Remember back when Firefox 3.5.17 came out? I’ll give you a clue; it was 2011.
It’s just a year later and the latest version of Firefox (15.0) ships with new features under the hood, including better memory handling for plugins and new “Silent, background updates,” but it’s not enough. When Mozilla switched Firefox to a faster release cycle in 2011, users relying on extensions and plugins suffered. Many jumped ship for Chrome and Safari. Those of us who have stayed either suffer or update extensions on our own. I’m in the latter camp.
(Update: We have less control than ever on Facebook. Use socialfixer.com. It’s the best we have.) Facebook sucks when it comes to privacy. I can’t wait until somebody sues them for it and forces them to change. Maybe someday they’ll realize that good usability and privacy is a great business model.
Until then, here are three different ways to clean up one of the most egregious facebook privacy screwups to date.
Annoyed that facebook has decided to make every detail of your actions everybody’s business? Tired of clicking the little x and then clicking “remove” from the annoying facebook confirmation popup over and over again? Here’s how to quickly delete your facebook recent activity.
There are three ways to eliminate all of those annoying updates with a single click. The downer is that you still have to do it periodically. Most of these are cross-browser compatible for at least firefox and chrome.
Use better facebook. There are tons of other reasons to use better facebook too. Not the least of which is that my top blue facebook bar is locked in place while I scroll the content of a page. Very convenient. However, betterfacebook implementation of remove recent activity is less than perfect. It misses some from time to time. But it adds a “remove all activity” link to your activity. The new version of Better Facebook removes all recent activity (or whichever bits you specify in the settings,) each time you visit your facebook profile page. Get better facebook!.
http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/67751 You have to install greasemonkey first, but it’s totally worth it. I heart greasemonkey, This one adds a “Remove Recent Activity” button to the right facebook side panel. Works like a charm, once you find it. Facebook is so damn cluttered. (Edit: turns out you have to reload your profile page for the button to appear.)
Google places a real live email link to firstname.lastname@example.org on the Google account login screen. Though I’m sure it’s intended to improve usability it has the opposite effect. They placed the email@example.com link smack dab in between the email (login/username) field and the password field. Keyboard savvy users normally use the tab key to move from one field to another. And if you save your login credentials in your browser, you can just type the first few letters of the username into the correct field, hit tab and then hit enter. Following that standard keyboard login procedure on Google’s page doesn’t log you in; it brings up a fresh message in your default mail program addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Lame.
Stylish Fix for email@example.com Google Annoyance
If you don’t use Firefox, you should. (Well, Chrome‘s OK, I guess.) This fix only works for Firefox. Install Stylish – it’s a great add-on that allows you to easily fix broken pages… like google.com! You’ll need to restart Firefox.
I used to like digg.com but then they kept “improving” things. I stopped liking Digg. I’d poked around on reddit.com before but it’s so hideous that usability suffers. I found some decent Stylish options to fix things but they weren’t quite right. So I tweaked some existing reddit Stylish styles to make the site more than bearable. If you use Reddit, try my Reddit Stylish effort.
Dan Dreifort helps businesses with usability and search. He enjoys traveling, sugar, fat, scuba, making music, writing blurbs about himself in the third person, whining and other stuff too.