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Random Errors

By Jeremy Smith
Sun Star Columnist

I hate the new font size on Facebook. Like the other 500 million plus people on Facebook, I actually enjoy the service but hate it when they make bone-headed changes. It’s funny to think that the same people (i.e. me) who want a faster interface for browsing Netflix movies and a completely revamped operating system every two years throw a hissy fit every time Facebook adjusts a margin. I actually like change, and for the most part I’m happy with what Facebook has done (current privacy problems aside). But seriously, who can read this new font size?

From a simple way to see who else is enrolled in your college to a direct marketing connection between a company and its consumers, Facebook has a huge impact on the way information is transmitted and business is done. You can find links to general internet weirdness and pictures of friends in every profile. I was even offered a job through Facebook… the one I am doing right now in fact. You can even bring a company to its knees through Facebook, which is also happening right now to Cooks Source magazine.

According to Gizmodo, Monica Gaudio wrote a post for a blog that recently appeared nearly verbatim in Cooks Source magazine. After contacting Cooks Source directly, she was informed that, “the web is considered ‘public domain’ and [she] should be happy [they] didn’t just ‘lift’ [her] whole article and put someone else’s name on it.” Well that sure riled up the internet. The Cooks Source Facebook page is currently overwhelmed with wall posts ranging from renaming them “Crooks Source” to current advertisers pledging to cut ties to the magazine.

This means that Facebook, love it or hate it, is important. However, when I can’t read the content, that’s a problem. When I can’t post links and images how I want on Facebook, that too is a problem. Thankfully, I have a few solutions.

If you are running Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera, visit betterfacebook.net and you can easily install a user script (a small file that will override display settings) that will not only restore the original font size, but gives you control over 75 other features that dictate how Facebook looks in your browser. Static headers, tabbed news feeds and even highlighted comments are now possible with this user script.

When it comes to posting links and images, Facebook grabs the description from the source’s website, which may or may not have the right information. All you need to do is click on the highlighted yellow text that appears after you attach a link and before you post it. Then you can type in whatever you want to caption that picture of Batman Underoos with the words “Iron Man” emblazoned across the waistband.

Facebook may have changed the default font size back to normal by the time this column is printed, but at least you now have a little more control that should keep your posting, tagging and liking relatively stress free. At least until they make another change.

Jeremy talks and takes on technology at gpfault.org.

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