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  •  strip down your page (5+ / 0-)

    Facebook is the only way I ever hear anything from certain friends and family so I don’t want to close the account altogether. Sometime after Facebook’s 37th round or whatever of privacy changes I said f*** it and deleted everything I wouldn’t be comfortable with a perfect stranger seeing.

    I rarely post anything. I don’t do any Facebook games or apps. I don’t like anything. I don’t use Facebook as a portal to access or comment on other websites. Basically, if they want to use my personal information for marketing purposes I won’t give them a hell of a lot to work with. There may be other approaches, but this is my method of trying to use Facebook on my own terms.

    Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

    by Joe Bob on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:14:17 PM PST

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    •  This is what I do as well. (2+ / 0-)
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      My FB page is really bare bones. I hardly ever log on. The only reason I have the account is it's the best way I have of keeping track of my nieces. Otherwise I would delete my account in a minute. I hate the place, hate the interface, hate the ads, hate the games, hate the feeling of being 'used,' hate that people can tell when I'm logged on...really I just despise the thing.

      Some high school classmates wanted me to 'friend' them which I did reluctantly, now I'm sorry that I did. So from time to time I post an Obama pic or link to a good cause like pro gun control, just to irritate them.

      I love it that Obama's channeling Harry Truman: "I don't give 'em hell; I just tell the truth and they think it's hell!"

      by sillia on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 01:07:34 PM PST

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      •  "Remove from News Feed" is your friend (3+ / 0-)

        I have a couple of cousins who, beginning long before the current gun debate, often post gun-related dumbassery. Last week it got to the point where I couldn’t stand to have it in my sight anymore. There is somewhere in FB you can select a person’s name, check remove from news feed, and their postings don’t show up anymore. You don’t see anything of theirs unless you go to their page. It’s a good tool for ignoring people you aren’t quite ready to completely disown yet.  

        Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

        by Joe Bob on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 02:10:37 PM PST

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        •  It's a good tool... (1+ / 0-)
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          Dave in Columbus

          ...for ignoring bad tools.

        •  Thanks for this tidbit! (0+ / 0-)

          I will definitely look for that. This will reduce my teeth-grinding when I visit there.

          Part of my problem is that I haven't really got a grip on managing FB, due to my neurological illness. At times I can barely read, let alone figure out preferences, etc. So I let a lot of things slide that normally I would deal with.

          I love it that Obama's channeling Harry Truman: "I don't give 'em hell; I just tell the truth and they think it's hell!"

          by sillia on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 11:10:20 AM PST

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