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Hitting the Facebook "Snooze" Button

Posted January 13, 2018 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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Find that you need a break from the nonsense that is Facebook? With its timely updates about what people are doing, not doing, eating, watching, thinking, feeling, is it any wonder we feel the need to socialize with others outside the social media platform? Though entirely responsible for the occasional cute-kid-dressed-up-for-Halloween-back-to-school-lost-tooth-holiday post that even makes me tire of myself, social media can make you even less tolerant of others’ posts. Initially happy to receive a friend request from a long-lost elementary school friend might have you later wishing they were lost all over again when you get a hint of their constant Facebook posting.

Likewise, you may have…let’s say an in-law…who has opinions about women. Do you unfriend or unfollow this Neanderthal? (Well, the answer to that should always be yes, but being as adult relationships have us often making compromises, we remain disgusted friends with them for the sake of our relationships, but that seems like a blog for another time…and possibly another site.)

Thankfully, after a period of not-so-great press, it seems Facebook is attempting to get back into our good graces by adding the “Snooze” button to their existing catalog of tools.

Need a break from the oversharing elementary school friend or Neanderthal in-law? Facebook has installed a category to the drop-down menu that sits in the right-hand corner of each post. Among the old options such as hide post, delete post, etc., Facebook added “Snooze.”

Snooze will offer users a chance to blot out, at least temporarily, the posts that seem to be rage triggers for us. For instance, take your elementary-school friend who posts about everything. I mean everything: Doctor visits, marriage troubles, misbehaving kids, what she ate for lunch. You name it, it’s in her newsfeed. Although you are annoyed by this oversharing nutjob, you also know that you don’t necessarily want to unfriend or even unfollow her (because you will be found out). But maybe you could just use a break. Going to that person’s last post, which was, likely, only moment’s ago, locate “Snooze” in the drop-down menu. Click on that and voila: a vacation from your problem poster.

But don’t worry. The hold only lasts for 30 days and can be undone at any time if you find you are jones’ing for an update on that “snoozed” person.

Source: seanmcgrath / CC BY 2.0

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01/13/2018 9:04 AM

Facebook confirms that Sturgeon was an optimist:

Sturgeon's law

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01/13/2018 3:19 PM

Yeah, Sturgeon's Law says 90 percent crap. Actually, Sturgeon square law applies to get you to 99 percent.

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01/15/2018 8:22 PM

Seems to me 90 percent squared would be 81 percent. But I'm used to old math.

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01/15/2018 9:28 PM

Yup, you gotta square the non-crap part ...

Sturgeon law = 1 - non-crap, = .9

Sturgeon square law = 1 - non-crap2 = .99

or something like that...

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01/18/2018 2:38 PM

By comparison, other people have 90% of the crap I don't want, therefore it must be crap. LOL.

I made a new name for Facebook, and I will give you three guesses. It ain't "Faceplant", although that might work.

Face-insert bodily function here, is a waste of time, energy, money, and lives.

I totally checked out of that loony bin about a year ago, and before that, let me tell you, I was not racking up frequent flyer miles on there.

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01/14/2018 1:26 PM

Oops. This was meant as a reply to the Sturgeon's law comment.

I'm glad this was brought up. I hope no one minds if I use this opportunity to compare the differences of objective/subjective, nothing/crap, and relativity/quantum. Then I want to connect some of those dots/data to make a dot-to-dot picture. I'm starting from the opinion that the very statement, "90% of stuff is crap.", begs several questions: Who determines what's crap/valuable? Is the lack of something (nothingness) considered crap? What is the other 10%? What makes one crap, and the other valuable? If "Truth" is absolute, why are there any questions at all? If science is purely objective (without wishful thinking), then why is there such a divide (inability to unite) between classic/relative science and quantum/digital science?

If we can take the collective answers to these questions to a "big picture" solution, then maybe we'll better understand/appreciate that "one man's trash is another man's treasure" and that relativity/relationships are more important/valuable than the unassembled components/quanta that comprise the whole. Instead of, 1(value unit)+1(value unit)=2(value units), how about 1(value unit)+1(value unit)=morethan2(value units), just as an assembled car is more valuable than a basket case. In this regard, the definition/equals-sign is not just a translator, but a significant variable itself (subject to subjective opinions, and where magic/confusion occurs). Please allow me to support this opinion/theory/speculation a little here.

Everybody knows about friction. And, if friction is not reduced/eliminated between moving parts (such as gears, shafts/bearings, etc.), then they won't last (work) very long. So, oil/lubrication is used. But in an atom, there is no actual contact between the moving parts (electrons and nucleus). Is this space/nothingness considered to be crap? I submit that quantum physics insists that nothingness can't exist. It keeps trying to fill the voids between the very quanta it insists everything is made of. It's as tho they have an inability to conceptualize that a real infinity can exist within a larger infinity. Without contact between the moving parts, the introduction of oil/lubricant will actually create a contact between those parts, and increase friction. That would be like using sand instead of oil in your engine (or a signal jammer between transmitter and receiver). I submit that insisting on proving that "nature/science abhors a vacuum", is actually interfering with the relationship/relativity between those non-contacting moving parts. In that regard, I submit that that crap/nothingness referred to as 90% of stuff, is actually required to maintain the universe as we know it. To drive my point home: The relationship/relativity between the nucleus and electrons must be maintained without significant/any change to enable the existence of a universe that's as old as claimed to be, and predicted in the future. Science must be able to explain not only "what is", but also the relationships/relativity between the components. And, contrary to quantum physics, "nothingness' must also be part of "what is". Therefore, the philosophical question, "Why is there something instead of nothing?", assumes that there is no "nothing" there. A better question would be, "Would the existence of 'nothing' be required to have 'something'?".

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01/16/2018 8:12 AM

Why do they need a snooze button? If you don't like what's going on, don't go on Facebook. Trust me, life doesn't change for the worse if you avoid Facebook.

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01/16/2018 10:41 AM

I log in once or twice a year. And when I do, your postulation is violently affirmed.

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01/16/2018 11:01 AM

This is exactly the binary thinking of quantum physics that I can't accept. Instead of "all or nothing", there should be a way to get the good stuff and filter out the bad. Or as they say in the song The Game Of Love, "A little bit of this, and a little bit of that. It's all in the game of love.". A binary choice between one extreme or another never has good results. There needs to be different degrees in between. Binary might make choosing easier/faster, but neither choice would good. For example: Would you rather be a total slave to money, or a free man with no hopes of making progress? Well, if you don't like what's going on in technology, don't participate in it. Or, if you don't like what's going on in life, don't participate in it.

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01/16/2018 3:58 PM

Although I get your point, I was not talking about money, technology, or life, just facebook. My life is by no means the slightest bit easier with facebook, nor is it by no means the slightest bit harder or more complicated without it. It simply doesn't matter, to me at least.

I am sure there are people who can't live without it and not using it everyday is not an option, I am not one of those.

Can you not accept the Amish for their lack of use of cars, tech, etc..?

You may call it "all or nothing" binary thinking, I call it "I just don't care about facebook", it's just not that serious. If you can't accept that, then it is you that has the problem, not I.

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01/16/2018 5:10 PM

From reading the article, I believe the "snooze" applies only to the one person, not everybody. (Maybe it should be called "stifle").

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01/17/2018 8:36 AM

<...Find that you need a break from the nonsense that is Facebook?...> Total avoidance is the best therapy. It is not called "YouTwitFace" for nothing, after all.

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01/17/2018 1:18 PM

And that deserves a GA!

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