While Facebook is as important, if not more important to some people than their email, it is hard not to get distracted with people’s updates and messaging people. Having an alternative way to check your notifications without going to the site or a Facebook app would be ideal. How about RSS?
RSS is a really useful for the person who wants to keep all of the updates from sites they like in one place. People complain because they are overloaded with information, but using an RSS reader can really help. All of that being said, a great way to tame your Facebook notifications is to add them to your RSS reader.
Getting the RSS feedTo start, you will need to head over to your Facebook account and login.
Once logged in, you will need to go to your notifications page. The easiest way to get there is to go to the world looking icon in the top bar of your Facebook account dashboard. The one that shows how many unread notifications you have and drops down to show them.
At the bottom of the drop-down window, you will see link See All. Click it and be taken to the notification page. On the notification page, you will see all of notifications of people liking your page or commenting on a link. At the very top, there is a spot where you will see the link for the RSS feed.
If you are using the Google Chrome browser you will want to right-click on RSS and copy the address. If you click on this link in some browsers, you may see a page full of code displayed. If this happens, copy what is in the address bar and move on to the next step.
Adding the feed to your RSS readerHead over to your favorite RSS reader, In this case we are using Google Reader.
Once you are logged into Google Reader, look for the Subscribe button.
Click the Subscribe button and paste the RSS feed address you copied before.
Clicking the Add button will add any Facebook notifications you have to your RSS reader.
**Note** These notifications will not show new private messages, just when people comment or Like something you have posted or commented on.
Now, if you see something in your notification list you’d like to reply to, you can click on the link to be taken to the Facebook post to reply bypassing your Timeline and all of the other distracting updates.