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PostPoints tip: Fine-tune Facebook notifications

Facebook users: How often has the site e-mailed you over the last week? And how many of those e-mails contained more than an invitation to click through to the site to see what just happened there? Take a minute to see what Facebook developments will earn you a new message from the popular social network: Log in, click the Account menu at the top right of the page and select "Account Settings," then click the settings page's Notifications header. If you log into Facebook reasonably often, you might as well decline almost all of these notification e-mails--the site, its mobile version and its smartphone apps all now do a good job of reminding you when Facebook friends have interacted with your profile in some way.

The only notifications I'd keep are those advising you of new Facebook messages (since they include the text of each message) and those updating you about new comments on your status or posts on your Wall (they, too, contain your friends' words). Don't forget to click the "Show More" link at the bottom of the page, under its "Other Applications" heading, to regulate updates about such topics as the items your friends post for sale on Facebook. (Disclaimer: Post Co. chairman Don Graham serves on Facebook's board of directors.)

(What's this "PostPoints tip" business about? Since July, I've been archiving each tip-of-the-week e-mail we send to PostPoints members under this blog's "Tips" category. Today's item went out on Oct. 5.)

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 11, 2010; 7:37 AM ET
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Hey, waitaminute... doesn't Post Co. Chairman Donald E. Graham sit on Facebook's board of directors, and the newspaper and many on the Post staff, yourself included, use the site for marketing purposes?


Posted by: pjgeraghty | October 11, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

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