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FarmVille - Neighbors

The basics:

  1. Be Nice.
  2. Getting more neighbors?
  3. How can you help each other?
  4. Using the FarmVille neighbors more effectively.

A. BE NICE to your neighbors, and they'll be nice to you.

B. Getting more neighbors

bulletYou need an increasing number of neighbors to expand your farm to the next level.
As long as you do not have the required number, you cannot expand your home farm.
bulletUse the "Add neighbors" button at the top of the game window every day.
bulletYou will be given opportunity to send out neighbor requests to a limited number of other players every day.
bulletChoose only those people who have played recently.
Someone who hasn't played in over 100 days has abandoned the game and is unlikely to be helpful as a neighbor.

You can see your neighbors and visit them through the neighbors window at the bottom of the game window.

C. Neighbors can help each other out by

bulletResponding to help requests
bulletSharing rewards
bulletSending each other gifts,
bulletVisiting each other's farms.

C1. Responding to help requests:

When you help a neighbor who asked you to help out with something, you usually get a reward.
That is often the same item that the neighbor receives.

C2. Sharing rewards:

bulletWhen you share, your neighbors get bonuses, or extra items. When they share, you can get them.
bulletIf you share often, your neighbors benefit from your generosity and hopefully will return favors when you ask for help.

C3. Sending gifts:

Every 4 hours, you can send a 'special delivery' gift from the neighbors button in the game screen.
They can do the same for you.
Do this as often as the game allows you. Those gifts help you and them to progress faster.

C4. Visiting neighbors:

Visiting your neighbors is good for you and for them! Do it every day!

bulletYou can visit as often as you want, but you can help only once a day.
bulletMake it a habit to visit all your neighbors every day about the same time. 
That way you can keep helping out and getting the rewards for your work every day.
bulletYou can do 5 jobs while at your neighbor's farm.
This can be plowing, fertilizing the crops, or harvesting trees or animals.
It's a win-win. You get paid for doing this. The neighbor also benefits.
bulletYou can perform up to 5 tasks while visiting a neighbor.
bulletIf your neighbor has withered crops, a screen will show "do you want to unwither?"
Unless you want to spend 5 FV-cash (= real cash!) on your neighbor's crops, cancel.
bulletYou can fertilize empty plots or crops that are not withered.
bulletYou can plow a fallow plot.
bulletYou can harvest animals but not crops.
bulletYou get paid 10 coins and receive +1XP for each action.
bulletOccasionally you get additional rewards like fuel or a 'Fertilize All' potion.
bulletIf your neighbor has a chicken coop, you can feed the chickens.
You may get a special mystery egg as reward.
You get 100 coins + 10XP for harvesting the chicken coop.
bulletIf your neighbor has a greenhouse, you can harvest it for 5 special greenhouse seeds.
The seeds seem to be the only reward you receive for that job. Those 5 seeds have a significant coin-value (e.g. purple tomato: 5x 150 = 750 coins!) and when you plant them you do not have to pay for those neighbor seeds!
By all means, share those seeds every time. Sharing doubles the benefit for everyone.
bulletAt times there may be other buildings that you can harvest for other rewards.
harvest hoedown

e.g. harvest hoedown for scraps of lumber for the harvest bonfire.


D. Better than FarmVille neighbors:  Facebook friends.

Since Summer 2011 (?) FarmVille has started "FarmVille Friends'. (as opposed to Facebook friends)
You can now add other FarmVille players without having to make them Facebook friends.

A. Problems with FaceBook friends,

bullet"I don't need to see personal messages from every person I play a game with."
"Just because I play a game with them doesn't mean that I want them to be my Facebook friends and see my personal messages or have access to my personal information."
These concerns about privacy are justified.
bulletAn active gamer can generate hundreds of posts in a day.
This may cause you to be very unpopular with people who do not play the same game, because you could be spamming their newsfeeds with hundreds of messages every day that they're absolutely not interested in.

B. Different problems with FarmVille friends.
FarmVille Friends was created so you could add FV neighbors without having to add them as Facebook friends.
The idea was good, the solution a problem in its own right.

bulletYou cannot send or receive personalized messages within the FarmVille Friends system.
bulletFarmVille Friends is (currently) set up in such a way that the quest and request windows display your Facebook friends, but not your FarmVille neighbors.

Because the sharing of rewards with and from FarmVille neighbors is so essential within the game, this will be very limiting for your game: If you don't see your neighbors,

bulletYou cannot ask them for help.
bulletYou cannot follow their feeds to share in their rewards.
bulletThe FarmVille neighbor system does not work properly.
I have been accepting 10-20 friends invites in the game every day for over a year, and I still have only 275 FarmVille neighbors listed in the game.

C. The Solution:
Add your FarmVille neighbors as LIMITED Facebook Friends
, in such a way that:

  1. They do not have access to your personal information.
  2. You do not send them personal updates that are unrelated to the game.
  3. You do not have to watch their game feeds in your personal newspage.
    How to organize this in 5 easy steps:
    1. Receive all gaming feeds in one list page:
      1. Create a LIST (not a group!) in Facebook "FarmVille neighbors" or something similar.
      2. Open the list and ADD your gaming friends who are already Facebook friends in that list.
        1. If you type in one  letter in the ADD box, all the people in your friends list with that initial will be displayed.
        2. Go down the alphabet and just click on all those people that you're playing FarmVille with to add them in this list.
      3. That will cause all the feeds from all these people to be displayed together in that one list page.
      4. Add this page to your favorites or to your favorites bar for easy access.
      5. in your home page, at the top, sort for "most recent first"
    2. Receive only gaming feeds from your gaming friends in this list for your own games:
      1. Filter messages not from game apps out of this feed.
        1. Open the "FarmVille neighbors" list page.
          Click the "Manage List" button.
        2. Under 'updates to show', only keep "games" checked, uncheck all the rest.
      2. You won't miss out on anything!
        1. You can (but perhaps should not) add all your Facebook friends to this list.
        2. The filter from (2a) should limit what YOU see on this page to game feeds only, regardless what else they post.
        3. The "games-only" filter will hide the other feeds ONLY in this list page, not in any other list they might be in.
        4. You can still follow personal messages from your friends on your regular home newspage.
        5. Be aware that if you add someone who does not play the game, THEY will get your game feeds on their newspage.
          They might not appreciate that...
      3. Edit the personal settings if you still see personal messages in this gaming list page.
        1. hover the mouse over that person's name or profile picture.
        2. A small window will pop up. Hover the cursor over the "Subscribed" button.
        3. A slide will open. Make sure to leave "gaming" checked. Uncheck all other categories.
        4. This will include the gaming feeds of all games they play.
        5. This system is not 100% perfect. Messages sent from cell phones may still get through.
      4. Hide feeds from other games
        1. When a feed appears for a game you do not play, hover the cursor over that feed.
        2. A small arrow will appear to the top right of that message. Click on it.
        3. HIDE ALL by that unwanted game.
    3. Find out who your FarmVille neighbors are and make them Facebook friends
      1. Click the "Add neighbors" button at the top of your FarmVille game window.
      2. Scroll down until you see all your current neighbors listed.
      3. Open a new tab or window with your Facebook home page.
      4. Look in your FarmVille neighbor list for someone who is not your FaceBook friend.
      5. Copy  the name + paste it in the search box at the top of your Facebook page.
      6. You will see a list of matches. For some names there are many ...
      7. Find the correct person by comparing the FarmVille friends pictures with the Facebook profile pictures.
      8. If you find a match, send that person a friend request.
        When the "add friend" button changes to "friend request sent" hover the cursor over that button.
        A slide will open with different lists.
        Check the "FarmVille neighbors" list. That will add that person to that list automatically as soon as they confirm.
      9. If possible, send them also a message, so they know what this is about:
               Hello, (name)
               We are FarmVille neighbors.
               Would you like to be Facebook friends as well, so we can see each other’s feeds and share the rewards?
      10. If/when they agree, you will receive a friend confirmation.


      1. Don't go too fast. Facebook limits how many friends requests you can send in a day.
        bulletIf you go past the limit, you may get a warning that you're sending requests to people you do not know. (I did)
        If you do this several times, they may suspend or cancel your ability to send friend requests.
        (I was suspended for contacting gaming neighbors, as were many other players)
        bulletYou might possibly avoid this by choosing only those people that you can send a message to without also sending a friend request.
        You can ask in the message that they would send the friend request to you instead.
      2. Another way is to work within Facebook first:
        bulletIf you see someone  that you do not know yet commenting/liking a post, send them a message to ask to become facebook friends.
        bulletAfter they become facebook friends, they'll show up in the "Invite Friends"  list in the game.
    4. Display your gaming feeds to FarmVille friends only.
      1. EDIT the apps settings for FarmVille in the left sidebar of your Facebook home page.,
      2. scroll down to "app activity privacy" and
      3. check the "FarmVille neighbors" list instead of "public" or "friends".

      Only the people you add to your FarmVille neighbor list will be able to see your feeds from that game.
      That will prevent your gaming feeds from spamming the newsfeeds of people who do not play the game with you.

      If you add one of your Facebook friends to your 'FarmVille neighbors" list who does not play the game,
      they will get your game feeds on their newspage. They might not appreciate that.
      It might be better to limit this list to those people that you know for sure play the game.
      That may help avoid a lot of irritation, or even blocking or "unfriending" of your account.

      BUT: do make sure that all the people you play with are indeed added to the FarmVille neighbor list, otherwise they won't see your feeds!

    5. Custom LIMIT who can see your personal messages to NOT include the gaming list(s) you have just created.
      1. Your gaming friends will NOT be able to see any personal messages, unless you also include them in other lists.
      2. If you have a personal friend who is also playing a game with you, include them in your regular friends lists also.
        Then they'll be able see your game feeds AND your personal messages.



The easiest way, if you don't care about who can see what: (e.g. when you use your facebook accounts for games only)

http://www.facebook.com/?sk=app_102452128776  for FarmVille feeds.
  1. This page shows all the FarmVille feeds of all your Facebook friends, regardless whether they are FarmVille neighbors.
  2. This page also shows comments or likes under the feeds.
    These are made by friends of your friends, who are not necessarily your friends (yet).
  3. Hover your cursor over the player's name.
  4. A pop-up will show this person's status (friend vs. add friend)
  5. Choose ONLY those people that also show the "send message" bustton.
    Click "add friend" to send a friend request, AND
    click "send message" to send a brief message. (e.g. WANNA BE FARMVILLE FRIENDS?)
  6. Don't go too fast. Facebook limits how many friends requests you can send in a day. (about 50?)
    bulletIf you go past the limit, you may get a warning that you're going too fast, or that you are sending requests to people you do not know.
    bulletIf you do this several times, they may temporarily suspend or cancel your ability to send friend requests.
  7. Do this ONLY with people who show up in the FarmVille feed.
    You may see "add friend" buttons on other pages as well.
    Sending a friend request to people in those lists is a greater risk.
    Even though they may have many common friends, they do not necessarily play FarmVille.
    If not, they may deny your request and report you for sending unwanted invites...


Getting more facebook friends who play FarmVille will get you more feeds to follow and a lot more rewards to share.
It will make your game that much more enjoyable.
Getting presents is always fun, if if it's only a cartoon duck ...

It makes an ENORMOUS difference in your game progress when you suddenly get 50+ special deliveries several times a day.
You will also be able to pick up a lot more animals and 2nd-level trees in the feeds.

I added some 40 FarmVille neighbors as Facebook friends. 
But in only a few days, I had so many animals and trees that I didn't know where to put them anymore...
Imagine what you could do if you can harvest the feeds of 100, 150, 200, 600 ... FarmVille neighbors.

In conclusion:
If you find yourself have trouble leaving your computer to eat or sleep, stop playing this game and Get a Life

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