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If you love social media, you probably constantly wish it was just a bit better. To be a geek is to constantly tweak, and social media is no exception.
From cleaning out decade-old “Likes” to sharing your email address securely, today’s Cool Websites and Apps aims to make using social media just a little more customizable. Let’s get started.
Page Unliker (Web): Clean Out Old Likes From Facebook
Facebook’s been around for over a decade now, meaning if you’re an early adopter you’ve probably got a long list of “Likes” you haven’t thought about in years. If dated references like Lance Armstrong, the Nintendo Wii and Franz Ferdinand are cluttering up your “Like” list, Page Unliker can clear them out.
This simple tool shows you a list of all the pages you’ve liked over the years, starting with the oldest. Scroll through and remove anything you’d rather not be associated with anymore in one simple click. If you want a clutter-free timeline, this is probably a good way to start.
Messenger For Desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux): Chat with Your Facebook Friends
Facebook has arguably become the dominant IM service on the market right now, especially on mobile. Desktop users who want in on the fun could previously use Facebook chat on the desktop with XMPP, but that’s no longer an option.
Enter Messenger For Desktop, a desktop client for Facebook. It’s cross platform, and looks great.
Sure, it’s basically a browser window showing you Messenger’s web version, but features like native notifications make it worthwhile. It’s arguable that you don’t need desktop chat clients anymore.
Scrim (Web): Share Your Email Address, Without the Spam
Chatting on social networks is great, but sometimes you want to follow-up with an email. If you share your email address publicly, however, you’ll be dealing with email spam for the rest of your life.
Scrim offers a simple solution.
Use this site to create a link to your email address. Anyone who clicks it will have to quickly solve a CAPTCHA, to prove that they’re human, before being given your email address. It’s not a perfectly secure way to share your email address, sure, but it’s better than just sharing it.
NameCHK (Web): Find a Completely Unique Username
Anyone starting their own website knows just how challenging it can be to line up not only a decent domain name but also the social media pages to match it. NameCHK makes this easier by letting you search every social network and top-level-domain at once.
We’ve featured unusual domain name checkers before, but NameCHK stands out for being incredibly complete: there are almost 60 social services included, as well as 30 top-level domains. If you want to create a brand and then own it on every platform, look here first.
Tweet Fired (Chrome): Remind Yourself That Tweets Have Consequences
Social media feels like it’s just between friends, but the fact is that the whole world could be watching at any moment. Tweet Fired is a simple Chrome extension that reminds you of this every time you type a tweet, by replacing the background text in the new tweet box.
There’s not a lot else to say about this, other than “Please Tweet Responsibly”.
Which Social Media Tools Have You Discovered?
Social media is here to stay, at least until we stop saying “social media” and just call it “media”. Everyone’s got a platform, and everyone’s an expert.
Which reminds me: you’re probably an expert. Which great social media tools have you found? Are you willing to share them? If not, why are you such a jerk?
Looking forward to talking to you in the comments below.
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