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Facebook Game Update Tweaks
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    2011-02-23

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    Are your friends getting tired of hearing about your Facebook game exploits? You can be a better friend by setting up your games so that they don't invade your friends' newsfeeds. You can also learn how to keep from getting overwhelmed by a large stream of Facebook updates. Keep reading to find out how.

    Many Facebook apps and games, while quite simple, can be very addicting.  Farmville and many other of the social network's diversions can keep you coming back for more day after day. While you may love to play games via Facebook, your friends may not want to know about your every move. Unless they participate in the game themselves, they probably don't care about your latest high score. It probably won't change their day to be notified regarding your most recent gaming acquisitions or upgrades, either.

    So that you don't divulge your addictive Facebook gaming habits to others, and so you stray from annoying their newsfeeds constantly, you should tweak your app settings to keep things on the down low. This is especially true if you are Facebook friends with your boss and you don't want him to know about your gaming distractions while on the clock at the office.

    To control your gaming updates, go to the Account menu and select Privacy Settings. Under Apps and Websites, click Edit your settings. Find the Game and app activity section. You can choose to make your gaming activity visible to friends only, friends of friends, specific people, or only yourself. If you want to hide it from a select group of people, such as a boss or coworker, you can enter their names specifically. 

    As you can see, Facebook gives you direct control over who does and does not see details of your gaming ways. This is a great tip to exercise if you work in an office, because the last thing you want to happen is to get fired over playing Farmville on the company's time.

    Control notifications that come from Facebook Groups

    Whether it be an abundance of gaming updates, an overload of status updates from obsessive friends, or whatever other items that take up your newsfeed, Facebook can become overwhelming and fill up your inbox with a lot of extraneous information. This is particularly true if you have a lot of friends on the social network. Keeping that in mind, you want to keep your profile as streamlined as possible. That means cutting out the fat so that you only get the information and updates that you really want to see regularly. One way to cut out the fat is to control the notifications that come from Facebook Groups.

    Facebook Groups do allow you to interact with members who have similar interests. The problem with this feature is that you could be bombarded with new messages every time a group member makes a comment. A lot of spammers know how this feature works, and many have started using groups to relay their spam messages to unsuspecting members. You can put a stop to this in a hurry.

    Go to the Account menu and select Account Settings. Click on the Notifications tab. Under Groups, click on Change email settings for individual groups. Here you can configure how you receive email from different groups to cut off especially spammy ones.

    For more on this topic, visit the Computerworld story.


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