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Cut Down Your Social-Network Notification E-Mails

Tired of the onslaught of messages from Facebook, Twitter, and other services?

Just the other day, Mrs. Hassle-Free PC was bemoaning the flood of notification e-mails she gets from Facebook. "Every time someone mentions me or shares a photo of me, I hear about it in my inbox!"

I reminded her that Facebook has settings that let you control the number and type of notifications you get.

"Great," she said, "but who's got all day to find them?"

Good point. As I've griped before, Facebook's settings are anything but intuitive. Of course, the same can be said of many other services that notify you to death.

Thankfully, I've discovered Notification Control, a free service that sends you directly to the notification settings for over a dozen popular social networks.

Among them: Ebay, Facebook, Foursquare, Google+, LinkedIn, Meetup, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Just click the service and presto: you land on the notification-settings page for that service. There's nothing to sign up for or into (except your actual account, of course, assuming you weren't already signed in).

If this incredibly handy tool sounds familiar, that's because it comes from the same folks who brought you Bliss Control (which connects you to a variety of social-network settings, not just notifications).

Simple, effective, and free. What's not to like?

Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at hasslefree@pcworld.com, or try the treasure trove of helpful folks in the PC World Community Forums. Sign up to have the Hassle-Free PC newsletter e-mailed to you each week.

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