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Meet the Programmer Behind Social Fixer 64

Ars Technica profiles Matt Kruse, the developer behind Social Fixer. "Social Fixer uses JavaScript to modify Facebook's interface. It gives you dozens of options for customizing how you see Facebook: you can separate updates into tabs, enable mouse-over image previews, change the layout, filter posts from your friends, give everything a theme and even hide the bits you find disagreeable. It's a huge amount of work to keep going, but although Kruse has a tiny Paypal donations button on the bottom of his website to cover his expenses, he says he hasn't made any efforts to profit from it, despite being contacted several times by people who sniffed money to be made. ... So far, he's turned them all down. 'There was one person a while ago who seemed pretty promising,' he says. His tone is gently bemused, as if not quite believing that people actually want to pay money for his work. 'I've had ten offers over the past four years from people who say they want to add advertising inside it or attach some additional software to the installer. But the way they wanted to implement it technically would have put my users at risk of them being malicious, so I couldn't do that.'" It would be nice if every piece of software and every website with ads thought the same way.
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Meet the Programmer Behind Social Fixer

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  • SIGINT? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 25, 2013 @03:57PM (#44671723)

    Is there a SIGINT option?

  • Prepare for this to quit working in 3... 2... 1...
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I just installed this recently to help the few times where I actually use that crap site to get around quicker.
    I can safely say I will be throwing a little money his way soon, very good stuff.

    If there were any additions, it would be a completely redesigned chat, but that is going to require quite a bit more effort to rewrite.
    Preferably a chat that was entirely vertical and "menu"-tabbed (as in, an HTML dropdown menu to select other tabs if there are too many chats open, HTML to actually show who sent messag

    • why don't you just go the "Messages" section and select your desired convos from the list on the left? You could just turn off the pop-up chat entirely. I rarely use those little pop-up boxes. I either go to the messages section, or reply on my phone.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        It is mainly convenience because say if I am running through the faceboke feed and someone messages me, easier to just type crap to them and continue scrolling while my life crawls out my eyeballs.

        I used to use messages, but if say I was having a long-term conversation, Facebook just sits there chugging away at memory like crazy on the messages page for some silly reason. It is so leaky for me.
        I remember leaving it open over night by accident and waking to 1.2gig messages tab.
        Lucky it is easy to terminate

  • I too despise facebook. But I have a way of making them pay. I created an account with them. My one and only account with them is only used for sites needing oAuth. I wonder how long it will be until facebook bans me for using them in such a way.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I could never do this now, even if I cared about FB. When I was younger, the fact that all my C-64 code would be gone with the wind when something better came along didn't bother met that much. As time has gone by, systems that can run decently without assembly are around, there are many excellent cross-platform libraries, and I developed a good understanding of what it takes to write cross-platform applications.

    With this guy's entire app being based on FaceBook (and he's certainly not the only one) we've

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I find myself becoming more interested in literary endeavors; knowing that English has a longer shelf-life than JavaScript or even C, and will be appreciated by a lot more people.

      Despite the shelf-life of English, very few of us could write English that would be appreciated by more people than this guys JavaScript. You are more likely to get more appreciation by writing the next Angry Birds than you are to become the next Shakespeare.

  • F.B. Purity (Score:4, Informative)

    by crow ( 16139 ) on Sunday August 25, 2013 @04:52PM (#44671957) Homepage Journal

    I've been using FB Purity ( which is pretty much the same idea. My favorite feature is to hide stories that match a list of regular expressions. That's a great way to stop hearing about a particular TV show or sports league that several friends like to go on about.

    • Re:F.B. Purity (Score:5, Informative)

      by MattKruse ( 3029911 ) on Sunday August 25, 2013 @05:44PM (#44672217)
      I had that feature longer before FB Purity. He may have been inspired by my implementation ;)
      • by crow ( 16139 )

        Thanks! Honestly, I use FB Purity because it's the one I ran into first. It did all that I needed, so I never looked for other solutions. I'll make a point of trying yours.

      • I had that feature longer before FB Purity. He may have been inspired by my implementation ;)

        I went from FB Purity to FB Fixer. Good software, thanks (I'm a donor... although not a big one).

      • by fbpdev ( 3030831 )
        thats actually bullshit. fb purity was released way before your product, and your product was actually inspired by my implementation and you well know it.
        • Umm, no. I didn't even know you existed until long after Better Facebook was established. Social Fixer had regular expression filtering long before FB Purity did. I have never installed FB Purity, downloaded it, or looked at its code.
          • by fbpdev ( 3030831 )
            once again proving you are a compulsive liar
            • Two new UIDs arguing over who was first.

              I was. There were 400 thousand people before me, but still.

              Now get off Slashdot (our lawn).

              Settle in court if you wish. We'll bring the popcorn.

            • This kind of attitude is why people don't take you seriously, and why Facebook bans you. *shrug*
              • by fbpdev ( 3030831 )
                yeah sure, people dont take me seriously, thats why my extension is used by over 100,000 people, and is one of the top rated extensions for firefox, chrome and opera. hmmm, `your lies and bullshit are why I dont take you seriously.
    • I stopped using FB Purity when the developer announced that they would be ceasing development because of something that Facebook did. I guess they didn't stop, but now I'm using Social Fixer and I'm not going back.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Something like this for Youtube?
    I really wish to filter things like:
    "Youtube recommends some crap"
    " comment on"
    " liked n videos"
    " added n videos to crap-orites"
    I don't want to know about things that some loser likes on YT.
    (and indeed this is a real question, Thanks)

  • by Neuronwelder ( 990842 ) on Sunday August 25, 2013 @06:14PM (#44672337)
    I find his character admirable. He is person who can't be simply bought off or influenced. He is the rare find that cannot be bought off with greed. Good for him!
    • by gsslay ( 807818 )

      It seems an easy decision, to be fair.

      He's developed an interface that removes annoying Facebook shit. A third-party wants to buy it and put their annoying shit in instead. Kind of defeats the purpose. Who is going to use it if all it's giving you more of the same, just a different company?

  • I generally have less of a beef with the web version of FB than I do with the iOS app which is a colossal piece of crap. Give me something that lets me turn off all the damn ads.

What ever you want is going to cost a little more than it is worth. -- The Second Law Of Thermodynamics