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Facebook Page Suggestion Limitation



4:02 pm on Nov 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

I am trying to determine if what I'm experiencing is an isolated issue or not.

Recently (last 2 weeks) I've found that if I do a "suggest page to friends" and select more than 50 friends at a time per day that the invitations never actually arrive on the corresponding profiles. The box says that "invitations have been sent" and the person is then greyed out in the box, but when I call the person that has the profile the invitation never arrives. I've tried this by selecting all the friends, 100 at a time, and 50 at a time. When I get down to 50 at a time then the invitations start to arrive.

I started to notice this when suggesting a new page to friends and there was no action on the numbers (close to 5000 friends) a couple weeks ago. Previously I'd see movement on a new page within 24 hours (depending upon the market for the page the movement would vary but would still be there).


6:08 pm on Nov 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

if someone is greyed out, he will receive your invitation.
100 or even 2000 invites is not enough to raise the red flag.


7:16 pm on Nov 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to the forums, silverman. It sounds like you've had some solid hands-on experience with FB. It's good to have people like you contributing.


7:43 pm on Nov 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

Actually even though the people are greyed out the invites aren't arriving on the profiles. I ran some further test yesterday and this is what happened.

If I select one profile and do the invite, the invite shows up on that profile immediately.

If I select 50 profiles and do the invite, the invite will show up in the additional profile I can view immediately.

If I select 75 profiles and do the invite, the invite will show up in the additional profile I can view immediately.

If I select 100 profiles and do the invite, the invite doesn't show up (been over 24 hours)

If I select all the profiles and do the invite, the invite doesn't show up (it's been over a week)

I used pages not related to any profile or other pages, including using some Facebook owned properties to suggest to friends.

I did a "invite" to an event for a client yesterday to a complete list of friends and they went through so this looks to be a Fan page only issue.


8:47 am on Dec 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

facing the same issue as that of Daniel. any solution please..


3:10 pm on Dec 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Suggestions to friends is going to become VERY filtered and controlled - there are many other ways to build fans for your facebook page. I would use CPV marketing/PPV as well as Facebook adds, facebook group and relevant fan page walls, etc.


4:50 pm on Dec 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

Cloudtap, is your suggestion about the filtering just an idea/experience or do you have a source? (I'm not saying that it's not, just trying to see how far down the road it may be).

Personally I haven't seen the effectiveness of facebook ads (ad blindness is huge on facebook in my opinion) and Pay-per-anything takes away any advantage smaller mom/pop sites have.

Suggestions was a quick, easy way to get low hanging fruit and help building of critical mass for smaller companies but your right in that it's not the only technique to use.

Here's a discussion I found that suggests it maybe more of a glitch in the system vs proactive filtering. [facebook.com...]

I've switched up providers to get different IP's to see if that affects any filtering by ip. I'll let you know if that changes anything. I do have one profile that has a "friend" that suggestions 4 or 5 different pages per day so they are coming through. As the discussion above suggestions maybe there is some type of "batching" going on delaying the delivery of the suggestions.

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