How To Remove The New FaceBook Chat Sidebar – Drawbacks / Disadvantages

Selected few FaceBook users were offered the new FaceBook chat sidebar feature earlier this month. As mentioned earlier not everyone have got the invites and screen space is one of the main reasons for it.

A majority of those who decided to shift over to the new Facebook chat feature seem to have more complaints than praises. I too tried the new feature and there are a lot of short comings, but it might just be the beginning and FB, in future, may update / upgrade it, hence it’s too early to take a call.

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Remove / Toggle Between Old and New Facebook Chat Sidebar

This is the best solution of all solutions which are mentioned below:

The only requirement is that you must have Google Chrome for this fix to work. Download chrome from here.

Once you have Chrome downloaded: Go to >> Chrome Settings >> Tools >> Extensions >> Get More Extensions >> type this in search –> “Facebook Chat Sidebar Disabler” >> Install >> Enjoy !

Or you can directly install the Chrome ‘Disable FaceBook chat sidebar’ from here.

Disadvantages of new Facebook chat feature are:

  • It takes up considerable space. A manual option to ‘Hide Sidebar‘ is available, but you need to hide the sidebar every time you launch it, unlike in the old one.
  • If you are one of those who have a lot of friends online all the time, you surely will not like the new chat sidebar. It shows a list of 20 – 25 online friends with who you interact most. There is no explanation as to how the rest of your online friends will be listed, hope it’s not another scroll bar to see the rest !
  • I don’t understand why is it imperative to show the list of friends who I chat with most ? Since chat and my friends are personal to me, will I not be aware of it ?
  • The new design is very confusing when compared to the old chat feature. In the old one all those friends who were online were listed first, this made the task easier to scroll through the list and chat with whoever I wanted. The new one lists my friends in alphabetical order, and it has nothing to do with whether they are online or not, which confuses me as I have to first search for the name and then check if they are online. How cool is that !!

My advice to Facebook is- they should consult Steve Jobs of Apple before they come up with a new feature and functionality design 😉 (pun intended 😉 ).

Can I remove the new FaceBook chat feature and revert back to the old one ?

I really want to, but unfortunately there’s nothing listed on how to revert back to old chat on FaceBook :(. Those who upgraded to the new Facebook sidebar chat are stuck with it for a while now !

I’ll update this page when I find a suitable solution or when Facebook decides to tell us how ! Meanwhile, if you figure out how to disable the new sidebar chat and enable old chat, please let me know via comments section.

If you too hate the new Facebook Chat Sidebar, you can join our FaceBook community page and then leave your comment, may be they’ll take some measures to set it right.


Finally found a work around to revert back to the old Facebook Chat !!

  • Login to your Facebook account via any browser: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera etc., (most of these browsers provide tabbing facility, provided you are using the latest version).
  • Open a New Tab and paste => and you’ll revert back to the old chat (but the old chat is limited to this tab alone).
  • The two drawbacks of this methods is:- you have to open the new tab every time you login to your Facebook account and your Chat window will be in another tab, which many people may not like. But this is the only workable solution.

Those who use Firefox, can load the old chat in sidebar, follow the instructions here.


Hide offline contacts, order Facebook friends contacts by online / idle / offline status, hide new sidebar chat button:

Joris Griffioen has posted a solution (on Facebook – I hate the New Facebook chat sidebar community page) for :

  • Hiding all those contacts who are offline. This one’s such a beauty ! It really was an irritating feature.
  • Ordering your contacts in the sidebar chat by online / idle / offline status
  • And a one click ‘Hide Sidebar’ button.

The only constraint is, if you want these features you’ll have to shift to Firefox and must have GreaseMonkey scriptinstalled. Once you have GreaseMonkey on Firefox, you can download FB Chat Sidebar Fix script from and install it to avail all the features.

If you too hate the new Facebook Chat Sidebar, you can join our FaceBook community page and then leave your comment, may be they’ll take some measures to set it right.

Update (22 – July – 2011)

So far, VasanSoft Chat Mechanic is best solution to get your old FaceBook Chat back !

[Via Vasan’s Photos]. Credit goes to Vasan for making our life easier :).


How Can I Activate / Install The New FaceBook Profile Design ?

Holding an account in Facebook is not a rare feat these days. Almost everyone holds one. Hence they must be quite aware of its various exciting features. Speaking in terms of a social network or even in business, Facebook is a lot way ahead. You can look forward to an improvised and user friendly Facebook now, especially for those users who are not all that good with technology.

Facebook has come up with a new design, which portrays neat and clear interface, with a quick run through of basic details [where you are from, school you passed out from, interests, etc]. Your most close associates, dearest friends, will be specially notified in the new featured friends list. Noticeable improvements have been made on the visual interface, regarding the activities and interests through pictures and scrolling lists of photos and friend’ pages.

It may not be a very major change, but it is sure to make information more visible to visitors browsing your profile. Instead of clicking the information tab, your details are now shown right at the top. This facility not only helps you to understand the other person better and vice versa, it also initiates you to fill up any missing information. Facebook advertisers too are benefited as they get to directly exploit the services of the user to a better extent.

Facebook eliminates the searching for common issues among friends and also opens you to new friends by exhibiting your important details are the top of your profile. The only difference here being, earlier the same information used to be there in your profile, taken that you added it only, but now all the information is right at the front for all to see. As mentioned earlier, this facility is bound to take form by January 2011. But for those of you who are impatient and feel you cannot wait till the official rollout, then go to:-

  • First, you need to login to your account, once logged in go to
  • In the top right hand side of the page, you’ll see a green colored button which says: “Get the new profile”, click on that.
  • That’s it, your Facebook will be updated with the new design, which is less cluttered, easy to use and navigate through.

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Where Can I Buy Funny Gun Shaped Camera

The name itself describes the camera aptly, and it is best suited for those of you who are looking for a bit of fun in your parties and family get-together. Of course, it may be a little odd to hold a gun, but it is this specific gun shape that takes you to Bond movies in Hollywood.

This is the brain child of famous designer Franziska Dierschekeara. Its various characteristics including its gun shape, and its pin hole, makes it a tad different from other cameras, in spite of the absence of a view finder. Although it is not professional friendly, it is definitely designed for those who enjoy taking pictures many photos.

Its usage is also very simple, all that needs to be done is, to point the gun at the object as accurately as you can and shoot. The designer feels this specific gadget, which comes in colors white and green, emphasizes the process of photo taking and not the picture itself.

Looking for fun, then make sure you get one for yourself, but wait where can I get one from ?? The answer is, you can’t buy one yet, as this is just a Concept camera and is not out for production yet (source) !!! I was almost very excited to buy one for myself for this Christmas, but …