i will be in charlotte and in tampa next week, but i seemed to have missed my opportunity to pick up swag at the conventions–you know, like baseball hats and bumper stickers and seamus the romney family dog plush toys.
but missing the conventions doesn’t mean that i won’t have a bit of politics hanging on me like a piece of tissue on my shoe as i leave the ladies’ room. people everywhere are a little guarded in their comments about the upcoming elections and the ones who aren’t make me go quiet and start counting fibonacci numbers in my head. while nodding in agreement. zero, one, one, two, three, five, eight, thirteen, twenty one, uh, thirty four, fifty five, uh, let me think now. . . eighty nine!
on facebook, it can get pretty annoying when somebody posts something to your wall. it can also make some of your friends start comment wars.
so while i intend to vote — and i have a substantial bet with my ex-husband on the outcome of the election–i am here to advise on how to get rid of politics on your facebook page.
1. install socialfixer.com and figure out the key words you don’t want to see on your page.
2. status updates: go to social fixer’s options in the blue bar at the top of your screen, then click filters in the right sidebar. Under matching text, type what you want blocked, looking like this: /romney|obama|republicans|democrats/i. Putting the “i” at the end ensures that the filtered terms aren’t case-sensitive. After that, click hide and save.
3. links. we’re so tired of people posting links to their favorite rant, so why should you have to suffer? go back to options and click add new filter, putting text similar to what you don’t want in the matching selector box a[href*="obama|romney|republicans|democrats"]. no more see any links that have these words in the URL. there’s going to be stuff that gets past it, but not so much anymore.
you can use socialfixer.com for all kinds of things like cute/inspirational/puppies or chicago/cubs/aren’t/ever/going/to/win/the/world/series/ever!
i think facebook needs a “i respect your opinion and your thoughtfulness in sharing” button!