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[ NEWEST UPDATE on 20.07.2011] OK, I’ve tested and it works right! Follow these steps:
Hi! I’ve checked the tips I’ve written here on 3 of my FB accounts yesterday to make sure I wrote them well.
NOW.. I’ve seen the chatbar at the right of the page. I clicked that blue button to activate it.
Then, I clicked that Gear button from the bottom. Window opened. I un-checked Available to Chat.
Then I clicked Hide Sidebar. And it was gone. forever. And I wasn’t on chat anymore.
It works for me. Does this work for you guys?
[ UPDATE on 07.07.2011 ] Again Facebook put a very ugly Chat. Here’s how to turn it off. Like?
[ the article from January 2011: ]
Using facebook for work or leaving it idly open can become a real pain in the behind if every single person on FB starts chatting with you.
It’s not that you don’t want to talk to them or reply, it’s just that you don’t see the message, because you’re doing other stuff and then some of them just go like: “Oh, so you don’t want to chat with me ?”
Seriously, I hate that chat thing on FB.. I prefer wall posting or sending messages, it’s much more civilized. Twitter kicks Facebook’s shell at interaction between users, at chat level.
Ok, so it’s rather simple, but I didn’t know this, until today and I’ve been using Facebook for about 2 years.
Click the Chat button in the lower right corner.
A nice thing will open up, displaying who’s online.
Click the Options button on top of that new window.
Click Go Offline.
Finally ! Alright, Facebook remembers this setting, so you won’t have to do this again. You can turn Chat on again, when you feel ready 😉
See you next time, guys !
– Florin Muresan