How To Play FarmVille 2 Without Pissing Off Your FriendsS

Nobody likes a Facebook spammer. You know, those people who you went to high school with but haven't talked to in ten years who seem to do nothing but water their FarmVille crops and maintain their CityVille cities. They're the worst!

Zynga's newest game, FarmVille 2, launched yesterday. I may not be totally sold on it, but that doesn't mean I'm not gonna play it! However, if you want to play a Zynga game (or a Zynga-like game), be warned: The game will do its best to turn you into the worst kind of spammer. Fortunately, there's an easy way to keep that from happening.


When you fire up FarmVille 2 for the first time, you'll be given an option to select some of the application settings.

How To Play FarmVille 2 Without Pissing Off Your Friends

You'll want to change the settings for "posts on your behalf" to "only me."

How To Play FarmVille 2 Without Pissing Off Your Friends

That means that only you will see the wall-posts that the game puts up. Once you've got that going, you can rest easier—the game will still post a ton of junk to your wall, but no one else will be able to see it. You'll have a whole spam buffet all to yourself. Mmmm, delicious spam.

If you started playing yesterday and didn't check that setting (like I did), you can also go in and change it after the fact. Just click on your "Apps" to the side of your Facebook homepage, then click on the pencil next to the FarmVille 2 tab.

How To Play FarmVille 2 Without Pissing Off Your Friends

Then, go into settings and select the "only me" setting.

How To Play FarmVille 2 Without Pissing Off Your Friends

If you REALLY don't want to share anything at all, you can also uncheck this box every time the game rewards you for something:

How To Play FarmVille 2 Without Pissing Off Your Friends

Because if you don't take the above steps, this is what your friends are going to see:

How To Play FarmVille 2 Without Pissing Off Your Friends

In a real farm, you live under constant threat of drought. In a FarmVille farm, you live under constant threat of accidentally spamming your friends.

Though no matter what you do, you're still probably going to send your friends some kinda dumb stuff, like the email I sent to my boss Stephen:

How To Play FarmVille 2 Without Pissing Off Your Friends

Hay, nobody ever said farming was easy.