Where’s the Ticker in the New Facebook News Feed? Gone, Pretty Much

    March 8, 2013
    Josh Wolford
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If you’re one of the lucky few that Facebook has chosen to give access to the new refresh of the news feed, you may notice that something’s missing.

Hey, where the hell is the ticker?

It’s gone. Pretty much. It’s not completely dead, but in the new news feed it’s been relegated to the bottom left-hand corner and some users don’t even have it at all.

Since Facebook’s news feed redesign is still in beta, the company is testing different versions of it with different users. This affects the Ticker in that some users have it and some users don’t. Even for the users who have it, the Ticker has been reduced down to a one-story-at-a-time blip at the bottom left under the chat list. If you have the new design and also have the ticker and don’t want it, you can disable it in your settings.

Here’s what Facebook has to say:

You can find ticker at the bottom of your sidebar. Ticker is sensitive to the amount of free space you have on your screen, so it only appears if there’s enough room for it. If you don’t see ticker, try using your browser in fullscreen mode or adjusting your screen size.

Whatever the case, there is one place that the Ticker is not anymore, and that’s on the right hand side of your homepage. And in its place are all the new content-specific news feeds that let you browse photos, music, and all friends with no pages and conversely all pages with no friends.

Facebook first launched the ticker back in September of 2011 to mixed but mostly negative reviews. The ticker, which allowed you to see all activity that was happening (likes, comments, open graph actions, etc.) was called “creepy,” “stalkerish,” and the “who gives a shit feed” by an unnamed writer.

[Image via Inside Facebook]
  • http://streamargentina.blogspot.com bored

    sure it’s a weird function, but the news ticker is amazing when you’re bored… i want it back!

  • Paul in NJ

    “…and some users don’t even have it at all.” That’s me! I had a Facebook page open in a tab, and opened Facebook again in another tab, and… no ticker! Not even cloning that tab (a feature found only in Opera) restored it. Nor did logging in via Firefox. Gone!

    I searched the settings. I tried “using your browser in fullscreen mode or adjusting your screen size” to no avail. I searched FB help. (And no, there’s no “horizontal line” to drag to grow/shrink the ticker.) Your piece was the ONLY indication of what the heck happened to it. And once I close that last tab, I gots me no ticker, which is irritating, even though I’m one of about six people who like it.

    Look, Facebook: Cut it out, can’t ya? If you must tinker, give a guy some notice – and maybe even a chance to opt out.

    • Joseph

      where did you get your invitation for the beta and how long did it take?

  • Lynn

    I’m going to miss Stalkerbox™. It led me into some epic conversations I wouldn’t have otherwise seen.

  • rebeccagavin

    I liked the stalker feed. It allowed me to keep up with more people. I am sorry it’s gone. Now we are even more at the mercy of the FB algorithm.

  • Aaron Pianzin

    I dont have one but the good thing is i dont have ads on my facebook haha