With regular intervals I have a go on my Facebook usage habits and do my best to minimize it. It tends to work for a while, but sooner or later I fall back into my same old habits. A few days ago an Animal recently wrote a blog post which reminded that it’s time for another attempt.
My problem with Facebook is really the exposure to sources of procrastination. Whereas traditional chat clients like MSN Messenger, ICQ, or Skype are standalone softwares that only provide the essential feature that I am interested in – keeping in touch with my friends – Facebook Chat inevitably comes with a news feed that I honestly don’t want. I have previously tried redirecting myself directly to the Facebook Messages page, but since I switched browser (to Safari, not to Chrome) I haven’t figured out a way to do this.
Today, however, I found the solution that might be what I have been looking for. Or more specifically, I found out that Facebook have finally fixed a feature that they have been offered for a long time, but which previously didn’t work very well – namely connecting Facebook Chat to any standalone chat client which supports Jabber. So now I can chat with my friends without ever entering the Facebook, and thereby not having to be exposed to all the distractions posted by people on the news feed.
The very simple instructions to do this can be found here.