Mar 10 2008

Facebook Alleviates ‘Application Spam’

At my work, we have been looking to create Facebook applications that allow our employees to manage their contacts. It will use the Facebook developers API which we can then define our own database information to write in our functionality. One of the problems we ran into was trying to accomplish our preliminary requirements without spamming or violating their terms of service. I then stumbled across this blog post from facebook about “Application Spam”.

We will see how this makes it better for users to test applications without getting hooked into anything more than what they want.

According to the facebook blog, here are some changes

  • When you get a request from an application, you now have the ability to “Block Application” directly from the request. If you block an application, it will not be able to send you any more requests.
  • A few weeks ago, we added the ability to “Clear All” requests from your requests page when you have a lot of requests and invitations that you haven’t responded to yet.
  • Your feedback now determines how many communications an application can send. When invitations and notifications are ignored, blocked, or marked as spam, Facebook reduces that application’s ability to send more. Applications forcing their users to send spammy invitations can wind up with no invitations at all. The power is in your hands; block applications that are bothering you, and report spammy or abusive communications, and we’ll restrict the application.
  • We’ve explicitly told developers they cannot dead-end you in an “Invite your Friends” loop. If you are trapped by an application, look for a link to report that “This application is forcing me to invite friends”. Your reports will help us stop this behavior.
  • We’ve added an option to the Edit Applications page that allows you to opt-out of emails sent from applications you’ve already added. When you add a new application, you can uncheck this option right away.
  • Applications must now give you advanced warning if you’ll need to invite friends to get information or access content. So you should always know ahead of time if that quiz you’re taking will require you to invite friends to see your results. If you see applications withholding content without warning, go to that application’s About page to report it.

About the author

Timothy Haroutunian

Timothy Haroutunian is a ServiceNow Cloud Implementation Specialist at Acorio. ServiceNow is an IT Management solution that allows for a complete view of your IT and physical environment.

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