Block pesky event and app invites on Facebook

Kristin Burnham, CIO
2 November, 2011
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You probably have a handful of Facebook friends who play endless games of Mafia Wars or Farmville and constantly send you invitations to join them. Or you may have a friend who works as an event promoter and asks you to come to events halfway across the country that you clearly won’t be attending. Removing these invitation alerts from your account can be tedious and annoying, but there is an easy way to selectively block them.

Log into your Facebook account and choose ‘Privacy Settings’ from the upside-down triangle drop-down menu in the upper right corner, and click ‘Manage Blocking’ on the subsequent screen. Here, you can block app or event invites from specific friends.

To add someone to either block list, type their name in the field and hit enter. When you add someone to the ‘Block app invites’ list, your account will automatically ignore all future app requests from that specific friend or group of friends. The same goes for blocking event invites – once they’re added to the list, you will no longer receive event invitations from them. To remove someone from your block list, revisit the page and click the ‘Unblock’ button. You’ll then start receiving app and event invites from them.

Another common complaint from users is News Feed noise from application updates. To block specific applications from cluttering your News Feed, hover over the specific post until a drop-down menu appears. Selecting ‘Hide story’ will remove the individual story from your News Feed, while ‘Hide all by’ and ‘Unsubscribe from’ links will remove the post and prevent all future stories from a person, Page, group, event or app.

To review which applications you have hidden from your News Feed, scroll to the very bottom of your News Feed and select ‘Edit Options.’ The apps that appear in the pop-up box are the ones you have already hidden. Click the X next to them if you’d like them to re-appear on your News Feed.

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  1. Mad Padder says:

    Didn’t work. Tried these suggestions on my iPad, here’s what happened. Scrolled down to bottom of News Feed. No “Edit options” appeared. Kept scrolling. And scrolling. Scrolled through several freaking days worth. Nothing. Tapped, clicked, swept right, swept left, etc. on the notifications in News Feed, as I have no idea what “hovering” means. Said some not-nice words. No bloody drop down menu or delete box appeared. Attempted to block the Apps under Privacy Settings. Typed in Farmville. Result was only an idiotic message that said “No users were found that matched your Query”. I don’t know which I hate worse, Facebook or iPad. Both are damn useless.

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