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I'm trying to decide between:

  • using the clumsy facebook invite dialogs which are very cumbersome to use (not very configurable) but trigger notifications.
  • Using the API to let users invite 2 or 3 friends according to some criteria (say same location). By invite, I mean write on the user friend's wall. My understanding is that this won't trigger a facebook notification, and the target friend may not even see it at all, it all hangs on facebook (unknowable) rules about what shows or not on a user's feed.

Ideally I would like to send emails but facebook api understandably doesn't provide email addresses. Incidentally, quora offers invites for facebook friends which result in emails being sent. Looks like quora does have perhaps privileged access to facebook apis (my guess)

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Not sure why this question got moved here. It's a very specific programming question, it's about what api to use, code snippets, etc. It's not philosophical. –  bustrofedon Feb 2 '11 at 9:16
    
Does anyone know how to bounce a question back to stackoverflow? There doesn't seem to be much of a response here, and as @bustrofedon mentioned, its specificity makes it more suitable fore there anyways. –  smithco Feb 22 '11 at 3:40
    
Writeboarding-type questions like this are on-topic here. Stack Overflow is for questions like "This is my code, it doesn't do X. What's wrong?" –  user8 May 10 '11 at 1:24
    
All I know is, as a facebook user, you should have a way for me to not get notifications, and not encourage people to annoy me with advertisements for apps. I immediately tell off and de-friend anyone who sends me that crud, and I'm not alone. –  Cercerilla Jun 9 '11 at 5:13

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"Use api to let user invite friends 2 or 3 friends according to some criteria"

This tends to have better results as far as userbase growing. Generate the list of friends from their most active. You can do both btw, and you should have some other options besides posting to wall usually.

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