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Don’t Spam Your Friends On Facebook – Create A Custom Game List

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by | Filed Under: Security Help, Social Networking
 
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Many of us enjoy playing games on Facebook, but many games apps ask for permission to post on your behalf. Sometimes these apps post to all of your friends and there’s nothing less interesting to someone than getting a bunch of notifications for a game they don’t play.

Now, you can choose to hide game requests from friends so you won’t be bothered with them. Just click the little drop-down arrow in the upper-right corner of the post and select Hide all from that app. Don’t select the name of your friend or unfollow him or her, unless you really don’t want to see anything else from that person.

One nice thing that gamers can do, is to create a custom list for an app that means only fellow players see the posts. Here’s how to do it. First, click the privacy settings in the upper right-hand corner of your Facebook Feed. (It looks like a little padlock) Select See more settings from the drop-down menu.

Choose Apps from the column on the left.

You’ll see a list of your Facebook apps in alphabetical order.

Hover the mouse pointer over the app you wish to change the settings for and you’ll see a little pencil icon that will give you the option to edit the settings. Click on it.

Under App visibility, you’ll see who can see posts from the game. Right now, it is set for friends, so all friends would see posts from the game.

Click the drop-down menu and choose the Custom options.

Click the drop-down menu and choose Specific People or Lists.

Start adding the names of the people or the list you would like to send the request to. When you have it all filled in, choose save. From then on, posts from that app will only be visible to those people.

To create a list in Facebook, go to your newsfeed and scroll down until you find Friends on the far left. Hover your mouse over it until you get the more button.

Click Create List at the top of the page.

Name the list, add your friends and then hit create.

Now your game requests will only go to those people you know are interested.

If you have a friend that’s filling up your feed with requests, maybe you could share this story on Facebook as a hint that they should consider making their own custom list.

If you have any questions or comments about this article or Facebook in general, feel free to ask in the comments.

~ Cynthia

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4 Responses to “Don’t Spam Your Friends On Facebook – Create A Custom Game List”

  1. Barbara Pickett says:

    I wish you would tell us how to keep Facebook from spamming us…I get so sick and tired of having to click on the arrow to unfollow all their suggestions. Also it would be good to know how to contact them for help which I was successful at one time, but the help offered was useless.

    • cynthia says:

      Barbara, Advertisements and suggestions are the price you’re actually paying for the free Facebook service. Your best bet it to to click the arrow and say you don’t want to see the post and then explain that it’s not relevant to your or that you consider it spam when you’re given the option.

  2. Barbara Pickett says:

    While you were writing your reply to my dumb comments…I went into my settings and made a lot of changes which will cut down on a lot of unwanted stuff. Some days I can see clearly and others I just can’t…guess old age is catching up with me sooner than I’d like. Thanks for ALL the help ya’ll provide, especially us seniors.

  3. Shanker says:

    Hi Cynthia,

    Accidental Spamming is probably more serious a problem than we all realize. Many of us automatically believe that whatever interests us must interest others also. We do not recognize the our friends’ tastes differ too. Most of the friends do not reveal their disinterest, which compounds the problem. Some might mark sender’s mails as Spams just to stop receiving them in Inbox. If sufficient people do so, then MSPs might block our mails altogether. So, one has to be doubly sure before marking or including people to our forwards.

    It is also duty of people to request friends first,to drop their ID out of such innocent forwards.

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