Open social-reader links on Facebook without installing them

Instead of clicking cancel or Googling links shared by friends, try using this browser add-on for Chrome and Firefox.


Facebook is a place for sharing (and sometimes oversharing) information between friends and family. As of the last few months, more and more "social reader" apps have been making their way to your Facebook timeline. You'll see that a friend watched a video on something like SocialCam, and when you go to click the video, you're asked to grant the service access to your Facebook.

SocialCam asking for permission to access your Facebook account. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Instead of authorizing a bunch of social-reader apps to post on your Facebook wall or gain access to your information, you should try Unsocialize. With this Web browser add-on you can ninja past many of the service sign-ups and get to the content you clicked on without making any commitments. Unsocialize doesn't bypass every social reader out there, but it's worth a try if you're tired of searching the Web for each link your friends share.

All you need to do is grab a copy of Unsocialize for Chrome or Firefox. Yes, this is yet another add-on/extension for your Web browser, but if you spend a lot of time on Facebook looking at things people share, it's worth grabbing.

Use the right-click menu to open social-reader links with Unsocialize. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Next, just find a link you're interested in viewing that was posted via a social-reader app on Facebook. Right-click the link and choose Unsocialize. The link will open in a new browser tab without your needing to reject access to a social-reader app or needing to search for it on Google.

Unsocialize loads the content without the social-reader app. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

That's all! And if you still fancy any of social-reader apps that integrate with Facebook, you can continue using them by clicking on the link as you normally would.

(Via AddictiveTips)

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