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 most of 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 / deleting the application, but I'm here to show an alternative. The way I see it, each and every Hiffer should be able to get Facebook freebies.
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. Seriously, it's free, it's easy to do, and it's the account I use for all of my Facebook freebies. 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.
But let's say you've already liked and added a bunch of companies and apps. How do you get them off your profile? Go to your Profile -> Info -> then scroll down to “Activities and Interests. Here's what mine looks like
All you have to do is click on any of the companies that you want to unlike and it'll take you to their Facebook Page. Let's go with the Ritz Crackers page. Once there, scroll down until you see the bottom of the lefthand sidebar. There you'll find a link that says “Unlike.” Click it and that's it! You now no longer like the Facebook page and it won't show up in your news feed or on your profile.
Now what about those apps that want to access your Facebook info and friends? Well to delete them, 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.
Here's my Applications page. There are a bunch of options here, but all you'll want to click the very first “Edit Settings” button.
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. It can now no longer access any of your information.
Here are the steps I usually take with a Facebook freebie. I like the company, I install the application, I fill out the form to get my freebie, then I immediately unlike the page and uninstall the application. Some people suggest waiting until you've received the freebie before unliking and uninstalling, but I don't see the point. Then again, if you're using a fake Freebie Facebook account as I suggested in the first place, it doesn't matter if you never unlike or uninstall an application as there isn't any information for them to access in the first place!
So there ya have it. Hopefully this helps a few Hiffers out there in cleaning up their Facebook accounts and protecting their privacy while also still being able to get a few Facebook freebies.