In this day and age, people who want to keep in touch with other people ask for their Facebook account. It has become second nature that we raise our eyebrows when someone tells us that they do not have one because really, how can one survive in a world where almost everything is powered by Facebook? The social media giant has done a swell job in keeping up with the times and in updating its algorithm so people lose reasons to switch to other platforms.
That said, we’ve also had our fair share of issues with Facebook. We have all experienced days where we wanted to deactivate our accounts because everything feels so wrong. So how do we solve these Facebook problems? Our friends at ExpertHelp.com came up with the following solutions:
Goodbye, App Invites!
You hear your mobile device beep and you rush to unlock it because you think it’s an important message only to find out you’ve been invited to explore another app. As a busy person, you do not have the luxury of time to explore these apps (not that you were interested in the first place), and you can’t help but wish there was some way to block these invites.
Now, before you bombard Facebook Help Email with your requests, read on because the solution is a lot simpler than you think. You just have to go to Settings, click on “Blocking” and look for “block app invites”. Enter the names of people who keep sending you requests and you will no longer receive invites from them in the future. You also have the option to block the app so they lose access to all the information you post on Facebook.
No More Auto-Playing Videos
Videos on Facebook auto-play and it takes a while before you can scroll past them. This becomes a problem if you’re in an office and are caught off-guard because lo and behold, you forgot to mute the volume. These auto-playing videos also eat up your data and nobody wants that.
To stop these videos from auto-playing, go the Videos tab under Settings. Click “off” on the Auto-Play Videos option and just like that, your problem is solved.
Don’t Care About the Photo Tag
We all have that one friend who’s tag-savvy. They just tag you with every photo they upload and before you know it, strangers are putting comments on your photo. Worse, you keep receiving Friend Requests from people you don’t even know. You begin to worry about your privacy because really, who knows how much information these strangers can get from simply clicking on that annoying photo tag?
Unfortunately, you do not have the option to block these photo tags. However, all hope is not lost because you can disable this option. To do this, you have to go back to Settings and go to the tab that says “Timeline and Tagging”. When you see “Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded?”, click the option “No One”. While this means your friends can still enter your Facebook name to tag you, the platform will no longer give them suggestions linked to the recognition algorithms. Imagine how tedious a task that would be, having to type your name all the time?
Keep Your Friends Close
There are friends whose posts we look forward to seeing, every single day. The recent changes in Facebook’s algorithm has caused these posts to “disappear”, meaning you no longer see your friends’ posts as often as you used to or want to. One way to troubleshoot this problem is by specifying who your closest friends are.
Drop by your friend’s page and click on the boxes that say “Following” and “See First”. By doing these, Facebook will ensure that you receive updates from them, and their posts will appear on your feed every single time. You can also opt to “Get Notifications” so you will be notified whenever they post.
Silence Avid Posters
It’s a known fact that Facebook makes our worlds smaller by constantly giving us updates from our contacts. This also means we get daily updates from people who have no filter: from posting updates that reveal too much information, to the ones who love to complain about almost everything under the sun. Who needs that noise, right?
Fortunately, you can tune these people out by simply unfollowing them. Just go to their page and click the “Unfollow” button on the right side of their cover photo. They won’t know you’ve unfollowed them, you still remain friends on Facebook, but you no longer see the clutter. Everybody wins.
Control Who Has Access to Your Posts
Did you know that you can control who has access to your Facebook post? It may seem unnecessary, but remember, people who have no filter just might drop by your post and say something that will leave a bad taste in your mouth. The best way to go about this is to hide your post from them.
If your goal is to hide your post from one person, just go to the Audience Selector Button and choose between Friends or Public. You can make this more specific by going for “Friends except…” and typing in the name of the people you don’t want to give access to. Don’t forget to save the changes that you made. You can also put someone in your Restricted List to keep them from seeing all of your posts. To do this, go to their page, click the Friends button and add them to the Restricted List.
Facebook Help Email often receives complaints about how it has become so noisy lately, what with the constant rants and unnecessary ads. At the end of the day, it’s still up to us to keep our accounts clutter-free. Despite some problems, Facebook is still a fun place to be in. One just has to learn to troubleshoot some issues, and filter the negative.