Now that Facebook has shared photo albums I have one friend who thinks he’s found a way around everyone’s spam filters by adding them to a photo album that’s slides of a marketing presentation. Gak. Super annoying. How the deuce do I quit or withdraw from a shared Facebook photo album??
Kudos to your friend for figuring out an innovative way to get their message in front of you. I am sure that when the Facebook team came up with the idea of shared photo albums, they never envisioned that they could be exploited in quite the way your friend has done. But, all kudos aside, I can see where it would be really annoying. It’s like being tagged in photos as a way for the person tagging to draw your attention to the image, even though you’re not actually in the image. Fortunately, that can be blocked and you can untag yourself too. See: Untag myself on a Facebook photo.
Being sucked into unwanted content on Facebook can be incredibly annoying nonetheless, so let me show you how to resign from a shared photo album for whatever reason you may need.
To start, I asked my friend Tracy to add me to a shared photo album.
When she did, this message popped up on the lower left of my browser screen:
Simultaneously my notifications menu updated and it showed up there too. You can see it as the top entry on my Notifications stream:
In both cases, a click of the update and Facebook takes you to the notifications update page, which includes thumbnails of a few of the photos in the album and an “Add to Timeline” button:
It’s worth noting that a click on the “Hide” button hides it from your timeline but you are still recorded as a contributor to the album, so it’s not the same as “Resign” or “Get Me The Heck Off!” or similar.
To do that, you need to actually go to the photo album (click on its name or any of the photos in the album) then look for and click on the gear icon on the top right of the photo area. A menu pops up with a few choices:
As you can see, “Leave Album” is the choice you’ll want unless you’d like to remain a part of the shared photo album (which I doubt, given your question) but don’t want to get notifications about updates, comments, new photos, etc. If that were the case, the last option is your option of choice.
Let’s proceed, however. Click on “Leave Album” and…
You sure you want to quit as a contributor to this album? If so, click “Leave Album” and you’re done.
Oh, and I’d email my friend if I were you, asking him to leave you out of the loop. If that fails, there’s always the “unfriend” button…