Turn off Facebook's pop-up conversation tabs

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by Rick Broida March 29, 2017 12:11 PM PDT @cheapskateblog

Facebook is trying to solve a problem.

When you post a comment to, say, a group or a friend's post, how can you keep tabs on that conversation? Until recently, Facebook would simply notify you of new responses. But that's inefficient at best; I know many users who never bother to click the Notifications icon, despite an "unread" bug that numbers in the dozens (if not higher).

Facebook's solution? For desktop users, a pop-up conversation window -- similar to a Messenger window -- that appears whether you want it to or not. And not for every conversation, but only those "you care about."

Hmm. I kind of like the idea, but not the execution. For starters, how does Facebook determine which conversations I want to follow so closely that they deserve their own windows? On my system, these tabs seem to appear at random, though in reality a new tab appears if someone replies to or comments on a post that you've created or commented on yourself.

More importantly, how do I turn off the feature so these conversation tabs aren't cluttering up my Facebook space?

For the moment, you can't -- at least not globally. The pop-ups appear only when you're viewing your News Feed, but they must be dealt with individually. You can click the Minimize icon to stow the conversation at the bottom of the screen, or click the gear icon and then choose Hide This Tab to eliminate it entirely.

Much as I like the idea of keeping "important" conversations front-and-center, Facebook needs to make this feature optional. Let me choose which conversations I want to follow in pop-up tab form and when those pop-ups should appear.

Your thoughts?

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