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5 Facebook Spring Cleaning Tips

Here's how to cut down on clutter in your news feed, adjust your notifications, and update your privacy settings.

these friends' status updates, photos, game activity, comments and likes, and more.

4. Manage your notifications
If Facebook sends you too many (or too few) alerts when something happens on the social network -- such as when a friend tags you in a photo, likes your status, or adds you as a friend -- you can tweak all of these in your Notifications Settings. To find it, click the globe icon at the top of your page, then click the Notifications link.

This is where you can adjust which emails Facebook sends you, which push notifications it sends to your mobile device, the alerts you receive for activities that involve you, and more.

5. Use View As to see what others see
Friend lists and privacy settings can be confusing and tedious to manage. If you're ever unsure about what parts of your profile are visible to which of your friends, use the View As feature to find out.

Navigate to your profile page and click the gear icon in your cover photo, then select View As. The view that loads is how your profile looks to the public, or people you aren't friends with. Click View as Specific Person at the top to type in a name and see how your profile looks to him or her.

You can navigate through your various profile sections -- timeline, photos, about, friends, etc. -- in this mode. Click the X at the top to leave View As and return to normal browsing. If you find something that you want to hide, visit your Activity Log to remove it or change the setting.

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Kristin Burnham currently serves as InformationWeek.com's Senior Editor, covering social media, social business, IT leadership and IT careers. Prior to joining InformationWeek in July 2013, she served in a number of roles at CIO magazine and CIO.com, most recently as senior ... View Full Bio

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User Rank: Ninja
3/27/2014 | 3:10:21 PM
Sisyphus would be proud
Despite the housecleaning tips, the interesting thing is, no matter how much you clean up now,  it is tantamount to pushing a boulder uphill only to have it roll back down (just like Sisyphus).  Facebook has an established fact pattern of resetting user prefs with each update to share info/include items that the user has previously opted out of/disabled sharing of.  Nature of the beast, I suppose.
User Rank: Author
3/26/2014 | 3:23:42 PM
Re: Do you use Facebook Lists?
I didn't know about #5, ViewAs option. Thanks Kristin!
Kristin Burnham
Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
3/25/2014 | 3:26:55 PM
Do you use Facebook Lists?
Lists are one of Facebook's most useful features, especially if you're worried about sharing parts of your life with your various circles of friends. I use lists for my coworkers, college friends, gym friends, and subscribers because I know that not everyone will be interested in everything I post. I also get the impression from talking with others that Lists is one of Facebook's most underused features. Do you use it? Why or why not?
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