How-To: Turn off Facebook Chat Sidebar

Are you as annoyed as I am about the sidebar on Facebook?  In addition to not being a user of Facebook Chat, it confuses me that I get to see people online because then it makes me feel like I’m supposed to use FB Chat. 

So, I hid it. 

Here’s how (until they do their next interface change tomorrow or something…):


Click on the ‘”Gearwork” (I think?) symbol and there’s a “Hide Sidebar” option. 

Fair warning: some friends have expressed that this might be a little buggy as sometimes they see it when they log back in.  I’m assuming this has to do with mass roll out of this feature.