'No politics' tool seeks to keep media 'social'October 6, 2012 in Technology / Internet
For people fed up with politics on their social Web feeds as the US election race hots up—online and elsewhere—in its final few weeks, help is on the way.
A browser extension called "no politics please" at www.noppl.com/ is designed to work to filter out unwanted content on Facebook, says creator Kevin Faul.
"I'm not anti-politics but on Facebook people are looking for a more pleasurable experience," he told AFP.
"It seems like Facebook was starting to get overrun with political posts. I think people want Facebook to be a friendly place."
Faul, who is a vice president of product management for the three-dimension technology firm Real D, developed the program in his spare time.
"It wasn't intended to be a money-making project," he said. "I've gotten a huge positive response. People are saying this is a great tool."
He said the tool could have broader applications because it enables users to deselect items, political or otherwise.
"This can filter out any topic whether it's an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend or a TV show," he said. "The filter is flexible."
(c) 2012 AFP
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