September 22, 2020

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Tech Update

How to manage Facebook notifications as ‘classic’ desktop look is killed off

Facebook.com has been given a new look (Facebook) Over the summer, Facebook launched its brand...

Facebook.com has been given a new look (Facebook)

Over the summer, Facebook launched its brand new design for the desktop version of its website.

Which was all well and good, but if you didn’t like it you could switch back to the ‘classic’ version by toggling an option in the menu. That’s no longer the case.

If you want to use Facebook on desktop then you’re going to be using the new version.

There are a lot of visual changes – such as dropping the iconic blue from the nav bar – but also plenty of technical stuff under the bonnet.

‘Facebook.com launched in 2004 as a simple, server-rendered PHP website. Over time, we’ve added layer upon layer of new technology to deliver more interactive features,’ explained Facebook developers Ashley Watkins and Royi Hagigi.

‘Each of these new features and technologies incrementally slowed the site down and made it harder to maintain,’ they continued. ‘This made it harder to introduce new experiences. Features like dark mode and saving your place in News Feed had no straightforward technical implementation. We needed to take a step back to rethink our architecture.’

A look at the new design of Facebook's desktop site (Facebook)

A look at the new design of Facebook’s desktop site (Facebook)

Even though the user interface (UI) of the new Facebook.com may take some getting used to, if the company has sped up the process it’s likely to be a winner with users.

Adding a lot of extras to a webpage – adverts, videos, pop-ups and other reactive elements – all helps to slow the loading time. Anyone using older hardware will notice the change and likely be thanking Facebook for updating their site.

However, while the changes should benefit users on a technical level, it also allows Facebook to start notifying us about all the extras it’s added.

That means lots and lots of notifications.

And not everyone wants to see red dots next to Marketplace or Watch every time they log in.

Thankfully, there are ways to turn the notifications for the new look Facebook off.

How to manage Facebook notifications

Facebook lets you change notifications for all the different features it offers (Metro.co.uk)

Facebook lets you change notifications for all the different features it offers (Metro.co.uk)

First, click on the down triangle button on the top right corner of the screen.

From there, click on Settings & Privacy and click Settings again.

Over on the left side of the screen, scroll down to Notifications.

From there, you’ll be given a full breakdown of all the different features – such as Videos, Groups or Events – and the option to tailor your notifications as you want.

It should look the same as the image above.

You can disable all of them, or keep the ones you actually care about. You can also choose whether or not you want Facebook to push notifications to your email address or phone.

In any case, you need never see a red dot when you log into Facebook again.

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