Some of us aren’t fans of Facebook’s theater mode when it comes to viewing pictures. It’s not a huge issue – after all, it’s just a matter of personal taste and preference. However, many of you have pointed out time and time again that Facebook (and other similar services) do not provide enough personal customization for their interfaces.
Ideally, I think that we could have a fully-customizable Facebook with personalized layouts and possibly even colors. However, what appears on your Facebook style doesn’t appear the same way for others. I wouldn’t be having any of that MySpace 2.0 crap happening in my Facebook.
That’s never going to happen, though.
Admittedly, it’s a tough issue. Each company that develops social networking products knows that they can’t make everybody happy. Why waste their time by developing specialized features that cater to each and every crowd? People would just find a reason to complain anyway…
However, there’s a small Chrome extension available that reverts Facebook back to its old mode of displaying photos: No Theater Facebook Image Gallery. Simply put, it gets rid of the theater mode and shows the images on their own individual pages – just like the older version of Facebook. It’s nothing special, but it does get the job done. Its creator isn’t very elegant about its origins, either:
“This extension automatically removes the new theater mode from Facebook image galleries and brings back the old one. The new Facebook image gallery has been massively criticized and I agree with most people – it blows.”
Those last three words are the most elegant I have ever seen in a description of an extension. Seriously.
The app doesn’t provide many options for customizability, really. I mean, how could it?
It has one single purpose, and that’s all it’s really good for. I can’t explain it much better than that, but I can say that I have been using it for several months, and my experience has gone relatively well. No slow loading times. No frozen screens. In all honesty, my Facebook experience was just as seamless and fluid as before.
I will say that staying away from theater mode does have its disadvantages. For one, every single image has its own page, so that’s a lot of backtracking if you want to go back to the website you were visiting before Facebook. Minor inconvenience? Yup. However, it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. Granted, theater mode has its advantages as well. The main perk is that you can browse the someone’s album without even having to leave your news feed.
So it all comes down to this: it’s all based on your preference.
If you like theater mode? Don’t get this extension for Chrome. If you don’t like theater mode? Try this extension out. It’s the kind of extension that’s so useful you might even forget that you have it installed. In fact, I did! That’s why I wrote this article so many months after having it…
There’s not much else we can say about No Theater Facebook Image Gallery except, well… that there’s not much else we can say about No Theater Facebook Image Gallery. It made our list of Best Chrome Extensions, and there’s obviously a reason for that.
With that said, there are a a few other Facebook “enhancers” you can check out to make your social networking experience more streamlined. In face, we have an article all about it: 8 Great Chrome Extensions For Facebook You Could Get To Like. For those of you who tend to use Firefox, you may want to take a look at 5.5. Firefox Extensions To Make Facebook Awesome.
You can install No Theater Facebook Image Gallery from the Chrome Web Store.
That’s it, folks. Do you like No Theater Facebook Image Gallery? Do you dislike theater mode for Facebook? Or maybe you’re one of the ones that actually like it? Fancy that.