Facebook redeems itself

By | Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 11:24 pm

I just discovered an awesome option on Facebook that just prevented me from totally quitting the whole thing! I was getting so fed up of everyone’s dozens of “Mafia Wars” and “Farmville” status updates scrolling everything actually POSTED off of my Facebook page, and last night I was ready to just quit Facebook altogether because of it. Then, this morning I did some looking around and found that if you hover in the upper right corner of one of those Farmville postings there’s a big X. Click it and you get several options. The first two are “Hide ‘John Doe’ and Hide ‘Application Name’, where ‘John Doe’ and the ‘Application Name’ are the actual names of the respective user and application you’re viewing. Click “Hide Farmville” and you no longer see Farmville updates on your page!! Whoohoo! It’s such a relief that I don’t have to quit altogether!

Now, another complaint I have with Facebook is that I was unable to post the above paragraph to Facebook.  Why?  Because it was twice as long as a Facebook posting can be.  I just found out the hard way that Facebook postings are limited to just over 400 characters.  The paragraph above is over 800.  Just another plus for having your own blog.  Now I just need to get my blog to auto-post my entries to Facebook for me… I know it’s possible, I just need to find the right plugin…