have to do this for each game, but it doesn’t take long to block them as you see them.
Follow the same steps to hide your aunt’s political rants, without having to explain why you “unfriended” her at Christmas.
2) How do I keep my posts private?
Despite some posts you may have seen, Facebook doesn’t make it difficult to keep your information somewhat private. You have control over who sees each post you publish. To select the privacy status of your messages, do one of two things.
First, each post has its own privacy settings. A post set as “public” is visible to anyone who searches your name (Figure 3). A post set to “friends” will only show up to people who are your Facebook friends.
The other way to adjust your privacy settings is under the privacy tab (Figure 4). Click the little “gear” in the corner and go to “Privacy Settings” to change your default settings.
3) Make sure you see updates from the business pages you like! Because Facebook wants to sell advertising, they won’t always show you posts from pages you have “liked” unless the page has paid to promote their post. Facebook will show you more posts from pages you have interactions on, so if you like a post, click “like” or “share” an interesting link from a page on your own profile. That will tell Facebook you want to see more from that page.
I hope these tips help you make Facebook a more enjoyable experience. If I can help you figure out how to make Facebook work for you, send me an email and I’ll be happy to help.
Carrie’s ‘Bloggers of the Month’
Janeal Wyn Yancy grew up in the small town of Cross Plains, TX where she raised sheep and a few hogs in FFA. She earned her Bachelors degree in animal science at Texas Tech University, and her Master’s and PhD in meat science at Kansas State University. At Kansas State, she met her husband, Ed, a native Arkansan. Janeal now works in the Animal Science Department at the University of Arkansas, conducting research in meat science, teaching classes and advising students. Along with her in-laws, the Yanceys raise Simmental and SimAngus cattle. Janeal blogs about meat and the meat industry from the perspective of a mom at her blog, momatthemeatcounter.blogspot.com.
Q: Why do you blog?
A: When you become a mom you learn that you have a great network of other moms who are willing to help you and give advice on all the big and little choices you have to make. Other moms are such a great resource for me, so I wanted to share what I know with them.
Lots of moms want to know more about the meat they feed their kids, and there is so much bad information circulating around the Internet. I blog from a mom’s perspective about meat and the meat industry. Hopefully, I help some moms feel more knowledgeable about the meat they are feeding their families.
Q: What is one tip you want to share to someone just starting out in social media?
A: Know your audience. There are always going to be people whose minds you can’t change. Don’t worry about them and focus on the ones who are really listening.