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farmville on facebookIt’s true that FarmVille, on Facebook, has often be featured on technology blogs – MakeUseOf hosts reviews The FarmVille Facebook Game Craze - Easy & Fun The FarmVille Facebook Game Craze - Easy & Fun Read More and how-to guides 7 Tips and Tricks To Be A Master At Farmville On Facebook 7 Tips and Tricks To Be A Master At Farmville On Facebook Read More as well. A lot of people enjoy the game. The opposite is also true — that a lot of people don’t.

I’ll go even farther than that. A lot of people can’t stand the sight of it. This is no criticism on the game itself – in all honesty, I’ve never even played it myself. And if you could simply choose ‘not to play it’ and be done with it, that’d be fine with me.

The real problem is its spamming – or, if you want, the spamming of FarmVille users. It’s hard to find a Facebook news feed that isn’t drowning in Farmville, Mafia, and recently Café World notifications. For whatever reason, if you don’t enjoy FarmVille on Facebook, here are a few tips and tricks you might find helpful to avoid it.

1. Hiding All FarmVille Notifications From Your News Feed

The ability to hide certain notifications has been around for a while, and is the main tip given to FarmVille-non-enthusiasts. Although fairly simple, a lot of people still don’t know they can do this. In your news feed, hover your mouse between two notifications, and a Hide button will appear. Clicking it allows you to hide all FarmVille notifications, or all updates from that person. Choose wisely.

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On the plus side, hiding notifications this way is both incredibly easy and is remembered on your Facebook profile. This means you can use another browser, or sign in from a different computer, and the notifications will stay hidden. On the downside, there is no Hide all app notifications button, and you’ll have to repeat the process for every existing app, and whenever a new one goes viral.

A Tip For FarmVille Users
Let’s say you like FarmVille. Discounting the unlikelihood of you reading this article, here’s a way you can be part of the solution.

When you’re about to publish a story – by all means, achievements are fun – you’ll notice that you can customize who to notify. Clicking the little padlock will pop up some privacy options. If you choose Customize, you can create a list of fellow FarmVille brethren.

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It’s a bit of extra trouble, but might be worth it if you don’t want to discredit a game you love. Help in keeping Facebook clean, and I assure you, a lot of people will (unknowingly) love you for it.

2. Hiding All App Notifications From Your Browser

This will work for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari browsers. We’ve wrote about it before when we showed you 5 More Greasemonkey Scripts To Make Browsing Easier 5 More Greasemonkey Scripts To Make Browsing Easier 5 More Greasemonkey Scripts To Make Browsing Easier Read More .

FB Purity, aka Fluff Busting Purity, is a browser extension that helps you clean up Facebook. Its multiple browser-compatibility and configurability makes it stands out from other, similar applications.

Apart from hiding Facebook App notifications, you can also strip your news feed bare of other (unwanted) notifications. These include Became friends with, Joined a group, Attended an event, and a score of similar stories. Because some of these features are enabled by default, it’s highly advised to check out the settings pane yourself.

If there are certain applications you do want to hear about, simply find their application IDs, and add them to the Application Whitelist.

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Fluff Busting Purity will automatically take care of those game and application notifications. Even when a new one hits the market. On the other hand, because it’s a browser plug-in, it’ll won’t work if you access Facebook from somewhere else.

3. Take A Stand With FarmVillain

There’s only so much you can do to voice your displeasure. Most people don’t. And in the end, I vote against fruitlessly complaining as well. Instead, let’s battle with history’s most-valued weapon: satire.

FarmVillain allows you to add FarmVille notifications to your wall as well. Only, they aren’t really from FarmVille. These stories mimic its ‘real’ counterparts, but in a highly humoristic, and often slightly disturbing manner. Shock your FarmVille friends on Facebook with tales of Mad Cow epidemics, Wookiee meat, illegal immigrant workers and red neck apprentices.

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Try not to overdo it, though. FarmVillain also offers a number of rather inappropriate and sometimes distasteful stories. Take a good measure of your Facebook contacts list before you decide what to post.

It’s getting harder and harder to live under the proverbial rock on Facebook. Do you have any other tips and tricks for FarmVillains? Speak your thoughts in the comments section below!

  1. Zynga game user
    August 16, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I play a few Zynga games but I don't post to my wall so as not to interfere with my friends who don't. But... now two of the games are allowing my neighbors to post directly to my wall! I don't want to block these games from my feed... only to stop others from posting directly to my wall. How do I do that?

  2. Prabhu Ram
    June 1, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Thanks for the tips. These are really helpful to me.

  3. Birkenstock
    May 26, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Well, it's gald to read your post, but I wouldn't understand your meaning well. Thanks all the same.

  4. Emily Stemmerich
    May 25, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I refuse to let FV do automatic sends of notifications and it bugs me about it all the time. Whenever I do post something I always have it go to a group I specify in the Customize -> specific people field.

    I know I don't like seeing other people's Mafia stuff so I don't want people who don't care to see my FV stuff.

    :)

  5. Emily Stemmerich
    May 25, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I refuse to let FV do automatic sends of notifications and it bugs me about it all the time. Whenever I do post something I always have it go to a group I specify in the Customize -> specific people field.

    I know I don't like seeing other people's Mafia stuff so I don't want people who don't care to see my FV stuff.

    :)

  6. Rachel
    May 25, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I like Farmville. And I did try to send to only those who used Farmville for a while. But it took so long to put up each story that I had no time to play the game. Then I had those I added who quit the game and no longer wanted to see it and new players to add and days later remove. It was a HUGE headache. I never even got to set up the special group for any other game and used hours of my time doing so.

    It's my only vice (I play computer games) ... how to I avoid the inevitable blathering about sports scores, the "WHoo Whoo Whoo go rodney (who is he anyway?) for some sport, the TV and Movie updates every few minutes while you watch a show, the fights with the boyfriends, friends, or siblings, or even their EXs? Or the one that scares me to death ... what they are seeing while they are driving!!!! Those are a LOT harder to hide. Most of the time I want to see what these friends are saying.

    It is SO FAST AND EASY to just hide the applications that you don't want to see - and block applications from sending gifts. I only play 6 games, some are played with me by my kids too young for FB. I would much rather see these kids playing FB games where I know what they are getting into - than off where I haven't a clue. I do a LOT of hiding games. Pretty much, hide the big ones - and the rest people hit a few days and quit. I also hide horoscopes, gifts, quizzes and tons of other blather.

    And if a person is really getting on your nerves - just hit unfriend ... chances are, they will never even notice your gone.

  7. Rachel
    May 25, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I like Farmville. And I did try to send to only those who used Farmville for a while. But it took so long to put up each story that I had no time to play the game. Then I had those I added who quit the game and no longer wanted to see it and new players to add and days later remove. It was a HUGE headache. I never even got to set up the special group for any other game and used hours of my time doing so.

    It's my only vice (I play computer games) ... how to I avoid the inevitable blathering about sports scores, the "WHoo Whoo Whoo go rodney (who is he anyway?) for some sport, the TV and Movie updates every few minutes while you watch a show, the fights with the boyfriends, friends, or siblings, or even their EXs? Or the one that scares me to death ... what they are seeing while they are driving!!!! Those are a LOT harder to hide. Most of the time I want to see what these friends are saying.

    It is SO FAST AND EASY to just hide the applications that you don't want to see - and block applications from sending gifts. I only play 6 games, some are played with me by my kids too young for FB. I would much rather see these kids playing FB games where I know what they are getting into - than off where I haven't a clue. I do a LOT of hiding games. Pretty much, hide the big ones - and the rest people hit a few days and quit. I also hide horoscopes, gifts, quizzes and tons of other blather.

    And if a person is really getting on your nerves - just hit unfriend ... chances are, they will never even notice your gone.

  8. FB
    May 25, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    You can also go to the main Farmville Facebook page and block the application entirely so that you never get invitations or the annoying posts.

  9. laboratory
    May 25, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Great tips! Thanks. I took an invitation once on one of those games. Now I receive at least 4-5 auto messages from there.... Crazy!

  10. Anonymous
    May 25, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Good tips-I was not aware of the fact that you can change those notices you send. I play but I never publish my farming feats cuz I hate seeing them myself!~

  11. Bob
    May 25, 2010 at 11:19 am

    surely the simple way to avoid Farmville is to avoid it's evil cousin, Facebook.

    • Simon Slangen
      May 25, 2010 at 11:21 am

      True, but Facebook isn't all bad (IMO). That'd be like avoiding email because of possible spam.

  12. Technology News
    May 25, 2010 at 5:41 am

    Thanks for the tips.I will follow the tips hereafter.

  13. Jonathan Bennett
    May 25, 2010 at 3:53 am

    FarmVillain is genius.

  14. FekketCantenel
    May 25, 2010 at 1:22 am

    "It’s getting harder and harder to live under the proverbial rock on Facebook. Do you have any other tips and tricks for FarmVillains?"

    Not touching anything Facebook-related has worked great for me so far. I highly recommend it.

  15. FekketCantenel
    May 24, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    "It’s getting harder and harder to live under the proverbial rock on Facebook. Do you have any other tips and tricks for FarmVillains?"

    Not touching anything Facebook-related has worked great for me so far. I highly recommend it.

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