This is the second post in a series about reducing your social media footprint. Last week’s post was about turning off facial recognition on Facebook. Today, we’re talking about Facebook Groups.
One of the most annoying things about Facebook is your friends’ ability to add you to groups without your permission. (I’d like to see this capability go away when the GDPR becomes enforceable in May.) Obviously if you have friends adding you to neo-Nazi groups or something else offensive, you should unfriend and block them. But if you have a friend who constantly adds you to relatively harmless groups for Lula Roe or other MLM’s (I have more than one! How about you? Let’s all have a show of hands.), what do you do?
Well, you reclaim your Facebook feed and leave all the groups–or at least the ones you’re not interested in being a member of.
To begin, to see what groups you’re a member of, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/. You’ll see a screen like this one listing the groups you’re a member of.
Find the groups you’d like to leave. Click on the gear. You’ll see a menu.
Click on LEAVE GROUP. You should then see a pop-up that looks like this.
If a friend added you to the group, click on the tick box to prevent other members from adding you again. Then click on LEAVE GROUP again.
You can also change your notification settings so that you see see group posts less or more often. Again, click on the gear.
Click on EDIT NOTIFICATION SETTINGS.
Change your settings by clicking on the drop-down menu. Then click on SAVE CHANGES.
And that’s it. Go through each of your groups and change your settings as you wish.
One more thing: If you get Facebook e-mails, you can change how often you get those regarding your Facebook groups by clicking on EDIT YOUR NOTIFICATION SETTINGS when you’re editing your group settings. You can also click here to make those changes: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=notifications§ion=Groups. But the actual changes is something we’ll cover these another day.
Got it? Join me next week, when we’ll sort through all the hundreds or thousands of pages you’ve liked over the years. (You’ll be surprised at how many!)