If you’re active on Facebook and have friends like I do, you’re encountering plenty of “soapboxers” who believe their political commentary and posts will somehow magically persuade you to vote for their presidential candidate in less than two months. On a personal note, I can’t wait until I can once again enjoy pictures of cats, pictures of kids and postcards with snarky quotes without having to navigate articles that are obviously and blatantly biased for one side of the aisle or the other. 😉
If you feel that way too, the good news is you don’t have to wait until after the election is over! Here are two areas in Facebook where you can filter what you see.
The first is to filter the ads in the right-hand column/panel. If you hover over the ad, a small “x” will appear to the right. If you click on the ad, it will remove it and you’ll have the opportunity to provide Facebook with information on why you chose to remove it. In theory, Facebook will learn your likes/dislikes to show you advertising you’re interested in. Since Facebook is a free site, advertising is one of the ways it makes money, so the ads are not going away. You might as well see ads that are interesting.
A second is to limit the content by specific friends. To do this, go to your friend’s timeline or find a recent post of theirs in your feed. Hover over their picture and then hover over the “friends” button. Then click on settings. From there, you can control the frequency of updates (all updates, most updates, only important updates) as well as the type of updates you see (life events, status updates, photos, games, comments and likes, music and videos, other activity).
As with most social media sites, there’s often more than one way to change settings, so it’s not limited to the method I’ve detailed above. The Facebook filter is not an ideal one, but it’s better than nothing. When you’re ready to un-filter that soapboxing friend, the steps are the same.
I can say that once I filtered some friends, Facebook became more enjoyable. Have you filtered content or friends yet?