Do you throw up a little every time you see a post about Trump in your Facebook feed? Do you feel like slapping that goofy 20-something who yammers on and on about how Uncle Bernie is gonna give him free college? Is your feed full of political junkies That. Just. Won’t. Shut. Up?
Its only March. This is only going to get worse. Much, much worse.
Now, I’m not a very political kind of gal, and I’m not saying who’s posts are bothering me the most. But there’s a lot of them. And I’m sure you have them too! And since I’m up kinda late on my state’s primary night, I was getting overloaded with all the Hillary this and Trump that as I tried to unwind with Facebook. I’m not saying who I voted for…and I’m not saying you shouldn’t vote for whoever you like. Just don’t tell me about it right now.
I remember way back during the last election cycle, in 2012, someone had found a tool to replace all the political posts in Facebook with cats. I Googled it, but alas! It’s not there anymore. So I Googled more. And I found my savior. I found Rather.
It’s a Chrome extension, so I’m afraid it won’t work for everyone. But I live in Chrome, so this is great news for me. You just download Rather and give it a “kill” list. This could be words or phrases, anything you don’t want to see. Maybe it’s Trump. Maybe it’s Hillary. Maybe it’s your cousin’s new baby. It doesn’t matter…just give Rather some words to look for. Sadly, it can’t read images, so the offending posts will have to have the unwanted word as text in the status update. But…it’s still pretty cool.
Then, here’s the genius part! Give it an Instagram hashtag.
Yes! Now Rather will replace any post it finds with your kill words…with pictures from Instagram. Just remember, for this to work right you’ll need to use a specific hashtag that only has one decent meaning.
So I plugged in the names of several politicians from both sides of the aisle. (I’m sick of all of them right now.) Then for a hashtag I used “malamute.” I had an Alaskan Malamute as a kid and still love the breed, so it seemed like a nice happy image to replace all the political crazed friends in my feed. I thought there might be more pictures of Huskies out there, but Husky might just give me photos of fat dudes. Malamute seems safe.
See, isn’t that awesome!
You can use Rather to block all sorts of things. Maybe Walking Dead spoilers. Star Trek trailers. Cubs fans. You get the idea.
Guess what! It also works for Twitter!!
And if you’re curious what that cute puppy is hiding from your, you can click the Rather icon on the corner and see the post beneath.
Want to try it for yourself? Try it out! Rather is a free service. And no, they didn’t ask me to tell you about them. I’m just sharing. Because puppies are more awesome than politicians any day.