14 November, 2011

Block "recently read" in Facebook

Facebook has an annoying new "feature", where it shows what your friends have recently read in the News Feed. It also takes the liberty to:
  • put this at the top of your News Feed
  • without you asking for it
  • and not having an easy way to be removed
Here's how to get rid of it:
 This is the irritating, unwanted post. Mouseover the app name.

When the box pops up, click on the app's name to go to its page.

BLOCK that interloper!

Works for:
  • Yahoo
  • The Guardian
It's making me angry that FB messes with my News Feed without asking for permission or letting me undo it easily. If you think it's not that bad, keep this in mind: now everyone can see what you're reading, without you having to allow them!
As an aside, FB has a "new" feature which lets you choose between highlighted or recent first, which is pretty much exactly the same as the top stories or recent sorting they had before the latest update. Way to make a change, backtrack, then tout it as a new feature!

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