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Surviving Facebook during the Presidential Election Cycle

August 6, 2011

So all of our usual suspects are prepping for the 2012 presidential run. Yay for them.

However, this will likely make my Facebook a vast wasteland of ill-informed rhetoric and hurtful statements. I don’t get it. I’d never say anything like, “I can’t believe the absolute idiots who insist on driving hybrid cars. What ignorant assholes!” primarily because 1) that’s just mean and 2) chances are, someone I’m friends with drives a hybrid car.

So here’s my #1 tip to making sure that my stream of funny videos, Starbucks checkins and cute baby/pet pictures aren’t interrupted by intolerant know-it-alls.

If you put your mouse pointer at the upper left corner of the post that tosses a wrench into your Facebook, you’ll see a blue X. Click that and you’ll see…

Oho! All you have to do then is click “hide this post” and Yes!You!Can! restore peace to your wall.

This technique works for either side of the aisle.

And if Seamus McDouchebag insists on tossing teabags at or spraypainting “HOPE” on your wall, you can click on “Hide all by Seamus” to put him in Facebook time out. This’ll hide all of his postings from your wall, but by the time he gets to this level of political frenzy, it’ll be best to ignore him ’til Jan 2013 anyway. Seriously, by President Obama’s inauguration day, I had seven friends – real friends! – hidden from my wall because it was just that bad.

As much as you think that you can change his mind, because you vote a certain way and drive a hybrid car and surely because he’s your friend he’ll understand that not every person of a certain mindset is a frothing lunatic — do not engage.

And if such a political discussion breaks out on your wall, remember, it’s YOUR wall. You can delete any comment you want to. I see my wall (and this blog) as my personal salon. I love when everyone chats. I become uncomfortable when there is tension. But when people start throwing paint at each other, I kick’em out. If there’s an argument on the wall, I delete all the offending posts. I don’t even hide it…

Remember — Never wrestle with a pig: You both get all dirty, and the pig likes it. (George Bernard Shaw, so says the Internet)

(If you want to friend me, and you don’t become mean during elections, find my Facebook profile here.

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  • Dave August 7, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I have over 20 people blocked not for political rhetoric, but for just posting stupid junk like froufrou motivational/religious garbage or bragging about their alcoholic binges. Jesus, some of these people are grandparents and in their 40s. I think it’s time to give that sh!t up already.

    Then again, that’s probably exactly WHY they are grandparents in their 40s.

  • Liza August 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Thank you for this (you have no idea how timely this was). The level of whacked out douchiness from one person had me contemplating the nuclear (unfriend) option!

  • Ravit August 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    🙂 I love to keeping my wall clean having only my friends’s face on with smiles and likes…thanks for this!

  • barak August 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I cant stand these guys “intolerant know-it-alls” i think the best way to convince is by discussion.

  • Jo August 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Found out “the hard way” that you just can’t reason with some people and the best thing is never arguing with them or even “ignoring”

  • sapir August 16, 2011 at 7:00 am

    i love this sentence: “Never wrestle with a pig: You both get all dirty, and the pig likes it.” that’s so true!

  • yaniv August 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

    the right way is only by discussion and i dont let any one on my facebook acount only dear frinds

  • Anna August 18, 2011 at 7:28 am

    nice post, thanks for the tips!