Facebook Adds Hide This Post Option

If you read my previous post about Politics on Facebook, you may remember my final line in the post:
“Perhaps the best option would be a “hide this post” option, without hiding the person’s entire feed.  So that at least when you read it once, you didn’t have to see it again.”

I actually sent that suggestion to Facebook.  I’m sure other people have as well.  But I was pleasantly surprised to notice something new today.  I got online this morning to be greeted with yet another onslaught of political ranting from a person that I care about dearly, but tire of seeing their constant political posts.  Today I decided I’d had enough, I was just going to have to “Hide” the posts from that person.  I hated to do that, as I don’t want to miss that person’s status updates that are actually about them, and not politics.  But I’d had enough, and I was going to add this person to the short list of folks on my friend’s list of whom I have hidden their feed.  (Which means it doesn’t come into my feed, and I only see it if I visit their page.)

When I hovered in that right corner for the “x” box menu to pop up, I saw this:

Can I tell you how excited I was to see this????  At least now I only have to see these posts once.  Then I can hide that post only, and still not miss out on the rest of the person’s updates.  It’s not a perfect fix.  But I like it.  That way it isn’t hanging around on my feed page all day long.  And I don’t have to hide everything they post, or unfriend someone that I want to keep on my friend’s list.  (I blacked out the name, because I chose a random person’s post to take a screen shot of, to show you what it looks like.)

I encourage all of you to go forth and de-stress your Facebook feed page whenever you need to.




Politics on Facebook

I am well aware of the fact that I haven’t discussed politics on this blog.  That is not an accident, that was a conscious choice.  Quite frankly I am sick of political conversations.  And before anyone goes jumping all over me, I think it is *extremely* important to be informed and vote.  Not just vote.  Educate yourself, then vote.

But I don’t want to discuss it here.  There are a million places online where people banter non-stop about politics.  The world does not need that from DorkyDeb.com  Just. Not. Necessary.

(Please keep that in mind if you have a desire to post something nasty and political in the comments of this post… lol)

Now someday I might change my mind about that.  I doubt it, but you never know.  I suppose one of the good things about running your own blog is you can post whatever you want.

Well today, I am NOT talking politics.  I am talking about political posts on Facebook.  I’m not talking about a particular thing that is personally important to someone or their circle of friends.  I am referring to the endless drivel that people post and post and post and post.  What I thought would make me happy is if Facebook had a way that people could tag their status updates as political.  And if you then had the ability to block that person’s political status updates, and not their regular status updates, from your feed.  I realize it will likely never happen.  But I would love it all the same.  Because right now the options are to delete the annoying person totally, or block all of their status updates.  Neither of which I typically want to do.

Although I have done it, in regards to a pair of very extreme individuals… but to explain that situation would be a post all to itself.

Regardless of what your political beliefs are, if you are using Facebook, and have a wide variety of friends with different view points, you probably have at least one person on your list that annoys you with frequent political posts.  If that person is a family member or close friend, you may not want to block or delete them.  So they are just there, annoying you.  These are reasons that people leave Facebook (one of millions of reasons, but a reason all the same).

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wow!  It would be a lot easier to like you, if you didn’t say such incredibly stupid/hateful/vile things?” I know to some that might sound harsh, but if you’ve been through it, you know what I mean.

And it’s not that I am close-minded or one-sided.  I think I take a very honest and individual approach to all people.  I am a registered Independent (not that that is anyone’s business), and I don’t feel the need to agree with people on political views.  I am perfectly happy to agree to disagree.  But the problem really comes into play (at least for me) when people feel the need to lie to push their agenda.  Lying is a HUGE pet peeve of mine.  HUGE.  I just have so little tolerance for it.  I can totally disagree with someone 100% and that is fine.  I can totally respect someone’s right to a difference of opinion.  But if they lie to push their agenda, then that just pisses me off.  Plain and simple.

Another thing that gets on my nerves is glaring hypocrisy.  I am sure we are all hypocrites in our own special way.  But recently I saw some holier-than-thou posts about how “we should be praying for our leaders not making posts criticizing or mocking them”.   Now what made this so amusing or annoying (maybe both) is who is posting this.  Because the individual, previously posted some very very very personally insulting things in regards to a particular political figure.  And every time I see this person’s holier-than-thou post, I have to bite my tongue (or fingers I suppose) to keep from replying with, “Yes, just like you did when you posted about ________?”

And one of these days I’ll probably be in just a pissy enough mood to do it.  Then there will of course be fallout.

Clearly what that person actually meant was, “I wish people would please stop insulting the people I LIKE.” Because they’ve already made it perfectly clear by their actions that it is perfectly ok in their mind to do so, as long as they hate the political figure in question.

Now I don’t really have much of an opinion on the post.  But I have an opinion on THAT person posting it, AFTER doing the exact opposite.

It’s stuff like that, that I would rather not see.

BUT… to argue the opposite side of this….
Is it a good idea to know the political thoughts of the people you are dealing with?  Because while I like to separate these things, Can you really?  Can you really separate some of these deeply held beliefs with the person?  I think it depends on the political issue at hand and the seriousness of the issue.

Also if they made available an option like this, then people would want other options.  I can hear it now, “Can I get a monotonous tag, for those people who tell you what they ate at every.single.meal. ? ”  LOL  Stuff like that.  So I see how it could be complicated and not work.  Plus you would be counting on the individual to be honest and tag their posts as political when they were, unless you added a “mark political” tag, so that people could tag it themselves.

What do you think?  Would you like to see a “political” tag on Facebook so that you had the option to get an individual’s political updates or not?  Or are we better off knowing the political beliefs of the people we deal with?  I am on the fence, how about you?

Perhaps the best option would be a “hide this post” option, without hiding the person’s entire feed.  So that at least when you read it once, you didn’t have to see it again.

New Facebook “Places” Feature

If you haven’t heard the buzz about the new Facebook “Places” feature, you likely will be soon.  And it is already active on Facebook profiles, as of this week.

If you’re like me and find the whole idea non-useful in your life and a tad creepy…. Lifehacker has an easy step by step blog post on how to turn off as much of it as you can, or tailor it to your individual preference.

Here’s a link if you’re interested:   How to Disable Facebook Places

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Sorry old high school, you are not my friend.

Facebook is a funny thing for so many reasons.  Ever since I first joined Facebook, friends have sent me “Friend Suggestions” that I add one of my former high schools (yes the school itself) as a “friend”.   Now let me be clear, it doesn’t bother me at all that people have suggested it to me.  And I have nothing against my former friends and classmates from that school.  I have been quite happy to catch up with them online, etc.  But friending the school itself…. It’s just not going to happen.  There is nothing about that particular school that I “Like”, would ever recommend to anyone, or would want to display on my page that I was “friends” with, not in any way shape or form.  So in case that is remotely fuzzy…  It would be a cold day in Hades before I would call that school my friend.

So I regularly click “Ignore” to the “suggestion”, and move on with life.  No big deal.

Today, I got an actual Friend Request (not a suggestion) from the school’s page itself.
I have an overwhelming desire to reply back in a message something like …   “HAHAHAHAHAHA  Yeah right.”

I know, really mature of me.  But that’s the first thing that comes to mind.  Of course I won’t actually do that.  Because I know there is a real person, whomever he or she is, behind that page.  Probably one of my former classmates, and they were just being friendly in requesting me.  Which is cool.  And I have nothing against my classmates from there.  I just hated the school.

Also, isn’t it just a little weird to have a school sending you a friend request?  Yes, I know it’s actually someone I went to school with, behind a computer.  Still it seems strange.   I mean we are not talking about a business type page you can “Like”, we are talking about an actual page set up like a personal page.  Where does this end?  Will my post office be friend requesting me?  Will my gynecologist’s office be friend requesting me?

Now if my former elementary school, or junior high school had a page and requested me…  I’d ignore the mildly weird vibe of it and I’d probably be like, “Ok sure.”

But not The Black Hole of Doom that was my first high school.  Nope.  No Way.  Nada.

I would be more likely to “friend” my gynecologist.

Of course it is just a former classmate running the page and sending it.  Of that I am sure.  Schools can’t friend request you.  If they could, I would probably get a message from The Black Hole of Doom that said, “Screw you!  I hope your life sucks.”  And if The Black Hole of Doom sent me a friend request it would read more like, “Are you sure you don’t want to give me another shot at messing up your life?”

That’s what the message would say if it actually were from the school.    🙂