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Everyone remembers how to block FarmVille updates from their Facebook accounts, yes? For parents, children andFacebook users alike, this is an excellent example of why FarmVille is not only useless but also, apparently, expensive. A 12-year old boy in the UK has amassed a FarmVille debt of more than £900 playing the online game, first draining his own bank account and then using his mother’s credit card. Comparatively, this is as entertaining as the Facebook thread in which a woman realized she racked up a $12,000 phone bill by texting “help for Haiti,” unfortunately this story has no redemptive upside.
A mother has warned of the risk of children spending hundreds of pounds on “free” online games available through Facebook after her 12-year-old son ran up bills of more than £900 without her knowledge.
The woman, who prefers to remain anonymous, discovered last month that her son had spent more than £900 on FarmVille. He had emptied his own savings account of £288 and had used her credit card to the tune of £625 to pay the bills.
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The mother said: “The first use of my card was on 14 March. I discovered it on the 29th and the card was stopped at that point. Any transactions after that date were already in the system, so what I thought was a £427 spend turned into £625 over the next few days.
“The total spend is about £905, but the credits are still rolling in. Facebook and [game creator] Zynga will not refund anything as [the son] lives in my house. Facebook has disabled his account and Zynga has unhelpfully suggested I use password protection on computers in the future.”
She contacted her credit card company, HSBC, but was told she would only qualify for a refund if she reported her son to the police and obtained a crime number. “He would be cautioned and I have been told that this caution would stay with him. Obviously the idea of a stupid farm simulation jeopardising his future earnings is not something that I want to consider,” she said.
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So, in essence: avoid the possibility of wasting more than a thousand dollars, take our advice: block FarmVille.
Hiding Friends’ FarmVille News Feed Updates
This task is simple. Any time you see a FarmVille update in your news feed, move the mouse cursor to the right of the update and a “Hide” button will appear as seen above. Click on it.
As illustrated above, you’ll then be given the choice to either hide that friend or just the FarmVille app. Since you probably want to keep seeing your friend’s updates (we hope), click “Hide FarmVille.” This will hide FarmVille news feed posts from all your friends, not just the one who published that particular update.
Sometimes friends will send you notifications inviting you to join them in FarmVille or other games. These can be annoying if you’re not interested in playing. The easiest way to take care of this is to click the “x” next to the notification when you receive to block the FarmVille application.
But if you want to do this preemptively without waiting for another notification, just search for the FarmVille application using the Facebook search bar, go to the application page, and look for the “Block Application” link directly below the application image. We’ve included a pic above so you’ll know what you’re looking for.
Clicking that and confirming will prevent FarmVille from accessing your information or sending you notifications, but it won’t hide news feed updates from friends.
Facebook is an effective means of communicating with your current and potential members and supporters both for company or a campaign.
For an excellent example of effective use of Facebook, check out Jim Watson’s Facebook page here, Ottawa’s mayoral candidate Jim Watson. As clients of ours, Pondstone coaches campaigns on what to say, when to say it, and how to properly say it. As Facebook expands, keep your company in the news without overexposure or bothering your base.
- Jessie W.