Kill the News Feed and use Facebook like its 2005

Above: Actor Jesse Adam Eisenberg plays a young Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network"

Image Credit: The Social Network

Do you miss the old Facebook? The one without all those profile pic updates and Upworthy headlines?

Facebook may be the perfect communication tool, but the News Feed is a distraction machine — it zaps productivity and gives users little more than a lingering fear of missing out (FOMO).

If you’ve felt this way, you’re not alone. In protest of what Facebook has become, thousands of users have installed a new Chrome Extension, “News Feed Eradicator for Facebook,” to silence Facebook’s news feed. And tech-savvy Safari users have opted to eliminate Facebook’s News Feed via a simple CSS tweak.

The mod sends users back to the old Facebook — before the social network’s homepage became a tool for relentlessly stalking your friends in 2006.

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While the concept of modifying the Facebook experience is not new, the recent surge in interest emerged from an experiment by German developer Max Friedrich dubbed “Quiet Facebook.”

According to Friedrich:

Facebook is an important communication tool to me. Most of my fellow students don’t use iMessage or Twitter DMs, so we talk on Facebook. However, I seem not to be able to just check my messages on Facebook. Instead, I wind up scrolling through the News Feed for a couple of minutes each time I visit Facebook in the browser.

I concluded that I don’t need to read the News Feed, so I wrote a custom stylesheet that hides it.

Friedrich’s CSS hack is freely available on GitHub, and it’s only a matter of time before a Firefox extension emerges as well. While the Quiet Facebook movement may not have legs, it certainly sends major signals to Facebook that its feed doesn’t suit the needs of at least a small subset of users.

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30 comments
Adrian Castro
Adrian Castro

Some of us remember the internet before facebook. Before myspace even!

Fredo Troy
Fredo Troy

I would, but it's pretty much the reason I use FB.

Emmely Belinfante
Emmely Belinfante

I neer watch the news op read the paper....i can Not change wat is happening in the world.....

Benjamin Bruder
Benjamin Bruder

It's all been said. But wtf!!! I was supposed to start working...

Barbara McKinney
Barbara McKinney

It's interesting to see how Facebook has evolved over the years. What strikes me is that at the outset, Facebook seemed to have at least a somewhat cogent focus on brands and advertisers. And yet it seems to have lost some of that focus as it has evolved over the years. 

Penny Sokody
Penny Sokody

Use Social Fixer, it's the best way to tweak your page.

Damien Knight
Damien Knight

A shining example of the lack of thought that goes into articles from most 'tech' pages.

Pim Egmond
Pim Egmond

Without the newsfeed I wouldn't be reading this article. I might never heard of VentureBeat actually...

João Miguel Castro
João Miguel Castro

A fine-tuned news feed is a powerful data tool. It is the best thing in facebook.

Alou Oraelosi
Alou Oraelosi

If I did that then I wouldn't be able to view your posts, lol :) I Liked almost a thousand Pages and it'll be difficult to pick you guys in all that clutter. ;)

Ketan Pandya
Ketan Pandya

So I wouldn't have seen this had I got rid of the News feed right?