I was looking for a way to get rid of the APPS section on the left column of the Facebook start page. And I am happy to say I found a solution. This can be done if you use the Adblock Plus add-on for Firefox or for Google Chrome.
Just add a manual filter with this content:
Oh, maybe you want to get rid of the PAGES section as well? Just add this filter:
And remember, the Facebook team has a habit of changing stuff, so no guarantees this will keep working. It did for me, for now. Maybe you like this solution.
Do you have some tips of your own on how to change the way you interact with Facebook? I would love to read about it in the comments below!