Top 5 Facebook Annoyances and How to Fix Them

Facebook changes features like Kim Kardashian changes husbands. Just when users get comfortable with the latest iteration of “New Facebook,” Zuckerberg and company go and change something else, drawing the ire of its millions of users. Here are six Facebook annoyances that are currently grinding our gears and ways to deal with each.

Problem #1: Trending Box is in Your Face

Facebook may have been late to the #Hashtag world, but when it got into the fray it did so all the way. And thus was born the Trending box, which some of you may or may not have yet. This is a list of most-talked-about topics on Facebook. You may or may not want to click on them, but there’s definitely no easy way to get rid of it — which is the ultimate in annoying. 

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Solution: Users looking to ditch the Trending box, you’ll need to download the F.B. Purity extension for Firefox or add-on for Chrome. There are also options for Safari and Opera. In addition to removing the Trending box, this little program can stop Facebook from autoplaying videos, alert you when a friend deletes you, filter posts by keywords, remove any links to articles or videos so your News Feed is all personal updates, among other things. 


Problem #2: Facebook Timeline Shares Your Worst Moments With the World

There used to be a time where you could just delete that embarrassing photo from Facebook, and if you were prone to drunk posting, you could rest easy in the knowledge that soon it would disappear from your timeline never to be seen again. With the new iteration of Timeline, every bad picture and misspelled status update will be on display forever.

Solution: While you might not be able to erase all those regrettable photos and statuses of yore, you can control who gets to see them. Simply pull down the menu next to the Home button on your Facebook page and click Settings > Privacy. From there, next to “Limit the audience for posts you’ve shared with friends of friends or public” click Limit Past Posts. Click Limit Old Posts and this will revert all old posts to be seen only by Friends.


Problem #3: Your Facebook Subscribers Keep Spamming You

People looking to make part of their private Facebook pages public can open themselves up to subscribers, people who can sign up to read your updates without being approved “friends.” Users can then follow those pages and hopefully have an invigorating exchange of ideas. However, many people are complaining of inordinate amounts of spam and inappropriate content filling their news feed.

Solution: Freedom from that unwanted spam is only a few clicks away. To turn off Facebook Subscribe, click on the Home button > Settings > Followers. Then uncheck the box next to Turn On Follow.


Problem #4: Facebook Apps Share Too Much Info About You

By default, apps like Spotify, Ticketmaster and Foursquare share every tiny detail of your life with all of your friends. Instead of  just learning about a job promotion or a new relationship, all your contacts can now be privy to what tickets you purchased from Ticketmaster or what song you’re listening to on Spotify. It’s great for advertisers, but an overshare nightmare for everyone else.

Solution: Don’t want everyone to know you just listened to Kenny G. on Spotify? Just go to Privacy Settings, click Home > Settings > Apps. Then click Edit next to Instant Personalization. Uncheck the box that says “Enable instant personalization on partner websites.” 

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Problem #5: Annoying App Invites

Facebook has become a haven for casual gamers who sink hours into crushing candies, building a criminal empire or creating a home for their SIM. Unfortunately many of these misguided souls insist on inviting you to join the “fun,” sending you invite after invite to join the next big “Ville,” deluging your Facebook notifications and annoying you to no end.


Solution: Click on the Home button and go to Settings. Click Blocking. From here you can block specific people from sending you app invites and well as block specific apps from sending you notifications and accessing your personal information.

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  1. ct1003 Says:

    The worst annoyance I find, and one that makes me hardly use Facebook is the “Top Stories” bug. I keep having to set it over and over and over to get the “Most Recent” stories. As I find “Top Stories” to be entirely useless, I’d like to get rid of this “option” entirely and never see it again, and only get “Most Recent” stories. Do you have any idea how to make this permanent?

  2. Djb1492 Says:

    I use Social Fixer ( for FaceBook. It removes several of these annoying things (photos, news ticker, top stories) and more. I really like the filtering option. Works for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and I think Opera. Does not work on IE.

  3. Bent Ears Audio Laboratories Says:

    Facebook is itself an annoyance – so much so that I deleted my account permanently. Anyone who uses it deserves everything they get: public humiliation, chances of identity theft, hundreds of emails clogging you inbox telling you EVERY SINGLE THING that someone on your friends list does on Facebook… THAT’S entertainment!

  4. Rebecca Edwards Says:

    What about POSTS to join a CAUSE that come supposedly from friends??? And then I the “hide” and “delete” functions don’t work when I click on them????

  5. Amanda Says:

    Well, I tried number 5, but it would not let me switch off the Instant Personalisation – it was grayed out. Underneath it said
    Note: instant personalisation is not yet available for you.
    Any other suggestions?

  6. Tim Says:

    I have a problem with a page on which I am an admin. Yesterday, on the Timeline, in the “Highlights” section, the posts in the “Now” section quit displaying. I can look at previous months, or years, and see the posts from those eras. I can even view “Posts by Page”, “Posts by Others”, and “Friend Activity”. I have checked with other admins, and they are able to view everything without a problem. Prior to the posts “disappearing”, I was looking at the drop down list where a person can select the page to “Add to Interests”. Any suggestions on what I can check for a solution?

  7. syed Says:

    Hi, on my toshiba laptop on face book ticker was working normally but now i dont see ticker whereas when I login on other computer i could ticker on my facebook. Whats happenig in here. Can anyone help me out plz. its irritating. why is tat disappeared on my laptop n appearing on other laptop.? plz help me out

  8. AnnoyingAds Says:

    what I don’t want to see are those ads on the left side. unfortunately, FB is gaining a lot of money from those so I guess I have to live with it until I cancel my account. Gone are the days when FB was simple and bearable.

  9. Rog Says:

    ive found the wonderful “Facebook Purity” browser extension to easy many of my woes with facebook, it makes the site a heck of a lot less annoying

  10. Aisha Says:

    if u delete a photo on facebook does that delete all related notifications?

  11. renan Says:

    hi,. i have a problem with my facebook account, whenever i open it its different from the usual page, it doesnt show pictures including my timeline.. i hope you can help me regarding this.

  12. Jack Foreigner Says:

    Good grief, some of your advice is already outdated…if it weren’t for the social media marketing potential, I’d never even consider Facebook, let alone suffer through its whims and fancies!

  13. Janet Legerski Says:

    I have problem when I repost long worded Posts won’t let me be able to click on the post button, it is too far down, I can’t reach it.

  14. Van Ritshie Says:

    A lot of the ID pictures of my friends are now of wrong people. How do I fix this?

  15. Annin Liew Says:

    i cant even scroll down to see my new feeds ….. how do i fix that ??

  16. carol Says:

    I have started getting ads on the right hand side of my page in Japanese! I only speak English on the website so how can that be right? I, like many other people do not want these ads so how do we stop them please? Any ideas would be welcomed!

  17. Debby Says:

    I am not getting a photo or picture one. I get the posts, but that’s it. My photo ID isn’t even on any longer. I have emailed Facebook I don’t know how many times and the replies I have gotten get back state that while all emails are being read, they might answer a few. I’m not one of them. This has been going on for a week. Can you help me please?

  18. mounica Says:

    the problem I have was that I have changed my profile pic nd it was shared by an unknown person……wat to do nw….suggest a remedy for me plzzzzzzzzz

  19. Anna Says:

    Hi, all pics and photos has disappeared on my facebook when open in google chrome but not in firefox, what is going on please?

  20. Jostein Says:

    I have two problems, the first is that when clicking on “More stories” in the bottom they onlu appear in 1 out of 10 tries. The second is that tha last days the “Notification” pull down screen constantly is sitting as a layer over the main FB screen. I can even scroll the main FB screen up and down, but hardly read the latest messages.
    In borh cases it does not matter if I am using Chrome, Ie or Firefox.

  21. stacey Says:

    the top of my drop down list / screen has disappeared so I cant choose stuff on facebook??? so annoying..

  22. Chris Robinson Says:

    Most of my posts go to top posts for some reason and I notice there is no top posts option on fbook mobile on iPad or am I wrong? I just know people are not seeing my posts

  23. prodgie Says:

    Face book has seen fit to post Commercials on my Face book page., I have ultimately quit using face book,

  24. Angela B Says:

    #1 – I have IE9 on my pc – how to run FB Purity with that??

    #2 – How to disable the ‘write comment’ pop-up / ‘smart-tag’ when scrolling over or near a comment field? Tnx!

  25. eric Says:

    How do i turn off or delete Movie Gallery on Facebook?

  26. Anasia Says:

    I sent stickers to someone to fast and now it’s not letting me send anything to my friends

  27. pamela bouchey Says:

    i don’t want to delete my blogs, i’m not interested in who friends who or friends of my friends i used to be able to delete them, but face book puts them back up as if i can’t make my own decisions which irks me no end. when they ask you why you want it deleted, they should give you more options. It should be none of their business why i want it deleted,i just do, i used to be happy with face-book, but now i’m not sure, i don’t like them trying to put words in my mouth, i’m not dumb i know what i want to say. Thank you

  28. Johne732 Says:

    Thanks for this article. I’d also like to convey that it can always be hard if you find yourself in school and starting out to initiate a long history of credit. There are many college students who are only trying to live and have long or good credit history can often be a difficult thing to have. gceeakkaegbk

  29. william ritter Says:

    Please STOP sending your facebook I don’t open them I am tired of taking up space plus think it is stupid

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  31. Leslie Says:

    I have an issue I have yet to find a solution to. On my FB profile on the very bottom where is shows “born” Well it suddenly became “highlighted” and I UN highlight it and it doesn’t go away. and I do not want it public either. got any idea’s?

  32. Valin Odal Says:

    can you help me fix my account?
    i can’t fix it using my mobile phone cuz’ i lost it. I can’t even use my yahoo account for fixing it ‘cuz i dont remember it’s password and it have my old number which is lost..

    can someone help me please !


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