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.