Remove the “Live Ticker” Box on Facebook
By on August 28th, 2011

Facebook has started rolling out the new “Live Ticker” feature to an increasing number of users, and would eventually be making it available to all users. While the new feature is positioned above the chat box on the right side of the page, many users are finding it annoying and disturbing.

The Ticker is designed to replace the “Most Recent” filter on the Facebook News Feed, providing users with real-time updates. The feature seems to be interesting, however many users find it worthless. Users on Facebook are creating threads and community pages asking Facebook to remove the Live Tickerfeature, or at least provide an option to disable it.

Annoying Facebook "Live Ticker"

There is one simple and a best way to get rid of the live ticker and the chat box. Clicking on the hide sidebarbutton on the bottom-right of the page will hide the sidebar entirely. However, there are browser extensions and add-ons to remove it.

Hide Facebook Sidebar

If you’re a Google Chrome user, there’s an extension that is available, which will completely remove the live ticker from your Facebook page. Download the extension file here, and once the extension is installed, refresh or open Facebook in a new tab. You will now notice that the live ticker has been disabled.

Firefox or other browser users can try downloading Better Facebookextension. Once you have installed the add-on (extensions) for your browser, click on the Better Facebook! Optionsbutton.

From the option box, enable Advanced Options Modeand then click on CSS. Copy the following CSS code and paste it in the area provided. Save the settings and refresh your Facebook page, and you will see that the live ticker has disappeared.

 /* Hide the live ticker */
 .ticker_stream { display:none !important; }

Better Facebook - Hide Facebook Live Ticker

Facebook has been known to annoy users with newer design changes, and it is no surprise that people are upset with such an attitude. Last time Facebook annoyed users with a new rollout for the image viewer, however, you can  easily disable the Facebook Theater mode  too.

Earlier last month, Google also annoyed users by  changing their homepage design  and adding a black bar at the top. You can  easily remove the black bar in Google  and similarly also revert back to the old Facebook chat  by installing a    script.

I’m guessing that Facebook has introduced this feature to combat with its rival, Google Plus. What do you think of the new “Live Ticker”. Do you find it annoying too? Let us know by adding your comments below.

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Author: Joel Fernandes Google Profile for Joel Fernandes
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.

Joel Fernandes has written and can be contacted at joel@techie-buzz.com.

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