Over the years, LinkedIn has been adding “content” to the data feed and to the right-hand side of the home page which cannot be turned off in the preferences – things like Jobs You May Be Interested In (I’m not) and Companies You May Want To Follow (I don’t). The worst of these is the LinkedIn Today blob at the top of the updates.
When it initially showed up, I put in a ticket asking how to turn it off and was told that they were working on it. Six months later I hadn’t heard back, so I asked again (and again) and they have now informed me that it’s permanent.
Well I’ve decided to make it unpermanent by hiding all these spammy bits with Adblock Plus. (If you are not surfing with an ad blocker, you should. Adblock Plus is simple to install and it will enhance your browsing experience and your life in general.)
Here’s how to do it…
Update 07 May 2012: Added instructions to remove Sponsored Content
Update 18 July 2014: Added instructions to remove LinkedIn Pulse
Hiding sections using Adblock Plus is pretty straightforward once you figure out the format. Right-click the Ablock Plus icon and bring up the Filter Preferences. Under Custom Filters, I have two sections: Exception Rules and Ad Blocking Rules. Use the Actions drop-down menu on the Ad Blocking Rules to Show Filters.
For each section you want to hide, click the Add Filter button and enter the text describing what to hide (the rule). For a lot more information about filters and how to write them, Adblock Plus has a helpful page called Writing Adblock Plus Filters.
I chose to hide the following sections of the page:
- Obviously the one that prompted this—the LinkedIn Today blob at the top of the updates.
- Down the right-hand side of the page there are several sections you cannot normally hide including Jobs You May Be Interested In, Companies You May Want To Follow, and Groups You May Like. They look like this:
- At the bottom of the right-hand column is a footer with information that’s already at the bottom of the page (a.k.a. the, uh.. footer):
- Somewhere in the middle of your feed, there’s a section Discuss your interests by joining a group:
For each of the sections you want to hide, you can click the Add Filter button and copy-paste the text from here:
(These are all pretty straightforward except linkedin-gyml – that’s the Discuss your interests section.)
Now when you reload the page, all these useless distractions will be gone. Enjoy the simplicity!
Update 07 May 2012: For those of you following along, here’s another one:
This will get rid of the “Sponsored Content” in your feed.
Update 18 July 2014: To remove the super-annoying LinkedIn Pulse, use this: