ENOUGH with the Annoying Game Invites!

Earlier this week I wrote about Facebook Events, and how there are certain things folks are doing with them that damage their credibility.  Today I want to talk with you about another oft-abused feature, and that’s the application invite.

An application invite is when you invite someone else on Facebook to join you on an application, play a game, etc.  I find these intensely irritating.  As someone using social media for business, I haven’t the slightest desire to waste my time on Facebook playing games.  If you do spend your time on it, fine.  That’s your business (you’d better not consider that work time!)

But what stuns me is when I get game invitations from people I don’t even know, asking me to participate in the latest iteration of Farmville, Zooville, or whatever else people are currently playing.

Folks, let me be clear.  If you are using social media for business, you should NOT be sending game invites to random friends.  Period.  This is spam, and it wastes people’s time.

In addition to damaging your credibility and annoying people, it damages you in another way too.  You see, as soon as you send one, the recipient has the option of a link that says “Ignore all invites from this friend.”  I make liberal use of this link.  So the first time you send me one of these unbelievably annoying invites, it will also be your last time.  I’ll never see another thing you send.  You won’t know, of course.  Perhaps the next thing you send is something to do with your business. I won’t see it.  Ever again.  You’ve been blacklisted.  And so now your efforts to market to me are in vain.

Folks, is that silly game invite really worth the risk?

If you MUST send game invites, send them to your mom.  Leave your business contacts out of it.  They’re unprofessional, make you look bad, and potentially lose you customers.

Use your head.  Knock it off.

Your thoughts?

21 Responses to ENOUGH with the Annoying Game Invites!
  1. Herg Gaskins
    January 12, 2013 | 4:50 pm

    I agree there is nothing more annoying then getting constant invites to play games that you’re not interested in. I don’t think however it’s the fault of the people whose names are behind the invited. I’ve contacted several people who supposedly sent me a game invite and not a one said that they were behind. It’s my belief that Facebook uses your friend list to automatically generate game invites. You can turn off the app invites but I was unable to locate a switch to turn off game invites. HLG

  2. Lori Sauerwein
    September 7, 2010 | 11:32 am

    Amen Sistah! Love that “hide” button.

  3. Samantha
    September 5, 2010 | 7:38 pm

    here, here! even before I was Social Marketing I would NEVER send out game invites! they peeved me right off… I had no idea about the ignore all button because I wont even go into my “other requests” so thanks for letting me know about that – I just may also take liberal use of this feature!

  4. Andy Richards
    September 3, 2010 | 9:32 pm

    I think this all comes back to who you send an invite to. If you notice a contact you have plays a game that you enjoy then it might help the relationship by sending the invite. I think it is important to remember that these are social platforms and some of these games are a way for people to socialize.

    However, it is annoying when someone decides to send out game invites and updates to all three hundred or so of their friends (most of whom don’t play or care).

  5. Heather Price
    September 3, 2010 | 5:21 pm

    I’m a pretty heavy game player— I’m currently doing Frontierville, Farmville, Cafe World, and Treasure Isle. I probably do it about an hour a night after work time when other people unwind with the tv, that’s my unwinding time. Not only do I ONLY send gift requests and gifts only to those who play the game, I’ve also turned off my wall completely because I was watching my wall get inundated with frontierville tools, treasure isle backpacks, and farmville fuel. Very occasionally I do post a game request to my WALL if there is no other way to get that thing I need….. but if someone has that game blocked they don’t see it in their feed. What we game players do so as not to post this stuff on our walls all the time is we set up groups or just message players as a group to ask for stuff and trade stuff. I only invite neighbors who already play the game rather than inviting every tom dick and harry.

    As a sales director in my direct sales biz, my customers and team see me as more human and more approachable I think because I play. I’m not this high and mighty business person— I also have downtime and a life outside of business. I enjoy seeing my team members sending me farmville gifts and such so I can tease them that they’d better be doing it after work hours. We just keep a sense of humor about it all. People who don’t know me very well but who play the games with me feel more comfy randomly messaging me questions about my product/opportunity too. Not saying anyone needs to play the games, but there has been a slight biz upside— as long as you don’t send the app requests to people who don’t already play! 🙂

  6. Pat Zahn
    September 3, 2010 | 1:59 pm

    I find them annoying but don’t begrudge others for their interests. I think a lot of people don’t understand how all these things affect others. I hide all games as they appear and just ignore the invites. Since I don’t play any, I don’t know how the invites work – whether it is easy for people to inadvertently invite ALL their friends, or it is apparent how to pick and choose, so I don’t hold it against them. I will say that if someone is a business contact and I’ve never met them personally (in person or via other contact form) I would look at them a little less favorably.

  7. Dara H.
    September 3, 2010 | 1:22 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. I find the requests for a nail, hammer or whatever very annoying. And now there’s Frontierville. I just completed the “ignore all invites” and wiped out 13 requests with one click.

  8. Stacey Watson
    September 3, 2010 | 12:18 pm

    Tell us how you really feel, Jennifer. 🙂

    I agree…very annoying! I have not gotten to the point of deleting all invites from anyone, but I definitely block the applications as they pop up.

    I cringe whenever I do play an online game (and it doesn’t even have to be a Facebook game) and it asks me at the end if I want to post the results to Facebook. I cringe because while I always say “no”..I know there are others who are proudly sharing their scores. Who cares!!!

  9. Cathy Colley
    September 3, 2010 | 11:34 am

    I TOTALLY agree, Jen– I can’t stand ’em.

  10. Amy Celona
    September 3, 2010 | 11:21 am

    I’m with Eryn… just when I think I have them blocked, another one comes along.

    I am wondering also if it is rude to delete the ‘Sally answered a question about you’ that appear on my wall. I am getting more of them, and I used to ignore them now I delete them.

    I don’t want to be rude, but sometimes I hardly know the person and when I clicked on one the first time, it asked me to allow it to see friend information I didn’t want to (out of concern for their privacy as well) and backed out.

    So, is that rude to just delete?

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 3, 2010 | 11:24 am

      Oh my goodness, Amy! I think it’s rude to POST them. Those are an automatic delete in my book.

  11. Graham Gudgin
    September 3, 2010 | 11:18 am

    Lots of people love those games though, Jen. All work and no play makes Jackie a dull girl! Remember, Facebook only allows you to have one Facebook profile – so, technically speaking, you cannot have a personal profile and a business profile.

    As someone above mentioned, you can block specific applications. That’s a good way to deal with this, if it irritates you.

    • Graham Gudgin
      September 3, 2010 | 11:21 am

      I almost forgot – and yes I *do* play some of those “annoying” games – I have made some good friends, and YES, contacts, through these games. Worth thinking about.

      • Jennifer Fong
        September 3, 2010 | 11:25 am

        It’s a valid point, Graham, and I know some people see it differently from me. But when you send invites to people you don’t even know for Farmville, etc, that’s crossing the line in my opinion. That’s the part that really gets me. Now you’re wasting my time.

      • Jennifer Fong
        September 3, 2010 | 11:47 am

        I guess the question is, are the contacts you’ve made enough to offset the people you’ve lost because they’re irritated? I’m not saying you can’t play games in your free time. But I think if you’re using your profile to connect with business contacts, it is not sensible to post all that stuff to your feed, or send unsolicited invites.

  12. Clare
    September 3, 2010 | 10:04 am

    Can I block specific applications, like Farmville.
    Or can I only block people, and never see their Farmville or anything else?

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 3, 2010 | 11:12 am

      Both! You can mouse over a specific update from a specific application, click the x that appears, and then hide all updates from that application, or the person themselves.

  13. Eryn Cadoff
    September 3, 2010 | 9:57 am

    Couldn’t agree more Jennifer! I think I’ve managed to block every single application now…until they come up with some new version of farmville/mafia wars/etc.

    Eryn Cadoff

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 3, 2010 | 11:13 am

      Me too Eryn! I always know about the new games (they appear eventually…BLOCK!) but the old ones never pop up for me anymore…unless someone sends one of those stupid application invites. (Yes, I did use the “s” word!) 🙂

      • carol hiestand
        September 8, 2010 | 4:34 pm

        oh boy….my grandson told me one day i used the “s” word and i was mortified. I’m really careful now – around him that is!!!!

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