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.
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."