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How to shut off Facebook Groups email notifications

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Posted Oct 07 2010 06:31 AM

Facebook Groups (the new groups, that is) reminds me of my early experience with listservs. Way back, before I got savvy to digests and email filters, I'd sign up for a list and then watch in horror as my inbox filled with new messages, replies, and a mish-mash of out-of-order content. Good times.

Fortunately, Facebook allows you to turn off the Groups firehouse. Here's how you do it:

1. Log in to your Facebook account. Click on Account > Account Settings.

2. Click on the Notifications tab.

3. Scroll to the Groups section. This is where the distinction between old and new Facebook groups gets a little tricky. The default view (below) appears to deal with the old groups. I've never had much problem with those. It's the new groups -- dubbed "Individual groups" -- I'm gunning for. To prune those, you need to click the "Change email settings for individual groups" link.

4. The Group Email Settings page appears. From here you can use checkboxes to select which groups you want to receive notifications from. Click Save Settings when you're finished. Inbox order will be restored.


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Posted Oct 07 2010 04:28 PM

While I like the step-by-step guide, you could have just sent this link, and only included the last step, it would be quicker :)
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Posted Oct 08 2010 02:03 AM

@MicahHerstand: Thanks for the link! One issue I often run into with Facebook -- either with settings or when trying to access groups or other resources -- is that I'm often not logged in. That's why I tend to start before the beginning with these things ;)
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