Fed Up Of Facebook’s Real Time News Ticker? Here is How To Remove it
By on September 22nd, 2011

The other day I logged into my Facebook account and was taken by a surprise.

Is this MySpace or Friendster?What have they done to the features and functionalities, it looks so complicated now, were some of my initial reactions.

Turns out I am not the only one complaining about the new features (read annoyances) Facebook rolled out recently. Everybody hates the new Facebook news feed and live ticker because this is nothing but a distraction. So are the automated friend lists, which adds little value as users are glued to the homepage and rarely check back the stream for each and every friend list Facebook created for them.

There is no way you can get the old Facebook layout back, Mark Zuckerberg’s team is already on steroids and they will be rolling out more updates in coming weeks. However, here are some easy ways to remove the Facebook real time news ticker and completely hide it from your Facebook profile, wall and news feed.

hide-facebook-news-tickerGoogle Chrome users should install this sweet Chrome extension which completely hides the news ticker in one stroke of genius. Hit the Installbutton and the news ticker is gone, forever. Works quite the same way you have hidden Facebook questions in past, another major Facebook annoyance.

Firefox users should install the remove Facebook sidebar ticker userscript along with the Greasemonkey add-on for Firefox. Save yourself from paying attention to the news ticker and gazing on it over and over again.

The problem with Facebook news ticker is that it is often filled up with junk updates which adds no value whatsoever. One of my friends has the habit of sharing tons of links over a short period of time and then he goes on liking his own link one by one.

Result: the news ticker is often populated with Mr X likes his own link. There is no way I can convince him to stop likinghis own link and neither I want to unfriend him (he sits next to me in office and I don’t want him to stare at me saying You deleted me on Facebook. How dare you?).

Screams!

This is nothing but Facebook’s attempt to go super real time but they have forgotten the fact that this is not Twitter. This is Facebook and every system has some undocumented rules which demands a stay.   Time and again, Facebook developers impose features which are not at all justified and makes things complicated for the average user.

Dear Mark Zuckerberg : If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. And stop breaking it over and over again and fix it to break it even further!

P.S: The only constant in this Universe is “Change”, and who knows it better than Mark and his team. No wonder  users will soon get used to whatever changes Facebook brings on and they will accept it going forward. You remember Google’s black navigation menu bar, don’t you?

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  • http://www.vijayforvictory.com Vijay

    In my opinion FB Ticker is awesome.

  • MaryMeg

    You’re complaining about something they’ve fixed! Now you can hover over your friend’s name and unsubscribe to likes and comments (and links too if you want). So you will get his status updates but not the other stuff. Much better than having to block them or unfriend like we used to have to do.

    Figure out how to use it before complaining about it!

  • Sheryl

    How do I make it so my comments, posts and likes do not show up on the ‘Ticker’ of my friends newsfeeds?

  • Hermine

    Really? You’re an idiot.

    • http://www.yourdigitalspace.com Swamykant

      Why ?

  • Thomas

    Strange question here but my wife is actually without the sidebar ticker (it is just not showing in her account, whatever browser she uses) and she would like to have it! I can’t find how to install the ticker. It must be something with the privacy settings? Who can help?

  • saw

    solved …..use 3.6.11 ………this new chatbar is not available

  • http://www.jacksononthemoon.com Sharon J

    I loathe the Facebook sidebar and I am dying to get rid of it. I am using Facebook and I have installed Greasemonkey.
    I got the script from your link. What the heck to I do with it now?

  • chinmaya

    how to add real time ticker my facebook

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000950202619 Shathish Jai

    Have a Good Day!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000209527072 Kimberly Kilgore Cash

    I am so glad there’s an app for removing the side news ticker!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000997400571 Nick Casimaty

    Well that didn’t help at all. A very long article considering all you said in relation to the title was “install the apps for firefox and chrome”, and “screw you if you don’t use those browsers.”

 
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