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I have a friend who’s just getting started with Facebook and I was thinking, “What one thing could I tell him to help ease his fear of being overwhelmed by Facebook?”. I immediately thought of Facebook Notifications. If you’re not careful, they can overload your inbox, mobile device, and suck you into hours of meaningless reading or deleting, or even worse, responding.

So, the very first thing you should do when starting out on Facebook is to manage notifications. I’m sure there’s good tutorials out there to do this, but here’s my attempt at a dummies version:

  • Login to Facebook
  • Click on “Account” (in the upper right of the page)
  • Drop down to “Account Settings” – this will open your Account Settings menu
  • Click on the “Notifications” tab & you’ll see a long list of things you can be notified of. Facebook has all these boxes checked (which means every time someone hit’s “enter” on Facebook, you get an email).
  • Un-check as many as you like (& make sure the Mobile check boxes are un-checked as well, most of us are using a mobile app anyway).

Wait a second! Now I won’t know when someone sends me a “birthday gift”!

Not to fear, just visit facebook.com whenever you feel like you’re missing out on the latest Farmville updates; they’ll all be there waiting for you. Now instead of  30 Facebook emails an hour, you’ll get only what YOU want. And you can go looking for what you want to see on Facebook.

PS – You can find me on Facebook here.

Designer. Communicator. Solutions Architect. Husband. Father of 4. Friend of God. I've dabbled in building, graphic design, worship, music, media, communications, connections, leadership, and now I'm an executive pastor at Rancho Community Church in Southern California.

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