How To Get Rid Of Facebook Notifications & Other Annoying Things You Don’t Want To See [Weekly Facebook Tips]
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facebook notificationsIt’s funny how sometimes you can use an online service all the time, getting annoyed at little things without realising there’s an easy way to do something about it. Several of my friends who use Facebook almost every day recently told me how they hate always getting Facebook notifications for dumb games people want them to play, or updates about these games in their home feed. Obviously, if these people can be avid Facebook users without knowing there’s a fix, then there’s bound to be a few more of you out there too.

As I can’t even begin to imagine the horrors of using Facebook with all those annoyances in my face, I feel I should go back to basics here and make sure everyone knows how to get rid of them. If the post doesn’t apply to you, you no doubt know a friend or two who might be able to make use of the knowledge.

Getting Rid Of Unwanted Notifications

To sort out your Facebook notifications settings, head to the arrow in the top right of Facebook and choose Account Settings from the drop-down menu, then “Notifications” from the left hand side. You’ll see there are a lot of different options available to you.

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Firstly, you can minimise the amount of notification emails you get with one click, by choosing to get just the important updates and summary emails. This will cut down the emails by a lot, but isn’t fine-tuned to your exact needs.

how to delete facebook notifications

To be more specific about which notifications you want to get, look at each of the sections below that in more detail. You can choose which of the apps you have installed can email you, say exactly which actions on photos are worth getting an email for or not, etc.

how to delete facebook notifications

For instance, you might want to know what people say about the links you post, but you could happily not notice when people share your links on their wall or when other people comment on links you’ve commented on. This picture shows how you would do that.

how to delete facebook notifications

Head through each section and un-check the boxes you’re not interested in, making sure you save changes after each section is completed. This way, you’ll only get notifications of exactly what interests you and nothing else.

facebook turn off notifications pendingDon’t forget that notifications in Facebook show up in the top left of Facebook, in your mobile application, will be emailed to you and may also be sent via text if you have enabled Facebook Mobile Texts. It’s worth pruning your notifications to suit your needs.

Note: If you’re trying to get rid of notifications about logins How to Log Out of Facebook on Other Devices How to Log Out of Facebook on Other Devices We're going to show you how to see which devices can access your Facebook account and help you remotely log out of Facebook. Read More , you’ll need to go through your security settings.

Handy Tip: Filter Notifications Well In Your Email

Personally, I get almost all types of Facebook notifications sent to me, then I use really good Gmail filters 3 Things Pro Gmail Users Have Set Up on Their Accounts 3 Things Pro Gmail Users Have Set Up on Their Accounts Read More to ensure some of the email gets noticed and the rest may or may not ever be seen. I think a combination of fine-tuned notifications settings and email filters is the best way to do it.

Pruning Your Home Feed Of Annoying Apps And/Or People

The other similar annoyance people mention is that they see all sorts of random updates from apps they don’t care about in their home feed. If you see something you don’t like in your home feed, click on the down arrow to the right and choose “Hide…”.

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This will then give you the option to either hide all stories from that application or change how many stories you get from that person or hide all stories from that page. It’s so easy that your feed will be cleaned up in no time. Don’t forget that you could also use friends lists Using Facebook Friends Lists For Interests Or Circles [Facebook Hack Or Tip Of The Week] Using Facebook Friends Lists For Interests Or Circles [Facebook Hack Or Tip Of The Week] Is Facebook driving you crazy? Most people who use Facebook generally view the home feed in its unfiltered form, which means they're seeing updates from friends, acquaintances and pages all lumped in together and shown... Read More to make sure you’re only viewing the friends you really care about.

facebook turn off notifications pending

Anyway, if you’ve hidden a few people and apps and realise that maybe you want to get them back again, you can do so by clicking on the edit button just to the left of the “News Feed” icon in the left hand side of your home feed.

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This will give you a list of everything you’ve hidden. Now you can click the cross if you want to un-hide the applications from your Facebook news feed. Click “Save” before you exit.

What else have you noticed lots of your friends don’t know how to do on Facebook? What would you like to see explained in upcoming Facebook Weekly Tips?

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  1. Bill
    November 14, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    2 HUGE annoyances that seem to have NO work around/fix! 1 thing that has annoyed me severely is the notifications within Facebook groups as they relate to my friends. Some friends post way to much in buy/sell groups which I do not want to see. Most of these are friends I have unfollowed specifically because of this fact yet I still see their posts in my feed when they post to groups we mutually belong to even though I have unfollowed them. Only option for group notifications seems to be "Only get notifications of friends posts" which is useful for not getting flooded with ad notifications or "Turn off notifications from this group" (which would also turn off replies to my own postings/ads on those sites). not much of a choice. Seems an option like "Only get notifications for replies to MY ads" would be a good option to ad no? One other small annoyance is within the "Snooze for 30 days" option which is a great alternative to unfollowing people but I still get notifications regardless if that person has shared a post from another person or link. Apparently Snoozing only works when they post directly to their own wall which is never the bulk of their postings anyway. You know....those that share 25-50 posts per day clogging your feed? The ones that don't seem to ever stop using facebook? Unless there is some work around I don't know about these are 2 of the MANY MANY brain farts within facebook programming and features. Text notifications have never worked for me either. If you can figure these two out for me I'll out you on my Christmas list ;)

  2. Kenneth
    March 13, 2018 at 7:24 am

    I may be typing a comment that has the word "the" in it. FB will lift an entire phrase or sentence containing that word from God- only- knows- where and place it at the end of what I'd already typed. If I'm in a hurry, I might miss it and have to edit it out later. Is there a way to disable this?

  3. MJ
    March 11, 2018 at 5:22 am

    Someone sent sent me a message on FB on a page I administer. I marked it read and answered it. Still, every time I go to this page, it says in the upper left corner in red that I have a message. It's the same message! How do I get rid of the red alert? Thanks.

  4. Amy
    December 7, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial. The thing I find annoying is Facebook bullying me into turning on notifications that I don't want. They want me to "See your notifications in the corner of your computer screen, even when Facebook is closed." I don't want that but there is not a "no thanks don't ask me again" button, only a "turn on" button. I have to wait for the pop up to load every time I log in to FB, so I can click "not now." It also pesters me in my drop down notifications. Under settings there is an option to turn it on, but not to say no and don't ask me again. I have complained to FB to no avail. Any suggestions? I have screen shots if you're interested.
    Thanks again!

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    February 1, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    You mention the "HIDE" feature. That's fine and well for some, but, I'm more interested in permanently deleting all my notifications forever, and not leave any availed to the click of a button and have them back. Piled up notifications are just a garbage dump of useless data slowing down things just because of their presence. Facebook doesn't want you to permanently delete all this info, for whatever possible third-party reason, and that's bull shit.

    • Jo-Anne Wright
      June 29, 2017 at 1:11 am

      @ Chris Ralko...agreed...and when asked, I have 'told' 'facebook' I would like an embedded option to select a time frame for posts, status updates, likes, reactions etc. to be automatically deleted. A week, a month, a quarter, a year, a decade or a lifetime....

      We keep birth certificates for a lifetime but most other stuff has a more defined why does facebook not give us that option to auto-delete...or even to mass delete posts, status updates, likes, reactions etc.

      I currently delete them when they're a week or two by one.

      • Becki
        July 1, 2018 at 1:10 am

        Well crap! I just deleted my own question. I was asking for answers to the problems Chris ralko & jo-Anne wright have. I need to delete a ton of unwanted posts from fb. I don't want to hide them because they will still be taking up space on my phone. Does anyone ever answer these questions??

        • Jo-Anne
          July 1, 2018 at 2:22 am

          Becki...sorry but all you can do is delete them one by one.

          As I said I deleted all my facebook by painfull one. Each day...say Monday I would delete the previous Monday's posts,likes and photos, Tuesday's on Tuesday and so on and I would have only a week's history...though at first because it was about two years worth of old posts I just started by deleting them from the oldest date first. It did take me a couple of weeks of persistance.

          I now have nothing on facebook except my profile photo and post explaining my 'friends' can talk to me on facebook messenger.

          I allowed email notifications and only check facebook when it's relevant to me. I mass delete the emails when I check out the personal posts.

          I send birthaday notifications, plan events and have group chats through messenger is a little like the original facebook...personal and no clutter.

          I have Messenger Lite on android .

    • Becki
      July 1, 2018 at 1:03 am

      I wanted an answer to the above problem. I am trying to clear up my phone & get rid of unnecessary items that are taking up my space. Such as posts & pics that I have already seen. If I just hide them, aren't they still there?

  7. Terrie Koenig
    January 29, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Will this get rid of the actual word "Edit" that is what is killing me the Most? From: Very annoyed ! Terrie

  8. Kevin Kyle
    March 29, 2016 at 1:07 am

    I accidently hit the Loved icon on a friends message, how can I remove it

    • MJ
      March 11, 2018 at 5:25 am

      A little late, but just hover over the icons and pick something else, such as Like. It will replace the love.

  9. Rosalind Sanders
    May 29, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Periodically my Notifications gets flooded with comments from pages I have chosen to Hide, and even after I have left the group altogether. Checking Highlights and Off doesn't work either. I would not mind being advised of new posts, but I don't care how many people can think of a word beginning with T and ending in E, their birthday, or what city they are from.

  10. janiboi
    May 24, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    how to get rid that annoying rainbow comments?

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  12. Al Zermeno
    April 4, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    How the hell do I stop getting texts from Facebook idiots? I am not on "F." I do not want to make an account. I was assigned a new number and bam, tons of messages from Facebook about morons on Facebook I don't know, nor give a rat about. I don't have an account, don't want an account and would never trust a company like Facebook with any information about me, that they sell to anyone with two pennies to give them ! Anyone who puts the kind of stuff on Facebook they ask for is a FOOL, especially if you understand English and read the agreement to be on Facebook

    • MJ
      March 11, 2018 at 5:28 am

      If you mean you were assigned a new telephone number and started getting all this garbage, it's possible that your number has been reassigned from someone else who had it. Contact your phone provider and ask for another number that has not been assigned to someone else before.

  13. Frank
    March 18, 2015 at 1:17 am

    I still can't stop notifications from people who like or comment on articles I post replies to. Sometimes I get 50 likes and a notification for each continues for a year or more after I post.

  14. Bob
    February 28, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    whenever I open facebook the page looks like mine but it has a picture of a house covered in Christmas lights and I have to click on home to get to my page, I click the arrow that usually lets me say I don't want to see it, but it doesn't work on this thing, do you know how to get rid of it?

    • MJ
      March 11, 2018 at 5:30 am

      If it's not your picture, you're on the wrong page; one that is not yours. Look at the actual page address you're getting and make sure it's yours. Or cancel that page and start over, for safety's sake.

  15. Jim M.
    February 23, 2013 at 5:35 am

    This is a relatively new thing that's happened from Facebook , I say relatively new because it just started less than a year ago and I've had my account for several. The problem is that no matter what page I go to I'm followed by sometimes multiple small rectangular blue boxes marked with F Share in them and although they are somewhat small they are still very intrusive as I have to guess what some words are when reading an article because it's covering the words in a sentence or directly over a picture and when looking at a sales ad there's one on every item that's for sale on that page. Like I'd want to share everything I buy with the world? How do I get rid of it once and for all!

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      It sounds like you want to use an extension like Facebook Blocker, which essentially blocks all the Facebook widgets from showing up elsewhere on the web.
      [Broken Link Removed]

      • Jim M.
        February 27, 2013 at 11:13 pm

        Well , I went there and clicked on the Firefox download and a window popped up asking me what I want to open it with and I didn't know so I browsed and ended up clicking all of them one after another to open it and nothing worked. Any other ideas?

        • Angela Alcorn
          February 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

          If you're using Firefox, you should just be able to open it in Firefox.

          I don't have any other ideas to fix your problem right now, sorry. You could try asking on MakeUseOf Answers, though:

          Good luck.

      February 1, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      You might want to Google "ADBLOCKER" and install it free of charge. I've been using it for over 4 years now, and it eliminates all ads, no matter where you are on the internet. Never been happier!!

  16. Philip Baker
    February 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    What I want to do is to get rid of Pages Feed altogether, though I suspect this is something Facebook will not allow me to do. I wish we could tailor Facebook to be exactlly the way we want it, not the way Facebook wants us to have it.

    Every day I see that I have a large number next to Pages Feed. When I click on Pages Feed it says 'Recent updates from pages you're connected to'. I didn't know I was connected to any pages (what do they mean by 'pages' anyway?). But in any case, there don't seem to be any 'pages' when I go to Pages Feed - just that message. And of course the ever increasing red number, which is annoying.

    In the list in the left hand column, I would like to be able to choose exactly what I have and don't have.

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      Sorry, I don't think it's possible to hide that number yet. But it is strange that you'd have a number there and then not see anything in the pages feed. Have you liked any pages?

  17. Amber
    February 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Hi. I know how to do this on a computer but I don't have access to one right now. I'm using my iPhone 4, and my friend is trying to help me but it's not exactly what I need. He knows what I'm trying to do but I can't figure out how to do it on this. I want to clear my notification history from the icon. There r things on there that when I see the picture of the person it upsets me. So it'd be better to jus clear the history. On the computer like I said I know how to do that but whn I try on here I'm not being able to do it

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Could you just block the person in the photo?

      Other than that, I'm sorry, but I'm not an iPhone person so I can't really answer your question. You can try asking over at MakeUseOf Answers, though:

      Good luck.

  18. Katie Weitzel
    January 19, 2013 at 5:02 am

    I do not like Facebook asking stupid question on my page Like how are you doing today?? How the hell do I get this off, and how did it get on my page?? I hate it!!

    • Angela Alcorn
      January 19, 2013 at 10:03 am

      This one's new, so I don't know of any hacks to remove it yet. But it annoys a lot of people, so no doubt there will be something like a Greasemonkey script to remove it in the future.

    • Philip Baker
      February 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      I agree. Being British I also dislike the way every expression, spelling and use of language (how are you doing is just one small example) is American. I don't have any objection to American English, far from it, but for Americans. I live in France and of course the French can have Facebook in French - and most other languages are catered for. But they have no respect for the cultural identity of those who use other forms of English. Language is more than just about communicaton, it is about identily too, and the big intertnet companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, Google, etc etc are too lazy to respect non-American English users. The end result, of course (and it is happening despairingly quickly) is that the other forms of English will disappear, along with much of what is important to our personal identities.

      • Angela Alcorn
        February 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm

        I see that happening all over the internet too. It's very annoying! Also, to a lesser extent it is infiltrating into other languages too (I'm in France too, BTW). Have you noticed that because of all the American shows being dubbed into French, the younger generation are starting to use phrases that are very American, even though they are spoken in French? It's a little odd.

  19. Robin Wagar
    December 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    The hidden thing is not on my newsfeed for something called Causes. I signed a petition with that organization and it has every person I sent it to on my newsfeed but I can't get rid of it. There is not the usual hide thing on the side. How do I get rid of this?

  20. TheRyGuy
    December 7, 2012 at 12:09 am

    "You’ll see there’s a lot of different options available to you." Please stop misusing "there's". It should be "there are"

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 13, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Oops, you're right. Fixed. These things happen. :)

  21. Cody
    December 1, 2012 at 9:40 am

    On the left side of the browser, you have Favorites, Ads, Pages, Friends, Groups, etc., all of which have feeds underneath them. For example the Close Friends feed or the feed for your school. Well, you get these annoying blue boxes next to each feed whenever there's been an update in that feed. One of the feeds under Pages is called Like Pages, which takes you to a gallery of pages you can like. I have a blue box indicating 4 that will not go away no matter how many times I go to that feed, refresh the page, and/or go through all the categories like Music, Movies, etc. I know it's just one little blue box with a 4 in it but how do I get rid of this?!?! It's so annoying to see and the fact that I can't get rid of it like I can the others is very frustrating. >:(

    • Nfatoys
      December 8, 2012 at 2:10 am

      If you have Facebook Purity installed, you can enter a code into the CSS filter and it will remove that link from showing up. It's described on the following FBP page:

  22. KT
    November 26, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I am an avid FB poster (maybe 5 to 10/day) and I wish to control the pushed notifications of my postings to my friends.

    I realize that they have more control about receiving, (as mush as I do), however, I noticed that one friend's posts DO NOT appear in the notifications (or email) -- YET -- is in my feed. So it's a matter of when I pop in -- I may or may not see his posts. Now, if I want to see 'all' that he's up to -- i just go to his wall. No muss, no fuss -- I like that and wish to do the same as I do not want to annoy my friends with my stuff...

    I've been all over the net and FB Help -- and zip about this. Everything I find is about control what I see -- but I want to control what goes OUT in the notifications when I post.

    Any suggestions?

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Hmm. You can't control what notifications are sent, but you could potentially create several different friends lists and post to whichever was more suited to each post, in order to not overload certain friends. I can't think of much else you can do though, sorry.

  23. sarah
    November 15, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I'm no longer getting notifications about when people comment after me in a post. I would like to know, because sometimes I ask a question using the comments box, and if someone responds to me answering my Q, I would like to know about it! Does anyone know how to turn this function back on, even though I don't believe I ever turned it off...?

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Go to Account Settings > Notifications and browse through the options there. Most likely (by what you say) you've unchecked one of the options under "Comments". Good luck!

      • sarah
        November 16, 2012 at 8:46 am

        Thanks for getting back to me.

        The thing is, I am unable to find a comments option. All I see are the main areas "How you get Notifications" and "What Notifications you get," and neither area has a comments thing. I've clicked to edit the options of each subheading in each area, and I don't see comments anywhere. :(

        Thanks for trying to help, though.

        • Angela Alcorn
          November 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

          Aargh, Facebook! Yesterday, when I wrote the reply I could see it clearly in the Notifications section (there was a "Comments" section just like the "Links" section shown in the article). Today I see exactly as you say. They've gone and changed it again.

          On the plus side, maybe that means your settings have been reset now.

        • sarah
          November 17, 2012 at 2:32 am

          Why would they do something so stupid??! (Although it IS Facebook, so why am I surprised?) I don't think my settings have changed, unfortunately. I still don't get any notifications about people commenting under me. I don't get any notifications about people liking my posts or comments, either, although this does seem to be limited to non-friends.

          For example: I comment on someone's wall post on a page for a television show that I like. I don't know these people, but I would like to know if anyone "liked" my comment, or commented beneath me, just in case they were responding to or addressing something I said in my comment.... :[

          Aargh, Facebook can be such a frustration at times. XD

  24. Mahesh
    November 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I went through all the comments above. None of them could solve the annoying "Pages you may like" and "Suggested Posts" that appear on my Facebook page on my mobile. Nobody appears to have any idea how to stop these annoying ads. I have begun to hate Facebook because of this.

    • Maureen
      December 28, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Same problem here. They drive me nuts. As I scroll through on my touch screen, I sometimes accidentally "like" those suggested posts and then have to go in and unlike them. Does anyone know how to get rid of suggested posts on mobile devices? (I don't know if they show up on the computer or not)

      • Angela Alcorn
        December 30, 2012 at 11:04 am

        I've searched for a way to stop it too. It doesn't seem possible on mobile devices. Very annoying!

  25. Val Kristianson
    November 9, 2012 at 2:54 am

    I have crap on my news feed & timeline. I want it removed. I did not ask for this inappropriate stuff. Girls asking to meet men or men asking to meet woman. Please help me get rid of this crap!!!

  26. valentina podchasova
    November 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Thank you,Angela,for this necessary and simple explanation of "how"- for me it is extremely useful!I am determined to go on learning "How...".Valentina Podchasova

  27. Anna
    October 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I am getting annoying pages you might light on my iphone facebook app, I'm not seeing them online on my laptop, how do I stop them?

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 9, 2012 at 10:02 am

      I think that's part of Facebook's promotional efforts whenever you view your home page. If you're on your laptop maybe you normally view a friend list or interest list and therefore don't see it.

  28. John Morris
    October 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I can not scroll to the bottom of my notifications, on facebook, to see all the posts. Help.

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 9, 2012 at 10:03 am

      You might have to go through them one by one... Sorry.

  29. Nancy B
    October 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Love the hide feature on FB!
    Use it all the time.

    Also read the tip on Disable Friends notifications to remove unwanted notices of that they are doing/gaming etc. I use that everytime I add a new friend for gaming that I only see their gaming info and nothing else!

  30. Edward Bellair
    September 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    All info to counter zombiebooks sneaky ways is a plus.

  31. Shane_West
    September 25, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Security is not a strong point evidently

  32. Brois of Oundaland
    September 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I used to be a facebook fanatic back when it was small and never had any money invested in the stock market. I used to play all the games, have over 1000 friends. Get invited to social events everyday. But then I woke up. Getting rid of my facebook was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I am so glad I no longer use any social web sites like that anymore. Now I have a "real life" outside of the computer, with "real friends" and I have never regretted it since then.

    May God Bless you all

  33. Jackie Parkins
    September 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I am a huge fan of the "hide" option.

  34. Monica Garcia Miranda
    September 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    very useful! thanks!!

  35. Shane Andrews
    September 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Not sure if this information has been posted, but you can click on an app in your news feed, and it will take you to a screen asking for permission to add it.

    In small print at the bottom will be a link that says go to app center. Once there again in small print on bottom right hand side will be the option to block it. This will eliminate that app from ever appearing in your news feed again, thereby saving you from missing out on stuff you may or may not want to see by utilizing the "hide" feature. The "hide" feature is like a bulldozer, effective, but not subtle.

    • Angela Alcorn
      September 24, 2012 at 9:11 am

      The "hide" function is like a bulldozer if you're hiding people, yes. But if you're just hiding the apps it's a bit more subtle. :)

      Thanks for mentioning these steps though, as it's another way to do things.

  36. Gloria Grant
    September 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I am getting porn notifications on fb,,, if I try to answer to just give them a piece of my mind, and tell them to bugger off, it just takes me to the site,, also there is no drop down arrow to delete those posts,,, what to do ???

    • Angela Alcorn
      September 24, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Sounds like viral spam. Don't reply to those things! You can report the app to Facebook, but often they find out about them soon enough anyway.

      Can you go to your timeline and delete it using the cross in the corner? Or go to your timeline and click on the "Activity log" you might see it listed there and be able to remove it from the timeline that way. Good luck!

  37. Freecycle Me
    September 22, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Very useful, thanks for the heads up

  38. Sethuraj Sivadasan
    September 22, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Thanks a lot for this guide. Though I know a few bits of it, I'm able to hide a few more using this guide.

  39. Afolayan Johnson
    September 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks for the heads up on "How To Get Rid Of Facebook Notifications & Other Annoying Things You Don’t Want To See [Weekly Facebook Tips]".
    This is my first comment but MakeUseOf materials helped in no small way.

  40. Jim
    September 20, 2012 at 5:31 am

    My daughter is being plagued by friend requests via "You may know this person" from total strangers, mostly from foreign countries, some in foreign languages. She wants to block this function and I've been trying to help her find a way to do it. No luck! Anyone know the trick?

    • Angela Alcorn
      September 24, 2012 at 9:05 am

      It sounds like it's just suggesting people she may know rather than actually notifying her of a friend request. Maybe these people know her email address somehow (maybe via spam).

      For actual friends requests, you can change the privacy settings so that only friends of friends can request to be a friend. That might help a little.

  41. Donald Patnaude
    September 20, 2012 at 3:58 am

    I'm having a problem logging in and out? When I log in it shows my profile picture and I am receiving points for everything I do as normal. When I go to the rewards tab it then won't allow me to buy anything with my points. It says I must loggin first? My picture is still showing along with my 2,109 points but I can not buy anything. Can someone please help me. Thank you very much.

    • Angela Alcorn
      September 24, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Weird. I'll pass this on to James and see if he can work it out for you.

  42. Deidre
    September 20, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Thanks so much, I just found out about acquaintance lists v friend lists a few days ago and its already helped a LOT. Now if only Facebook had a 'dislike' button...

  43. Eric Wardowski
    September 19, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Excellent tips!

    I have a problem where one of my friends posts get reported in notifications. Only that friend and no others gets listed in notifications that same way. Do you have any idea how to stop that from happening short of unfriending that person?

    • Angela Alcorn
      September 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Maybe you added that person to Facebook's "Close friend" smartlist and have set notifications to be given from anyone on that list. Try editing the "Close friend" list or changing your notification settings so that you don't get extra notifications from those friends.

  44. Robin
    September 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I recently found this site and love it for the great information it shares - thank you. This post is JUST what I need. I comment very seldomly on FB and use it to keep up with what's happening in general but most of the time it's a bit of a bore. Any info to give us more control here I'm sure would be well received. It's a matter of taking the time to click around but specific instructions are wonderful!!

  45. Matheus Pratta
    September 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I've disabled most of my applications on my profile and once organized friends into lists and removed pages that were making my news feed full...
    I also hide posts who doesn't help on my feed, to make it even more cleaner.

    For notifications, I filter Facebook notifications on my email, so they don't fall directly into my inbox...

    • Angela Alcorn
      September 24, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Sounds like you're pretty sorted when it comes to Facebook. :)

  46. Jacob Twitchel
    September 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks, this should really come in handy. I need to start filtering my news feed because 99% of my posts are for games and I would rather not see them every minute of every day. I already started blocking people and deleting people for posting pictures of disgusting stuff like beaten babies and stuff like that because I can't stand people posting that stuff. I don't understand why people do that. Does anyone know if you can tell it to not send so many notifications to your mobile phone? My android keeps getting notifications that I got requests in FarmVille and its getting annoying. I don't even play FarmVille.

    • Angela Alcorn
      September 24, 2012 at 8:59 am

      If you fix your notifications up as shown in this article (and remove notifications from Farmville) it should stop them on all your devices.

  47. Larry
    September 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    is there a way to search for and jump to a particular post ?

    my objective is to be able to quickly go to the last post I read yesterday, and begin there moving towards the top which is in the order the posts were written.

    I already post a ================= to Only Me, when I'm up to date reading all, but it take a lot of time to scroll down to 23 hours ago...

    • Aibek Esengulov
      September 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Have you tried reading our website through our RSS feed? Add it to an RSS reader like Google Reader and you're good to go.

      here is our feed,

    • Angela Alcorn
      September 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

      You could also just scroll back to where you left off and work backwards... But RSS is the best idea. :)

  48. Brad Tefft
    September 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Great article. i get asked these kinds of questions all the time by those that are not too savvy on internet and are curious about Facebook.

  49. Janet Caen
    September 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    You're reading my mind! This is exactly what I wanted to do TODAY! Now I don't have to look up how to get rid of the unwanted invites. - THANK YOU!

  50. Fausto Berti
    September 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I just would like to know how to cancel definitively my identity/account from that crazy Facebook

  51. Bernardo Delapasion
    September 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    another way to fight those silly notifications
    is delete your account and get a life
    after all those time i wasted on farmville

  52. Eren Bon
    September 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    There is a viral video, that has appeared on the left side of my Facebook page , and I can't find any options to get rid of it. I don't open it, but it is there all the time.
    It came automatically through another friend, who didn't send it, but clicked on the link: "You can remove Timeline" . So - everyone on that friend's list got one!
    Can you help? And where do I look for your answer ?

    • Angela Alcorn
      September 24, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Wow, that sounds like a particularly dodgy viral scam. There's plenty similar to this, but usually each user needs to click something.

      To get rid of it, you should be able to go to your timeline, click the cross in the corner and hide everything from the application.

  53. Alexis Akridge
    September 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    this has made life SO much easier! haha

  54. Scott
    September 19, 2012 at 11:55 am

    The one thing I would love to see is a way to block all invites/news/notifications from all Facebook games that other people play. It's fine to be able to block them individually as they come up, but I have zero interest in ANY of them and should be able to say "Hide ALL notifications from ALL of your crappy games".

    • Angela Alcorn
      September 24, 2012 at 8:50 am

      There used to be an option to do this. Plus you could block all notifications from a particular person. Can't see that option any more, unfortunately!

    • Anonymous
      December 16, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Yes. Me too. Soooo tired of getting Candy Crush invites.

  55. Angel Vinod
    September 19, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Its so annoying that i marked their email as spam :D

  56. Timo Reimerdes
    September 19, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I wish there was a way to disable all the games and apps spam without disabling all platform apps and rendering my phone into a 'less useful thing'. But those tips are good to know and reminded me of checking my settings again. Unfortunately those tend to change on a regular basis.

  57. josemon maliakal
    September 19, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Now a days we have a lot of spam due to facebook emails ..thanks a lot

  58. Joshua L
    September 19, 2012 at 12:30 am

    I like to keep my facebook profile clean. I regularly check my preferences and settings.

  59. Emj Paule
    September 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I've abused the 'hide' option ever since I found out about it. Makes my newsfeed a lot more pleasant.