I first posted this in December 2010, but with so many changes to Facebook since then I thought it was time to update and repost it.
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.
View All Your Pages & Easily Dislike
One of the big problems now is it's hard to see all of the pages you like. But not impossible. The first step is going to your Facebook Newsfeed, finding Pages on the left column, and hovering to the right in order to see a blue More link. Click it.
Now click the Create A Page button then Pages I Like.
Now you can see every page you've liked and quickly unlike any that you so desire.
Unlike A Single Facebook Page
But let's say you've already liked a certain page and want to just take care of it. If that's the case, go any specific page that you want to unlike. 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 on the left sidebar for Apps.
Now you'll see a bunch of options here, but you'll first want to click the tiny “Show All Apps” link and then go through them all. You can edit their settings or delete them outright with the X.
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!
Questions? Comments? Insults? Fire away in the comments below.