Facebook Activies That Will Get Your Profile Disabled, and the steps to take before and after it happens.

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There is a limit for nearly everything on Facebook.

  • There is a messaging limit
  • There is a search limit
  • There is a friend limit
  • There is a group limit
  • There is a poking limit
  • There is a wall posting limit

What are the limits? Here’s Facebooks official non-answer: “Facebook has limits in place to prevent behavior that other users may find annoying or abusive. These limits restrict the rate at which you can use certain features on the site. Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with the specific rates that have been deemed abusive.” Real Estate industry veteran Jim Calabrese got booted from Facebook. His crime? Having too many friends, specifically friends "who share similar physical characteristics" (real estate professionals). Here’s what he had learned: The Facebook nebulous Terms of Use http://www.facebook.com/terms.php?ref=pf provides little clarity on thresholds that Facebook’s bot monitors. Yes, they use a bot to monitor your every action and to profile your friends.

There is a messaging limit. Be careful how you use the FB inbox to send messages to your friends. Send too many, or send multiple messages with similar verbage and BAM! You’re toast. Jim would thank his customers, individually, in FB messages – ie: "Dear ####, Thanks for the sign order! You can reach out to me here on Facebook if there is any thing you need. Jim Calabrese".

There is a search limit. Google, Yahoo and Bing should have no worries about the FB platform becoming a threat to their search business. If you do too many searches, using FB’s search box…BAM! Your account is history.

There is a friend limit. Facebook has a limit of 5000 friends. But many users have been blocked for a lot less. FB also measures the speed at which you add friends. Accept too many in one day and you will get blocked.

There is a group limit. It’s been rumored that FB has a limit of 200 groups that you can join. With more & more real estate groups showing up on Facebook, it really isn’t that hard to reach the limit. Be extremely cautious not to post similar messages in more than one group. Facebook will consider you a spammer.

There is a poking limit. Does anyone really poke anymore? There is a wall posting limit. Since Facebook won’t reveal how many posts/day is too much, just make sure that your posts contain unique messages. A lot of political activists have been banned for repetitive posts like “get out the vote”.

What to do before your account has been blocked: Save your friends list. View your friends list, highlight all of them, copy & paste into Word. You now have a record you can refer to, if you get disabled. It will help should you make a new FB profile, or reach out to your friends on other platforms such as Twitter or LinkedIn. You may want to copy email addresses and phone numbers, if you don’t have them outside of Facebook.

Save your links. Go to your boxes tab, select see all in the Links box. Right click in your browser and save as a web page. You can also use this method for saving various views of your friends list or anything else you think you might need.

Save your photos. Never rely on Facebook to be the only repository of your photos. Keep backups, either on your hard drive or on a free Picassa or Flickr account.

What to do if you get a warning from Facebook Stop. Stop. Stop. Don’t assume that Facebook has made an error. If you get a pink warning message, make note of what it was you were doing and by all means curtail that activity (accepting friends, messaging, posting, etc) immediately. Give your profile a 3 day cool down. You can try to email FB about the warning, but don’t expect a direct answer.

Pause your Facebook ads. If your ads are running and Facebook disables your account, you won’t be able to monitor your spending.

Your Fan page or Group. Make a friend an administrator, so you have a way to maintain your business content.

Change your status. A message like “I just received a warning for Facebook. In case my account is disabled, please know that I haven’t un-friended you.

Update your notification settings. Check all the selections for notifications and send it to a free email. These will be valuable if you try to rebuild your profile.

What to do if you get disabled by Facebook

Send Facebook an email. Facebook has a special email for these situations: disabled@facebook.com. But don’t write them just yet. Cool down for awhile. You are at the mercy of a customer service rep that probably handles hundreds of disabled accounts per day. Begging has been known to help.

Ask you friends to intervene. Certainly, Facebook doesn’t want to lose other users. Ask them to email on your behalf. Just be sure that they include the email you used for your FB login.

Start a FB support group. If you get nowhere and Facebook informs you that your account has been permanently disabled try having a friend start a group like: Free Jim Calabrese - Get him back on Facebook

Sources and helpful links http://facebookdisabledmyaccount.wordpress.com http://www.talesfromthe.net/blog/?p=27 http://fascistbook.wordpress.com/




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Katiejo Franks
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Scottsdale, AZ

Thanks for the great tips on FB. I will bookmark for future use.

Aug 05, 2009 08:26 AM #1
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

I have a lot of friends but not enough to get hit with the ban!

Aug 05, 2009 08:27 AM #2
Kelli~Rhyanne Bartley
Keller Williams Realty Mid~Willamette - Corvallis, OR

Thanks Jim, that's good to know. I am often on FB and had no idea they had these kinds of limits!

Aug 05, 2009 08:29 AM #3
Dallas Jensen
The Jensen Group Real Estate - Draper, UT
Good insight. I actually just joined FB and wasn't aware of any type of limits. It is a great tool for us Realtors. Thanks
Aug 05, 2009 08:35 AM #4
Jeff Glick
BCHloans - Dunwoody, GA

caught your predicament on the alltop site - crazy; however, I'm like Chuck not nearly enough friends, but a good post.

Aug 05, 2009 08:37 AM #5
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX
funny you would think that fb would be delighted that their site is used consistently. When can you ever have too many friends? Thanks for sharing the information with us.
Aug 05, 2009 08:41 AM #6
Sharon Senger
tcDocs - Seattle, WA
Licensed Transaction Coordinator

Hi Jim,

Thanks for the info and hope they have let you out of the basement LOL


Aug 05, 2009 08:44 AM #7
Jim Calabrese
DeeSign.com - Cincinnati, OH

Thanks to all!

We had posted that video on 3 of our fan pages. In response, Facebook has now shut down two of them! I guess they don't have a sense of humor!

We lost over 540 fans from those two pages. If you think this kind of treatment is heavy-handed, join our group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=401977400000 and express your concerns to FB censors!

Jim Calabrese

Aug 06, 2009 06:54 AM #8

Watch this video about facebook and let them know

YouTube - Facebook Does Not give a S#$% about you.

Aug 11, 2010 11:48 PM #9
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