Thursday, November 08, 2012

How to retain your post-election sanity without Unfriending Uncle Fred

Tired of hearing relatives and old high school acquaintances that tracked you down now bitching, pissing and moaning on Facebook about the outcome this week's election?

Things like "We're doomed," and "R.I.P. America, you just died," and "Another 4 years of O and the 1st Hoe with her big Ass."

I don't know about you, but I'm freaking sick of it.

However good Unfriending your cousin's father-in-law in a fit of righteous indignation may feel right now, it could make for awkward conversation at the next family reunion after memories of the election fade away. Take heart - there's another way to keep from having to listen to Uncle Fred's FoxNews-fueled rants on Facebook. 

Just Unsubscribe.

The advantage of Unsubscribing vs. Unfriending is that he'll never know you've chosen to silence him. He'll still see your posts and be able to comment, but you'll never see another of his postings about Obama's Kenyan birth certificate. The volume knob is turned all the way off. Plus, once things have cooled down, you can resubscribe (if you dare) and he'll never be the wiser.

The easiest thing to do is unsubscribe from  him completely. Go to your crazy relative's TimeLine, find the button that says "Friends" and click it. 

...From there, click on "Show in News Feed" - this will clear the checkmark next to it. No more Uncle Fred. 

If you want to be a little more selective, click on settings - from there you can turn the type of updates you get on and off. Just don't blame me if something tacky or stupid gets by.

Again - the beauty of this method is that you can turn it back on with no one the wiser, once Uncle Fred goes back to posting LOLCats photos.

Thank me later.


1 comment:

mtaaris said...

Try this - Don't have a facebook account.

But it's how I stay in contact with my friends from high school and yadda yadda yadda. Whatever.

Enjoy the pain - well deserved.