How to Stop Annoying Google+ Event Email Notifications

Google announced a new feature to Google+ during the Google I/O keynote on Wednesday: Events. This is a clever addition to the Google+ service that allows you to schedule events that invitees can add to their Google Calendars and share photos with the rest of the group through Google+.

While the feature itself might add a new level of usefulness and engagement with friends in your circles, it can be quite annoying if you’re receiving constant event invitations for local events taking place thousands of miles away from you. So far today, I’ve received half a dozen of these. I could only imagine that I’m not alone.

If you want to get rid of these emails and mobile notifications, here’s how it’s done:

  • Go to your Google+ homepage.
  • Click the cog symbol in the upper-right area of the page.
  • Select Settings.
  • Scroll down until you see Events with Email and Phone checkboxes.
  • Uncheck Email and/or Phone to customize to your specific needs.
  • Changes should save automatically.

This is also the page where you can disable and enable all sorts of Google+ notifications from emails about comments made on your posts to mobile notifications about page management invitations.

You can also customize which members of the network have the ability to trigger notifications. The default setting is Extended Circles, but you can narrow it down to a specific circle or turn it off altogether.

If you don’t like receiving comments from folks you haven’t vetted, you can actually restrict comments to people in your circles, a specific circle, or your extended circles. The default setting allows for anyone to comment on your posts, as long as they can see them.

Either way, you don’t have to suffer through a constant barrage of email notifications just because you have a social life on Google+. With a little attention to your Google+ settings page, you can turn the annoyances off and concentrate on the aspects of the network you really enjoy.

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Ryan Matthew Pierson