Facebook Kills the Ticker Showing Friends’ Activities
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Facebook appears to have killed the Ticker, which previously showed you what your friends were doing on the social network in real time. Facebook is well known for changing things up on a regular basis, but the killing of the Ticker is odd in that there’s been no official announcement.

The Algorithmic Timeline Ticks Off Users

Until 2011 your Facebook timeline showed you what your friends were doing in chronological order. The same way Twitter still works. Then Facebook controversially changed the timeline so that it surfaced the most relevant content instead, which has been both a blessing and a curse.

The Ticker was introduced alongside the algorithmic feed, giving those people who cared about seeing everything their friends posted an opportunity to keep tabs on everyone all of the time. However, this also led some people to dub the Ticker the “creeper feed” for obvious reasons.

This Feature Is No Longer Available

Now, it appears Facebook has killed off the Ticker without telling anyone. Some users started noticing it disappearing at the beginning of November, and complaining about it in the Facebook Help Community. A verified user eventually conceded, “This feature is no longer available.”

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The complaints are from people with lots of friends who used the Ticker to keep tabs on their activities. And with the Ticker gone they claim Facebook is showing posts they’re not very interested in. Which suggests they need to indulge in a Facebook cull to get rid of the deadwood.

Stop Creeping on Your Facebook Friends

While we can understand people’s annoyance at losing a feature they actively used, we’re guessing they’re in the minority. And Facebook will have its reasons for killing the Ticker, even if the social network isn’t making those reasons public. And at least the creeps lose a weapon.

Did you ever use the Ticker on Facebook? Have you even noticed it has disappeared? If so, are you one of the people annoyed at its removal? Or does it not bother you in the slightest? Why do you think Facebook killed the Ticker? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Ralph Monaco (Captain)
    December 16, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I’m glad they took it off having it was like spying on your friends and that’s wrong thank you for removing it Facebook

  2. Anni
    December 15, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Without the ticker I see nothing but useless ads which I never asked for. My friends’ activities ‘drown’ In this commercial circus. I miss the ticker, and I am looking for a new platform to meet my friends.

  3. James
    December 14, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I think that it sucks to remove the ticker !!!

  4. Scott
    December 13, 2017 at 5:51 am

    If looking to see what my friends or relatives are up to (when they post it on Facebook mind you) is considered "creepy" then maybe they aren't really your "friends". Everyone I know on FB I know in real life and I wouldn't have it any other way.

  5. Rushiraj Jawale
    December 12, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Yes. Ticker used to show real time activities of friends which don't appear in the timeline. All I can see in my timeline is some useless posts from pages and only status updates of friends with very few activity updates like you friend abc commented on this, was tagged in this, etc. Facebook used an indexed algorithm where it issued a token and an index number to an activity, by increasing the index value by 1 you could see the next activity of your friend even if it didn't appear in your ticker or feed. But now they have changed the algorithm too. If any clearance is needed in the above comment you can email me.

  6. Dan
    December 12, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Good! I hated this feature and I'm glad it's gone. This feature was one of the sole reasons I hardly actually "liked" things and interacted with the website

    • David
      December 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      You know you could easily turn it off, yes?

    • David
      December 12, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      Timeline = all ads, all the time.
      Ticker = friends activity.
      Ergo, Facebook retains timeline, removes ticker.

  7. Renee
    December 12, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I'm happy it's gone! I like my privacy and like to respect others'. I really don't need to know how friends spend their time on FB, which pages they liked or what groups they joined. If I want to know how or what they're doing, it's best to ask them. And it's also my time, too. I shouldn't have to explain to someone why I took a few minutes to play a game to unwind after a stressful day, rather than answer their chat message. Less hurt feelings and definitely less creeping! Yay!

    • Anushkkka
      January 14, 2018 at 10:56 pm

      If you don't want to know what pages your friend liked or what they did you should have unfollowed them rather than complaining. I miss this feature because many people liked cool pages and then i realised they exist! Or whatever they added it was in one place, now it's mixed among useless, random shit!

  8. Em
    December 12, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Facebook should put back the Ticker feature. Frustrated that Facebook killed this feature.

  9. Ludo Vica
    December 12, 2017 at 3:27 am

    The Ticker wasn't for "creeping" on people. It was an essential part of finding content of great interest. It is impossible to follow every group and page meaningfully, (for example, about Rock music) but if content had been reacted by friends of similar interests (say UK 1970s Music, or a specific star) it was the only way to pick up on that content
    Similarly, if you ARE that 1970s music star and you are finding content about yourself that your followers couldnt see, the ticker was a perfect way to make other friends aware that someone had posted a live concert video from a show that they could never find another way. Losing the ticker has made one friend feel that he is up to 75% less visible on social media which is important because even though he has band pages and groups pages of his own people who post that sort of video may not specifically be involved in fan groups and so the content passes by all the people who would benefit most from seeing it

    • Anushkkka
      January 14, 2018 at 10:57 pm

      That's the point lady, a good comment!

  10. kai
    December 12, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Time to leave Facebook .. Like myspace its going down. They forget to keep users happy.