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Fri Jan 18, 2013, 07:21 PM

May I offer some quick advice to make Facebook not suck as much? [View all]

Lately, I've been revising the way I do Facebook, as my newsfeed has become hopelessly cluttered with advertisements, right-wing douchebags, automated posts from Farmville players, etc. Here's what I've done to deal with that.

1. Install Social Fixer ( http://socialfixer.com/ ). It's a browser plugin, available for most major browsers except Internet Explorer. It automatically filters out the Farmville stuff, lets you set up your own filters, and has about twenty million features for improving your Facebook experience.

2. Work your lists. Group your friends into lists. Specifically, I just created a new friend list called Dunbar's Circle, named after Dunbar's Number ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar's_number ), which describes a theoretical cognitive limit in the human brain that limits the number of meaningful relationships a person can maintain to about 150-200 people. So, I cap the number of people in Dunbar's Circle to 200, I require that people I put on this list be actual human beings that I've met and interacted with in meat-space, and that I have some reason or motivation to invest my social energy with them.)

3. Use your Restricted List. Set your status updates to be visible to Friends Except Restricted, and if you're dealing with some jerkass, say a relative, that you'd like to unfriend, but can't without causing a shitstorm, put him there. He won't know, and he won't see your status updates, and you can keep him out of the loop as to what you're posting on Facebook.

It doesn't solve all the problems, and I'm sure Zuckerberg will come up with creative new ways to make Facebook suck so he can make money, but this helps make the place more tolerable, and more useful for keeping up with friends and family.

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