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Bloop-bloop: Facebook is Testing Notification Sounds

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Facebook hardly ever rolls out a new feature to all of its users at once. Even if the feature is a sure thing, the company usually rolls it out in stages. However, this goes double for features the company is just testing out. Apparently Facebook's most recent experiment involves audible notifications. That is, whenever that little red flag pops up on your Facebook page, it's going to make a noise.

Facebook confirmed that it was testing this new feature to VentureBeat's Sean Ludwig. Ludwig was apparently lucky enough to make it into the test group. He promptly figured out a way to turn off these notification sounds. Turning them off is relatively easy, provided you know your way around Facebook's settings. Ludwig writes that the off switch can be accessed via 'Notifications' under Account Settings. "Click 'View' on the top tab and then uncheck the box that says 'Play a sound when each new notification is received,'" he writes.

Though Facebook confirmed to VentureBeat that it's testing out the new feature, the company didn't elaborate on future plans for audio notifications.

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    bak0n , November 11, 2012 3:03 PM
    Good luck hiding your banned Facebook usage at work!
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    rohitbaran , November 11, 2012 3:06 PM
    bak0nGood luck hiding your banned Facebook usage at work!

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    A Bad Day , November 11, 2012 3:27 PM
    bak0nGood luck hiding your banned Facebook usage at work!

    There are some companies that dock off your salary paycheck for every minute of surfing the internet than pretending to be busy.

    Creativity and imagination are so overrated, according to many businesses' policies.
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    Cryio , November 11, 2012 4:41 PM
    Facebook notifications - Better with Opera Speed Dial Extensions.
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    joytech22 , November 11, 2012 10:34 PM
    bak0nGood luck hiding your banned Facebook usage at work!

    Or you could just not use Facebook at all?
    Or on your phone?
    Or on your tablet?

    Or maybe like 99% of places it's blocked.
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    QEFX , November 12, 2012 1:38 AM
    A Bloop-bloop sound seems wrong for facebook users.

    How about the sound of somebody fake coughing the word "loser"?
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    rjandric , November 12, 2012 3:22 AM
    Yawn...FB thing is really getting boring.
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    RealJames , November 12, 2012 6:19 AM
    facebook, 1billion users, 99% of which log in maybe 1 minute a month
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    mrmaia , November 12, 2012 7:56 AM
    Given tons of users are too dumb to disable those sounds in the settings, they'll start leaving Facebook because "it's turning into MSN Messenger"... then we'll see phishing spam claiming the sounds can be customized just like you can change the interface color.
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    hannibal , November 12, 2012 7:36 PM
    Reed alert!

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