When you hear the words "annoying Facebook notification," what's the first thing that comes to mind? Candy Crush, obviously.
Or it could be Farmville, or Mafia Wars, or Trivia Crack or any of a hundred annoying games that your friends are playing. You get it! They've sent you a sheep or a free spin or an invite to play, whatever. The bottom line is that you don't play the game, you're not interested and you're sick of getting notifications trying to reel you in.
Now, you know you can control your notifications on Facebook using the settings menu. Click here to read a handy tip on exactly how to do it. If you're getting annoying notifications, that's the first step. But you could still be getting Candy Crush invites from your friends. Please, Mark Zuckerberg, make it stop!
The good news is that he's heard our collective outcry. At a town hall Q&A meeting in Delhi, India, it was the top voted question for him to answer. When he finally addressed the issue, the whole audience cheered. Here's what he had to say:
"We hadn't prioritized shutting that down because we just had other priorities. But if this is the top thing that people care about, then we'll prioritize that and we'll do it.
So we're doing it."
Here's the full video from his town hall meeting, and it has lots of interesting stuff about the future of Facebook:
That's good news, but we don't know when it will happen or what the fix will look like. In the meantime, there's a way you can block these notifications until Facebook solves the problem.
First of all, you'll need to use the browser version of Facebook. Your mobile app won't be able to block individual app invites from your friends. It can only block friends completely. So open up Facebook on your computer and click the little triangle pointing down at the top right of your blue toolbar.
Now click the Blocking tab on the left hand side menu. It has a red circle icon next to it. You'll see a heading near the bottom that reads "Block Apps." Type in Candy Crush or Farmville or any other app or game that you're getting annoying messages from. It's as simple as that.
On the other hand, if you have one of those friends that seems to spend all day playing every Facebook game in existence, and is constantly sending you invites to play all of them, you can block all app invites from that person.
Near the top of this same page, you'll see a heading that reads "Block app invites." Type the name of the offender and you'll never get a free spin or sheep from him or her again. Your friends won't know you've blocked them, you'll just stop seeing their invitations.