You know how it goes… you finally signed up for Facebook after your friends and family kept bugging you, and now your Facebook Wall is just covered in idiotic quizzes, applications, and other random nonsense. You can’t block everybody, so what can you do?
They forgot the stat about how many friends hate you for taking so many quizzes…
Blocking Individual Applications
If your significant other is completely addicted to some retarded Flash game on Facebook, you’ve probably ended up with a ton of messages about every tiny accomplishment in the game. The easy option is to simply click Hide –> Hide Application.
This sometimes works… but with the amount of nonsense on Facebook, you’ll quickly be overrun with new games on a daily basis, and you’ll have to hide every single one of them, defeating the whole purpose of reading this article.
Blocking Posts On Your Wall
If you’ve really given up, and don’t need your wall cluttered up with stuff that you didn’t put there, you can simply block anybody and everybody from posting to your wall by changing the settings… hit the Settings link while looking at your wall.
Then remove the checkbox by the option for “Friends may post to my Wall”.
Your friends will still be able to message you, chat, and you can still comment on their idiotic nonsense—but they won’t be able to post anything to your wall.
Use Facebook Purity to Block Annoying Applications
If you can’t disable your Wall entirely because you want your friends to be able to post real messages there, you can always use a Greasemonkey script for the Firefox browser, which will completely disable all of those idiotic quizzes, applications, and other nonsense.
You’ll need to make sure that you first install the Greasemonkey extension and restart Firefox, if you haven’t already. Once you’ve done so, head over to the Facebook Purity installation page, click the Install button, and you’ll be prompted to install the script.
The next time you load up your Facebook Wall, you should see that the idiotic nonsense is blocked, and there’s a tiny little link in the upper right that lets you unhide the hidden stuff if you so choose.
It’s the type of script that is pretty much required if you want to use Facebook without losing your mind.
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- Published 09/11/09