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Silencing “those” Facebook friends

We all have “those” Facebook friends.  You know — the kind that post a big flow­ery pic­ture with text splat­tered across it that is sup­posed to inspire you, but it really says “I’m too much of a lem­ming to type any­thing spe­cial or per­sonal here, so I will regur­gi­tate re-share this hostile-to-the-sight-impaired text-image mon­stros­ity.”  We also have those folks, typ­i­cally fam­ily mem­bers, that would kick up a drama-storm if you unfriended them, but who con­stantly post polit­i­cal mes­sages with the impli­ca­tion that a procla­ma­tion on [polar­iz­ing topic] blasted to your news­feed is going to be much more con­vinc­ing than a dia­logue, debate, or rea­soned dis­cus­sion.

About a week ago a Facebook friend, Jeff, pointed out a fea­ture that I had not seen before.  There is a way to squelch the num­ber of posts you see from a given per­son to “just the impor­tant stuff.”  As best as I can tell, this applies across every­thing: the web­site, the iPhone App, and Flipboard.  I didn’t get around to try­ing it for a cou­ple of days and once it scrolled back that far it was a lit­tle dif­fi­cult to find.  And that is when an idea struck!

I could use the very same annoy­ing image macro style to help peo­ple prop­a­gate by re-sharing the very instruc­tions to tame said image macros.  All I needed was an inspir­ing nature back­ground (such as this autumn canopy from iStock­Photo) a flow­ery font like Papyrus, and a few screen­shots.  Behold:

You’re wel­come.  Please share and spread the word.

 

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