My friends play a ton of games on Facebook. In fact, I have no idea how they ever get anything accomplished, seems like some of them just play Bejeweled, SimCity or Plants vs Zombies and not much else. I want their jobs. Well, no I don’t. I just want to not see the game updates on my newsfeed. How do I block those without unfriending or ignoring my friends entirely?
I know exactly what you mean about these non-stop game updates on Facebook. For me it’s not so much my friends as my extended family who seem to have a lot of spare time to play games on Facebook. Games that I haven’t even heard of and that, quite honestly, I have zero interest in joining or playing. How they have time for this during the day, I don’t know, but as you so rightly point out, the problem isn’t that they’re playing the games, the problem is that they’re showing up in my newsfeed when I don’t want to see them at all.
There are ways you can go into your apps area and block games, but I like to just remove specific games from my newsfeed as they appear due to whom I follow.
Let’s see what I’m talking about because it turns out a pal of mine is also sucked into the entertaining Plants vs Zombies 2 game.
As a result, here’s what I see in my newsfeed:
I’m glad Joel’s doing well in the game, but…. but I don’t really want to see these updates.
To solve the problem I have to get to the secret menu that’s on the top right of the post. It’s invisible until you move the cursor into that area, which produces this:
I like Joel, I don’t want to remove him. I just want to get rid of the game updates.
Choose “I don’t want to see this” and a number of more specific options appear:
To block the game from posting updates to my newsfeed, whether it’s Joel playing or someone else, I click on “Don’t follow posts from Plants vs. Zombies 2″.
Notice that there are some reasons you can flag that are associated with spam filtering, but I don’t see the game update as spam, it’s just unwanted. I click on the correct link, as above, and…
That’s it. Done. Now Joel can have a wicked time playing PvZ2 while I am in blissful ignorance.