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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 don't want to post on their walls (or their own if they are users themselves). They want to market their business discreetly without the fear of being labeled a spammer and losing their friends.
But did you know that Facebook has limits and blocks on sending out those messages?
It's really true: Sending too many messages, especially within an hour or two, can get you blocked or even banned from the site. You see, Facebook has policies in place to prevent users from abusing the platform. Overusing Messenger can prevent you from being able to use your FB account for hours, or your account can be disabled a few days, or your account even be deactivated!
Maybe you want to tell your friends how you are doing, or maybe you are promoting your business. But no matter what your purpose is, you'll always be vulnerable to being blocked when sending out messages.
There are numerous sob stories of people who have lost their ability to message on Facebook. In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, people sent Facebook messages to their loved ones on the affected island to find out whether they were okay. The site accused them of being spammers and 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?
3 Ways to Avoid Being Blocked on Facebook Messenger
Here are some tips that you should utilize when sending out massive amounts of Facebook messages. If you follow these guidelines, you should avoid any blocking or account restrictions. Keep in mind that Facebook does this to cut down on people mass spamming other users.
1. Send Messages to Only a Few Friends at a Time
As the old adage goes, less is more. 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.
2. Personalize Your Messages
This is especially true if you are promoting your business as doing things such as product marketing and posting the same generic message over and over can land you in 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 helps you keep tabs on how many messages you send, but also how fast you send them. Taking the time to introduce yourself, asking how their friends are doing, and thanking them for reading will make you less prone to having your account deactivated.
3. Expand Your Messaging Horizons
Have you noticed that there are other ways to reach out to your Facebook friends? Those ways include email addresses and other social media sites. If you've met your 5-per-hour quota, join other social networking sites that your friends use in the meantime. When sending messages to them, always personalize them and do it five at a time each hour.
Other Other Ways to Use 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 too many can result in a penalty. 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, Instagram, 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 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 handwritten are among the most personalized and meaningful.
- Reach out in the real world. If your friends are within walking distance, call them first if they want to come hang out with you. Then walk to them and have a chat. Not only it will save you gas and keep you fit by not driving to them, but it will also keep your Facebook account in good standing because you are taking a breather from it.
Messaging your friends on Facebook can be rewarding, but it can be punitive because it may get your account disabled or even worse. If you follow my guidelines and suggestions, you can have great success with social networking for business or for just getting in touch with people.
© 2012 talfonso
Gangadhara Alva on May 31, 2020:
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Bhanji Parmar on December 21, 2019:
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Tracy on July 31, 2019:
How many messages can you safely send in one day?
Marilou So De Villa on June 30, 2019:
I was furiously mas at FB marketplace. What Will happen to inquiries that was not answered? What Will happen to my rate as a seller? Cant understand why fb blocked ME because its the Nature OF the online selling... answer the customer in volume
Franz on May 30, 2019:
Its so stupid because I do business in FB and will post in Marketplace. A lot of buyers will send me messages and I would have to respond to all of them. FB will them block my account eventhough it for a business transaction that is done THROUGH FACEBOOK! Zuckeridiot needs to fix this. Its so idiotic! No explanation given, no warnings. Just BLOCKED! The geniuses in Facebook didn't predict that a post in Marketplace can go viral and a lot of buyers might send the same inquiries to the seller?! Whoever the team that was incharge of this is a total idiot.
Ayaz on December 27, 2018:
I have been blocked from sending sms in messenger ...... messenger seller becoz i was sms to many friend in one time so
Help me out
Chyla King on November 29, 2018:
I have been blocked from sending messages to sellers. What should I do
Nwokocha on September 02, 2018:
I have been blocked from sending messages to sellers for few days now. Though I’m just reviewing the policy now. I didn’t know that one have message limit in a day
Marga StJohn on June 12, 2016:
FACEBOOK will not let me post any of my aesthetic, spiritual, heads-up photos from my Pictures Library. Probably because they are pressed for space and cannot accommodate more than text from a wordsmith?
talfonso (author) from Tampa Bay, FL on August 08, 2012:
Well, if you use Facebook once in a while and expand your horizons in terms of social bookmarking sites (e. g., using Twitter, Plaxo, LinkedIn, and FriendFeed) it wouldn't be that bad. I'm just giving readers the best.