Facebook without the News Feed
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 recently looked at about 30 News Feed posts in detail and discovered these three things:
- I didn’t care about any of the posts that described activities on Facebook. It doesn’t matter to me if
$friendchanged their profile picture or liked someone else’s status update.
- I was interested in two link posts but I had already seen the exact same links on Twitter hours earlier.
- People tend to create albums of mediocre photos on Facebook while they only post their best on Instagram. Many of my Facebook friends have Instagram accounts and I already follow the ones I’m interested in.
I concluded that I don’t need to read the News Feed, so I wrote a custom stylesheet that hides it. This is the result:
I’ve been using “Quiet Facebook” for a week now and I’m happy with it, so I put the CSS on GitHub. I just embed the stylesheet via Safari’s settings but someone could certainly build browser extensions that load the stylesheet from
raw.github.com and toggle it when the user clicks a button. Feel free to submit pull requests (or suggest a better name for the whole thing)!
Update May 24: Chrome and Firefox users can install the stylesheet via Userstyles.org, using the Stylish extension. Safari users: Download the CSS from GitHub, open Safari Preferences, Advanced, select downloaded file in Style sheet dropdown.