Hiding that pesky Facebook ticker (Shallow Thoughts)

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Fri, 30 Sep 2011

Hiding that pesky Facebook ticker

So everybody's complaining about that new Facebook ticker. You know, the thing that sits on the right sidebar and constantly and distractingly updates with stupid stuff you don't care about and wouldn't be able to click on quickly enough even if you tried.

My mom forwarded me a link to a neat page she'd seen with instructions on removing the ticker using Adblock Plus. A good idea -- I hadn't thought about using Adblock, though it does seem obvious in retrospect.

But I don't currently have Adblock installed in the profile I use for Facebook -- I keep Facebook separate from my everyday browsing, since I don't want Facebook tracking all the other sites I visit. Could I do the same thing with userContent.css?

It turned out to be quite easy. Copying the exact pattern didn't work, but a minute or two with Firebug told me the CSS class of the ticker. I edited chrome/userContent.css in my profile. If you don't have one already, just look for userContent-example.css and create a new file in the same directory without the -example part, named just userContent.css. I added this line:

.tickerOnTop { display: none !important; }

Restart firefox, and presto! No more ticker.

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