If you haven’t noticed already, you will. Facebook has changed the layout AGAIN. What they did was get rid of the highlights section and mash all that crap (that I, and a lot of other people according to the views for this post, DO NOT want to see) into the new newsfeed. According to this website, the new newsfeed is now basically the crap from the highlights section and the live feed is the old newsfeed.
I don’t want to see what people comment on or who they became friends with, ahh! Facebook needs to either stop changing so damn frequently, or give us the ability to filter what we see more than only completely removing people, which is currently the only option. Until either of those things happen, I’m hoping the author of the facebook fixer script can figure something out. Go to the facebook fixer forum to leave a comment on any of the “broken” features.
Edited 10/13/09 to add more detailed instructions and fix the problem in the Google Chrome directions.
I finally got fed up with the highlights section of Facebook and went searching in the help section for a way to filter out what I see. It turns out there’s no way to filter this irritating section of Facebook. I don’t care what groups my friends recently joined, what pictures they recently commented on, or the fact that a friend became a fan of sleep.
Doing a Google search I came across Facebook Fixer. This offers a lot more customization than simply getting rid of the highlights section, but you can mess around with the other stuff on your own – these directions are purely for removing highlights.
Click on your browser of choice below to jump to that section:
- The first thing you need to do is go download & install the Greasemonkey add-on in order to use the script in Firefox.
- Then you can go to the Facebook Fixer page and install the script.
- To get rid of the highlights you hover over the settings link up top on any Facebook page and go to Facebook Fixer or you can right-click on the little monkey face icon in the bottom right of Firefox, go to
user script commands, then click on
configure Facebook Fixer.
That will bring up a window with a bunch of different ways you can customize how Facebook looks for you. Go down to the second section, Home Page Customization, to choose what you want to hide. I chose to keep the right column, but unchecked the four boxes below it. I found that choosing to hide the right column also hid group and friend requests. I still want to see those so I just hid everything else.
There’s a Chrome greasemonkey-like add-on that is in the works but as of the day of this post, the program crashes after trying to open it. Clearly more work needs to be done. I did find another way to use the Facebook Fixer script for Chrome and it works great so far.
- The first thing you want to do is edit the Chrome shortcuts you use by right-clicking them and going to properties. Change it so the target line has – -enable-user-scripts at the end, after the quotation mark.
There are 2 dash marks in front of the word enable, wordpress merges them into one dash so I put a space there to help make it more obvious, there is no space between the dashes – just 2 of them.
- Navigate to this folder %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default. Easiest way is to probably go to your start menu -> run.
- Create a folder titled User Scripts.
- Now download Facebook Fixer by right-clicking on install now and then save link as…. Save it in the User Scripts folder you created.
You should be able to refresh the page to see it work, if not then close and reopen it. Now you can just hover over the settings menu on your Facebook page and the settings for the script will be at the bottom. The only thing I noticed is that the menu doesn’t come up right away, but that doesn’t really matter. Chrome is FAR faster than Firefox. I’m impressed so far.
If the script doesn’t work for you, you may need to download the Google Chrome Channel Changer and choose the beta channel. I have mine on stable and it works fine.
- You do not need an add-on to run the script in Opera, but you do need to create a new folder in the directory to to save the script after downloading. Unless you changed the default path it saves to, navigate to C:\Program Files\Opera\ either by going to my computer or you can copy/paste that path into start -> run box, then create a new folder called user scripts.
- Now go download Facebook Fixer by right-clicking on the install button and selecting save linked content as…. Save it in the new folder you just created above and replace the 8861 in the name with FacebookFixer, that way you can actually figure out what it is later, if you ever need to.
- Click Ok, Ok again and close then reopen Opera so it can load the script when it starts up this time.
Now all you have to do is go to your Facebook page and hover over the settings up top. It might take a couple seconds, but when the menu appears Facebook Fixer should be at the bottom so you can click on it and edit the settings to get rid of the highlights section. See my Firefox section for the settings I chose, which got rid of highlights, but kept the group and friend requests. If you check the box to get rid of the entire right column, it includes any type of request.