What Facebook really needs: Grouped notifications

WHY do Facebook notifications have to look like this: John Doe commented on Robert Doe’s status. Robert Doe commented on his status. John Doe commented on Robert Doe’s status. Robert Doe commented on his status. Jane Doe commented on Robert Doe’s status. John Doe commented on Robert Doe’s status. John Doe commented on Robert Doe’s status. Douglas Doe commented on Robert Doe’s status.

I went to the store, and I bought paper, I bought pens, I bought pencils, I bought snacks, I bought a book on why Deathgleaner has the best blog of all time…

Doesn’t that sentence sound so tedious to you? Why can’t we just say “I went to the store, and I bought paper, pens, pencils, snacks, and a book…”?

Similarly, why does Facebook have to say…

  • John Doe commented on Robert Doe’s status
  • Robert Doe commented on his status
  • John Doe commented on Robert Doe’s status
  • Robert Doe commented on his status
  • Jane Doe commented on Robert Doe’s status
  • John Doe commented on Robert Doe’s status
  • John Doe commented on Robert Doe’s status
  • Douglas Doe commented on Robert Doe’s status

I don’t know about you guys, but I hate geting 46 notificaitons about two people commenting back and forth about one person’s status.

So, why can’t Facebook just say:

John Doe, Robert Doe, Jane Doe, and Douglas Doe commented on Robert Doe’s status (8)

Or even simpler:

John Doe and 4 other people commented on Robert Doe’s status (8)

This would clean up notifications by 100% and more, especially for people who like to comment on other people’s statuses.

The final result

Instead of:

  • Jane Doe posted something on your wall
  • Xavier Doe posted something on your wall
  • John Doe commented on his status
  • Jane Doe commented on John Doe’s status
  • John Doe commented on Jane Doe’s status
  • Albert Doe commented on John Doe’s status
  • Albert Doe commented on Jane Doe’s status
  • Robert Doe commented on John Doe’s status
  • Douglas Doe likes your comment: “Facebook notifications suck.”
  • Robert Doe likes your comment: “Facebook notifications suck.”
  • Edward Doe likes your post
  • Frederick Doe commented on Jane Doe’s status
  • Nora Doe likes your post
  • Oprah Winfrey likes your post
  • Bethany Doe commented on John Doe’s status

why not…

  • Xavier Doe and Jane Doe posted something on your wall
  • Bethany Doe and 4 others commented on John Doe’s status
  • Frederick Doe and 2 others commented on Jane Doe’s status
  • Douglas Doe and Robert Doe like your comment: “Facebook notifications suck.”
  • Oprah Winfrey and 2 others like your post

Good idea? Leave a comment and tell me what you think.

One thought on “What Facebook really needs: Grouped notifications”

  1. On spot..I usually get irritated of the notification when people tag names in the photos of mine .The same person would have tagged 40 names and it shows 40 notifications when i open up. One notification saying XXX tagged 40 names in your photo is more than enough…

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