How To Play FarmVille 2 Without Pissing Off Your Friends

Nobody likes a Facebook spammer. You know, those people who you went to high school with but haven't talked to in 10 years who seem to do nothing but water their FarmVille crops and maintain their CityVille cities. They're the worst!

Zynga's newest game, FarmVille 2, launched yesterday. I may not be totally sold on it, but that doesn't mean I'm not gonna play it! However, if you want to play a Zynga game (or a Zynga-like game), be warned: The game will do its best to turn you into the worst kind of spammer. Fortunately, there's an easy way to keep that from happening.

When you fire up FarmVille 2 for the first time, you'll be given an option to select some of the application settings.

You'll want to change the settings for "posts on your behalf" to "only me."

That means that only you will see the wall-posts that the game puts up. Once you've got that going, you can rest easier -- the game will still post a ton of junk to your wall, but no one else will be able to see it. You'll have a whole spam buffet all to yourself. Mmmm, delicious spam.

If you started playing yesterday and didn't check that setting (like I did), you can also go in and change it after the fact. Just click on your "Apps" to the side of your Facebook homepage, then click on the pencil next to the FarmVille 2 tab.

Then, go into settings and select the "only me" setting.

If you REALLY don't want to share anything at all, you can also uncheck this box every time the game rewards you for something:

Because if you don't take the above steps, this is what your friends are going to see:

In a real farm, you live under constant threat of drought. In a FarmVille farm, you live under constant threat of accidentally spamming your friends.

Though no matter what you do, you're still probably going to send your friends some kinda dumb stuff, like the email I sent to my boss Stephen:

Hay, nobody ever said farming was easy.


Comments

    I have the best way of making sure you dont piss off your friends.

    Just dont play it!

      Thats like not clicking on the reposts and not complaining about them ;)

        Ahhhh the lure of being a whiny bastard coz your bored!

        Also, I personally tend to just click the "show nothing from this facebook game" the minute one appears on my news feed, then doesnt matter who is playing it, I never see it again.

          I love that feature. Changed my opnion of facebook in an instant.

          “show nothing from this facebook game”...
          Words cannot express my gratitude good sir

    Now facebook just needs a "Show nothing from anyone, ever, unless its a reply to a meaningful message i sent them first"

      On a related note, it does need this feature
      http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/

    You have to wonder about the devs at FB - why is this feature only just arriving now? And more importantly, why is there still not an option for "Only show posts to my friends WHO ACTUALLY PLAY THIS GAME"??? I mean seriously, its not that damn hard - if my friends are already playing the same games as I am, then let us request stuff from each other and leave everyone else alone. Its ridiculous...

    You have to wonder about the devs at FB - why is this feature only just arriving now? And more importantly, why is there still not an option for "Only show posts to my friends WHO ACTUALLY PLAY THIS GAME"??? I mean seriously, its not that damn hard - if my friends are already playing the same games as I am, then let us request stuff from each other and leave everyone else alone. Its ridiculous...

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