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Anyone who is a big time Facebook user can probably attest to the massive amount of emails they receive. Every time you comment on a wall post or share something you get an email notification for every single other comment. That coupled with other emails can mean a pretty hefty inbox that can be tough to manage. Facebook is currently testing a solution to this challenge by consolidating very active users notification emails into periodic “digests” instead.

The strange part about this is that Facebook is changing these settings for users automatically. But the user can go back in and change the setting back manually if they want. I personally find it somewhat off putting that Facebook would take it upon themselves to run a test like this on users and change their account settings without the user’s consent. I think it would have been smarter for Facebook to email users and ask if they would like to take part in this test instead of forcing it upon them.

It is a cool idea, because I know I can get a little annoyed by the frequency of emails, and it sometime keeps me from commenting people’s posts because I know I am going to get bombarded with emails about every other person who comments on the post. What do you think?  Is this a feature you would like to see happen?

Source: Inside Facebook

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  1. Kherbst
    September 20, 2011 at 3:42 am

    I find I don't use fb as much. Out of sight out of mind. I tried to restore my original settings to no avail. They are probably running out of server capacity.

  2. Aneesa
    September 15, 2011 at 10:25 am

    the option was always there to limit these emails... most people just didnt know about them.. i wish they would just leave fb as it is .. its fine.. just teach people how to use it better thats all.. ive lost count the amount of times.. people have asked me to sort things out for them coz they dont have a clue.. 

  3. Zaida Bint Amina
    September 15, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I wish they would allow users to romove all previous status updates with one click!

  4. Jack Cola
    September 15, 2011 at 4:44 am

    I've had this feature for a while now. Actually, I wrote about it on the 12th of August 2011 when they did it to me, as long with all there other idiotic changes they made.

    Personally, I like getting the emails because there are so many times when I miss reading a notification on Facebook, but I have it in my email inbox which is good. It's also a good feature as some people post something, regret what they say and delete it straight away. And I say "Too late Mr, it's in my inbox now!"

  5. Pat_morais
    September 14, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    You know, Facebook has had the ability to turn off email alerts since it first started, right?

  6. Anonymous
    September 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    If you didn't already turn off emails then you're an idiot

  7. Sarasotakate
    September 14, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I find it part and parcel of the nanny state... we know best, so live with it.

  8. Lyric
    September 14, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    FB also recently changed my wall privacy settings without my consent or knowledge as well.  I'm livid!

  9. M Thetruthwillprevail L
    September 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    yes! we need this, and let them do it automatically, I hate messing with the settings!

  10. Disgruntled Facebook Victim
    September 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    When has Facebook ever been concerned with their users' privacy or consent?