The Never Ending “Facebook Chat” Button & Way to STOP It [Consumer Bits]

by on May 28, 2011

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If that Facebook Chat option is starting to bug the c*! out of you because it’s turning itself on every day?  Read on to find out how I stopped it in its tracks!

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Facebook LogoI don’t mind Facebook.  It has it’s functions that can be quite handy when it comes to interacting and keeping track of friends and family.  I thought I had the website pretty much under control and all until a few weeks ago.

I used to run with my “Chat” window set to “offline.“  It’s not that I’m anti-social, but most days I’m so busy that I hate ignoring folks online or being grumpy with them when I’m getting interrupted trying to meet my own deadlines.

But as of a few weeks ago, that little beast in the lower left (or right)  corner of your window now turns itself on every day.  So if you’ve closed it or set it to “offline” today, it will be back online come tomorrow.  This seems to be another one of those changes that Facebook installed without worrying about what we think, or is this just an oversight on their part?  Judging from their track record, I’m going with my first question.

It’s been going on for long enough that you’d think they would have time to have fixed it since folks are starting to grumble in masses.  I’m seeing all kinds of grumbling on different bulletin boards.

AdBlock add-on logoWhat I did find out is that if you use FireFox, you can stop Facebook Chat cold in its tracks.  For me I have a few extension in Firefox.  One of them is AdBlock.  What I did is I opened it up and did the following

  1. Right-click on your AbBlock symbol,
  2. Choose “Preferences,”
  3. Choose “Add Filter,”
  4. Then in the blank window line that comes up, add the following (WITHOUT the quotes):

“facebook.com#div(id*=presence)”

There, for me that eliminated the Chat window altogether.  Not everyone has Firefox or this extension though, but I’ve seen other folks mention their adblock add-ons were working for them.

For some of you, AdBlock could be an appealing and FREE product beyond the purpose of just stopping the ‘facebook chat window.‘  It actually blocks most ads that some websites are laced with.  It’s a beautiful browser add-on that I love.  Yes, if you are one of my website supporters who might like the few ads I run, using this will block my few ads that I have up.  But I’d rather you have good web browsing experiences first.  Of course, you can always use the ‘preferences’ section to exclude blocking my site… LOL.

I have a funny story about using AdBlock…  some time back while working for another website, I had been using Adblock.  It’s my defacto mode of surfing.  I worked for them for a while and was a bit clueless about the ads they ran.  Then one day, I had to turn off Adblock for a while and happened to visit their site when suddenly, this completely ad-free site blasted me with link ads, image ads, pop-up ads, ads with ads and then there were other ads.  I have such issues (hate) with some kinds of ads that I will NEVER run them here on my site.  What you see is more than likely, all that will ever show up here.  Ads that you have a choice to interact with, if you choose to.  I will never force pop-ups on you guys.  That’s my vent & funny story.

You can find AdBlock at their website if you feel up to adding it to your browser if you want to stop your Facebook Chat Window issues.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce Simmons December 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Thanks Liz… I’m afraid to report that with some of the latest updates that Facebook applied, the chat blocking may not be working. I tested with some friends and even though I thought I was offline, they could see me! Grr. But I do still enjoy not seeing those ads… so it’s still a partial sanity keeper. -Bruce

Liz December 3, 2011 at 12:31 pm

wow. thank you. this really, really worked. it’s almost like a twilight zone episode to see facebook without that insidious chat and all the ads. you are my new hero!

Bruce Simmons July 20, 2011 at 11:52 am

I don’t think Facebook is ignoring users Biser. That would imply they were paying attention to what users were saying in the first place! I don’t think they care one bit what users like or dislike… as their track record has proven from the past!

biser July 20, 2011 at 10:18 am

Elisa is absolutely right. WTF are these guys doing? Why are they ignoring their users’ opinion. When I choose to be “offline” then I need to be like this until I decide it, not them.

Elisa July 18, 2011 at 3:46 am

I LOVE this block, thank you, but we now have big annoyances thanks to stupid Facebook and its recent chat fiddlings. It automatically logs you back in as available to chat each day. You will now appear as “available to chat” to other people even while you have it blocked. If they think it’s great and start messaging you in chat, you will have no idea – it will not send any notification that there’s something waiting in your integrated inbox.

You can unblock and uncheck “available” each day, and then people will not see you on their lists, but it’s very annoying to need to do that. (Thanks, Facebook, thanks a bunch.)

Even worse, if you use the “limit availability” to hide from certain groups, they’ll actually SEE that you are online and choosing to be unavailable – in other words they will know that you especially chose not to chat with THEM. Nice, huh? And oh-so-private?

Bruce Simmons July 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Glad to be of help, and THANKS Jen.

Jen July 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Works like a charm, completely eliminates Facebook chat – shared!

Bruce E. Simmons (BruSimm) July 13, 2011 at 9:24 am

Your welcome gang!!! Spread the word… let folks know it’s beatable!

LeeBee July 13, 2011 at 7:49 am

THANK YOU!!! So happy to have the Facebook chat “feature” permanently disabled!

Valerie July 10, 2011 at 9:39 am

Brilliant. Thank you SO much. I hate Facebook chat and when it started logging me in every time I went to the site it was not happy fun times.

iohner July 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Thanks a lot! It also works on Chrome’s AdBlock extension.

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