Social media has brought the world closer together. It helps people in different countries connect with others who share the same interests. It also helps family members and friends stay in touch no matter how close or how far away they are from each other.
Facebook is one of the first and most popular social media platforms. With over one billion users worldwide, it has quickly become part of many people’s life. It’s the primary source of news, information and ways of sharing photos and videos for thousands of individuals every day.
Not every Facebook user has a completely satisfying user experience, however. If you’ve ever had an issue with the site or specific Facebook users, it can be difficult deciding where to go for help. You can read this article from ExpertHelp.com and others for possible solutions. You can read about Facebook user experiences and learn some helpful tips to better manage your account settings.
Here are a few insider tricks that can help improve your Facebook experience:
1. You can kill any suggested posts or ads that you don’t want to see.
Sponsored posts (or ads, as most of us know them) and suggested articles that appear on your Facebook news feed every day can be annoying. They detract from our enjoyment, and can prevent us from scrolling further to find posts from our family members, friends or favorite celebrities. By clicking on the arrow button in the right-hand corner of these posts, you can select the option of either hiding all ads from that advertiser or select the “I don’t want to see this” option. You can decide whether or not you choose to reply to the follow up question that appears if you chose the “I don’t want to see this” selection. Facebook relies heavily on advertiser revenue, but opting out of ads for products or services that you don’t want to see can make your Facebook experience more enjoyable.
2. You can turn off notifications.
In the Settings menu, you can choose whether or not you want to turn off different kinds of notifications. This can be helpful if you don’t want to see notifications every single time a friend posts or an artist or sports team that you like makes a post or goes live on Facebook. You can change these settings back if you want at any time. It’s a great way to de-clutter your news feed and focus on the posts and stories that interest you.
3. You can adjust your timeline and tagging preferences.
In the Settings menu, you can also adjust your timeline and tagging options. If you don’t want to be tagged every time someone posts, you can make it so that only friends can tag you. You can untag yourself from posts or even make sure that you are able to review a post before deciding to add it or hide it from your timeline. If you hide a post, it will still be out there, but you don’t have to add it to your timeline if you don’t want to.
4. You can unfollow friends.
If you have people on your friends list that you don’t really interact with much or who keep tagging you in their posts or event invites, but still want to keep them on your friends list, you can unfollow them. Just go to their Facebook page, and choose the Unfollow option. You can also do this when you receive a new friend request from someone or choose this option by clicking on the arrow in the top right-hand corner of one of their posts. You can still go to their page and talk with them, receive messages on your wall from them and communicate with them via Messenger. This is just one way of reducing posts from your feed that you don’t have much time or interest for. The other person won’t know that you unfollowed them.
5. You can block or unblock people.
You can choose to block or unblock different Facebook users in the Security settings for your account. You can also block different apps or event invitations from people. You also have the option of blocking game invites from different users in this section. Blocking is another handy tool, especially if you are dealing with duplicate accounts or difficult people. Just use it wisely.
6. If you want the latest posts, go to the “Most Recent” option.
Most Facebook users tend to get annoyed with the “Top Stories” that open by default when we bring up our accounts. Some posts are from a few days ago, are ads that we don’t care for or are generally redundant or unimportant. A good way to bypass this is by selecting the “Most Recent” option from the selections in your News Feed page. This gives you all the current posts in order of most recent. It’s a good way to see updated news from your friends and avoid the outdated stuff. Just keep in mind that this feed shows anything and everything that your friends and pages you follow post. You’ll have to manually select any posts that you don’t want to see, which can be rather time-consuming.
7. You can remove any unwanted apps.
If there’s an app that you haven’t used for a while or simply aren’t interested in, you can remove them. Just go to the Settings menu to your page and click on the X that appears next to it when you hover over it. This is another good way of reducing your unwanted notifications, especially from apps that are old or unused. You can also use this menu to determine how visible your use of particular apps are for people in your friends list.
These are just some ways to make your Facebook experience more enjoyable. Facebook uses algorithms to determine posts and advertisers for each user, but you can customize your settings to see more of the things and people that interest you. Facebook is a great way to connect with people, and by adjusting your settings and using a little common sense, you can make this social media site one that you want to tune in to on a regular basis.