Ya must say, this is terrible advice, there are far better ways of dealing with it. Notifications is the primary one and the only real option for non-rooted. For the rooted guys there is an even better alternative to Thunder350's, and that is greenify, been using it for a month or so and its wonderful. It puts any app you select into full hibernate when in background mode, its the same effect as you froze the app with titanium, without the hassle of needing to defrost again.
As a side note, chrome is almost as bad as facebook, greenified him too. Got my batter down from a day average of 7-10%/hr to 2-4%/hr and the "while I am asleep and bloody everything is off" is now down to 0.7%.
Honestly, if you going to go through all the trouble to test something, write half an article and email me to tell me about it, I would of expected it to be much more of an article, some facts behind it and a full list of solutions, not just "uninstall and stick a shortcut on your screen and use the so inferior is not even comical alternative." You could of even mentioned Friendcaster as a far more battery efficient, superior and more feature rich alternative for both rooted and non-rooted users.
I cannot image how it took you more than 30seconds to suck this imitation article out of your thumbs.