Sunday, December 11, 2011

Google Chrome extension lets you bypass Facebook news apps

ZDNet - 

Millions of Facebook users have already embraced the Open Graph for reading and sharing news. Technology geeks and nerds, such as ZDNet readers, however, don’t like Facebook Open Graph news apps, noting they have major problems. Thankfully, there’s a solution out there, at least for Google Chrome users, which lets you skip all the nonsense.

Frictionless is a browser extension that bypasses Facebook news apps and lets you go read the article at the original source. It was developed by Brian Kennish, who also built Facebook Disconnect, and Nik Cubrilovic, who was the driving force behind getting Facebook to explain and change how it uses tracking cookies.

You can download the Google Chrome extension from the Chrome Web Store. Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari versions are in the works; the developers have posted the code on GitHub and welcome anyone who wants to fork, port, and/or pull it. Here’s Frictionless’ official description:
Read articles on Facebook without being prompted to add apps.

Remember when you could click a link on Facebook then go to the destination page — not an app installer — afterwards?
Relive the glory days with Frictionless!                   More