It seems that the Change It Back! Facebook groups have been heard. The mini-feed is gone. It seems that the issue has become all about internet privacy and not my complaint that the feeds were mind-numbingly dull.
Mark Zuckerburg admits that the Facebook team made a mistake in an open letter on Facebook:
We really messed this one up. When we launched News Feed and Mini-Feed we were trying to provide you with a stream of information about your social world. Instead, we did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them. I’d like to try to correct those errors now.
Great job, Facebook crew!