If you read this site regularly, you are almost certainly already well aware of my distaste for and many criticisms of Facebook. So perhaps you will be surprised that today I am actually writing to praise one feature which I find Facebook has integrated well.
Even at the beginning, way back when on CompuServe, it was possible to “block” users you didn’t want to interact with. This is to say that you could configure your account and/or software to hide or not display messages from users you simply did not want to interact with. It was not an easy or intuitive process back then, and honestly there was only one user ID in my block list back on CompuServe. And to this day, I find that when I use the block function on any site to suppress only one or two users.
Facebook, I am surprised and pleased to say handles blocking other users quite well. The two users I’ve blocked simply never appear on my screen, even when we post in the same thread. (I can tell they’ve posted there by other people’s replies to them.) I remember how difficult it was back in the CompuServe days to get people to understand that blocking others’ messages from appearing in their streams was the appropriate way to deal with users whose content they didn’t want to see. But I’m pleased to say that in my current online life, it really works well.