Chrome/Firefox/Internet Explorer: Facebook Chat now includes a feature that lets you know when a friend has read your message—or when you've read theirs. If you'd prefer to keep that information under wraps, Chat Undetected will do it for you. More »
Chrome/Firefox: When friends on Facebook share a link with the social reader apps popular with web sites like the Guardian or Yahoo, it means you need to install the Social Reader app and share that you just read an article if you want to read it. Unsocialize is a Firefox and Chrome extension that adds a right-click menu to read those articles without sharing or installing anything.More »
Chrome: If you want to delete messages you receive on Facebook you have to select the message, click the Actions button, and then select delete. It's a cumbersome process, but Facebook Fast Delete Messages is a Chrome extension that simplifies it down to one-click directly from your inbox.More »
More fuel to the rumor’s fire.
It looks like Facebook management decided not to bother with the Google Chrome anymore as their latest “unsupported web browsers” page has since then removed the search giant’s web browser.
If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last few days, chances are, you’ve heard about the social giant’s plans to acquire Opera.
Well, guess what, Facebook now recommends Opera over the Google Chrome and yes, let the speculations begin.
With each update, Facebook has gotten incrementally more cluttered, perplexing, and ornery—and I'm not even talking about all your annoying acquaintances flooding it with inane status updates. Yet, at the same time, it's become a tool few of us can live without. If Facebook has you on your last nerve, here's how to fix some of its biggest annoyances in a matter of minutes—and with only one new addition to your browser. More »
Chrome: fPrivacy is a new Chrome add-on that gives you granular control over the permissions that Facebook apps request when you add them to or authorize them to access your account. For example, if you add a Facebook app and you're not too comfortable with the app's ability to post to your wall, or access your data at any time, you can deny those specific permissions while granting the other ones required for the app to function. More »
Chrome: If you want to skim through your Facebook news feed without stopping for each YouTube video someone posts, the Facebook Video Player extension will play videos in the upper right-hand corner of your window, allowing you to keep browsing as it plays. More »
Regardless of how you feel about Facebook's recent changes to its layout, there are plenty of tools that can help you take control of your experience without sacrificing your ability to keep in touch with friends and family.
Chrome: Whether or not you're planning to migrate from Facebook to some other service or you just want to back up all of your Facebook photos for posterity, PhotoLive is a Chrome extension that lets you download your photos an album at a time. More »
Web/Chrome/Android/iOS: Springpad is a free service that allows you to save places, notes, itemsand more to your account for future reference. The service just got a lot more social with today's update: now you can connect Springpad to your Facebook account to automatically show you items that your friends like, places they visit, and more in case you want to save them to your account. More »
Chrome/Firefox: FB Secure is a Chrome extension that gives you precise control over the permissions that a Facebook application or game gets when you connect it with your Facebook account. For example, if you're connecting an app but don't want it to post to your wall, you can deny those permissions while accepting the rest. More »
Start Google Plus is a great extension for Chrome and Firefox that lets you update Twitter and Facebook from within Google+, also adding feeds from both social networks onto your main page. We mentioned it in our Facebook to Google+ migration guide, but felt it deserved to be highlighted on its own because it's so useful. More »
Parents fret all the time about protecting their kids on Facebook, but many of the products and services I’ve seen that aim to help are intrusive, and inject the parents into the child’s normal, healthy online social life in a way that’s awkward for both.
Chrome/Firefox/Internet Explorer: If you're loving Google+ but finding it to be virtual ghost town while your friends slowly trickle in, the Google+Facebook browser extension incorporates your Facebook feed to your Google+ stream. You can also post status updates and replies directly within Google+.More »
The “Questions” feature in Facebook may be useful to some folks, but I don’t find it useful for a couple of reasons.
First, the questions are more geared towards fun and virality rather than usefulness. I agree that the nature of questions depends on the people you’re connected to but I have hardly seen anyone praising the usefulness of Facebook questions.
Second, whenever there is a world event like the Royal wedding or the launch of a new gadget, my timeline suddenly gets filled with dozens of irrelevant questions in which I have no interest at all. Worst thing is that the same question appears multiple times in the timeline, whenever there is a new answer or someone posts a comment to the question
And the notifications.“Mr X has answered Mr Y’s question”. After a while, this gets really annoying and the sad part is that Facebook does not allow you to block Facebook questions like you can block a particular application, game, invites or a user.
Here is what the FAQ page reads
As with other Facebook applications like Photos and Events, there is no way to turn off Questions.
If you’re fed up with the spammy nature of Facebook questions and want to turn off the clutter, try the Hide Facebook Questions extension for Google Chrome. The extension hides every evidence of the “Questions” feature so your news feed doesn’t get cluttered with polls.Once installed, you will need to refresh Google Chrome and the Questions feature will vanish from your timeline.
And so will the notifications that used to come when one of your friends answered a question asked by another Facebook friend of yours.
Firefox fans can try the more advanced FB purity add-on which lets you fix some other annoyances apart from hiding Facebook questions in Firefox. For example, FB Purity allows you to use the older Facebook commenting system, where pressing Enter or Return adds a new line to your comment, and pressing the “Comment” button submits the comment.
Both the browser extensions works out of the box – there are no options to configure and nothing to tweak.
Chrome: Facebook has gotten seriously cluttered over the years, and if you'd like to tone it down by removing, say, the Groups button, the Messages dropdown, or the ads, Minimalist for Facebook will let you tweak it to your liking. More »