Facebook lets some users hide the Ticker

Facebook lets some users hide the Ticker

Summary: After months of complaints, Facebook is giving Ticker haters an option they really want. If you don't want the Ticker, you can hide it completely. If you want to see the Ticker, you can show it again.

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While writing about the gaming changes Facebook recently made, I noticed that I could suddenly completely hide and show the Ticker. All the IPO news kept me busy throughout the day, but I did want to write something not related to financials before turning in tonight.

Anyway, it seems that not all users are seeing this new option. As you can see in the screenshot above, Facebook is now letting some users completely hide and show the Ticker whenever they please. Previously, the social networking giant only let you adjust its size.

Facebook started rolling out the Ticker some five months ago. It's essentially a real-time stream that runs concurrently and just to the right of the main News Feed. The Ticker is supposed to show you all the new status updates, Likes, comments, photos, and so on that your Facebook friends are making, as they're making them. A month later, the company started pushing ads in the Ticker and then eventually pushed it out completely, along with its updated News Feed.

The Ticker was embraced by many, but as with any change Facebook makes, many users hated it. It got to the point that I wrote an article titled How to get rid of the Facebook Ticker. If Facebook keeps the option to hide the Ticker for all of its 800 million monthly active users, then I won't have to bother keeping that article updated.

Last month, Facebook started moving the Ticker for some users and completely removing it for others. Clearly something wasn't working right with the Ticker and the social giant was experimenting with what to do with it.

I don't think Facebook will kill the Ticker completely, but if it finds that users are hiding it a lot, the company may decide to replace it with something new. If that happens, it won't be for a while, as I'm sure Facebook wants to see how users react to stories related to the new Open Graph apps when they're seen in the Ticker.

I'm not sure when this option appeared nor do I know the percentage of users who have it. Can you hide your Ticker?

I have contacted Facebook and will update you if I hear back.

Update: "We are giving users the option to turn off ticker so they can better manage their screen space when using Facebook on a smaller display," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. "We are continually making improvements to our products based on user feedback."

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Topic: Social Enterprise

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • RE: Facebook lets some users hide the Ticker

    ha! i don't have the ticker. piece of crap
    mike2k
  • RE: Facebook lets some users hide the Ticker

    I can't hide it.
    alice1987
  • RE: Facebook lets some users hide the Ticker

    i can hide my ticker. and still no timeline "update" for me yet. so FB may actually be enjoyable again for a little while.
    anonymousposter74
  • RE: Facebook lets some users hide the Ticker

    What's a ticker?
    bb_apptix
  • RE: Facebook lets some users hide the Ticker

    All the over 200 members of my extended family who use Facebook here in the Ukraine and Russia have the closeable ticker as of Tuesday the 31st. NONE has one that actually WORKS to close it. it pops right back up with the first new post to the ticker...HA! Facebook listens to user feedback? WHAT An outright LIE. Take a look at the MILLIONS of complaints per day about heir denial of foreign users the ability to log in their accounts JUST because they live in a LARGE family that shares a single internet access point! "free and always will be", another LIE when a NON American must provide a telephone number UNIQUE to that user, just to log in, or be presumed to be a criminal user. FACEBOOK listening? i doubt it, Facebook actually DOING something based on USER complaint,,NOT A CHANCE... In Ukraine it is virtually IMPOSSIBLE for a single family unit to have more than a SINGLE telephone number PER HOUSEHOLD, not to say one per MEMBER. And it is against the LAW for retailers to SELL a phone to anyone under 18. The moment that FB actually listens to millions of users in CIS countries about this crime, THEN i will l accept that they have a chance to make FB more than an Americans Only club.
    LyonsAireCEO
  • RE: Facebook lets some users hide the Ticker

    on an unrelated topic...does anyone know if the Skype chat has been activated?
    jalaimo@...
  • RE: Facebook lets some users hide the Ticker

    Yes, thanks for the heads up. I can hide it. never did like that stupid thing.
    crazycat2dj
  • RE: Facebook lets some users hide the Ticker

    I dont use Facebook, its a piece of crap
    guitarest
  • RE: Facebook lets some users hide the Ticker

    I don't really mind the ticker, I look at it occasionally but don't pay too much attention to it. I'm more interested in seeing an option to NOT have MY activity appear in other people's tickers. People don't need to know every move I make.
    ArmorOfGod7