Simplify. — The Internet

Every day you are bombarded with advertisements, notifications, news feed updates, tweets, posts, emails, etc. The internet begins to drain your soul as you fixate on the drivel that’s being shoved in your face and down your throat. Here’s a few things you can do to minimize your exposure to this drivel.


Adblock Plus

This browser add-on will block (almost) all advertisements on the internet.

Setup:

  1. Click the install button
  2. Refresh the page

Edit:

Due to some controversy surrounding Adblock Plus, a reader suggested that you may want to try a different extension instead. The reader suggested uBlock, as it is backed by the open-source community and has been shown to use much less memory than Adblock. However, I found a few problems with it when rendering specific webpages. On the other hand, I did not find any of these problems in the following extension (Chrome only):


Stylebot

This is a Chrome add-on that can be used to modify a website to look like anything that you want by adding another CSS stylesheet on top of the website when it loads.

“Why would I want to do that?” you may ask… Well while Adblock Plus can be used to get rid of advertisements, Stylebot can be used to get rid of anything on a website that you find to be a distraction or annoyance.

Setup:

  1. Click the install button
  2. Refresh the page and/or Chrome
  3. Click on the css extension button in the top right-hand corner.
  4. Click on “Options…” This will open up a new tab with options.
  5. Click on “Styles” on the left-hand side.
  6. Click “Add new style…”
  7. For URL type-in “www.facebook.com”
  8. Paste the following into the box below URL:
div._4-u2._5v6e.cardRightCol, #appsNav, #listsNav, #developerNav, #interestsNav, #pagesNav, #eventsNav, #groupsNav, div.rhcFooterWrap, #pagelet_composer {
display: none;
}

9. Click “Save.”

10. Go to www.facebook.com and log-in.

11. Observe that the css button in the top-right has turned green and that the page has less content. This is because we have selected specific sections (known as divs) of facebook, such as “groupsNav” and have hidden them using the CSS “display: none”. Though we have hidden these from the main view, you can still access all of the events, groups, etc. from the search bar. If there is something hidden that you did not want to hide, you can simply remove that div from the comma-separated list in the CSS block above.

12a. You can go to http://stylebot.me/ to find other useful styles.

12b. You can click on “Open Stylebot…” from the css button’s dropdown menu to open up a tool that will allow you to click on elements to observe their HTML class names and id names, allowing you to hide them as well.