It seems that every day we go online and there’s some new type of nagging Web annoyance to deal with. I thought it’ll be fun to find out some of these and show how to work around them to make your online experience even better.
Social Networking Overload.
Between Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Foursquare and now Google Buzz, there are just too many social networks to keep track of. Sure, you could pick one and stick with it, but then you might only be paying attention to some friends while neglecting others. It’s the worst kind of information overload !
One workaround is to use a programme that aggregates several social networks into one interface, such as Digsby or Meebo. You might not get the full functionality of your favorite network, but at least you can keep an eye on status updates with minimal effort.
This could be just me, but Farmville ribbons, quiz results are the least most interesting information that I want to know on Facebook. As nice as it is to keep in touch with friends (or “friends”) and look at photos, constantly hearing about the time-killing habits of others can be quite boring.
Firefox users can check out Facebook Purity plugin. It automatically strips quizzes and other application notices from your Facebook home page For everyone else, there’s Facebook Lite, which strips your feed down to its bare essentials.
Don’t open that window !
We are Web surfers, not babies, so why do some Web sites open new browser windows or tabs when you click on a link? If your site is compelling enough, I promise I won’t leave just to check out a link.
Firefox users especially the more technical people can type about:config in the address bar, search for “browser.link” in the filter field, double click on open_newwindow and change the value to 1.
Ideally the browser should have a “never open in new window or tab” option. Hopefully someone will put out this feature in their upcoming versions. My solution was to train myself over many years to open pretty much everything in its own tab.
Browser incompatible !
One of the most annoying issue I come across is this. Just because Internet Explorer has over 60 percent of the Web browser market, some sites don’t support any other browser !
The quick fix is to use the Coral IE Tab add-on for Firefox and the IE Tabs extension for Chrome. The former even lets you mark specific sites to automatically open an Internet Explorer tab in the future.