Remember FarmVille? I've never played it; however, since for eons requests from Facebook friends to join FarmVille cluttered up my inbox, I still have post-traumatic flashbacks to attack of the FarmVille requests. But now I miss the peace and quiet of those days! Lately, every time I check my notifications box, I've got requests for a gazillion other games, apps, and social sites. I don't even know what any of them are. And since there's no way easy way to find out without giving that app or site all of my Facebook information, I just ignore the requests. But then they come again and again just like Jason refusing to die at the end of Friday the 13th!
Here's some of the requests I and a few of the friends I asked got in just the past week alone:
My Calendar Request
My Calendar Mobile
Special Birthday Gifts
I'm not saying getting requests you have no interest in is the worst thing in the world. Yes, I can delete them. Yes, I can ignore them. But, as someone who is online all day long fielding emails, Tweets, FB inbox emails, and trying to actually respond to notifications I might be interested in -- like someone's birthday party -- this just makes my day a lit-tel more irritating. And I'm irritated enough, y'all!
There might be way to stop ALL game/app requests and the instructions are here. But as usual, Facebook doesn't exactly make it a super-easy thing to do -- and the many angry comments on the instructions imply that they don't quite add up anyway. Nor does it give you a way to simply block ALL requests -- you have to do it app by app, user by user. Le sigh.
Of course, you can block the friends who send you requests -- but they themselves don't quite realize they're doing it. When they opt to play a game, they give Facebook permission to access their friends list. And out go the auto requests.
Facebook, why you do us like this? Add to this the fact that FB will soon add paid advertisements to your friend feed and uuughhhh.
Do you hate app/game notifications or just accept them as a part of Facebook life?
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