Block Facebook Game Requests or Keep Your Game Activity Private

Block Facebook Game Requests or Keep Your Game Activity Private

Block Facebook Game Requests or Keep Your Game Activity Private

People love playing games. Facebook provides hundreds of game “apps” to choose from. Some of you prefer to play games through Facebook, and that’s great. The only drawback to playing Facebook game apps is that, unless you adjust your game settings, all your Facebook friends get to share your successes be seeing updates on your progress. These constant updates can become really annoying to your non-playing friends, sometimes to the point that they will block you instead of blocking the game that posts your accomplishments on your behalf.

I play games on my phone, downloading the game apps from iTunes. Although I’m playing on my phone, I’m continually being offered the “opportunity” to invite my Facebook friends to have just as much fun as I’m having with this game, or let them all know that I’ve finally cleared Level 53 and have earned a power booster. Even though I’m completely fanatical about a game (frickin’ Candy Crush!), I realize that not all my Facebook friends may share my enthusiasm.

Block Facebook Game Requests or Keep Your Game Activity Private

So how do you keep your friends, but make the Facebook game apps less annoying?

Meet your “gear”. This is your new best friend. When you’re on Facebook, do you see it sitting up in the top right corner? Click it. You’ve now just put yourself in the drivers seat for controlling what you will allow on your timeline, and what you’ll allow others to see of your activity on their timelines.

Block Facebook Game Requests or Keep Your Game Activity Private

We can talk about all the other Facebook privacy settings later. The settings we’re focusing on right now are the games. Below you will see instructions on how to adjust privacy settings for those of you who play games, and for those of you who don’t.

1. You play games through Facebook apps, but want to keep your game playing to yourself.

(When you first choose to play your game, you’re given the option to let the app post your activity. If you missed it, and your game activity is showing up everywhere, you can still fix it. As long as you’re at it, you might want to adjust all your games settings.)

  1. Go to your gear and click on “Account Settings”
  2. On the left side, choose “Apps”
  3. On the App Setting list, to the right of each of the games you play, click “Edit”
  4. Where it says: “This App can also: Post on your behalf” click the little “x” on the right.

Block Facebook Game Requests or Keep Your Game Activity Private

2. You want to block game requests from specific people.

Do you have a Facebook friend that you dearly love, but they keep sending you invitations to play Candy Crush or Bingo Bash with them? Here’s how you can block their game requests, but not block them.

  1. Go to Privacy Settings
  2. Click Manage Blocking
  3. Scroll to Block app invites
  4. Type in your friend’s name

Block Facebook Game Requests or Keep Your Game Activity Private

3. You want to block everyone from sending you requests to a specific game.

It seems all your friends are playing Candy Crush (it’s addicting…have you played this game yet?), but you are sick to death of hearing about it. You can block all game requests from any game.

 

  1. Go to Privacy Settings
  2. Click Manage Blocking
  3. Scroll down to Block apps
  4. Type in the name of the game you want to block

Block Facebook Game Requests or Keep Your Game Activity Private

If you like to deal with problems as they arise, you can block game requests a they come in. When you receive a notice that “Annoying Person” has invited you to play “Annoying Game”, click the “x”

Image Credit: Digital Trends

Image Credit: Digital Trends

Once you click the “x”, you’ll be asked if you really want to do this. Clicking Turn Off will stop notifications related to this app from coming into your Facebook account.

Image Credit: Digital Trends

Image Credit: Digital Trends

And there you have it. Carry on.

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Could You Have Facebook Private Messages That You’ve Never Seen?

Could You Have Facebook Private Messages That You’ve Never Seen?

I just opened my ‘Other’ Facebook inbox today. Did you know it was there? I swear I’ve never even noticed it. Here’s the deal…

When one of your Facebook “Friends” sends you a private message (not a comment on your timeline), a red notice shows up on the little talk bubbles above your cover image letting you know you’ve got a new message.

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To read your private message, you click on the bubble and it opens your inbox showing your your new messages. For all this time, my eyes apparently went directly to the picture of my message-sender and the message itself. I’d read the message, respond, then close messages. My eyes never went to that ‘Other’ box.

Could You Have Facebook Private Messages That You've Never Seen? {OrganizedCHAOSOnline}

This extra inbox is where Facebook funnels any messages sent to you by people other than your ‘Friends’. I found a message in my Other box giving me details about my upcoming class reunion. There was also a very sweet message from an old friend who by now must think I’m a world-class bitch for not responding to him for two months!

Facebook’s explanation of this ‘Other’ inbox: “…all other messages will go into an Other folder where you can look at them separately”. Whaaat? Oh…they mean they’ve arranged it so that these ‘Other’ messages don’t get randomly mixed in with my ‘Friends’ private messages similar to how Facebook mixes their ‘Suggested Apps’ in with my newsfeed???!! Gotcha. (Does that annoy anyone else?)

Could You Have Facebook Private Messages That You've Never Seen? {OrganizedCHAOSOnline}

It seems really weird to me that you have to look for this secret squirrel inbox and that Facebook doesn’t send you a notification when a new message arrives in this folder.

I’m certainly not here to trash Facebook. It’s solely because of good ‘ol Mark Zuckerberg, that I’ve been able to reconnect with old friends and make lots of new ones, but some of the changes, or lack thereof sometimes really has me scratching my head. But…since I wasn’t smart enough to mastermind this huge social media playground, and considering that I’m able to use it every day for free, I’ll just keep blindly updating my status, sharing great blog posts, and continue searching for tips and tricks that teach me fixes and provide explanations for the gazillion things that drive me crazy about Facebook.

What things would you like to learn about Facebook? Anything that makes you crazy? Let me know, and I’ll find an answer for you!

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I Don’t Read Blogs

I Don’t Read Blogs

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I don’t read blogs, I read email.

Sound familiar?

I can’t find enough time during the day to hop around to different blogs to read updates. If I could, I would. I’m missing out on some really cool ideas, personalities, stories and inspiration.

I hate missing out!

Google reader has been available for some time. It allowed you to just log into your Google account and see all the blogs you follow. That service is no longer available after Monday (thanks for the reminder Mama Laughlin). See what you can learn from following blogs?

Have you heard of Bloglovin’? Cheesy name for a really cool and simple-to-use program. It’s a way to get updates from your favorite blogs in email form. Not a billion emails…just one.

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Here’s what you do:

  1. Head on over to www.bloglovin.com
  2. Create an account for free
  3. Search for blogs you love (if you already know of some you like) such as organizedCHAOSonline. Just sayin’.
  4. Whenever you happen upon a blog you like, look for the “bloglovin” image or clickable link to add to your list (image can also look like this bloglovin widget and appear in a group of social icons like we have at the top right of the blog).
  5. Wait for your daily email and do literally nothing but read what they send you.

It’s so easy and you get just ONE email a day. Have I mentioned that, yet? No junk or overloaded inboxes, here.

If you are familiar with following blogs and you are one of those people who are freaking out a little about losing the blogs you already follow? Gimme Some Oven posted a detailed (and also simple) how-to list.

Now that you’re all set up, test it out by following us. If you don’t like it, you can unfollow.