Tuesday, January 23, 2018

10 Common Facebook Problems & Errors and How to Fix Them

By  Ben Stegner  

Nearly everyone uses Facebook, but can we all agree that it kind of sucks? For every great story or picture you see on Facebook, you’ll have a dozen low-quality memes, annoying posts, and even frustrating user interface elements.Frustrated with Facebook? 5 Tips to Reclaim Your Sanity Frustrated with Facebook? 5 Tips to Reclaim Your SanityThe real-world social implications of Facebook make it difficult to deal with frustrating online situations. Here are five tips to help you keep your Facebook feed drama-free.READ MORE
Let’s put a stop to all that for good. We’ll cover fixes for some of Facebook’s most obnoxious issues so you don’t have to put up with them anymore.

1. Shut Up Excessive Posters

We all know someone like this:
These scenarios result in a dilemma. You don’t want to unfriend these people and hurt their feelings, but you’re also sick of seeing their posts. The solution is to unfollow them; you won’t see their updates anymore but you remain friends.
To unfollow someone, just visit their profile page. On the right side of their cover photo, you should see a Following box. Click that, and select Unfollow [Name]. Now you won’t have to suffer from that person’s posts. You’ll still be friends, so you can visit their timeline anytime if you want to check out what they’re up to.
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Unfollowing someone doesn’t send them a notification, so don’t worry — you’re incognito. Enjoy your clutter-free timeline.Unfriend, Unfollow, Unlike: The Zen of The Clutter-Free Timeline Unfriend, Unfollow, Unlike: The Zen of The Clutter-Free TimelineYour attention is the most valuable thing on the web. It might not feel like it when you're bored, mindlessly scrolling through your news feed, but it's true.READ MORE

2. Keep Important Friends First

On the opposite end of the spectrum are friends whose posts you don’t want to miss. Facebook’s ever-changing algorithms mean you might not even see certain updates from friends. To combat this, you can specify your closest friends and see their updates at the top of your feed, every time.
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Visit the friend’s page whose posts you can’t miss. Click the Following box again, but this time select See First. Now Facebook will always show you those updates right away. Whether you use this for creeping or not is up to you.5 Effective Tips To Ask a Girl Out On Facebook 5 Effective Tips To Ask a Girl Out On FacebookWhat happens if a girl catches your eye on Facebook? How can you approach her and get to know her without scaring her off? Let's discuss some important advice.READ MORE
When you really can’t miss an update from a certain someone, you can get notifications every time they post. Visit their page, then click the Friends box. You can choose Get Notifications, and Facebook will send you a notification every time that friend posts.
If you like, you can also add that person to the Close Friends group. Doing so will automatically enable notifications when they post, and you can also share posts exclusively with your Close Friends group.
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3. Opt Out of Targeted Ads

Facebook makes an unfathomable amount of money from advertising. Thus, it spends a lot of time trying to serve you the most relevant ads in the hopes you’ll interact with them. By default, Facebook tracks you everywhere you go and uses your browsing habits to come up with the best ads for you.Facebook Is Tracking You! Here's How to Stop It Facebook Is Tracking You! Here's How to Stop ItWho is tracking your movements online? ISPs, the government, Google... but what about social media sites like Facebook? Yes, them too. Here's how you stop Facebook tracking you around the internet.READ MORE
You can opt out of these personalized ads and see more general ones for your age group and gender. To do so, click the small drop-down arrow in the top-right of Facebook’s window and select Settings. Select Ads on the left sidebar, and open the Ad settings category on the resulting page.
Here, you can set the first two options to No and the third to No One. This will stop Facebook ads from using your browsing history to show you ads both on and off Facebook. The Ads with your social actions option prevents Facebook from using your Likes as ads to your friends.How Advertisers Use Web Beacons to Track You on the Web and in Emails How Advertisers Use Web Beacons to Track You on the Web and in EmailsHave you ever wondered how advertisers track you around the web? There are many methods, but the use of web beacons is one of the more common and effective.READ MORE
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While you’re here, you might wish to tailor the ads you see to your preferences.

4. Stop Sharing Posts With Everyone

Just like you get sick of seeing others’ posts, sometimes you don’t want to share your own updates with some friends. Maybe you don’t want your boss seeing what you were up to on your day off, or don’t need another round of your sister’s commentary on what you have to say. Using a few methods, you can easily hide your posts from certain people.
If you only want to hide a post from someone once, click the audience selector button (it probably says Friends or Public) on the post. Select Friends except… and search for the friends you don’t want to see the post. Click the red Remove button to keep them from seeing the post, then Save Changes to finish.
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To add keep someone from seeing your posts all the time, you can add them to your Restricted list. People on this list won’t see anything you post unless it’s set to Public or you tag them in it. Visit someone’s page, select the Friends button, and then click Add to another list… Scroll down and click the Restricted list.The Ins and Outs of Followers & Following on Facebook The Ins and Outs of Followers & Following on FacebookIf you're not Facebook friends with a person, how can they see your updates on their home page? If someone is following you, how can you stop them? And what "following" anyway?READ MORE
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5. Disable Photo Tag Suggestions for Friends

Photo tagging is a fun feature on the surface, but it’s a problem for privacy. If someone takes an embarrassing picture of you and tags you in it, all your friends will be able to see that picture. And there’s always the risk that someone could use a tagged photo to obtain too much personal information on you.Facebook Photo Privacy Settings You Need To Know About Facebook Photo Privacy Settings You Need To Know AboutAs with everything regarding privacy on Facebook, managing your photos' privacy settings isn't always easy.READ MORE
You can’t block photo tags on Facebook, but you can disable suggestions. Visit Settings again, and select Timeline and Tagging from the left sidebar. On the Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded? option, choose No One.
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Friends can still enter your name to tag you in a picture, but Facebook won’t offer suggestions based on its recognition algorithms. Thus, they won’t see these popups:
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6. Block Annoying Auto-Playing Videos

Nobody likes videos that play as soon as you scroll past them. They’re loud and can catch you off-guard if you thought you had your volume muted. Plus, if you’re on a metered connection, they’re a waste of data.How to Mute Sites With Autoplaying Videos How to Mute Sites With Autoplaying VideosIf you find yourself visiting a lot of pages with intrusive autoplaying videos and simply want to put a stop to it, these tools can lend a helping hand.READ MORE
To turn off video autoplay, click the top-right arrow anywhere on Facebook and choose Settings. Click the Videos tab on the left, and then set the Auto-Play Videos option to Off.
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7. Block Annoying App Invites

Facebook features hundreds of stupid games, all of them designed to waste time and take your money. If you’re sick of friends pleading for extra lives in Candy Crush, you can block all requestsby game or by person.5 Warning Signs For Avoiding Freemium Games That Want To Suck Your Wallet Dry 5 Warning Signs For Avoiding Freemium Games That Want To Suck Your Wallet DryMany games are free up-front, but bombard players with an endless array of in-game purchases, some of which are impossible to avoid if you want to complete the game.READ MORE
Take another trip to Settings, and pick the Blocking tab this time. Find the Block app invites field and enter any friend who’s invited you one too many times. You’ll automatically block all requests in the future. This won’t affect any other part of your interaction with them on Facebook.
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If you’d like, you can also enter an app’s name in the Block apps field. This will prevent it from contacting you and using your Facebook information.

8. Change the Interface to Your Liking

Some elements of Facebook are unchangeable through default options. If you want to take your Facebook customization to the next level, you’ll need to install a browser extension.5 Facebook Restrictions and Annoyances (and How to Solve Them) 5 Facebook Restrictions and Annoyances (and How to Solve Them)Facebook can be quite controlling about what you can and can't do with it. But with the right tools, you can do whatever you want.READ MORE
The best one is Social Fixer. It’s available as a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera. Once you install it, you’ll see a wrench icon in the upper-right corner of every Facebook page. Click that and choose Social Fixer Options to customize the experience, though it makes several improvements out of the box.
Social Fixer offers too many options to cover here, but among the highlights:
  • Automatically enable Most Recent view in your News Feed (General tab).
  • Use Ctrl + Enter instead of Enter to submit comments (General tab).
  • Enable the Friend Manager to get alerts when people unfriend you (General tab).
  • Use the Hide Posts tab to hide any updates with certain words.
  • Try some pre-made Filters to weed out politics, spoilers, and more.
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Dig into the Social Fixer options and you’ll find many more ways to change the most annoying parts of Facebook.

Common Facebook Errors

We conclude with tips for a few common errors people deal with when trying to access Facebook.

9. Forgot Facebook Password

Far and away, forgetting your Facebook login information is one of the biggest issues folks run into. We’ve written a full guide to recovering your Facebook account if you can’t log in. And if you think your account was hacked, you need to act quickly.How to Recover Your Facebook Account When You Can No Longer Log In How to Recover Your Facebook Account When You Can No Longer Log InDid you forget your password and can no longer log in? Or was your account hacked? Here's how you can recover your Facebook account.READ MORE

10. Can’t Connect to Facebook

Since Facebook is one of the biggest sites on the web, it rarely experiences an outage. Next time you can’t get on Facebook, follow a few steps to diagnose the problem:
  1. Check a website like Down for Everyone to see if Facebook is really down. If it is, you can’t do much more than wait.
  2. Visit another website to make sure your connection is working. If not, follow our steps to fixing internet connection problems.
  3. Clear your browser cache and cookies, or try to open Facebook in an incognito window or another browser. If this works, something about your current browser is the issue.
  4. Disable any VPNs or tracker-blocking extensions you have running and try to connect to Facebook directly.
  5. Reboot your PC and router.

Which Facebook Annoyances Drive You Crazy?

We’ve shared fixes for ten of the most common Facebook aggravations and errors. By flipping the right settings or using powerful extensions, you can make Facebook a more pleasant experience for yourself.
For more, check out our top Facebook tricks and important changes you should know about.21 More Facebook Tricks & Features You Should Be Using 21 More Facebook Tricks & Features You Should Be UsingIt's tough to keep up with every feature and setting that Facebook introduces. Here are another 21 features, tips and tricks that could change the way you use Facebook.READ MORE
We’re sure you’ve run into more problems in your time with the service. What elements of Facebook are the most obnoxious to you? Share in the comments!
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