How to Send Messages on Facebook Without Worrying About the Limits and Blocks
People like to send messages on Facebook for so many reasons. They want to know how their friends are doing. They want to tell them something that they are too afraid to post on their walls (or their own if they are users themselves). They want to market their business discreetly without fearing that they would spam them and lose their friends for that matter.
But did you know that Facebook has limits and blocks on sending out those messages?
It's really true. Sending too many messages, especially under an hour or two, can block you or even ban you from using it. You see, Facebook has such policies on just about every aspect of the site to prevent the abuse of features. Overusing them can either block you from using your social account for some hours, disable it for at least a few days, or even deactivate it!
You know that you wanted to tell your friends how you are doing, or that you are promoting your business. But no matter your purpose is, you'll always be vulnerable to being blocked when sending out messages.
There are numerous sob stories of people who have been through that problem. For instance, on the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, people sent Facebook messages to their loved ones on the affected island whether they were OK or not. The site misconstrued them for being spammers and thus blocked or disabled their accounts. Most of them got this message:
Facebook has determined that you were sending messages at a rate that is likely to be abusive. Please note that these blocks can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Unfortunately, we cannot lift the block for you.
When you are allowed to resume sending messages, keep in mind that it’s possible to run into a block based on how many messages you send and how fast you send them. It’s also possible to be blocked when either starting a new message thread or replying to a message.
So whether it's to tell your friends how you are doing in private or for promoting your business (including article marketing) if you can't do it on the walls, how can you send out messages on the site without getting your account blocked or deactivated?
Send Messages to Few Friends at A Time
As the old adage goes, less is more. That means that if Facebook doesn't want you to get penalized for sending messages too fast too much, you have to limit yourself doing this. The suggested amount of sending messages is 3-5 friends at a time. Once you've reached that quota, log off and do something else. Take at least an hour between sending messages to friends.
Personalize Your Messages
Especially if you are promoting your own business, including article marketing, posting the same message over and over can land you into hot water. Take the time to personalize each message.
"Instead of pasting in the identical invitation to everyone, type in an individual message for each invitation you send," says entrepreneur Andrea J. Stenberg, "Yes it takes more time, but it will keep the Facebook police off your back. Plus, it will help you to remember that you’re trying to connect and build relationships with real live people. Put some effort into always treating everyone you meet online as an individual."
I suggest that you introduce yourself, state your friend's relationship to you (teacher, aunt, grandparent, whatever), and ask about the things going on in their lives. Then paste (or even better, reword) the offer or promotion to that message. End it with gratitude - a simple "thank you very much" will suffice.
Personalizing messages one by one not only keeps tabs on how much you send messages, but how fast you send it. Taking time to introduce yourself, ask how friends are doing, and thanking them for reading will make you less prone to having your account deactivated.
Expand Your Messaging Horizons
You haven't noticed that most of your Facebook friends have other accounts outside it. Those include email addresses and other social network sites. If you've met your 5/per hour quota, join other social networking sites that some of them use in the meantime. When sending messages to them, always personalize them and do it 5 at a time each hour. You'll never know if you'll get blocked or banned.
Other Other Ways to Still Keep Your Account on Facebook
Here are some ways, compiled by Joo Khim Tan of ClappingTrees, to make use of Facebook for business and fun without worrying about getting blocked or banned.
Take your time to build up a strategic network of friends on Facebook. Focus on quality, not quantity.
There's a 5,000 friend limit on Facebook, and having to many can have it penalize you. So try to keep tabs on how many friends you accept.
Send no more than approximately 20 new friend requests at any one time. Also, be sure to mix up the friend request messages.
It all comes down to personalizing messages. Facebook has such crazy policies in place to protect the site from intentional or potential spammers.
Use your own opt-in email system.
Create an e-mail list and put it in a private place (not just on a private page on your profile).
Build out your Facebook Page (if you have one).
Include Facebook in your overall marketing strategy (or social circle). Don’t put all your social networking “eggs” in one basket. Build up a following on Twitter, FriendFeed, Plaxo, LinkedIn, etc.
As you learned from the section "Expand Your Messaging Horizons," there are countless ways to send your messages to friends.
Remember there was life before Facebook.
Not everyone has a fast internet connection or even simpler, any internet connection at all. Look up their phone numbers, call them, and ask them to be your pen pals. Write down their physical addresses in your contact lists. Despite being slow to send, there are some benefits of sending messages via snail mail. Letters that are especially handwritten are among the most personalized and meaningful. So why not do it besides having a social networking life?
If your friends are within walking distance, call them first if they want you to come in at an appointed time. Then walk to them and have a chat. Not only it will save you gas and keep you fit by not driving to them. It will also keep your Facebook account in good standing because you are taking a breather from it.
Messaging your friends near and far on Facebook can be rewarding, but it can be punitive because it may get your account disabled or even worse. If you follow those guidelines and suggestions, you can have great success with social networking for business or for just getting in touch with people.