Q&A: How can I prevent my Facebook friends from knowing that I’ve read their messages?

facebook-unseen-logoQuestion from Glen T.  There are times when I’d rather not let certain Facebook friends know that I’ve read a message they sent me.

I’ve checked the Facebook privacy settings from top to bottom and I can’t figure out how to block the “Seen at” notifications from being sent.

Is there any way to turn the “Seen at” notifications off?

Rick’s answer: Glen, as far as I can tell there’s no way to disable the “Seen at” notifications from within Facebook’s privacy settings, but there’s a handy Google Chrome extension that will block them for you.

The extension is called Facebook Unseen, and you can add it to your Chrome browser for free. Simply visit this page with your Chrome browser and install the extension.

Once the Facebook Unseen extension has been installed your friends will no longer be able to tell that you have read their message(s). That means you can feel free to answer them at a time that’s more convenient for you instead of feeling pressured to answer the message right away.

As a bonus, the extension also prevents your chat partners from seeing the “is typing” message that lets them know you’re typing something into the chat box.

I hope this helps Glen. Good luck!

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