Facebook Tip: Do Your Friends Love You Enough to “Like” You?

Faceblook Invite Friends BoxEver notice, when you’re on your Fan Page, there’s a box that says “Invite Friends?” (NOTE: To respect privacy, I erased the names of the peeps in my Invite Box image to the left.)

On different days, different names pop up and you might think “cool, I’ll invite those folks to “like” my page.” I know, I thought that way.

However, I noticed that even after hitting the “invite” button, the same peeps would appear in that box repeatedly. I started to worry that I’d be inviting them more than once without realizing it and I didn’t want to come across to them as being a “nudge.”

Today, thanks to Andrea Vahl (aka Grandma Mary – the slightly cranky Social Media Edutainer), I discovered that this “Invite Friends” box is better off ignored. I was glad to hear it as I have definitely found it to be kind of “wonky.” Therefore, I wasn’t all that shocked when Andrea suggested we steer clear and avoid using it as a means of inviting friends to “like” our pages.

I was pleasantly surprised when she showed me a new way to invite friends. It’s so easy that I couldn’t believe I didn’t know it was there. So, I’m happy to share this with you to make bringing your friends to the party easier as well.

Here are 5 simple steps to follow:

1. Log onto Facebook as your Personal Profile.

2. Go to your Fan Page (still logged in as your personal profile).
Log In to Facebook As Your Profile

3. Once on your Fan Page, click on the “Build Audience” button.

4. Highlight “Invite Friends” on the drop down menu.
Facebook Build Audience Box

5. Voila, another box will open up showing you your Facebook friends. Those friends who have already “liked” your Fan Page will be faded (i.e. greyed) out. Go ahead and check the others you want to invite and hit “submit.” Facebook will confirm that, “We’ve let your friends know about your page.”

Did you know about this nifty, easy-to-use Facebook tip? Post your thoughts in the comment section. And, if you have a simple Facebook tip to share, please do so as well. Thanks!

Debra Jason

Marketing & writing with heart, not hype at at The Write Direction
A recipient of the “Creative Person of the Year” award, Debra educates and empowers creative solopreneurs and enthusiastic business owners to create a lifestyle business that provides them with the flexibility, fun and freedom to do what they love. She also inspires you to communicate your marketing message in a way that captivates and converts your prospects into loyal, raving fans - even if you have been struggling with how to transform your ideas into words in the past.


  1. Thanks for sharing- but can’t you keep repeatedly doing that and bug the same people over and over again who’ve already ignored it?
    Anita recently posted…Meet Me! (A Video Intro)My Profile

  2. Debra, this is great information that I will be sharing with my social network friends.
    Adrienne Dupree recently posted…How Article Writing Increases Web TrafficMy Profile

  3. Easy peasy! Thanks Debra 🙂

  4. No, I didn’t know this – and I am going to try it out tonight! Thank you! (I will also share this with my blogging friends.)
    Alana ( recently posted…Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – May 2013 Spring ThingsMy Profile

  5. Yes Debra,
    I have used build audience and have found it does help build fans.
    I still only have about 250 of my 3000 friends liking- any tips welcome
    Suzie Cheel recently posted…BE ListeningMy Profile

    • Hmm Suzie, depends on those 3000 friends. If they’re just casual acquaintances, then perhaps they’re not interested in your business. If they’re close friends and/or business colleagues then how about – before you invite them – post something on your Fan Page that you think they’ll really resonate with. That way, when they get your invite and go check out your page, they’ll feel there’s something there that speaks to them (and results in a “like”).
      As I mentioned, in another reply, if they’re not interested, so be it. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Although I don’t currently have a fan page on Facebook, this is really handy information and I will definitely file it away for when I do start a page! I love finding tips to reduce the annoyance factor!!
    Sheri Conaway recently posted…May 15. 2013 Degeneration or change of perspective?My Profile

    • Yes Sheri, it’s a great idea to collect valuable tips and have them on hand when you’re ready to move forward.
      Of course, when you do proceed, if you find you need some assistance, please keep me posted.
      Thanks! ~Debra

  7. Once you invite your friends, if they decide to take no action or “like” the page, the next time you go to build audience, they will remain grey so you won’t have to worry about inviting them again. If they click on ignore, you could end up inviting them again. Maybe the next time, they will respond.

  8. I had tried both techniques when I first set up my Page with differing levels of success. I tried your suggested tip again yesterday and today and am delighted to get 3 new Likes!Happy Sunday!
    Vatsala Shukla recently posted…Are You Practicing the Power of Appreciation?My Profile

  9. All your tips are actionable and sensible, Debra; thanks for another one!

  10. Great tip Debra – thank you!

    I’ve tended to ignore that box as well, unless I see a close friend who I am ‘really’ friends with and am regularly networking with outside of Facebook.

    I must say though that over the last few months I’ve received so many invitations from people (along with invitations to events) that it has become quite overwhelming. So, I’m guilty of being one of those people who tend to ignore. Too many things on – perhaps one day I’ll get around to visiting their pages.

    Thanks again for sharing this tip!
    Annemarie Cross recently posted…How to Build Credibility, Visibility and Profitability FAST with this one-to-many method!My Profile

    • Thanks for stopping by Annemarie. I think you’d probably agree, that it’s not about how many “friends” we have, but the quality of those relationships.
      Glad you found value in the tip! Have a great day. ~Debra

  11. Love this Debra. Thanks for posting. Looking forward to working with it.

    • Hi Terry, thanks for stopping by. Nice to see you here and you’re welcome. You’ll find this tip is pretty simple to follow and will allow you to easily invite your friends to the “party.”
      Here’s to your success.

  12. Martie Law says:

    Thanks Debra! I really needed that. It totally works.

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