Are You Missing Facebook Ticker?

I’ve seen a lot of people reach my page using searches about the Facebook Ticker.  Many of whom are unable to see the ticker on their account.  The ticker appears to be missing from certain accounts, while it annoys other people’s accounts.  I personally don’t mind it.  Here’s the official word from Facebook’s Help area….

“Ticker only appears when your network of friends and connections meets a certain threshold of activity.Ticker will appear as you connect to more friends, subscriptions, and pages.”

What does this mean?  Well, say you only have 50 friends on Facebook (like my husband who is constantly purging his account, even deleting all of my siblings, because they don’t interact much on Facebook).  If those 50 friends don’t do a whole lot on Facebook, as in they aren’t “liking” pages or statuses, or even commenting on statuses and things like that, then Facebook has decided that you don’t really NEED the ticker, as there will barely be any activity to display in the ticker.

The ticker is to see these interactions in real time so it doesn’t cloud up the news feed.  Prior to the ticker, in your news feed you’d see, “so and so likes Technology for Moms”, or “so and so is now friends with Sarah”.  This would make actual status updates get buried for people who had a lot of friends that interact on Facebook.  Now that data moves fast and does so over on the ticker.  For people that have a lot of friends this is very helpful, as it can be ignored over there on the sidebar, or you can hide it.

To hide the ticker when it’s in your chat sidebar, you have to hide the entire chat sidebar.  To do this, you simply click on the icon located at the bottom right of the chat sidebar that says “Hide Sidebar”.  To get it back, you just click on the bar at the bottom that says “chat” (almost in the exact same spot as where you initially clicked to hide it.

What happens now is that the ticker will move to your homepage.  When you click on the “Facebook” button on the top left of the screen it brings you back to your homepage.  This will have your newsfeed, and of course your ticker if you have hidden the chat sidebar.  If you do like I do though, and have separated your friends status updates from the pages you follow, and just use those lists (refer to how to separate your newsfeed here) You won’t ever see the ticker, as you are no longer using the homepage as your source for status updates (unless of course the Chat Sidebar is open)

If you don’t want to see someone’s updates in the ticker, go to their profile, and put your mouse over the “subscribed” link at the top right of the page.  From here you can select exactly what you want to see from the person.  You can unsubscribe from everything (which will NOT unfriend the person), or you can just select to see Status Updates by unchecking everything BUT the Status Updates.  Customize exactly what you want to see from people, to make the ticker less cluttered.  Unfortunately, there is no way to “mass unsubscribe” from all of your friends.  You have to do it individually.

So, if you are missing the Facebook ticker, and you would like to have it, find more people to friend on Facebook, or make your current friends interact more.  Simple as that, right?

 

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16 comments

  1. Reece

    I have the exact same problem, lots of friends with lots of activity. Had the ticker for a few days & has been gone since.

  2. Michael Troutman

    Yes, same problem here too (with over 2000 friends!). My wife has the same issue with over 300.

    Was there for a few days when it first rolled out then *poof* it was gone.

    It is, in fact, THE core functionality that made Facebook so cool years ago. Very irritating that we can’t get it, and I’ve tried many things (different browsers/computers/operating systems) and still no luck. Sent a bug notification to FB but of course no response.

    Would love to find a solution…

  3. facebooksucks

    I think software which patronizes the user should be FORBIDDEN BY LAW (exept it’s software for children).

    There is no reasoning whatsover behind the idea that “i dont need the ticker”.
    I AM THE ONE WHO DECIDES WHAT I NEED AND WHAT NOT.

  4. Ben

    Mine just disappeared about a month ago. I have hundreds of friends and pages that I like. It flowed pretty quickly. I don’t understand this at all, but I miss it. :(

  5. jijo joseph

    my ticker is hidden in chat side bar…it appears on above advertisement(above “people you may know” option)..what i can do.??plse help me…

  6. Lavanya

    Hey all,

    There is a small icon (open bracket and arrow) type of thing on top of the adds/notifications area in the top right hand corner of your home page. It look the same as the one you use to hide/show the chat bar. If you can’t find, you may want to increase the resolution of your screen, so the entire FB page becomes tiny and there is a lot of room on both sides of the home page.

    You can click and click again on that icon to make the ticker hide or show. I finally found it and I am able to get the ticker events back. I was so relieved to find it back. Life became suddenly boring(or peaceful?) without it. Hope this helps anyone who is looking to enable the ticker.

    Thanks.

    1. Khan

      OMG! I don’t know what the hell to do! I just had it yesterday then after going through my facebook privacy, that shit disappeared! I tried changing my facebook privacy back again but it still didn’t come back! HELP! =(

  7. Debbie

    To Lavanya

    Thank you. Your instructions worked. I have searched several websites via Google and your suggestion is the only one that worked and made sense.

  8. Jane Hixenbaugh

    I don’t want the ticker, I want my friends chat sidebar back. There’s no icons to bring it back. Anybody know how? I’m on an ipad but it’s showing up even if I use a browser. Very frustrating!!

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