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As most of you are probably aware, Facebook has been undergoing a few changes lately How To Enable Facebook's New "Timeline" Profile Right Now Before Anyone Else Gets It How To Enable Facebook's New "Timeline" Profile Right Now Before Anyone Else Gets It Yesterday Facebook announced a host of new features in what was described by industry observers as the biggest shakeup in Facebook's history. Most of these changes are obviously due to the emerging and growing threat... Read More . Okay, maybe more than a few, but at any rate, the platform is changing. This can be attributed to a number of factors, one being the rise of fresh platforms like Google+, another being Facebook’s desire to conquer new markets (like entertainment), and a third being the fact that Facebook has the power to experiment without fear of losing its millions (and millions) of members.

I, for one, am excited about these new developments and can’t wait to change how I’ve been using the service, but I know there are a lot of you out there that can’t stand even the minor tweaks that have been made by Facebook. If you happen to be a Google Chrome user, I’m about to buy you a little time.

Facebook News Ticker Remover

I wrote an article recently entitled Create A Better Facebook Chat Experience With fTalk For Desktop [Windows] Create a Better Facebook Chat Experience With fTalk for Desktop [Windows] Create a Better Facebook Chat Experience With fTalk for Desktop [Windows] Facebook Chat has become an important tool for keeping in touch with friends. In fact, I would go so far as to say that in comparison to the other features on Facebook (news feed, photo... Read More . In it, I mentioned how important I felt Facebook’s chat feature was and I alluded to the changes Facebook had been making to its chat bar and how most people hated it (which is why I pointed to fTalk as a chat alternative).

Fast forward to the present time (one month later) and you’ll see that Facebook has changed its chat setup again. This time, they elected to add a “news ticker” to the top half of it. Similar to the News Feed, this shows every Facebook action being performed by those your friends with and pages you’re subscribed to.

While I feel this does provide some value in helping us see what our friends are doing while browsing other Facebook pages, many are frustrated with this new feature. There is the option of resizing the news ticker to make it less visible, but what if you want it gone completely?

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The answer: Install Facebook News Ticker Remover. As soon as you install this Chrome extension, simply refresh your Facebook page and your chat sidebar will be back to how it was, without the news ticker. This should give you back a few hours that you normally spend gazing at your news ticker.

Unannoying Facebook

The second Facebook tweak I can help you put an end to is the omnipresent or “fixed” header. Currently, whenever you scroll down a page on Facebook, the header will stick to the top of your screen, allowing you to run searches and see your messages, alerts, etc. whenever you want without having to scroll back up to the top of the screen.

Again, I tend to like this new feature, primarily because it has already proven to save me a decent amount of time, but if it’s something you would rather have turned off, install the Unannoying Facebook extension for Chrome.

As soon as you install the extension, your Facebook header will move back to the top and stay there, which is right where many people feel it belongs.

Conclusion

We will undoubtedly be seeing a lot more changes being announced by Facebook. In fact, the social network could look and function entirely differently a few weeks from now for all I know. Some of you will like the changes, some of you will not. In any case, you can take solace in the fact that whatever Facebook does can most likely be undone with just a few lines of code.

Where do you stand on the whole “Facebook’s changing everything” front?

  1. Jire
    October 4, 2011 at 1:15 am

    That new title bar is so freaking annoying. Is there anything I can do to get rid of it in firefox?

    • Tina
      October 9, 2011 at 7:44 am

      Jire,

      I see you still haven't received a response to your question. If you are still looking for a solution, I recommend to ask a question on MakeUseOf Answers. You will probably get an answer within a few hours.

  2. "D"
    September 24, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Way to many changes & have no choice but to accept them. Were being bombed by all the new things there giving us all at once to. its suppose to be a game & its turning into a part-time job looking for all the material we need & no time to play the game.

  3. Rational Boss
    September 24, 2011 at 3:48 am

    What I really want is for Facebook to give us an option "I don't want my activities being broadcasted in Facebook Ticker."

    I figured that Ticker is an application like most of the other features of Facebook like Photos, Videos, etc. If I can just get the application ID of that page, visit the application page and probably Block the application?

    Blocking Facebook Ticker in my client is good - no more annoying ticker at the right side. But all my friends can still see what I do. It's like they're training us to be security guards.

    • Agustin
      October 7, 2011 at 3:02 am

      Is there any way to hide my activities being broadcasted in facebook at all? i.e I clicked "Like" to a picture and now everybody knows it and I don´t like that...

  4. Trblsm1
    September 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Change is fine - so long as users are given the option to change with it, or keep their views/newsfeed/chats/etc., the way the users prefer.  Being forced into something never makes anybody happy.

  5. steve
    September 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    already using the dev timeline and love it!! heaps better!!

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