If your News Feed is so cluttered you have to mine for your friends’ updates and do a slalom to avoid involuntary ad clicks, then read on. I may have a solution to your ailment.
Pelican Facebook is a Chrome extension that minimises all unwanted distractions on Facebook, so that you can focus on the information and the tasks that are important to you.
According to the creator of Pelican Facebook, Gautham Santhosh, a college student, each time he tried to concentrate on an assignment or task, a chat notification would interrupt his stream of thoughts and delay any progress towards completion. I am sure that there is a sizeable number of readers who can relate to the aforementioned statement.
To ensure that Santhosh would stay focused, he went on and crafted Pelican. He added a ‘focus mode’ functionality which shuts down all notifications. One may argue that you can opt to close Facebook’s tab, but in case you don’t, at least you can rest assured that chats and notifications sounds will not distract you. Moreover, focus mode disables News Feed and replaces images and status updates with quotes, to give you that extra motivation you’re craving for when you’re ‘in the zone’.
Santhosh also observed that there is a lot of clutter on users’ News Feeds. There are ads and widgets that, apart from not being very useful, oftentimes they are not even aesthetically pleasing. To tackle this problem, he equipped Pelican with a ‘minimal mode’, which disables the chat sidebar, preserves News Feed and kills off any ads and widgets which may be distracting you. I think that his feature may work particularly well with Social Media and Community managers.
You can get Pelican Facebook here.