Facebook, love it or hate it, has the attention of over a billion people. It’s not without its share of annoyances, and it could certainly do with some improvements. Here are some of the best extensions you can use to make using Facebook even better.
Social Fixer is easily our favourite Facebook extension. We already have a guide here on all the things you can do to make your Facebook experience better. You can reorder your News Feed to show recent posts first or fix minor annoyances such as auto-expanding “See more” links. You can also use Social Fixer to customise your Facebook theme. There is a lot to mess with in this one extension, so be sure to play around with it yourself after reading our guide.
Facebook for Chrome
Keeping up with Facebook doesn’t need to be an all-day open-tab affair. Facebook for Chrome puts a button in your toolbar that you can click to drop down a small window with a news feed, notification panel and more without opening up a new tab. Facebook stays tucked away until you need it. Given how much of a distraction Facebook can be, just putting the social network in the corner can be enough of a benefit.
Photo Zoom for Facebook
Some of Facebook’s many, many designs are pretty good at highlighting large, high-res images. However, there are plenty of cases when you want to get a closer look at a pretty picture. In those instances, Photo Zoom makes it simple. With the extension installed, simply hover over a picture and it will zoom in to get a better look.
Facebook Album & Photo Manager
One of Facebook’s best features is its ability to organise and share photos. Facebook Album & Photo Manager ties in to your account and lets you upload images, edit them and apply filters, and download your albums in bulk. For minor tasks, it’s a bit much, but if you manage a lot of photos, or you just want to create backups, this extension can be a life-saver.
Facebook Customizer (by Adblock Plus)
Social Fixer may be a great tool for tweaking most of your Facebook experience, but Facebook Customizer — from the team behind Adblock Plus — excels at removing the social network’s biggest annoyances. You can remove all the obnoxious sidebar boxes, requests to rate movies, music, TV shows and other clutter.
Read receipts — those little messages that say your conversation partner has read up to a certain point — add a whole new level of paranoia to conversations. It might not be a big deal for some, and others might even see them as a welcome addition. However, those who would like to prevent others from knowing when they have and have not checked their messages can use Facebook Unseen to keep their privacy intact. Or at least as private as you can be on Facebook.