How to remove spammy notifications from your Facebook feed

If you want to stop sharing every little detail of your activities, you'll need to delve into Facebook's privacy settings.

Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

Recently I installed Goodreads on my Android phone. It's kind of rough around the edges compared with the iOS version, but no matter -- the service is invaluable for keeping track of the books I'm reading and want to read.

So today, when I added Nic Pizzolatto's "Galveston" to my "now reading" list, imagine my surprise at discovering the following Goodreads post on my Facebook feed: "Rick Broida is now reading 'Galveston.'"

I don't really mind anyone knowing that, but I don't like it when apps share things on my behalf. It clutters up Facebook, annoys my friends (probably), and announces things I might otherwise like to keep private. (Glad I hadn't started reading "Fifty Shades of Grey.") Granted, at some point I must have given Goodreads permission to do that, but ultimately I like my status updates to come from me and only me.

Here's how to turn off notifications from the various apps you've approved during your months or years of using Facebook.

Step one: Open Facebook in your browser, click the little down-arrow icon in the upper-right corner, and then choose Settings.

Step two: In the menu bar on the left, click Apps.

Step three: Scroll until you find the offending app (which in my case was Goodreads), then click the Edit button to the right.

Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

Step four: Look for a field that reads, "This app can also." To the right of that, look for "Post on your behalf." Bingo: That indicates the app can share info and updates on your timeline. Click the little "x" to the right of that line.

Done! Now that app won't clutter your feed or anyone else's with information about what you've been reading, watching, playing, listening to, or whatever. Wash, rinse, and repeat for other apps.

By the way, Nic Pizzolatto is the guy who wrote "True Detective," and "Galveston" is the novel he wrote before that. Pretty good so far!

 

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