Get Back the Old Facebook User Interface – A Working Trick
By on September 22nd, 2011

Facebook made major changes to its user interface earlier this week, and most of the users found it annoying. They are not just annoyed, but also confused on how the new features function. Users were pretty happy and adapted to the previous UI, which was user friendly and easy to use. However, the new changes to the UI has drawn confusions and put things upside down.

Along with the UI changes, came the real-time updates feature called Ticker. The Ticker basically updates every second with new comments, likesand tags made by friends. It is annoying because users don’t really want to know what exactly is  happening over  Facebook. For instance, I have 700+ friends on Facebook, and I’m not concerned about who my friend adds or whose comment he/she likes.

According to Facebook, the Ticker, on the right-hand side of your account, lets you see all your friends’ activity in real-time. When you hover over an item on ticker, you can see the full story and join the conversation as it happens. Ticker updates itself as stories happen. This gives you a more complete picture of what your friends are doing, right now.

Real-time updates work great with Twitter, but not with Facebook, and I think Facebook should probably stop copyingfeatures from other social networking sites. Although the new features are annoying, there are ways to revert back to the old Facebook UI, and disable the Ticker as well.

You might have come across blogs indicating the trick to get back the old Facebook UI by changing the preferred language to English (UK), and indeed the trick stopped working as Facebook fixed the issue. However, there is still a way to get back the old UI, and interestingly it works in a similar fashion by changing the preferred language.

How to get back to the old Facebook interface?

Change the preferred language to a foreign language other than English (US and UK). For instance, I have changed the language to German. If you’re a Google Chrome user, you will immediately be prompted to translatethe page into English.

Before you click on the translate button, click on the Optionsbutton and select Always translate German to English. Now refresh or open Facebook in a new tab, and you will notice that every time you open Facebook, the page will be automatically translated to English. That way you will see the old Facebook interface and the Ticker disabled.

Facebook - Google Translate

Here’s a screenshot of the page automatically being translated to English -

Translate to English - Facebook

Here’s a screenshot after it has translated -

Facebook Transalte

If you’re a Firefox user, try using the Facebook Translate add-on. However, I’ll definitely update this post if I find an alternate solution for Firefox users.

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Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.

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  • http://www.tipsotricks.com/author/mbkfa93 Meena Bassem

    hey, i agree that facebook should stop copying from other social networks.that new bar on the top look a lot like Google + style/ anybody else agrees?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1296708688 Flossy Merrill Whetstone

    hate the new timeline!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543297147 Shieshy Abs Sherouiea

    hate..very hate the new timeline.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543297147 Shieshy Abs Sherouiea

    please…back to facebook before…old facebook.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002670842530 Kealey Cason

    how do I get rid of my timeline.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001094034879 Kamal Pandey

    please…back to facebook before…old facebook.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000642367919 Ramos Conrado Duque

    How to turn ON my timeline Recent Activity from hidden…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002103889756 Lee Lovestyle

    I want to go back my old facebook…pls help me do back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000711015780 Fardowsa Hilowle

    Damm. I’m starting to hate timeline. Please I Want to get Rit Of My Timeline… -Can’t Yu See Everyone Is Hating On It.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000309502326 Karma Gurung

    ya please back to old facebook…….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002555676589 Abdullah Rasooli

    fuck the timeline!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000202773965 Kim Ann London

    I love the old facebook better then the new one please get the old facebook back Please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000202773965 Kim Ann London

    I hate the new facebook and I went the old facebook back please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003333213326 Brandon Martinez

    Man. I was deceived… “add a cover photo?” y sure! :D *creates timeline* -_-
    :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001937876469 Slyweezy Slyvester

    I hate this new timeline profile.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000141110968 Violet Lim

    I hate new timeline very much!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000863941675 Haseeb Rasheed

    I hate timeline.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002120395936 Bhosxz Ü Acuña

    common pls get back my facebook account.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002921472151 Diether A. Ingco

    how can I remove my timeline! please teach me how to remove it! it confuses me so much!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=180158568705175 I Can,t Forget My First L()ve

    hate tha new timeline…………… Fäîsäl ?hâhzâd

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=714758931 J.Ross Dayton

    hate the new timelime..

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=662275024 Tracy Johnstone

      I was waiting for this comment..lol..”no one” likes timeline…lol..so sorry…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001694978215 Sylvia Law

    why are we being forced to use timeline, please put the old one back, there is nothing in the timeline I like, really hate it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002169002744 Georgette Vincent

    I really dislike the new timeline! I want the old verison Better! please get rid of the timeline!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003207565051 Jude Quinain

    I like the old!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001594083782 Mubashar Dar

    ama tawadi nu lun timeline walyo.

 
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