FB Purity v6.0.0 Released : FireFox extension is now restartless – Adds “read article” filter + more fixes and tweaks

FB Purity Cleans up your Facebook Homepage
Heres a list of changes in the latest version of FB Purity (v6.0.0)

The Firefox extension version is now restartless, which means you do not have to restart your browser each time you uninstall or reinstall the extension. (Please note that you need to first uninstall the old version of the firefox extension and restart your browser before installing this version, as it needs to clear out the old non-restartless extension first in order to work)

Added a hide “read an article” option (Not interested in what newspaper stories your friends are reading? well tick this box on the fbp options screen, and they will be hidden.

The Application Whitelist and Custom Text Filter are now bigger boxes, so you can see a lot more text at the same time, and also each item now needs to be on a separate line, rather than comma separated. The boxes are now in a tabbed format, so in order to view each box you need to click on the specific box’s heading at the top of the screen.

Fixed the shared photo filter, so it should now hide more of those “cartoon” and joky images that are getting shared and seem to be all the rage. Tick this option if you want to hide all that kind of junk.

Fixed the fan page stories filter, if you have “clicked like” on lots of facebook pages, you will no doubt be snowed under with endless updates from all those pages, making it hard to find any of your actual real friends status updates etc. Ticking this option will hide all updates from Facebook fan pages from your newsfeed.

FB Purity - Decrease the noise + Boost the Signal - FBPurity.com

Updated the facebook places (checkins) filter, I added a little code to catch a few more of these types of updates.

Sped up the page filtering, ive received reports that the page filtering is now a lot quicker in this new version :)

I fixed the event story filters, so if you are not keen on hearing who is attending/attended events or not interested in people who are creating events all the time, tick this option and those types of stories will be hidden.

I removed the redundant box hiding options. There were a few box hiding options on the fbp settings screen, that are no longer relevant, so i removed them. Please note that if you select to hide the events box, it also hides the pokes and birthdays messages from the left hand column, this is due to how the html code is structured. Also selecting the “hide sponsored box” option not only hides the ads, it also hides other boxes such as the “people to subscribe to” box, “people you may know” and also the “recommended pages” boxes.

I reduced the multiple “wrote on wall” options to a single “wrote on wall” option, the reason for this is it is much harder to differentiate each type of “wrote on wall” post, when filtering with text alone, so i decided it would make sense to merge those options in to a single “wrote on wall” filter option.

I added a basic check for updates button, have not gone down the automatic updates route, as im a bit worried my server will get hammered by all the extra browser requests. This way, if you are curious to see if theres an update available you can simply click the “check for updates” link at the top of the FBP options screen.

I made FBP stop filtering the current logged in user’s and the fbp fab page’s updates. It was a bit annoying that the recent fbp status updates were hidden because i included tips on how to hide certain types of stories in the newsfeed by utilising hte custom text filter, but the phrases i was suggesting to use, actually got caught by the filter themselves (hoist by their own petard, so to speak lol), anyway that should be a thing of the past now that ive made sure fbp doesnt filter out your own posts or those of the FBP fan page.

For more info on this release and to provide feedback, see the FB Purity fan page

The latest firefox extension (v6.0.0) as well as now being “restartless” it is also now compatible with Seamonkey and Iceape.

If you appreciate my work on FBP, please donate http://donate.fbpurity.com, and please let your friends know about FBP too :)

F.B. Purity is a browser extension that cleans up your Facebook homepage, its compatible with Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera. It decreases the Facebook noise and increases the signal, letting you just see what you want to in your newsfeed.

Install the updated version of F.B. Purity (v6.0.0)

Flash player now working on the Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade phone! :)

I just read a post on modaco, that links to the xda-developers forum that has a link to a working version of the Adobe Flash player that is compatible with the Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade phone.

It works on youtube and even the BBC Iplayer, fantastic!!! :)

Im using the Ginger Stir Fry version of Android on my Blade. The video and sound quality on BBC IPlayer using this app is really good, and the phone’s cpu is not even overclocked! :)

Get the Flash Player 10.2 APK application file via this link install_flash_player_10.2.157.340.apk

Enjoy! :)

Flash Player 10.3 has now been released, and also works on the ZTE Blade/Orange San Francisco, get it here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1309406

FB Purity v5.2.0 – Fixed for Facebooks new newsfeed and ticker + some other tweaks and fixes

FB Purity
Ive updated FB (Fluff Busting) Purity to v5.2.0 so it now works with the new Facebook newsfeed, that they have started rolling out to everyone today.

FB Purity is browser addon, that lets you clean up the spam, ads and other annoying stuff from your Facebook newsfeed. Its compatible with Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera.

Full list of changes:

  • fixed fbpurity info bar not showing up on the new newsfeed
  • hide the live ticker bar option (hides the annoying floating feed in the right hand column of the page
  • fixed spaces in application whitelist issue
  • fixed the positioning of WL (Whitelist) + BA (Block Application) links.
  • added “updated school” and “added relatives” stories to the “updated profile” extra filter.
  • added “tagged in a post” stories to “commented/liked status” filter.
  • added “allowed subscribers” stories to the “now friends with” extra filter.
  • added windows phone 7, and facebook for windows phone 7 to default whitelist.
  • fixed hiding ads on the photo lightbox

As always you can get the updated version of fb purity here: http://www.fbpurity.com

Will there be a version of FB Purity for Android or Iphone?

People keep asking me will there be a version of Fluff Busting Purity for Android phones or Iphones?

I’m sorry to say that the answer is currently no. Phone application development is a lot different to writing a browser extension, and a lot more work, so unfortunately, at present i do not have plans to write a phone app.

Though there is an alternative, if you just want to see “Status Updates” and dont want to see all that guff, such as application messages and “whos friends with who” etc, it is possible to choose just to see “status updates” in the android application (not sure if the iphone app is the same, though i expect it would have an equivalent feature).

I found this method by accident, whilst using the android version of the facebook application. When you are on the newsfeed page, at the top right of the screen, should be the text: “most recent” if you click on that text, a select box should show up giving you the following options: “top news”, “most recent”, “status updates”, “photos”, “links”, “pages”, “events”, “videos”, selecting any of those should make that your default newsfeed in the application. so if you dont want to see application updates and whos friends with who and all that other guff, just switch it to the “status updates” feed. again, im not sure if the iphone version of the app is the same as the android version, but i would expect it would have a similar feature somewhere.

If you have the iphone version of the facebook application, please let me know, if it has the equivalent function, so i can update this article, cheers.

How to hide the Facebook Ticker, the easy way – with F.B. Purity

Many people are now seeing the Facebook Live Ticker sidebar on their FB Homepages, and want to remove / disable it. Unfortunately Facebook dont give you that option.

Luckily F.B. Purity is here to rescue you, just tick the “hide Ticker bar” (previously known as the “happening now bar”) option in the F.B. Purity options screen, and it will go away :)

Get F.B Purity here

F.B. Purity v5.0.0 Adds 5 new options: Hide Fan Page Stories / Hide Chat box / Hide Ticker + more

FB Purity - Cleans the junk from your Facebook experience

F.B. Purity the web browser extension that is compatible with Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera, cleans up your Facebook news feeds, by filtering out the junk and rubbish that you dont want to see.

The latest version of FB Purity, version 5 adds the following new options:

1) Hide Fan Page stories from your news feed. (Stories from Fluff Busting Purity page will not be hidden, as they are important to keep you up to date with the latest releases and FBP news etc)

2) Hide the Chat box (please note it just hides it, doesnt disable it or log you out of chat if you are already logged in) Its also worth noting you can access the old FB Chat interface (although in a full browser window) via the following link http://www.facebook.com/presence/popout.php

3) Hide the Ticker aka the Happening Now sidebar (Note, not everyone has the happening now sidebar yet, so if you havent got it yet, consider yourself lucky)

4) Hide comments on Event walls from showing in your news feed.

5) Hide comments and likes from showing in your “Top News” feed.

As usual you can get the latest version of FB Purity from the FB Purity website: http://www.fbpurity.com

If you appreciate all the work that goes into FB Purity and would like to support it, you can donate here: http://donate.fbpurity.com Cheers!

Amazing new music creation tool – Reactable – A Futuristic DJ Mixing Desk

The Reactable is an amazing piece of technology, letting you create music with physical building blocks on a light table.

A basic demo of the functions of the Reactable

More info at http://www.reactable.com

FB Purity v4.5.2 – Fixes hide sponsored box (Ads) and Block Application (BA) functions

I released an update of F.B. Purity ( v4.5.2 ) that fixes a couple of issues, namely the hide sponsored box function which had stopped working, and also the Block Application (BA) function which had also stopped working.

F.B. Purity is the browser extension, for Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera that filters out the junk from your facebook experience.

Install the latest version of FB Purity here

Permanently remove recent activity from being displayed on your Facebook profile

While F.B. (Fluff Busting) Purity, the facebook cleaning browser extension has long had a way to mass delete the pesky recent activity stories from showing on your facebook profile, facebook have now seen the light and decided to give us, the users, the option to choose whether they want their recent activity displayed to everyone, or not, so you will no longer need to keep deleting it with F.B. Purity.

Heres the procedure to permanently stop your recent activity getting posted to your profile.

1) Find a recent activity story on your profile
2) Click the “x” button to the right of the story as shown in the pic below
3) Select the “hide all ******* activity” option (******* will be substituted with whatever type of recent activity it is, “comments” for example)

Permanently hide all recent activity stories from your profile

Thats it! its as easy as 1,2,3! :)

The procedure will need to be followed for each different type of Recent Activity story that gets displayed on your profile, but I dont think there are that many different story types, so it shouldnt take too long to cover all of them. Its probably best to keep checking your profile page for a while, for any new story types that get posted, just to be sure.

If at some point you change your mind and decide that you do want to show recent activity stories on your profile, simply click the “edit options” button at the bottom right of your profile page as shown in the pic:

Edit Options link at the bottom of your facebook profile page

(N.B you may need to scroll your profile page down a bit until facebook’s auto page loading stops)
and you will be given the list of story types that you have chosen to stop being posted, each one will have a little “x” button to the right of it, just click the “x” on the story types that you do want to see on your profile again. Then click the save button.

Edit your facebook profile story settings

Of course, it doesnt mean you will no longer be needing the still useful F.B. Purity browser extension, as it has lots more handy features for hiding many of facebook’s other annoying aspects :)

You can stay up to date with the latest FB Purity news and the latest releases by Liking the F.B. Purity Fan Page

Hide Facebook Questions with FB Purity v4.5.0 – Clean up your Homepage!

The latest version (v4.5.0) of the popular FB Purity browser extension, compatible with Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera, was released today. It now adds an option to hide the new Facebook Questions feature from your newsfeed. It also lets you hide a whole load of other annoying Facebook features too, check it out!

Bug fixes in this release:

  • Fixed the “Delete Recent Activity” Button not showing up in Firefox 4
  • Fixed “extras” story type separation problem for facebook videos and events
  • Fixed options screen layout problem on wide screens

Get FB Purity v4.5.0 and rid your Facebook news stream from the annoying FB Questions