Remember the days where a fresh notification on your Facebook page was a source of unexpected joy? Now, it's a sign that either A) Your Mom is commenting disapprovingly on that photo of you drinking or B) someone is sending you another invite to Farmville/Candy Crush/the latest Kardashian-branded content that you actually kind of secretly like. Bottom line: it's not fun anymore.
There's nothing you can do about Mom (besides, you love her!), but recently, Mark Zuckerberg -- the sweatshirt himself -- addressed those annoyingly plentiful invites that have been glutting up our Facebook pages and plaguing social feeds for the better half of a decade. While speaking at the Indian Institute of Technology, Zuck said he was well aware of the excessive invites being an issue, after it became the most up-voted topic in an online thread, and he personally asked his developers to check in on the problem.
"I sent a message to the person who runs the team in charge of our developer platform, and I said that by the time I do this town hall Q&A, it would be good if we had a solution to this problem...She emailed me later that night, and said there are some tools — that are kind of outdated — that allow people to send invitations to people who’ve never used a game, and don’t play games on Facebook. We hadn’t prioritized shutting that down, we just had other priorities. But if this is the top thing that people care about, we’ll prioritize that and do it. So we’re doing it!" Zuck said, according to VentureBeat, much to the relief of every person who had to de-friend their buddy for the sake of invite-free sanity.
While it's obvious we'll never be fully released from the scourge of the mass invite, we can at least look to this conversation as a beacon of hope. Now, if someone can just start working on an app that blocks all mentions of engagements/babies/politics, it might be safe to log on to Facebook again.
Wil Fulton is a Staff Writer for Thrillist. He thinks fortune favors the bold. And also the rich. Follow him @wilfulton
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