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Learn to invite your Facebook friends to an event in a way that does not annoy them

Sites include . Published on February 3rd, 2013. Written by Loic Cobbina.

The good thing about social networking is that you can keep in touch with long time friends even if you don’t live in the same city anymore. The same way you can also invite them to certain events if you happen to be in the neighborhood. But here is the problem, nobody wants to be bombarding with all kinds of events that they will not attend. We are all busy people and if there is any event that a friend should be invited to, that friend would prefer it to be a really important one. That is why you need to be careful when inviting your friends to events. Here are some tips on how to do that.

The importance of the event
Not every silly idea deserves to be turned into an event. We already know that every now and then somebody is going to pop up claiming that he knows the date of the end of the world. No need to create an event for that. If you lost your phone and want to recover your friends’ numbers, you don’t have to do it through an event. Just send them a private message and they will send you their numbers again. The only time you should send an event is when something really important will be going on at a particular place and you need your friends to know about it.

Who should be invited
We all have many friends of Facebook and in most cases not all of them are going to be needed for the event. For example let’s just say that you want your friends that like football to come and watch the final match of the world cup in your house. So you create an event for that. First of all not all your friends live in the same town. So you just have to notify those that are not far away and can make it to your house. Secondly, not everybody is interested in football. So only ask for those you know are football fans. Don’t waste your time on those who have never shown to you that they were interested in the game. Make sure to know the taste of the people you are calling on.

Preferably, don’t make the event public, make it private. You don’t necessarily want everybody to know about your birthday. If you invited a limited number of people to that event there might be other people who might be offended if they find out you did not invite them. People might get hurt to know they were not invited and see you as a fake friend.

Awareness event
In case you are trying to raise an awareness you may choose to run it for several consecutive days. Maybe you want to raise some money for a cause. It is not a good idea to create a month long event that is going to stick in the face of your friends every time they login to Facebook. They are going to get fed up, especially for those who have already contributed money to the cause. To them it will look like you are forcing them to contribute again. A one week long event is generally ok. During the cause of the week, you can once in a while share a status reminding them of your event but don’t overdo it.

Facebook events, ever since it was launched has been one of the most used tool to organize get-togethers. It also happens to be one of the most annoying. Always use it cautiously.

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