We all have a love/hate relationship with Facebook don’t we?
I love that it means I am in casual contact with friends that are now scattered all over the planet – but at the back of my mind I have this little niggle … if I was supposed to remain in touch with that old school friend then surely I would have done that without the aid of Facebook?
In a purely self-obsessed manner I update my FB status with comments about MY life (shock) and things that interest ME … hell it’s my page isn’t it? But more and more I have noticed that some ‘friends’ don’t do this. I know I’ve moaned here and on Facebook about the ‘group huggers’ who threaten you with “You’re not a real friend if you don’t share this” – and then some guff about a friend of a friend who once knew someone who has a rare cancer. I’ve learned to ignore that rubbish but now I’m getting this …
In real life I tend to avoid people who droll every time they see a puppy or kitten, or whose kids/husbands/wives are so perfect that they put the rest of us to shame, or who speak in clichés that they’ve learned from greeting cards – so why am I allowing this crap clog up my newsfeed?
If, like me, you can no longer stomach daily doses of Facebook cuteness just check out this simple process: flip to your ‘Friends’ list, find the guilty party (s) and let your mouse hover on their name … three boxes appear in the bottom right hand corner … the middle one is the one to focus on. Click that tick next to the word ‘Following’ and hey presto – you’re ‘Unfollowing’ that individuals posts, no petty de-friending or unpleasant blocking necessary. Perfect! Thank you Facebook. (This process is reversible at any time)