Isn’t fun when Facebook Memories pops up showing you all those pictures of you smiling on your wedding day, that adorable pup you adopted years ago, that incredible new car you purchased last fall after years of saving up? Moments that bring back joy, smiles, and many you want to share again to celebrate the anniversary on your newsfeed.
But what if now, you’re divorced, your pup is now running at the rainbow bridge, and some asshole stole your prized possession, that beautiful car? Sorry for the buzzkill folks, but this is life. And THIS is the biggest complaint people have about Facebook Memories.
Did you know you can do something about it now? Let’s say you both wanted to appear mature after that divorce. “I’m the bigger person, I’m not going to look bad by unfriending my ex!” But you know to unfollow that person, so you don’t have to watch them prancing around with their new love. Since you are still Facebook friends, one day, Facebook is going to remind of you that day he got down on one knee and she jumped up and down screaming yes. With pictures, and all the love filled comments from friends and family.
Here’s how to stop it: Go here -> https://www.facebook.com/onthisday and select “Preferences”.
You’ll then be presented with a screen where you can identify people you do not want to be reminded of, or dates where potentially nauseating or tear producing posts may be resurfaced for you.
With dates, you can specify a particular day that you don’t want to be reminded of, or, an entire time frame. Perhaps you spent an entire month road tripping in your now stolen car with your fiance who is now married to someone else with a sweeter ride. Oops. Facebook could torment you daily. Just shut that month down!
If you’ve dated and broken up with a large percentage of your friends or your entire Facebook history causes you to cringe with regret, you can just turn memory reminders off.
You may be wondering, “is there a button where I can access this feature in addition to the URL: https://www.facebook.com/onthisday”
Why yes, there is! You can find it by scrolling down, look to the left side panel, just under “Apps”.
Give a try, and make sure Facebook Memories just make you smile…
Have more questions on making social media work for your business, or how to control the privacy and madness of your personal social media world?
Sue Koch works with professional service providers and creatives on advancing their social media knowledge, while reducing the overwhelm that comes along with the social media journey.