After last week’s email about social media, a few of you asked whether it’s possible to leave Facebook. Maybe if you’ve had a bad experience, or have just seen enough pictures of people’s dinners to last you a lifetime!
If the problem is with a particular Facebook “Group” that you’ve joined, or a person or page that you’re “Following”, you can just stop seeing posts from them. Facebook won’t tell the other person that you’ve done anything, you’ll just stop seeing their posts in your Newsfeed.
It’s called “unfollowing”, and you can do it with an individual person, a business or a group. There are a few ways to do it, but I think this is the easiest:
- Look back through your newsfeed for a post from the person, business or group you don’t want to hear from again.
- In the top right corner of the post, there’ll be three little dots – click or tap on that to open a menu.
- In that menu, there’ll be an option to “Unfollow” whoever it is. If you can’t see the option, look for a little downwards arrow to see more options.
- If it’s a group post that you’re looking at, you’ll also get the option to “Hide” posts from the particular person who made that post. If you do that, you’ll still see posts from other people in the group – just not from them. If you want to do that, the option you’re looking for is something like “Hide all from [whoever]”.
If it’s not something specific like that, and you’ve just had enough of Facebook altogether, then you can delete your account. Facebook do change things and move things around in the settings, though. So if that’s what you want to do, your best bet is to use the search box to search for “delete account”. The first result in your search should be a link to the Facebook Help Centre, where it gives you instructions on permanently deleting your account.
Then if you change your mind at some point and decide you want to give Facebook another go, you can just set up a new account.
The things you can find online… wow!
As you know, we’ve just moved house – and with a new house always comes a new list of DIY bits and bobs that need doing. There’s not a lot with this house, to be fair, but there were a few things we wanted to change.
One of them was the knobs on our bedroom cupboards.
The lady who had the house before us had some lovely fitted furniture put in the bedroom – a sort of ivory colour – but the knobs were all plain white (and there were 40 of them altogether!). We decided one of the simplest ways to make the whole room just a bit less white and a bit more interesting would be to change the plain white knobs for something more colourful.
I’d wondered about looking in B&Q or Homebase, but I was really hoping for something a bit more unusual. So I decided to do an internet search instead – and I’m so glad I did. I came across a little online shop called Knobbles and Bobbles, run by a woman called Lucy. You can have a look here if you’re interested.
She sells the most beautiful range of hand-painted ceramic knobs, glass knobs and bronze cupboard handles (over 500 different types in all, according to her website). It’s such a specialist little shop – but it was exactly what I needed.
It’s one of the things that I love about the internet. Whatever you’re looking for – however weird and wonderful – somebody somewhere will be selling one!
Anyway – I’m going to get back to it (I’m working on a new book that I’ll be able to tell you a bit more about next week). But time to get the kettle on first I think…