If you’re like everyone else I’ve talked to today, you think that the Facebook mini-feed is an invasion of privacy and a great tool for stalkers. Plus, you probably don’t want people seeing what you do on Facebook 24/7. Facebook makes the argument that the info was all public anyway, but it would take a really dedicated stalker to dig it all out. This makes it much simpler for people to see what you’re up to on the site. If someone followed around the CEO of Facebook and posted all their happenings to one place on the internet (left home without a kiss, bought a certain kind of coffee for $3.29, talked to certain people, or whatever), we’d see if they still agreed with the idea of the Mini-Feed. Facebook’s arguing that all the information there in your Mini-Feed is public, which is true, but they greatly lowered the cost of retrieving that information by displaying it prominently on the profile page.
Here’s how to erase all your Mini-Feed data:
1) Download Greasemonkey for Mozilla Firefox. Greasemonkey allows you to run scripts on web pages and customize them however you feel like. Once you install the extension it will show up as a little monkey in the bottom right corner of the browser.
2)Userscripts.org has a list of scripts, and many of them are useful, such as the ones that take ads out of Myspace and add other search results to Google. Once you’re at the website, search for and install Facebook Mini-Feed Killer. Then go to your Facebook profile, and observe the wonderful results!
Once you’re done, the only difference you’ll notice is that a little monkey shows up in the bottom corner of your Firefox browser, and none of your mini-feed stories show up. Just remember to visit your profile page when you’re done browsing Facebook and it will automatically delete every action you’ve taken from your feed.