Last fall, I wrote a blog series on social media. I shared about goalsetting, platforms, safeguards, time management, and etiquette. In my post “Embrace Safeguards”, I gave a nod to my favorite adblocker and left it at that.
Lately, I’ve come to realize just how huge of a blessing this tool is and decided there was more to say. 😀
Adblock Plus was first recommended to me by a Goodreads friend. It’s easy to add to Chrome (or whatever browser you use) and absolutely free!
Up in the right-hand corner, the little icon for my adblocker informs me it just blocked a total of five ads on the page. Woohoo! Without it, the top banner usually has a video ad for a movie adaptation (PG or not) and both sidebars are full of ads totally unrelated to books. (Like ads for clothing or lack thereof.)
YouTube is one of the diciest places I go on the internet. Adblocker removes sidebar ads AND the video ads before each video. I didn’t realize it was doing this until my friends were complaining about the erotic ads on YouTube for a certain movie. I never saw any ads at all, and I’m sooo glad I missed them. 😉
While all Facebook ads are blocked, there is a couple second delay when you first open the page which causes them to blip in and out for a second. XD Other than that, it works very well. One extra special feature I literally just discovered is the “Block Element” tool. This allowed me to get rid of the entire Facebook news sidebar in addition to the regular ads.
No more politics and scandals, yay! Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? 😀
A couple things to keep in mind if/when you download…
- I’m not sure if/how it works on other social media platforms.
- Be aware that you are not invincible. I’ve seen dastardly articles on site sidebars before because the adblocker doesn’t extend to those. *cringes* I just automatically assumed I’d never seen anything bad again…
- If you are making your own ad, you will have to temporarily turn the blocker off. It’s quite easy to do just with just a couple clicks. 😉
My adblocker has made my social media experience much cleaner and more focused. I’m very grateful that I installed it. 😉
Do you use an adblocker?