News About Feed Filter

September 5th, 2012

Hi all – here’s some important news about Feed Filter.

Unfortunately it appears that the changes Facebook made to the News Feed several months ago are now permanent. :-( This means that Feed Filter is not able to detect the type of each post (“likes something”, “became friends with”, etc.) and many of Feed Filter’s features are no longer working. Some of them, however, can be achieved by using the “Words to hide” feature. For example, adding an entry for “recommends a link” will hide posts with that phrase in them. Some posts are easier than others to do this way though.

I’ve decided that it’s just not fair to keep the program available for new users when so many things aren’t working anymore. For that reason, I’ve removed Feed Filter from the Firefox add-ons library, and I’ll be ending support for the program in 3 months, at the end of November, 2012. At that time, if you’ve already installed the add-on in Firefox, it’ll continue working the same as it does now, but I won’t be providing any further support or updates for it.

If you still find the add-on useful, feel free to continue using it. And if the situation changes before the end of November, I’ll try to get things working again. Otherwise, there are other good programs such as Social Fixer that might work better for you. It’s no longer able to filter posts based on the type either, but it has a lot of other features you might find useful, including a more advanced version of the “Words to hide” feature, called “Filters”.

Thanks for all the support over the last three years — it was a good run. :-)

Russell

Posts not being hidden correctly

April 20th, 2012

Facebook has changed the underlying data in the News Feed again, making it impossible for Feed Filter to determine the type of each post. They’ve done this several times in the past, so hopefully they’ll return things to normal soon. In the meantime, some of you may notice posts not being hidden correctly. I’m keeping an eye on it.

Thanks,
Russell

Feed Filter 2.3.0

January 2nd, 2012

New in this version:

  • Major changes to the way Facebook News Feed posts are detected and filtered.
  • Added support for Firefox versions through 11.0a2.
  • Added support for Songbird versions through 1.10.*.

Install version 2.3.0 here

Posts not being hidden correctly

October 4th, 2011

Facebook has changed the underlying data in the News Feed again, making it impossible for Feed Filter to determine the type of each post. They’ve done this several times in the past, but they’ve always returned things to normal within a day or two. Hopefully the same will happen this time. In the meantime, some of you may notice posts not being hidden correctly.

I’m also looking into all the recent changes Facebook made to the News Feed, for possible changes to Feed Filter. More on that soon…

Thanks,
Russell

Feed Filter 2.2.17

September 4th, 2011

New in this version:

  • Added a feature to hide “List Suggestions” in the right sidebar when viewing a friend list on the Most Recent news feed.
  • Fixed some “was tagged” posts not being hidden because of a Facebook change.
  • Added support for Firefox 9.0a1.

Feed Filter 2.2.16

August 28th, 2011

New in this version:

  • Added a feature to hide the new “Ticker” in the right sidebar.
  • Added support for hiding more boxes such as “Find More Friends” and “Deals” in the right sidebar.

Feed Filter 2.2.15

August 23rd, 2011

New in this version:

Feed Filter 2.2.14

August 20th, 2011

New in this version:

  • Added support for new Facebook left navigation layout. (see: http://mashable.com/2011/08/17/facebook-left-hand-navigation/)
  • Added: “Hide is playing app”.
  • Added “Hide commented on external page”.
  • Added “Hide wrote a recommendation”.
  • Added “Hide friends’ posts to groups”.
  • Added “Hide friends’ posts to pages”.
  • Added “Hide subscribed to”.
  • Fixed hiding some “is at a place” posts.
  • Fixed hiding “update your email address” box.
  • Removed “Move applications to top” feature. (doesn’t work well with new left nav layout)
  • Removed “Add helpful links” feature. (Facebook now provides these)
  • Removed app links from left navigation. (click the down arrow on the orange Feed Filter toolbar button to access them now)

Facebook changes break Feed Filter

August 19th, 2011

It looks like Facebook is changing the left navigation again, and this is causing problems for Feed Filter. I’ll look into the changes and release a new version soon.

More info:
http://mashable.com/2011/08/17/facebook-left-hand-navigation/

Feed Filter 2.2.13

June 21st, 2011

New in this version:

  • Fixed character counter shown while typing a post.
  • Fixed Docs section being hidden on group pages.
  • Added compatibility with Firefox 5.* and 6.*.