I keep getting Facebook all over my pages plus stuff from their users. How
can I block all Facebook from coming into my computer?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #83, I look at the prevalence of Facebook on the web and how that
is basically out of your control.
Block Facebook from my computer
Well, the short answer is that you can’t.
Facebook is extremely popular. You can certainly try and block email that comes from facebook.com – to prevent people from, perhaps, inviting you to join Facebook, or sharing things with you on Facebook.
Facebook “Likes” on the internet
But – the other part of this is getting rid of it on web pages.
You know what? It’s there. It’s not something you control; it’s not something that’s controlled by anything that happens on your computer. It is something that’s placed there by the web page authors, to varying degrees.
I, for example, at the bottom of every Ask Leo! article, have a Facebook “Like” widget because liking things on Facebook is one way that people share what they find on websites around the web. Other sites do exactly the same thing. They include Facebook controls to make it easier for the people who do use Facebook to actually use Facebook to share things they find of interest around the web.
Many sites are now using Facebook as their authentication source.
In other words, they allow you the option of logging into their function using your Facebook login. You’ll probably see a lot of that. Again, that’s not something you control.
You don’t have to use it if they provide an alternative. You don’t have to use a Facebook login if you can login in other ways. It’s just an option – a convenience for the millions, and millions of people that are using Facebook.
Waste of energy
Ultimately, I think that wishing Facebook would go away, or getting annoyed by Facebook, is a waste of energy.
It is so incredibly popular, and being used by so many people right now, that the best thing I would suggest you do is to simply tolerate it. Delete any emails that you don’t want; mark them as spam if you like.
I mean: consider it spam.
If you want to go so far – set up an email filter that blocks any emails that come from Facebook.com, if it’s really that upsetting to you.
But in reality, life’s too short. This isn’t something worth getting upset about and it certainly is not something that’s going to go away any time soon.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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