Um Facebook sem News Feed?


O estudante alemão Max Friedrich não gosta de perder horas no News Feed quando apenas quer responder a uma mensagem que recebeu ou falar com alguém no chat. Por isso, criou um código CSS para o browser Safari que apaga o News Feed do Facebook.

Sejamos honestos. Apesar de ser um dos pilares do Facebook e de existir desde 2006, o News Feed consegue ser irritantemente distrativo. Quantos de nós não vamos ao Facebook só para responder a alguém e acabamos por perder X minutos ou até horas a navegar no News Feed?

O News Feed nem sempre existiu, só foi introduzido em 2006. Antes tínhamos de saltar de perfil em perfil para saber o que estavam os nossos amigos (melhor: os nossos colegas universitários) a fazer. Numa de back to the roots, o estudante alemão Max Friedrich desenvolveu uma forma de remover o News Feed. Chama-se Quite Facebook, e é um pequeno CSS para instalar no browser Safari (desktop).

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A ideia não é nova. Existem já algumas extensões para Chrome e Firefox que o fazem. Todavia, não deixa de ser interessante esta perspectiva relativamente ao News Feed. Ora vejamos o que Max Friedrich escreveu no seu blog:

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 $friend changed 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)!

Como nasceu o News Feed?

No início de 2006, o News Feed ainda estava fechado às universidades. A rede social só passou a ser de todos a 26 de Setembro desse ano, conforme o post da então resident blogger do Facebook, Carolyn Abram:

Mark would have written this post himself, but is busy helping out with everything going on right now, so I’ve been asked to explain why we’re launching this expansion.

You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again; here at Facebook, we want to help people understand their world. We started at one school, and realized over and over again that this site was useful to everyone—not just to Harvard students, not just to college students, not just to students, not just to former students. We’ve kept growing to accommodate this fact.

This includes your friends who graduated pre-Facebook (yes, there was such a time), your friends who don’t have school or work email addresses, and your friends whose schools don’t give out email addresses. Now you can all connect.

This doesn’t mean that anyone can see your profile, however. Your profile is just as closed off as it ever was. Our network structure is not going away. College and work networks still require an authenticated email address to join. Only people in your networks and confirmed friends can see your profile.

We listened to what you guys had to say and built extra privacy controls that we launched last week. If you’re uncomfortable with regional users being able to see you on Facebook, you can always change your privacy settings to prevent people from finding you in searches and communicating with you. Also, we’ve built out a bunch of tools that will help verify new users and prevent spammers from bothering you. You can read about these tools here.

Facebook is still yours, for you and your friends (all of your friends) to connect with each other and share information.

Eis um screenshot do primeiro News Feed:

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O News Feed tinha sido introduzido no mesmo mês de Setembro de 2006, precisamente no dia 5. Este foi o post de apresentação do novo produto (o Mini-Feed é aquilo que hoje é conhecido como Timeline, é o conjunto dos posts de um utilizador):

You’ve probably noticed that Facebook looks different today. We’ve added two cool features: News Feed, which appears on your homepage, and Mini-Feed, which appears in each person’s profile.

News Feed highlights what’s happening in your social circles on Facebook. It updates a personalized list of news stories throughout the day, so you’ll know when Mark adds Britney Spears to his Favorites or when your crush is single again. Now, whenever you log in, you’ll get the latest headlines generated by the activity of your friends and social groups.

Mini-Feed is similar, except that it centers around one person. Each person’s Mini-Feed shows what has changed recently in their profile and what content (notes, photos, etc.) they’ve added. Check out your own Mini-Feed; if there are any stories you don’t like, you can remove them from your profile.

News Feed and Mini-Feed are a different way of looking at the news about your friends, but they do not give out any information that wasn’t already visible. Your privacy settings remain the same – the people who couldn’t see your info before still can’t see it now.

These features are not only different from anything we’ve had on Facebook before, but they’re quite unlike anything you can find on the web. We hope these changes help you stay more up to date on your friends’ lives.

O Mini Feed era, em 2006, assim:

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