I first posted this back in December 2010, but with so many changes to Facebook since then I thought it was time to update and repost it.
LAST UPDATED: 04-12-2012
The most frequent question I get is “Goob, how do you stay so fit and handsome?” To which I reply, “please, please, let’s just talk about freebies.” The second most frequent question pertains to Facebook freebies. In order to get them, you have to like a company and/or add their application to your profile. However, what happens after signing up? The company hopes you’ll move along on your merry way and forget all about unliking them or deleting the application. But that’s not how we Hiffers roll.
Make A Dummy Account
First off, people complain about having to like a company. I understand that, as I don’t really like Emergen-C or Ritz or Burt’s Bees enough to “like” them on my personal Facebook account. So you know what I did? I used my freebie email address to make a second, fake Facebook account. I didn’t add any friends to it, I used a fake name, and I snagged a random picture off Google Images to use as my profile image. It’s what I suggest people do and I’ve had no trouble with it so far.
Unlike A Facebook Page
But let’s say you’ve already liked and added tons of apps. How do you get them off your profile? Go to your Profile -> Likes (it’s a box under your cover photo) -> Show Other Pages. Here’s what mine looks like
That tiny link will reveal all the pages you’ve Liked. Like I said, my personal account is “clean,” but if I look at my freebie account, there are literally hundreds of likes I’ve made on it.
Yeoch. If your profile looks similar, click on any of the companies that you want to unlike and it’ll take you to their Facebook Page. Let’s go with Mucinex. Once there, look for a box near the top right that says Liked with a check mark. Hover over it and you’ll be able to unlike that page. You will no longer like the Facebook page and it won’t show up in your news feed or on your profile.
Delete A Facebook Application
Now what about those apps that want to access your Facebook info or post info on your own wall? To delete those, go to the top right of any page and click the down arrow -> Privacy Settings.
Once this page loads, you’ll want to look halfway down the page for “Apps and Websites.” Click the “Edit Settings” link there.
Now you’ll see a bunch of options here, but all you want to click the very first “Edit Settings” button. Clicking the “Remove unwanted or spammy apps” will work as well.
This will finally pull up every single application you’ve added to your profile. How do you delete these? Easy, just click the tiny gray X on the far right next to any application that you want to delete. Confirm that you want it gone and you’re all set.
And that should do it. Hopefully this helps a few Hiffers out there in cleaning up their Facebook accounts while also still being able to get Facebook freebies.
Remember, if you make a Facebook account only for freebies, like I suggested earlier, then there’s no real reason to Unlike or delete any of the profile apps as there isn’t any information for them to access in the first place!
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