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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 02/18/2011

Facebook features that should have gotten a presidential veto

By Melissa Bell
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Death to Facebook galleries.

Thursday night President Obama met with some of the top tech titans in Silicon Valley -- Steve Jobs of Apple, Eric Schmidt of Google and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook -- for for dinner and conversation. The press were not allowed at the dinner, but Obama reportedly discussed ideas for how to create jobs and expand the economy.

While that's an admirable topic of conversation, I also hoped Obama would suggest some improvements to Zuckerberg's site. It would have been nice if Obama asked for an end to the travesty that is Facebook's photo gallery. The new view finder is an eyesore. Meant to feature photos in a lightbox-style setting for a cleaner viewing experience, the thick black background seems to clutter up the page and jumble up friends' comments with advertisements.*

Rob Pegoraro over at Faster Forward wanted to see a slew of additional options for the social-networking site's news feed filter, including: "Hide politically themed updates from friends I tolerate despite their reactionary/pinko leanings."

Should Facebook ban people from writing LiKe thi$?

We don't know what ideas Obama offered up, but we've come up with several of our own for how Zuckerberg might improve Facebook. Vote for your favorites below, or suggest your own by clicking "Add Your Own Idea" below. Or Tweet us using #fixfacebook.

We turned to Twitter and asked what you would change about Facebook. Here are a few #FixFacebook replies:

#FixFacebook Available and better customer service so if users have problems, they can be addressed!less than a minute ago via web

make it less pervy, make game app newsfeed on own page and allow people to default limit newsfeed for games to that game only #FixFacebookless than a minute ago via web

The Facebook #iPhone app should allow for tagging in statuses, and FB should allow for tagging in comments. #fixfacebookless than a minute ago via web

The layout. The old one was better. RT @washingtonpost: What would you change about Facebook? http://wapo.st/hjElFY #FixFacebookless than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter


*At least for now, there is a fast fix to the photo gallery problem. Hit F5 and it goes back to the old style, though Facebook will likely impose the new galleries on everyone at some point.

By Melissa Bell  | February 18, 2011; 10:26 AM ET
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