Like it or not. Facebook is the most popular Social networking service currently and possibly the best way to keep in touch with your friends all over the world. But many people (including me) find Facebook really annoying at times, especially when more than 75% of notifications (marked with little red button at bottom right) are updates sent from numerous stupid facebook apps.

annoying-facebook-notifications

Over the last month or so, number of friends in my network who have started playing FARMVILLE has increased tremendously and so has my frustration. I was desperately trying to figure out how to only receive important notifications, such as comments from friends, and skip the stuff various applications send across. Would you like to know as well? Read on.


3 Ways to selectively turn off Notifications / Updates in facebook

Method 1

Take your mouse pointer to Top Right portion of the notification area, an Hide button with a drop-down appears as shown below

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Click on Hide (Ex: Hide Farmville). This will hide all the updates from the app.

Method 2

In the small notifications roll-up window on the bottom right, an “x” will appear as you hover the mouse pointer over individual notifications. Clicking on it will remove any further notifications from that application.

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Method 3

Click on the “Notifications” button at the bottom right corner in Facebook. Click on “See All.” On the right, you’ll see a long list of every application that sends you notifications, and you can turn them off by unchecking them.

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  • Bhatta

    Stupid applications is relative :)FB and twitter are 2 diff entities, its like comparing apples and oranges!

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      @Bhatta,
      Well, I could have avoided naming the apps, but where am I comparing FB to Twitter?

  • http://www.michaelaulia.com/blogs Michael Aulia

    Aww! You beat me to it. I was about to write a post about this nifty thing. I only realized the Hide feature a few days ago and so far loving it!

    Now my Facebook home is very clean, the way I want it!

  • http://www.ignitingtherevolution.com Jeremy Epstein

    Great post. Though, I would love to figure out a way to turn off notifications on feed comments when someone else makes a comment on the same status where I have already. Most of the time I don’t know them and don’t really care.

    Still want to see comments on my status updates, of course.

    Anyway, well done!

  • Neil

    Thanks for the great post. Now I can see the real posts through the Farmville ones!

  • OnOffPT

    Thank you very much for getting my Facebook to a normal state.

  • http://billock.net Brent Billock

    Perfect! I had already found the Hide command on the wall and delightedly blogged it right away. But I didn’t know how easy it was to to remove the notifications, too. Thanks a lot for this post!

  • Kev

    Great, thanks!

    Now, it seems, the app designers have figured out that people are “hiding” notifications so now they are spamming even harder by constantly creating “new” apps with slightly different names. This means that every time you go through and hide the notifications from apps, a whole new crop comes through!

    I am going to be forced to completely hide those couple of friends I have who just love signing up for every new app that comes their way.

    I want to hide *all* notifications from apps but it’s not something Facebook appears to allow.

  • Bitzy

    I am one of those stupid people who play FarmVille and annoy my other friends greatly. To please those non-FarmVille friends I turned off the app using method 1 bacause I thought I could still see the updates on the Zynga website, but it also disappeared there, so now I’d love to find out how to turn back on! Any ideas?

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      LOL! Here you go – Click this link (don’t worry, it’s safe to click that) which will take you to your privacy settings page for apps. You must see all the blocked apps including Farmville. Click on ‘Remove’ next to it.

  • Bitzy

    Dear Raju If your answer was for stupid me, please see message on my apps site: Blokerede applikationer
    Du har blokeret følgende applikationer. Dette beyder, at de ikke kan tilgå oplysninger om dig eller kontakte dig. De kan stadig forekomme på dine venners profiler. Denne indstilling er tilgængelig fra siden Anmodninger. Hvis du vil fjerne blokeringen fra en applikation, skal du klikke på Fjern.
    Du har ikke begrænset nogen applikationer
    Saying: You have no blocked applications. When I look at the apps, all the FarmVille ticks allowing it to be seen on facebook are put in.
    But thank you for your answer anyway

  • H

    Thank you so much! Was seriously considering binning Facebook all together but now, no need. Thanks again.

  • T.C. Deville

    Okay, NONE of those three things work for me.

    When I hover over “Hide” the option window doesn’t pop up….

    When I click on the notification button the app notifications don’t show up (even though they’re still on the news feed)….

    When I go to the list of applications to allow or to block Farmville isn’t there, either.

    Did facebook fix these tricks or something?

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      Weird! Looks like a problem with your browser, change your browser and check again

  • TJ

    As of now it seems theres no longer a dropdown. You have to click Hide first at which point youll be given a choice between hiding your friend or hiding the app. Still works great!

  • http://crashsource.de Fabian

    I have written a small script that hides _all_ postings that comes from any application. The only restriction is that it only runs with Chromium/Google Chrome because it uses a extension called “Personalized Web” that allows source code modification on-the-fly. I’ve published the script at my blog. The entry is written in German so perhaps you won’t understand it. But that doesn’t matter. At the end of the post there is an image that showes you what to do to use the script. If you have any problems using the script you can write a comment and I’ll try to help you. Try it out: http://crashsource.de/511-facebook-laestige-applikationen-aussperren-mit-chromium/

  • http://crashsource.de Fabian

    It’s me again. I’ve enhanced the script above and now published it as a Google Chrome/Chromium extension. You can find it at the Google extension gallery. So it’s very simple to install and use.

    This extension will hide all postings that are done by any application. It also has a whitelist so you can exclude the applications you like from being blocked. Sounds good? Give it a try.

  • joris dk

    What all this does is simply /hide/ apps from your wall. But you are not hidden from the app! When your friend allows an app, it has access to his whole profile – and IIUC, it can read all your friend can read. Gave your friend access to your whole profile? Maybe his apps can see all of you, too.
    FB is so unclear about this, and from what I understand how they think about privacy, it seems logical to me. So what I did, is I went to Connections, checked what apps my friends use most, and then went to the app page. There I blocked each app, all one by one, which took me a good part of an afternoon. Now I hope these apps can no longer see what I allow my closest friends to see.

  • willy

    To “hide” your chat status:

    Account -> Privacy Settings -> Contact Information -> IM Screen Name.

    Choose “Only Me”

    Magic huh?

  • Larry Brown

    Thanks for the great article.
    None of your three methods worked for me. You need to provide more details. You don’t say exactly where we should find the buttons you mention.

    Method 1:
    “Top Right portion of the notification area.” What/where is the notification area? Exactly where is the “top right portion” and what will I see there? You say the hide button “will appear,” does that mean that’s it’s hidden until I hover over it? On my Facebook home page on the top left side of the page there is a white “Facebook” logo with three icons to the right of it, usually grayed out. One of those three looks like the planet earth and when I hover over it it says “notifications.” Clicking it drops down a list of notifications, including Farmville. At the bottom of the list is “See All Notifications.” Clicking on that takes me to a “your notifications” page. But even there I don’t see anything like the “hide” button you mention. Now look over the paragraph that I just wrote and you will learn why your one sentence explanation and incomplete screen shot is woefully inadequate. FAIL.

    Method 2:
    OK, this is a better screen shot, but my Facebook does not show the little white board icon on the bottom right of my screen like you have shown here. FAIL.

    Method 3:
    I don’t see any “notifications” button at the bottom right corner of my Facebook page, and I haven’t seen any “long list of every application” anywhere in my Facebook activities. FAIL.

    You post is “not useful.”

    • http://techpp.com Raju PP

      Before you “Fail” the whole post, take some pain in checking out the publishing date. A bit of common sense would tell you Facebook is constantly evolving and they keep moving their settings and buttons. I don’t mind spoon-feeding people like you, but it isn’t practical when it comes to dynamically changing service like Facebook

  • kErNeL

    Does anyone know how to disable app notifications from the news feed in Facebook BUT on the iPhone app? I’ve happily disabled all notifications on the web-based version of FB but the iphone app keeps annoying me with Farmville, Zoo something et al. Help is kindly appreciated.

  • TLG

    I’m having the same trouble as KErNeL. The desktop version ignores applications just fine but the mobile version (for Blackberry) won’t. Any fixes?

  • C.j.

    How do I do this on a Droid? Ty, ty, ty!

  • Rya

    I’m join the buisness online..how to hide from others, the group that i’ve joined? I dont want my friend see which group i’ve been join,tq