Notifications. Some Facebook (FB) users love them and others intensely dislike them. What about you?
Notifications are the way Facebook lets you immediately know when someone is sharing something new with you. The new posting, video, link, or photo is always available on your home page or by clicking on the notifications icon in the FB Chat bar (located at the bottom of your browser).
But what if you feel like you are in Notifications overload? While you can’t entirely disable Notifications, you can make many adjustments from your Settings to customize notifications to your preference.
Start with Your Email Address
You may decide to change the email address where your Notifications are sent.
- Access your “Facebook General Account Settings.”
- Click on “Email.”
- Click on “Add Another Email.”
- Enter your new email address.
- Enter your password.
- Click on “Save Changes.” You will receive a confirmation email at the new email address and you will not be able to log in with that new address until it has been confirmed.
NOTE: if more than one email address is linked to your account, Facebook will send notifications to the one you select in your General Account Settings page as your primary email address.
Change the Notification settings for a group by accessing the specific group.
- Click on “Notifications” (in the top right area of the group’s cover photo). You can change:
- All Posts – receive notifications for all new posts in the group.
- Highlights – receive only notifications for top posts (a most liked or most commented on post) and friends’ posts.
- Friends’ Posts – receive notifications whenever your friends post.
- Off – receive no notifications about new posts in the group.
NOTE: Notifications has an automatic default setting that is activated when your group reaches 250 members or more. At that point, the setting transitions to Highlights. You still can adjust your own Notifications settings to suit your needs.
Friends, People, Pages Notifications
If you opt to receive Notifications, you will receive one each time a person or Page posts something that is shared with you. To opt in, follow these simple steps:
- Access a person’s profile or Page.
- Click on “Friends” or “Liked.”
- Click on “Get Notifications.”
Notification by RSS Feed
If you are a power web user, a Rich Site Summary (RSS) feed helps you easily stay informed. RSS feeds retrieve the latest content from the sites you are most interested in so that you don’t have to visit individual sites to be updated. To set up an RSS feed for your Facebook notifications:
- Go to facebook.com/notifications.
- Locate “Get Notifications” via at the top of the page and click “RSS.”
- Copy the link at the top of the new tab or window that opens to your RSS reader.
You will receive an auto-updating RSS Feed that alerts you to important actions on Facebook related to your account (photo tags, posts, and other).
For some FB users, silent notification is golden. You can turn off the Notification sounds by following these steps:
- Click the down icon (located in the upper right corner of any Facebook Page.) Select “Settings.”
- Click on “Notifications” (in the left column).
- Locate the “How You Get Notifications” section.
- Click on “View” (next to On Facebook).
- Uncheck the box next to “Play a Sound When Each New Notification is Received.”
NOTE: opting to silence Notification sounds only affects them when you are using Facebook on your computer; it doesn’t affect the Notification sounds on your tablet or phone.
Remember, you cannot completely control the Notifications system but you can certainly adjust many of its features to suit your preferences.