How to Block Bitstrips in Facebook

(Click here to avoid my upcoming rant and go straight to how to block Bitstrips in Facebook)

I, like many of you I suspect, detest Facebook.

It's full of time-wasting games, ads, selfies of the good, the bad and the oh-my-goodness-how-can-you-go-out-in-daylight, and pictures of what people have/are/will eat(en) or indeed cooked. Not to mention the chain-letter style posts, retro "do you remember this?" pictures of toys from the 1980s and, oh yes, let us not forget, the cats doing amusing things. Always the flipping cats, with their amusingness.

That's without mentioning Candy Crush Saga. Which I have now done. Sorry about that. I will leave it to Glove and Boots to sum up my feelings on Candy Crush Saga.

Don't get me wrong, some use Facebook to stay in touch with friends and family around the world and that's great, but if I had my way, I wouldn't have a personal Facebook account and be subjected to the largely fatuous barrage of drivel mentioned at the outset. I have better things to do with my time, such as investing my lifesavings in Blockbuster shares or setting my teeth on fire.

However, despite this, Facebook is still an extremely powerful platform through which many businesses can expand brand and product awareness and increase sales. Because of this - and only this - I choose to maintain a Facebook account, so that I can determine trends and observe techniques that may be beneficial to our customers and their SEO and online marketing strategy.

And so I brave the incessant rubbish mentioned earlier in the name of research - and so you, the customer, don't have to. But there is one thing I can't stand.

Bitstrips. For the love of all that is good and pure, please no. Stop.

Sick of bitstrips?So are we!

For those of you who are blessed with not knowing, Bitstrips are a fairly new trend on Facebook that allows you to create a cartoon avatar of yourself, much as you can on the Wii and XBOX and then place said character with other avatars of friends and aquaintances in all manner of hilarious scenarios complete with a witty caption. Except:

  • No one ever creates their avatar accurately - including me, I did one for the purposes of this blog, and I couldn't resist shaving a few pounds off my currently generous frame and ironing out a few wrinkles
  • Most of the captions aren't witty
  • They are everywhere and as annoying as that "Go Compare" chap

How to Block Bitstrips from your Timeline

So, as a good denizen of the interwebs, here's how to block them:

  • In your Facebook Account, click on the little cog icon in the rop right hand corner
  • Select Privacy Settings - this will load the "Privacy Settings and Tools" page
  • Click on "Blocking" on the left hand side of the page
  • Under "Block apps" type in bitstrips

That's it! No more Bitstrips adding to your no doubt already bloated timeline.

My work here is done, no thanks required. Although you could share this with your friends.

Pete Fairburn Posted by Pete Fairburn on

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