App requests: The new spam…
Are you getting smothered by Facebook app requests and invitations in your notification list? What a thrill to sign in to Facebook and see that little number saying your friends have included you in their online activities, only to open the list and see nothing but annoying app spam! How often are you seeing stuff like this in your facebook notifications?
Billy Williams has sent you a request in keg partyville
Jimmy James wants to enter your birthday in Birthday Alarm Clock
Now as much as you like your friends Billy and Jimmy, you have no intention of signing into those apps, so what do you do? Should you just ignore the request? You can, but that won’t solve the problem of you receiving a barrage of continued requests, getting them over and over again until you’re so annoyed you start seriously considering unfriending (or worse) your friends!
Step away from the unlike button!
Don’t think too badly of your friends for this, in fact, although a friend would actually have to initiate the first request according to Facebook app development guidelines, subsequent requests may be sent automatically by the app without your friend even being aware of it thanks to this little gem called Frictionless Requests that I found in the Facebook app developers guide:
Frictionless Requests enable users to send Requests to specific friends from within an app without having to click on a pop-up confirmation dialog. Upon sending a Request to a friend from within an app, a user may authorize the app to send subsequent Requests to the same friend without a Dialog prompt. This removes a Dialog from the flow and streamlines the process of sharing with friends.
So although guilty of sending the original invitation, all the annoying invites since then may be coming from the app itself, taking advantage of frictionless requests to continue getting in your face perhaps even after your friend is no longer interested in the app!
Don’t despair – Here’s how you can fix it!
If you’re sick and tired of app invites and app requests cluttering up your notifications, there are settings that can help you reign in on those spammy apps without having to resort to unfriending your bffs. Here’s the lowdown, step-by-step:
First, you need to get into your privacy settings by clicking the little arrow (inverted triangle thingy) to the right of your ‘home’ link, and choose ‘privacy settings’ from the dropdown menu
Next, scroll to the bottom of the privacy settings and choose ‘manage blocking’ in the Blocked People and Apps section
scroll down to the ‘Block App Invites’ section and start typing in the names of people who frequently send you unwanted app invites. As facebook suggests the correct name, click it, and it will be added to your list of blocked app invites. This won’t limit them from any other interaction with you, but will nicely get rid of those annoying invites.
okay, so what about those apps that seem to be on the tongue of every friend, and as a result, are all over your notifications? How about blocking the app itself? Yes!! Go to the section titled ‘block apps’ and start typing the name of the offending app and poof! Facebook will autocomplete the app name and with a simple click, it joins your no-no-please-no list of apps you never want to hear from again (that is unless you change your mind, in which case you can go into the list and unblock to your heart’s content).
Unlike blocking invites through friends which only blocks the invites, blocking the app effectively silences it including invites, updates, bragging (Bob Roberts just earned three-gazillion schmingers in schmingerville!), and whatever other types of clever communications the developers have dreamed up to entice you to join 😛
Okay, one final note before we wrap up and you head off to build some block lists… You should be aware, that when you add a friend to the blocked app requests list, it not only blocks the specific app request you’ve been plagued with, it effectively blocks your friend from sending you app requests from any app (or more precisely, it blocks any app from sending you invites through your friend). The good news though, is that even when added to your app request block list, your friend can still engage you directly via chat, message, or wall to tell you live and in person so to speak, what a great app they just discovered and suggest you check it out!