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Make Facebook more useful by blocking apps

The last thing I wanted to do is publish one of those annoying posts where someone tells you how to make Facebook better. So here it is. This is a recipe that I find works for me and recently sharing with a couple of friends has worked for them. It's not a secret recipe for untold wealth or making life better. It is a way to make something like Facebook enjoyable for how I want to use it.

Simply put the main method here is block apps. Not just the invites to join apps but the whole app themselves. I've blocked hundreds of apps in the years I've been using Facebook and it makes the experience much more enjoyable from my point of view. There are, of course, a few exception to the block 100% of apps rule, but just a few.

Sometime back I noticed that while I could make my news stream cleaner by ignoring the latest "spammy post a day app" that someone had added, perhaps unknowingly. When I would visit their page I'd be treated to a sea of spammy posts and only a few meaningful ones. By blocking the apps entirely I get the real things they have to say when they say them and not the rest.

Connect Drupal sites to social media

Last weekend the fantastic folks at the Seattle Drupal User's Group (SEADUG) put on a fantastic Pacific Northwest Drupal Summit at the Adobe campus in Seattle. I hope to get some time to post some reflections on the many great sessions. In the meantime here are the slides from a talk Jakob Perry and I gave on connecting your site to social media.

You can download the slides here. Unfortunately the slides don't show the demo of the Gigya module for Drupal. However the demo was similar to one that was presented in the Acquia webinar a couple of months ago. You can watch it below.

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