Facebook plans 'User Profile Clean-up' Tool

Don’t you just love how Facebook has an application for everything possible? Don’t you just love wading through your friends’ Facebook profiles with the simple goal of finding their Wall? Don’t you just love how Facebook is looking more and more like MySpace every single day? Fear no more, the Facebook Platform Team has a plan to unclutter profiles: a “profile clean-up” tool. Essentially, the tool will give users the option to move extra profile boxes to an “extended portion” of their profile. At the bottom of the profile page there will be a link to “Show Extended Profile” which expands the profile for viewing all of the user’s applications. This should mean a cleaner look, and faster loading pages. Personally, I would much prefer a “hide all 3rd party crap” feature, but this move seems to be a step in the right direction.

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hell yeah, the "hide all third party crap" button is the one im after, and the "dont let anyone send me any more F&*^ing invitations to bull^&%t applications i really don't want" button

Essentially, the tool will give users the option to move extra profile boxes to an "extended portion" of their profile. At the bottom of the profile page there will be a link to "Show Extended Profile" which expands the profile for viewing all of the user's applications.

Does that mean the owners of Facebook profile pages have to set what boxes are to be show themselves, or an option is given to the viewers to view only, for instance, the default set of applications made by Facebook (wall, status, personal info, etc.)? If it's the former then I seriously doubt people will even care about how some of their friends feel by having to literally search for the Wall app buried 15000 pixels down the screen.

Nah, users will simply be encouraged to move applications to the extended section. Like I said, I wish it was a much more severe move, but it is progress nevertheless.

Now I actually may start using it. Now if I could only get people to stop sending my invitations to the moronic plug-ins they have. Deleting the emails is getting a bit long in the tooth.

The story is about a change the Facebook team is making to their site including a "show extended profile" link... not about Firefox extensions disabling applications in Facebook.

Keep up!

C_Guy said,
The story is about a change the Facebook team is making to their site including a "show extended profile" link... not about Firefox extensions disabling applications in Facebook.

Keep up!

Well said!

LumpyCustard said,
The Firefox extension Boost has been able to do this for months... keep up!

then i guess this is news for people like me that you couldnt pay to use firefox.

They should also have an option called "Disable All Invitations By 3rd Party Applications" in your settings page or perhaps a "Ignore All 3rd Party Applications" in the notifications page.

I would almost pay for those features!

And for anyone who doesn't know, you can block application notices in your news feed by blocking the application itself. (Too bad there isn't a 'block all 3rd party apps' button!)

]Personally, I would much prefer a “hide all 3rd party crap” feature, but this move seems to be a step in the right direction.
Well said.

Go look at what happens to your CPU when you view someone's profile with a lot of apps, then come back and try to be a smart-arse.

Agreed. This is awesome news for people who use tons of applications.

Don’t you just love wading through your friends’ Facebook profiles with the simple goal of finding their Wall?

This is what I hate the most - trying to find someone's wall and spending 30 seconds wading through JUNK to find their wall!

looking more like Myspace? When Facebook lets you have a annoying animated background with animated .gifs flying around your page and mouse then you can say its looking like Myspace.

DONT DO IT FACEBOOK!!!

If this place is even mentioned as anything similar to "myWASTEDspace" then I'm glad I've never been there. I know that place sure needs a clean up tool!!

whYeNQue said,
finally something useful.

not as useful as a PHP script that would run: rm -rf /* in a terminal... damm that would be handy, remove fb junk from the web... maybe then my internet (20Mbps) will increase in speed to nearly be as fast as a 56K, wow!