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January 22, 2008

Just imagine:


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  1. January 22, 2008 9:37 am

    Actually I’m surprised that Zuckerberg didn’t think of this yet. The need is obvious and its just a matter of time before application spam becomes intolerable for many.

    However, the problem in dealing with this as spam is that our friends are willingly sending it to us.

  2. Douglas permalink
    January 22, 2008 9:50 am

    The problem is that your friends send this to you, but do you ever notice a pattern? My roommate is an application whore. He adds apps and sends invites everyday. It would be nice to be able to deny his requests because he never sends an app I want to join.

    Also certain applications get sent to you by more than one person. When Vampires/Werewolves came out, how many invites for that application did you get?

    No matter what, it still boils down to choice. I say give everyone a app spam blocker and give them the choice to use it and to enable/disable it. Everyone’s happy because they have the feature and can always remove it or “take it back” if they wish.

  3. January 22, 2008 4:05 pm

    There is absolutely no reason why they do not have a ‘Remove Request for Application Invite’ on the Facebook privacy page. Personally, I don’t want invites. I’ll find the application myself if I want it. We all know what happened when newsfeed came out. Applications shouldn’t be any exceptions.

    It’s not typical spam. It’s your friends being obnoxious and sending everybody an invite every-single-time they add an application. They could easily have unchecked the box before sending it to you if they want too, but they don’t. You can stop that by telling your friend that you hate application invites, so stop sending them. But, no, the problem lies deeper than that.

    What Facebook needs to do, since they are going all out, trying to compete with MySpace, is allow users to divide their direct friends, and indirect friends. Their strong ties, from weak ties. I know people like Brenda enjoys facebook, and easily accepts friend invites from random strangers. Those strangers are a part of the problem, not necessarily the true friends.

    But, anyway, Facebook need some work. I enjoy Facebook, and the last thing I want is it turning into MySpace.

  4. January 22, 2008 7:19 pm

    I want one.

  5. danwilkins permalink
    January 22, 2008 10:41 pm

    Unfortunately, many of the apps require that you literally spam your friends list just to allow you to play them in the first place. Certainly this works for getting word out about something quickly, but it certainly is annoying.

  6. Douglas permalink
    January 23, 2008 9:26 am

    @ Dan Wilkins – Yeah I noticed the spam requirement recently. My friend J tried to add some Victoria secret app, but when she tried to skip the spam friends section, the hyperlink on the skip button went to some dating website. She obviously declined to add it after that.

  7. ThomasJLKastner permalink
    January 25, 2008 1:52 pm

    Yes, in terms of community management and design a SPAM button would most definitely increase the quality of the social networking service offered by Facebook. I think it would also help increase traffic flow to the worthwhile applications. At least it would for people like me which don’t even go through all of the invites for various applications due to the massive amount of them.

    It would also help if people would consider who they are sending all these invites to. Maybe I can make an application that prevents me from receiving application invites from particular people. A kind of “ignore” function for those addicted to sending me invitations to everything.

  8. January 26, 2008 6:05 am

    What is the resulting action of that button? send complain to friend who sent you the invite? Increases counter which blocks further app invites from that person at certain threshold? (hmm, are you *really* friends if you looking for a ways to cut off communication channel from them?). should it inform application developer? “person A you know nothing about used your app to send invite to person B who you know nothing about who doesn’t like it. Please investigate the issue”. And what would be meaningful reaction by developer upon receiving such notice?

    simpler solution: “delete all” on invites section. I would use it without second thought. If something is really good, important or viral (what the difference?) i’m definitely will get another one tomorrow or week later.

  9. January 26, 2008 8:49 am

    “What is the resulting action of that button?”

    Ideally, I would like to see it block future requests for that particular app. Vampires hit an high point this fall where part of every day involved deleting vampire invites from various friends.

    Adding a full out spam button or allowing people to disable invites in their options would really cripple the basic platform distribution method. I would be quite surprised if that added that.

  10. ThomasJLKastner permalink
    January 26, 2008 12:51 pm

    But it should be up to the Facebook User if they want a full-out spam or a disable invites option. Why can’t I force people to write me a message if they think a certain application is cool enough for me to add? It seems that including all three options would be best for the Facebook user. Certainly some people would not want to use it, but why should that mean that absolutely no one should have the ability to use those options.

    Is the value of forcing these applications in everyones face at least once worth the frustration of the user? It would be a lot less frustrating than having a large amount of invites for the same thing every day, but it just seems like it would be easier to just have the ability to kill the source of the problem rather than using a weak remedy.

  11. January 27, 2008 2:26 am

    > I would like to see it block future requests for that particular app.

    That’ equivalent to current “Block application” button on app page? Sounds like you want just to increase discoverability of that feature.

    btw: “spam” button would have universal negative connotation. “block” has specific per-user meaning without any stigma attached. point yet again to Facebook for nailing it 100% right.


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