Eliminate Facebook Notification Spam

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If you’ve used Facebook for any amount of time, you’ve certainly gotten more than your fair share of notification spam. You login to your Facebook account and see that you’ve got multiple notifications waiting for you. Your heartbeat races with anticipation of new friend requests, photo comments, or wall posts only to find out that three of your friends have taken a Flixster quizz, 2 your friends need your help in Mafia Wars, and one of your friends has gotten a new high score in Bejewled. It doesn’t take long to completely lose interest in the notification icon and view it as a nuisance. Here’s a simple guide to get back the excitement of a possible new friend request or photo comment as the only notifications when that little red box pops up.

Little Red Box

Reducing your notifications starts by clicking the box that brings so much joy and frustration.

  1. Click the notifications icon.

    Facebook Notifications Icon
    Facebook Notifications Icon
  2. Click See All.

    Facebook See All Notifications
    Facebook See All Notifications
  3. On the right hand side of the screen, you will see a list of all applications you’ve authorized to display notifications. Uncheck any application from which you no longer wish to receive notifications.

    Facebook Applications Authorized to send Notifications
    Facebook Applications Authorized to send Notifications

That’s all there is to it. You will no longer receive notifications from the application you unchecked. Now when you login and see the notification icon, you’ll know it is something actually worth caring about.

2 Responses

  1. Colleen

    Ben! You are amazing! Now when I check my notifications I won’t be disappointed with my lack of popularity! Now I just have to figure out how to get friends to actually leave me comments on my page so I really am popular!

  2. Hi Ben,
    I am missing something here, or maybe what I want to accomplish is a little different. I am tired of seeing Farmville and Mafia Wars updates from all of my friends. Is there a way to disable those notifications on my homepage of FB?
    thanks in advance!

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