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Cindy’s 10 Facebook Tips

Facebook is great for reconnecting and staying connected to family and friends. But it can also be a nasty place.  If your Facebook experience is doing more harm than good, maybe some of my tips can help. If these tips don’t work for you, before you leave Facebook completely, deactivate your account and take a break. Here are my 10 tips to enjoying Facebook (in no particular order):

  1. If you want to just enjoy Facebook and not get your blood pressure up, “Unfollow” (don’t unfriend) people who post things that annoy or upset you.
  2. Don’t post anything political or religious.
  3. Don’t comment on someone else’s post, unless it’s a positive comment and NOT political or religious. If you must respond, just “like” with an emoji, no text.
  4. Be positive, try to entertain, teach or inspire.
  5. Don’t reply to posts from people or groups you don’t know. By answering stupid questions like “what do you call the end of a loaf of bread” you will get more stupid stuff in your news feed.
  6. Post awesome photos past and present. People like photos.
  7. Use private messages for private things.
  8. Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know, unless you have friends or interests in common.
  9. Treat people as you would face to face. The golden rule applies here. But some people are just plain nasty; block them.
  10. The real jewel of Facebook is private groups. If you don’t belong to any groups, you are missing out. Find something that you are interested in and join a private group. You don’t get the same nasty comments in private groups. People tend to be kinder and often very supportive.

I know a lot of people who complain about Facebook and it’s usually because they don’t understand Facebook’s algorithm, therefore they get stuff in their newsfeed that only feeds into their dislike for the site. By following these tips, you can customize Facebook so that it’s enjoyable. But it does take some time to weed out the crap, especially if you have lots of ‘friends.’


‘A’ Week

‘A’ Week: 20-26 March 2011. Raising awareness of how many are ‘Good without God’.

The idea of ‘A’ Week is simple – to raise awareness of how many people are ‘Good without God’ and don’t need religion to influence their lives.

You take part by changing your Facebook profile picture to the ‘A’ for one week.

This year ‘A’ Week runs over the March Equinox from 20-26 March 2011. If just a handful of people were to change their profile pictures almost no one would notice – but with many thousands taking part, and using the same ‘A’ at the same time, it gets noticed all over the world.

‘A’ Week is not about being disrespectful to religion or people who have religious views, it’s about quietly showing that there are more people than may be realized who are ‘Good without God’ and who don’t need religion to influence their lives.


Eric’s Quote of the Day

Back on February 3, 2010, Eric asked me if I was getting old. I thought this was funny, so I tweeted: Eric’s Quote of the Day, “Are you getting old Mom?” My tweet also went to my facebook wall where the post got some positive feedback. About a week later Eric said, “I’m moving back and forth through time.” I think he got this from a Star Trek movie, but still I thought this was interesting and heavy stuff, so again I tweeted. And again, lots of feedback via Facebook. Soon, people were asking for more of Eric’s Quotes.

For those of you who don’t know Eric, he is a former 26-week preemie twin. He has spastic quad cerebral palsy due to his premature birth. He has many challenges, but one of his greatest gifts is his wonderful sense of humor. He is a never ending source of humorous quotes. Some of his ideas come from Disney movies or something he has heard at school. Basically, he says whatever pops into his mind, which can be some very funny stuff.

Here are a few of my favorites:

“There are no cookies at the salad bar.”
“Wait just a pickin’ cotton minute!”
“How many syllables in constipation?”
“Giddy up sleepy jeans”
“Does fruit punch grow on a vine?”

Well, you get the idea…

Next people were not only asking for more quotes, but they wanted a page just for Eric’s quotes. Facebook ‘friends’ were much more interested in Eric’s quotes than anything I had to say. So I created an Eric’s Quotes Fan Page. Within a couple of days, Eric had accumulated over 200 fans!

Join Eric’s Quotes Fan Page and see what Eric has to say next:


Facebook’s new ‘Like’ Buttons

Mark Zuckerberg introducing Facebooks new ‘Like’ Buttons

Facebook is spreading out all over the web with its new ‘Like’ buttons. The like buttons we’ve seen for a while on facebook will now be showing up on sites all over the web. If you read a story or a blog post, listen to some music, check out a photo or watch a video that you like, you can click on the like button, giving a thumbs up to the content. This basically means you’d recommend the content to your friends and the link will be added to your facebook newsfeed.

I think this is a smart move for Facebook, which will now be all over the web. I’ve just added a wordpress plugin to this blog, which places Facebook’s like button at the bottom of each post. Go ahead and give a click to the thumbs up button below this paragraph. If you are signed into your facebook account your thumbs up and avatar will show up on this post and a link will be added to your facebook wall.