Facebook Threatens Greasemonkey Script Writer

from the but-it's-in-the-browser dept

Another day, another abusive bullying attempt. This time, it's Facebook, which is apparently trying to bully the maker of a Greasemonkey script that cleans up your Facebook live feed by removing annoying app notices (such as all the crap your friends are doing in Farmville and Mafia Wars). It sounds quite useful. Originally, the script was called Facebook Purity, and Facebook complained about the trademark issue (a stretch... but perhaps you could see the company's point). So the guy changed the name to Fluff Busting Purity. No trademark issue at all. But Facebook is still complaining. The thing is, this is a Greasemonkey user script -- meaning that everything happens in the user's browser -- which Facebook has no claim over. If you tell your browser to ignore certain things on a website, that should be your choice. This add-on is there to help people who want it, such that it makes Facebook more useful to them. It's too bad that as Facebook gets bigger, we're hearing more and more stories of this kind of bullying activity.


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    Mike C. (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 8:10am

    Pretty cool... Thanks Facebook!!

    You know, I never would have known (or installed and used) the script if Facebook hadn't been a bully about it. Thanks to the "Streisand Effect", not only is my news feed cleaner, but I'll be passing this along to ALL my friends and helping them install it too.

    Thanks Facebook!

     

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    Ima Fish (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 8:39am

    You mean there are actually people in the world who don't care what their friends are doing in Farmville and Mafia War?

    It must be nice having a life.

     

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    BoWillis, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 8:40am

    Thanks GreaseMonkey! Oh and you too Facebook.

    I have to agree with Mike C. I'm installing it as we speak!

     

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    Rajio, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 8:43am

    Wow

    Wow i'm totally installing this today. Sounds great! (why in the world would the author comply?)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 8:44am

    cool. sounds like a nice ap, Ill have to look it up.

    Thanks for the sound out Facebook ...........

    idiots

     

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    Simon Jones, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 8:47am

    This functionality exists within Facebook already

    Perhaps it's just that I don't have many friends, or many friends that play silly games, but it is incredibly easy to block all updates from a certain app/fan page/person right there in Facebook's own interface.

    I suppose this script might make it more of a 1-click solution, but really there are 2 things I find weird here. Firstly, if this many people cared about purified feeds why weren't they already blocking apps updates, and secondly, why does Facebook care about the script if it just repeats it's own functionality?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 8:56am

    Considering that the full Greasemonkey script source is available to...anyone who installs (or even looks at) the script, taking it down won't do a thing. The script will just pop back up, probably with 5 different names, and Facebook will have to cry 5x more.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 8:58am

    Re: This functionality exists within Facebook already

    "and secondly, why does Facebook care about the script if it just repeats it's own functionality?"

    Perhaps facebook will think that this app confuses people into thinking that facebook itself has less function, according to facebook, makes facebook look bad? I'm not saying their ideas are justified (if anything a lawsuit makes Facebook look worse), just trying to put myself in facebooks shoes.

    A more likely answer is that facebook hired a bunch of new lawyers who now need to justify themselves and what better way for a lawyer to justify him/her self than to make legal threats and initiate lawsuits.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:03am

    Re: Re: This functionality exists within Facebook already

    errr...

    perhaps facebook thinks ... and, according to facebook, this makes facebook look bad.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:06am

    Firstly, if this many people cared about purified feeds why weren't they already blocking apps updates

    Because, if you have more than about 5 friends, they can add annoying apps that pollute your news feed faster than you can block them. It's an arms race you can't win.

    And thanks for the heads-up. I'll definitely be installing this one tonight.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:07am

    I wonder what it would take to make this a full-blown Firefox extension...

     

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    senshikaze (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:17am

    this sounds alot like the arguments companies/website make about ad blockers.

    Really, facebook, a small subset of your users are going to use this, just back the hell off.

     

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    Call me Al, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:17am

    Thanks Facebook for publicising this script. I'll install it once I get home.

    As for the reason why they are doing it I expect its typical behaviour of companies. They want to control precisely how you experience their content much like the TV and movie industries want to restrict what you can do with your own TV... this kind of script challenges that immensely as it takes control away from them.

     

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    Brandon (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:20am

    Re: Pretty cool... Thanks Facebook!!

    I second that, now I don't have to use the 'block app' button. I can just clean up facebook using greasemonkey! Thanks Facebook!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:20am

    key word is "Threatened"...now was the threat to change the name or to remove the script? The latter would be impossible.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:25am

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    Yea, when will web companies realize they cannot control how my browser renders there page. They can make suggestions sure, but in the end (thanks to awesome creator of GreaseMonkey) I can change anything.

     

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    dnm, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:27am

    I haven't gotten threats yet.

    I am the author of a similar script that is admittedly much smaller (~12k downloads) on userscripts that does the same thing. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that the author of FBP is using it to make money.

     

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    Malak (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:27am

    I'm installing this AND setting it as my status!

     

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    Overcast (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:34am

    You know, I never would have known (or installed and used) the script if Facebook hadn't been a bully about it. Thanks to the "Streisand Effect", not only is my news feed cleaner, but I'll be passing this along to ALL my friends and helping them install it too.

    Thanks Facebook!


    Likewise, I will pass this on to all the people I know on Facebook too :)

     

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    known coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:35am

    Hey be nice to facebook

    Didn't you see in the previous article that facebook has syphillis. It is tough dealing with that disease cut them some slack.

     

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    Red, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:38am

    I just make it a habit to *hide* app notices like farmville, mafia wars, etc. as they come. I mean one-two clicks I never had to see the app again, pretty easy.

    Sure its slightly inconvient to do so, but I think the less I (or average user) have to manage how my browser renders each sites content specifically and just go directly to the problems source to change it (which is possible with the facebook site), seems just more of a simpler solution to me.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:39am

    Facebook recently gets rid of the status feed, forces everybody to view the news feed full of spam, removes the ability to filter the news feed, and gets po'ed that someone else provides the capability? I don't know what the Facebook devs are thinking lately with all unfriendly user interface changes they've made.

     

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    DiscGo (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:49am

    Re: Pretty cool... Thanks Facebook!!

    Agreed! :)

     

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    DiscGo (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:49am

    Re: Pretty cool... Thanks Facebook!!

     

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    ComputerAddict (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:57am

    Re: Re:

    its not so much of how you experience their "content" as much as it is experiencing their advertising. Not that the scripts are not already out there, but scripts like this could easily remove a lot of other annoying blocks in the margins of the page as well.

    Facebook's worried about their bottom line

    ** This post has absolutely no evidence to support this claim **

     

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    Rick, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 10:07am

    The script is redundant...

    Why someone felt a need to write a script that Facebook to do what you can do already YOURSELF on Facebook is beyond me.

    Although it is sad that hardly anyone knows this, but you can mouse over a post for say; Farmville or Mafia Wars and click Hide - then click Hide ALL Mafia Wars or Farmville posts and never see them again from ANY friend.

    I do that every time I see a Bejewelled horoscope zoo island type post from anyone and my feed is clean as can be....

     

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    JackSombra (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 10:12am

    "It's too bad that as Facebook gets bigger, we're hearing more and more stories of this kind of bullying activity."Par for the course for any growing company really

    First the mindless management drones take over (you know the type, more interested in covering their own ass than anything else, unable to make a decision without a 10 committees backing them and 100’s of meetings to “get everyone on board”)

    Due to these people being in charge and increasing costs dramatically this then leads to the accountants taking over (aka people with no knowadge of the company’s actual business, but basically acting as the power behind the throne, dictating how the company is run)

    And because the accountant really don’t know how to run the business (and all decent managers left long ago) they then hire lots of lawyers to protect the company and the lawyers to justify their cost to the accountants start attacking everybody and viewing everything at a threat to the company

    Then a few years later a new, dynamic, energetic forward thinking start up comes along and wipes them out (unless first company buys them up first) and whole process starts over again

    Basically the cycle of life, corporate style

     

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    Mike C. (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 10:15am

    Re: This functionality exists within Facebook already

    While the functionality DOES exist within Facebook already, the default settings are permissive (you have to explicitly block each and every application). While I do play Mafia Wars and a couple others, I don't want to see all the thousands of stupid quizzes that people are creating all the time. I'm tired of having to block them every time a new one pops up. Of course I'm misrepresenting the number of quizzes I see, but that doesn't mean they're not annoying.

    This script is exclusive by default and if you want something to show up, you have to specifically "whitelist" it. It also gives you the ability to block status updates with select text phrases in them. For example, I do not play "Zoo World", but have several family members that do. They recently posted a number of updates regarding game play that I couldn't block with the built in tools, but once this script was installed and "Zoo World" added to the blocks, the posts disappeared.

    Rather handy in my book.

     

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    crade (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 10:26am

    The laws to make it illegal to attempt to avoid any sort of advertisement are coming soon.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 10:40am

    Re: Pretty cool... Thanks Facebook!!

    I just installed it to, and damn it looks so much better now.

    I started a Facebook account yesterday and already my wall, or whatever it's called, was full. Now it's down to 4 posts (I only have 1 friend).

     

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    Steven Roussey, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 10:47am

    Facebook and Apple

    Both want to own what you use. Apple has a better chance...

     

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    StarNoStar, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 10:48am

    I stopped using facebook years ago, I'm happy I did.

    Facebook can be very useful in certain situations, but for the average joe...its MUCH more satisfying to interact with friends in reality.

     

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    Al, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 10:57am

    Re: Re: Pretty cool... Thanks Facebook!!

    "(I only have 1 friend)"

    - awww, I'll be your friend...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 11:00am

    Re:

    I have lots of friends, and it's more than possible to keep up with blocking the apps that appear. If you have a problem you probably need to block specific friends

     

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    Dan, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 11:17am

    Awfully trusting...

    Why isn't there any link (or other details for that matter) regarding the alleged bullying? The whole story here is about the script.

     

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    Mason Sklut, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 11:18am

    Facebook Doesn't Know Interface Design At All

    "UnFuck Facebook" with this handy Greasemonkey script:
    http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/11992

    Facebook you have no right to complain. It's a user's own choice!

    Maybe when you guys make a better user-interface and REAL privacy options, then you can talk. Otherwise, quit screwing up your already screwed up website.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 11:26am

    Re: Re: Pretty cool... Thanks Facebook!!

    that's the sadest story I heard today :'(

     

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    MBraedley (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 11:35am

    Re:

    I actually told a friend that she spent far too much time on Farmville, because it occupied all but two of her wall posts.

    I never got a response.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 11:39am

    Re: Re:

    Alrighty, sit right down kid and I'll tell you about efficiency.

    Now when you have a repetitive action that occurs all the time that's time wasted. Sure it might not be anything more than a second but the seconds add up. Computers were invented to keep shaving time out of our lives of doing repetitive tasks.

    Lets say it takes a minute to install this script. 60 seconds of life spent.

    Lets say this AC uses facebook for at least 5 years, and has a copious amount of friends. So lets say 1 new app a week for 5 years where he has to spend a second going "hide app" that's 260 seconds approximately give or take leap years, leap seconds, leaping frogs slowing the rotation of the planet.

    So this AC has saved 200 seconds of life from doing a simple task that was highly repetitive and pointless. And the time keeps racking up for as long as he uses facebook.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 11:39am

    Re: Re:

    probably to busy making sure those strawberries get picked in time.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 11:52am

    Wow...awesome script. I never knew about this but thanks for the heads up. Installed it and it works great! I think Ill add the link to my status...

     

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    Henry, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 12:07pm

    @Rick: The problem is that apps on Facebook are whitelisted by default and you "blacklist" (i.e. block) apps you don't want to see. Unfortunately, users of the script in general hate the majority of apps so they want a Facebook where apps are blacklisted by default, and you "whitelist" those you want to see (i.e. like Nokia applications which post via their own application).

     

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    Brian (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 12:09pm

    hides more than apps

    for those saying that Facebook already gives you this ability, perhaps you can tell us how to get rid of all of those "is a fan of" posts.
    That to me was the biggest issue, as I was already blocking mafiawars and farmville crap.

    I even had to block a few friends because they were 'fans' of so many groups and pages.

    Problem was, I didn't want to block people, just the fluff.
    THAT is what this script does. Clears out all of the junk.

    But, it's there to see anytime you want by simply clicking on the 'show' link. So, if you needed to check on who became friends with who, a quick click shows the fluff (without the clutter of content).

    If his facebook page is taken down, he may still have his site http://www.fbpurity.com

     

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    rhandomina, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 12:16pm

    Re: I haven\'t gotten threats yet.

    bingo - making money off it is usually a sure way to have the hounds out for blood.

    I suspect it might also have to do with Facebook's 'games' and 'apps' feeds (which don't seem to be ramped up yet, as they're not catching everything for me) - possibly penalizing apps that don't play by the rules. No complaints from users (due to users hiding everything) == apps not getting caught... Although that would be easier for Facebook in terms of not having to deal with infringing apps

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 12:20pm

    Re: Re:

    Since facebook's programmers have rewritten the php runtime for their own commercial use, I'm sure they understand the browser model very well. This action sounds more like an isolated technologically illiterate management type trying to justify his existence, and I don't think anything much will come of it.

     

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    The Drizzle, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 12:20pm

    Facebook

    My favorite greasemonkey app is UNF#%K Facebook.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 12:24pm

    Re: The script is redundant...

    Because it DOESN'T do exactly what facebook does. You might want to read the app description before making such an assertion, or, you know, the article.

     

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    Greyson, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 12:37pm

    FINALLY!

    Finally something to clean out all the unwanted CRAP on facebook!

     

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    Zac Morris (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 12:46pm

    Latest post to the Author's FB page

    Here is the latest post to the author's Facebook page:
      Fluff Busting Purity Well the corporate bullies have struck again, they are threatening to delete this page and shutdown my website too if their ridiculous demands are not met by 7pm GMT this evening. They demand I remove all references to "FB Purity" and also even more bizarrely "F*** B*** Purity" from both myfan page and my website

    Seems like a thin case Facebook has, but I've seen more ridiculous cases win. Do they have a leg to stand on?

     

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    IPv6Freely, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 1:11pm

    Wha?

    I dont get it.. why do people need a script for this? Why not just use Facebook Lite? http://lite.facebook.com

     

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    Zac Morris (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 1:30pm

    Why not lite?

    @IPv6Freely, Because of the Pokes baby! ;-)

    People don't want to be limited by what someone ELSE tells them they should want to see. It needs to be understood that user customization is a right, not a privilege!

     

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    jonathan, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 2:45pm

    Facebook's trademark policies are very over-reaching

    We developed an app for updating Facebook from Twitter that is now called TweetPo.st. It was originally called TweetFace until Facebook objected to the use of the word 'face' in the name. Unfortunately, we needed to use their APIs which made us subject to their draconian developer terms of service. As you said, this guy's app doesn't use anything from Facebook and it should be able to do whatever he (and his customers) want it to do.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 3:09pm

    Been using purity for a while, extremely useful
    not only does it keep your feed fairly clean, you're given istructions on how to alter it, so now i have no suggestions box, stuff like that

     

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    Anonymoose, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 3:48pm

    Here's the dopey thing...

    I'd actually stopped using Facebook after the last redesign. The signal to noise went to zero after they took away options to filter out specific things from feeds (e.g. joe is a friend of himself, appspam, etc).

    Thanks to FB making a fuss, I know there's a tool that makes the site usable again. Reverse SE?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 4:29pm

    What's Facebook?

    I keep hearing about this, but all I hear seems to be be that is it is a big pile is steaming crap. I don't get why people want to roll around in it so much.

     

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    nic, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 4:43pm

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    You mean there are actually people in the world that don't know how to hide Farmville and Mafia Wars?

     

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    Matt Kruse, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 5:02pm

    "Better Facebook" is another greasemonkey script

    Well, if this guy is getting in trouble, then surely I will shortly.

    My domain is: http://BetterFacebook.net

    My Greasemonkey script does a lot of what Facebook Purity does, plus a lot more. If they don't like his, they sure ad hell aren't going to like mine.

    If they would spend this time improving their horrible site and minimal features, they might actually get rid of the need for these scripts. As it is, I depend on Better Facebook to make the site usable.

    If nothing else, they should be finding the authors of these scripts and hiring them. Maybe then their site wouldn't need to be modified by user scripts to not suck.

     

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    Rud Thomas, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 5:08pm

    Wow

    Yeah buddy, bring in the bottom feeding, blood sucking attorneys!

    RT
    www.anonymous-proxy.us.tc

     

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    Deus Invictus, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 5:16pm

    Re: Pretty cool... Thanks Facebook!!

    You're not the only one I hadn't heard of it either. Thanks Streisand Effect!

     

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    Jim, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 5:38pm

    Re: This functionality exists within Facebook already

    Obviously you don't use facebook that much, or know anything about anything.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 5:47pm

    And people wonder why I don't join Facebook.

     

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    Condominiums Philippines, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 6:42pm

    I am so installing this now!

    I will install this application just to spite facebook.

     

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    Bob, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 7:38pm

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    Actually it means there's people stupid enough not to click the hide button to hide all notices from that application.

     

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    V2, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 8:41pm

    Get over it man...

    It's totally justified of Facebook to be pissed at the guy for using their trademark! You can't even use Face or Book in the names of any applications you submit to Facebook. I can't just go out and start a company called Microsoft Purity without expecting Microsoft to be pissed.

    This sounds more like a ploy to get people to download the script then anything else. As others have already pointed out you can already block all notifications from any application you want.

     

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    Vtoe, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 8:42pm

    Re: Re: This functionality exists within Facebook already

    Yah man this sounds like a ploy to get notoriety for his buddies script.

     

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    John Awesome, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 8:53pm

    Former FB purity user

    I used to be a major evangelist of FB Purity. Then, FB started this practice of changing their page every week or so, and then I'd have to get an update to the FB Purity script, which could sometimes take a day.

    What would happen is my news/status feed would suddenly be blank. After a few times, I learned to go to the FB Purity page each time this happened. If an update wasn't available, I would simply disable the script in Greesemonkey (or just disable GM).

    Each time it disabled, I got flooded with Farmarea/Mafia Skirmish/Begemmed type notifications. Eventually, I got sick of the FB/FB Purity battles and just started hiding every app that came across my feed.

    Now, each time I encounter a new app, I hide in 2 clicks and the problem is eliminated at the source (unless facebook looses all my hide settings by 'accident').

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 8:55pm

    Re: Get over it man...

    "It's totally justified of Facebook to be pissed at the guy for using their trademark!"

    Or, you know, not.

     

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    mike, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 8:59pm

    Re: This functionality exists within Facebook already

    Well the thing is you have to go through every friend you know and add the option to block apps from specifically them(very tedious if you have a lot of friends). The other option is to block the app itself, since there's new apps popping up everyday it's sorta impossible to do. So we have this lovely greasemonkey script... a nice one-click solution. Think about it, facebook wanted to make it a pain to block apps... thats why theres no "ingore all apps" button.

     

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    John H., Mar 25th, 2010 @ 9:27pm

    Facebook Products

    People- people with a FB account- often think of themselves as FB customers: and getting such a deal. When in fact they are actually Facebook's product. And the people who use Greasemonkey or whatnot to modify their FB feed are defective product.

     

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    Sparr, Mar 25th, 2010 @ 11:08pm

    Re: This functionality exists within Facebook already

    I don't think there is a way to block all app updates in the facebook interface. If there was, this app wouldn't be necessary.

     

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    sparr (profile), Mar 25th, 2010 @ 11:11pm

    Hide which application?

    There are tens of thousands of facebook applications. Before facebook purity, I was clicking the 'hide all from this app' button at least twice a day, and making very little headway.

     

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    Tom Landry (profile), Mar 26th, 2010 @ 12:51am

    lol-ing at the amount of folks discovering this script due to Facebook's butthurt.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 2:07am

    Re: This functionality exists within Facebook already

    Facebook changes it's configuration layout more frequently than most people can keep up with.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 2:12am

    Re: Re:

    Why should I have to 'keep up' if I don't want to?
    I'm not interested in anything more than chatting with my friends overseas & seeing the photo's they have shared.

     

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    Justin, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 2:16am

    This functionality does NOT exist within facebook...

    To everyone saying this functionality already exists, can you please then tell me how to block the extremely annoying "so-and-so has become friends with so-and-so" posts, and the "so-and-so has become a fan of 'something I really couldnt care less about'"? Those, more than any app notices, make this and similar scripts extremely helpful.

     

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    From Norway, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 2:47am

    Re: This functionality exists within Facebook already

    When you hide apps from your FB-feed, then you dont see it. Wich is fine, but all the apps still have access to your FB-info, pictures,and everything on your FB-account, AND all your FB-friends info, pictures, as well.
    This is not privacy.
    I use Adblock Plus to remove things i dont want in FB, and block all apps as they appear, I dont just hide it, I BLOCK IT.
    But there is no way in FB to block all apps automatically, you have to block every single app manually.
    Not everybody knows how to do this.

     

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    Nathaniel, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 4:03am

    Same here...

    Only found this because of them opposing it, I feel a Streisand Effect coming on...

     

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    Tom, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 5:02am

    Facebook Script...We don't need no stinking Facebook Script

    I've never had that problem with Facebook...wait, I NEVER use facebook...

     

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    Blah, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 5:20am

    Re: I haven\'t gotten threats yet.

    Troll

     

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    Txknight (profile), Mar 26th, 2010 @ 5:34am

    I too have slowed use of it, as it is filled with that crap, I dont about your farm or fish or war or dragon you need help with, freaking facebook,

     

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    Mentifex Cyborg, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 5:41am

    Is a FaceBunk app available?

    Have never been on FaceBook but it sounds like we need to create a FaceBunk app to defeat the creeping corporatism immanent in the site stolen from ConnectU.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 6:40am

    Yep, Thanks FB! I just installed the script also! ;-)

     

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    Matthew Fedak, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 6:44am

    its about time

    Its about time someone found away around hiding those messages that we dont want to read in the feed. I dont speak to half of people I know on facebook so why would I care about what their texas hold em or mafia war score is.

     

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    Iain, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 7:19am

    Yay!

    I'm going to be installing this, thanks!

     

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    Scott K, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 7:37am

    Re: This functionality exists within Facebook already

    Facebook is free, but it's not really "free" free, and definitely not free to run. They make their money off ad revenue, and I was reading something the other day that Farmville (or whoever makes it) is their number one source of ad revenue.

    So... Somebody writes a script that blocks all app feedback from the news feed, that means fewer people are enticed into Farmville by seeing their friends playing, means Farmville starts losing revenue, means they complain to Facebook, means Facebook reacts with threats.

    Personally, I don't see it as bullying. It's Facebook trying to protect their revenue stream, which they have to do if you want Facebook to stay around.

    On the flip side, if Greasemonkey wants to avoid the trademark issues they should just rename it so it doesn't have the letters F or B anywhere in the name. Go to News Stream Purity or something like that. They're trying to play games with tap dancing around the Facebook name - they should just avoid it altogether.

     

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    Ivan, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 7:52am

    Re: This functionality exists within Facebook already

    The built in application hider only blocks out items that were directly generated by the application.

    As such, friends becoming fans of the app, or other user action generated items will still leak through. I think more and more of these Mafia Wars type games are doing this to get past the built in Application Hide button.

     

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    Leave Facebook, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 8:10am

    Leave Facebook. Just leave it. Quit the site. If I could leave Facebook again I'd leave it and attribute it to this BS.

    Facebook is run by wold famous douche-canoe Mark Zuckerberg, who in the early days of the site sabotaged a competitor and hacked into the email of editors of the Harvard student paper. Now that he was some weight to throw around you get stuff like this, and Beacon. Don't give this guy any more power over your social life. Quit Facebook.

     

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    fudge, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 8:51am

    Agree with 'Leave Facebook'

    Already been there and done that.
    It's just another mySpace with a lot of hype.
    It was a good concept once-upon-a-time.
    Too bad all good concepts in virtual reality get greedy and bloated.

     

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    fudge, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 8:51am

    Agree with 'Leave Facebook'

    Already been there and done that.
    It's just another mySpace with a lot of hype.
    It was a good concept once-upon-a-time.
    Too bad all good concepts in virtual reality get greedy and bloated.

     

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    IJ, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 10:07am

    Re: This functionality exists within Facebook already

    It's quite easy for ongoing game apps like mafia wars or farmvile since there aren't as many popular ones. Block it once and it's gone for good.

    What's great about FB Purity is it blocks the annoying quizzes too. It seems like every week a new "what character from the Goonies movie are you?" quiz makes it's rounds and blocking them individually is time consuming and pointless since by next week a new quiz will be going.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 10:45am

    Re:

    I wonder what it would take to make this a full-blown Firefox extension...
    This.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 11:04am

    It is becoming apparent that Facebook is growing too big for its britches. What people do on their own browser after content is served is THEIR BUSINESS.

    I mean, really: Did everyone at Facebook suddenly start swallowing handfuls of douchebag pills?

     

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    Soft ARC, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 11:36am

    FB Don't try to be Bully !

    What FB is trying to do huh ?! trying to be big bully ?!

    Don't forget that us, the users, are the one who's driving up FB's popularity and become what it is today...and now FB want to control what we want to do for ourselves ?

     

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    Matt Kruse, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 1:24pm

    Re: Re: [Firefox Add-on, Greasemonkey script compiler]

    The script compiler has an annoying unicode bug. See:
    http://mattkruse.com/2010/03/26/greasemonkey-json-unicode-problems-solved/

    If you want a native Firefox Add-on to clean your stream and do lots of fun stuff, go here:

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/52369

    It's not FB Purity, but it's better.

     

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    Jon, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 3:36pm

    what ... the ... fuck?

    I cant belive it. If i had used facebook i would used it. No doubt. I have friends and family who use it and i know i would be happy to get rid of it.

    This is just stupid. So now every website that make money from adds will sue or try to stop people from using noscript, adblock, etc?

     

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    anon, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 4:56pm

    Well, Facebook now just got a bunch of people to return to their site or spend more time there. What were they thinking?

     

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    sean, Mar 26th, 2010 @ 5:58pm

    Re: This functionality exists within Facebook already

    WRONG.

    You have to manually OPT OUT of every stupid new piece of fluff your friends are dumb enough to engage in on FB.

    FBpurity opts you out and gives you a convienent control panel.

    FB is already a big enough waste of time and bandwidth without all the crappy apps, events, updates, adds, suggestions, questions your friends answered about you.

     

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    stimpysean (profile), Mar 26th, 2010 @ 6:10pm

    Re: Re:

    It means there are people SMART enough to no want to turn off every annoying piece of crap facebook wants you to see. opting out over and over only makes you feel smart for so long. eventually fb purity is for you.

     

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    stimpysean (profile), Mar 26th, 2010 @ 6:22pm

    Re: The script is redundant...

    The script is redundant...
    by Rick

    Why someone felt a need to write a script that Facebook to do what you can do already YOURSELF on Facebook is beyond me.

    I do that every time I see a Bejewelled horoscope zoo island type post from anyone and my feed is clean as can be....
    -----

    Rick,

    You wrote the above.. Don't you see the irony in your post??

    How much time do you have to spend "cleaning your feed"???

    Things like Ad block, and greasemonkey make the new "Web" tolerable.

     

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    Daemon_ZOGG (profile), Mar 26th, 2010 @ 9:26pm

    HEY FACEBOOK!!

    SHUDUPAYAFACE!! It happens in the browser. And there's nothin' you can do about it. }:P In fact, I'm running a script right now that blocks my network users from viewing your stupid, flash-based facebook ads on other websites. While there's nothing wrong with facebook users.. The facebook krones are the ones being DORKS. }:P

     

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    bugs, Mar 27th, 2010 @ 5:57am

    stupid farmville

    I used to delete or hide friends that play stupid farmville. The bugs in the Farmville really bugs me. Thanks for the info.

     

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    Andrew Hime, Mar 28th, 2010 @ 3:46pm

    Re:

    Because, if you have more than about 5 friends, they can add annoying apps that pollute your news feed faster than you can block them. It's an arms race you can't win. No. Not really.

     

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    Annomene, Mar 29th, 2010 @ 3:01am

    Isn't it obvious?

    FB doesn't want this script for one simple reason. If you disable this kind of messages on FB youselves, then FB knows you don't want this notices. If you use the script FB dosen't know anything. Thus they can collect less information about you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2010 @ 4:11am

    Re: Pretty cool... Thanks Facebook!!

    me too...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2010 @ 12:58pm

    Greasemonkey to xpi

     

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    jiml, Mar 29th, 2010 @ 8:35pm

    Greasmonkey vs Facebook

    Evil facebook. Why should they complain, if they can not clean up after themselves. Facebook cannot admit they're dirty and dirty up your environment. So, they get mad when they cannot leave their poo around. Bad software engineering. Bad company. This is worth calling the BBB.

     

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    Jeremy, Mar 29th, 2010 @ 9:30pm

    Re: Pretty cool... Thanks Facebook!!

    That is hilarious it always happens. :P

     

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    bugmenot (profile), Apr 1st, 2010 @ 12:54am

    i dont care if facebook is a bully. im smart enough to know who my friends are without the need to log onto a webpage in order to find out.

     

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    Bob Smith, Apr 13th, 2010 @ 10:16am

    Re: its about time

    Why would you be friends with them if you don't talk to them ... AND THEN complain about what is on their wall????

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 26th, 2010 @ 5:19pm

    Re:

    why fb is like the best>>>>>>>>>>>>lol

     

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    GreaseMonkeyRocks, Apr 28th, 2010 @ 1:12pm

    Facebook script best thing ever

    I must say that I love the unf**kfacebook script is best script ever written it cleans up all the useless junk that face book has on their website it is nice that i can get rid of all the annoyances from face book and bring it back to how it use to be when it started with almost no app notifications. Face-book should just have an option to remove all those apps from your account including all the tracking information that these apps provide when installed by users. First face-book had horribly privacy agreement which was slightly improved and now they try to bully a guy that has made face-book experience better at lest for me I am sure other users out there as well. How can you punish someone who created a script that is harmless and improves usability and look of face book.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 27th, 2010 @ 7:25pm

    I recall being bewildered by all those farmville things when I couldn't get on it. I agree there should be a way to disable them if you want. Those who post are posting for fellow players to interact, so those who don't play should be able to opt out of the feeds. Or maybe one should just automatically opt in anyone who plays and by default leave out those who don't-but then again facebook and zynga probably consider that cutting off their advertising!

     

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    Joe, Jun 11th, 2010 @ 9:38am

    Thank you Facebook.

    Thank you so much Facebook. If you hadn't of bullied this guy, I would have never of found this script. Now I can find it and use it. Thank you Facebook for letting me find the script.

     

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    anila, May 9th, 2011 @ 2:22pm

    hello i need facebook help

    hello i need your help i need to know is there any script of face book wich can send several wall posts my id is been hacked and the person hacked it usin it in a bad way whenever i post there that its a fake id dont reply to my friends that person delete it i want to send so many messages that he cant delte it pls if anybudy can help reply on my email i will b v thankfull

     

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    Some Guy, Apr 13th, 2013 @ 7:13am

    I hate when site admins hunt down greasemonkey authors. I had problems on one site too for publishing 2 scripts. Year later they added that functionality natively to site. (which I'm proud of)

     

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