Help me kill my Facebook account, except for events
October 6, 2017 9:07 AM   Subscribe

Is there a way to deactivate Facebook except for (1) event invitations, and (2) seeing events my friends are going to? I want to quit everything about Facebook (newsfeed, having a profile, all the usual stuff). But I find the event functions necessary and/or handy. Help?

It seems there was once a standalone Facebook Events app, but now I don't see evidence of that. Was it replaced by anything else that would serve my two purposes?
posted by Beardman to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I use the News Feed Eradicator extension in Chrome, and set posts and public info to private.
posted by fritillary at 9:12 AM on October 6, 2017 [3 favorites]

The browser extension FB purity lets you heavily edit what Facebook shows you - I've stripped everything out of the sidebars apart from the things I'm actually interested in (birthdays and events) and it lets you block/customise all manner of other FB crap.
posted by terretu at 9:22 AM on October 6, 2017 [2 favorites]

Unfollow everybody on Facebook. Your wall will be empty and you can go to the events page without worrying about getting distracted by stuff on your wall. People that tag you or invite you to events should still show up on your wall.
posted by COD at 9:27 AM on October 6, 2017 [1 favorite]

These all sound like good options – but I think they'll also block me from seeing events my friends are going to, right? E.g., it's sometimes nice to learn about a concert by seeing that someone I follow is attending it.

Is there any way to spike my wall/feed, but keep those?
posted by Beardman at 9:31 AM on October 6, 2017 [1 favorite]

I would guess the FB Purity browser extension is your best hope. It may be granular enough to allow you to let event related posts through while blocking everything else. Only way to find out is to install it and experiment.
posted by COD at 9:38 AM on October 6, 2017 [1 favorite]

I have the same priorities as you, Beardman. Just installed the FB Purity extension as recommended and now have a wonderful clean events page with no news feed, chat, ads or other extraneous chatter. Fairly intuitive to adjust settings, simply check the boxes for everything you want to remove and click Save. Easy to restore settings if you ever wanted to return to the full monty. Thanks for the question and the pointers, everyone. Loving it!
posted by doornoise at 10:21 AM on October 6, 2017

Thanks all. I think FB Purity offers the best solution!
posted by Beardman at 10:34 AM on October 6, 2017

The app will stop you from seeing stuff, but I don't think it stops stuff from happening. Personally I turned off my wall, essentially -- no one can post on it or see it and everything I can possibly set to "only me" is set to only me. If you plan on not using any other that other stuff via an app like Purity, you may want to stop that stuff from happening on your account.
posted by AppleTurnover at 11:47 AM on October 6, 2017 [1 favorite]

There's a third-party app for this. I think it's just called Events. PM me if you have trouble finding it.
posted by ramenopres at 9:50 PM on October 6, 2017

I'll look for Events. I installed FB Purity but in spite of my best efforts it's still letting newsfeed stuff in.
posted by Beardman at 5:31 AM on October 7, 2017

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