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Facebook - How to MASS Invite your Friends to an Event or Page

Updated on January 9, 2013

How to add ALL your friends at once using the Event or Invite Dialogue boxes on Facebook

Do you have a large list of friends on Facebook? Maybe you don't have a lot of friends, but you have a lot of Lists that you have categorized all your Facebook Contacts into. Here is a one-click method to add ALL your friends through the Invitation Dialogue box.

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How to utilize the power of Facebook's Invite feature, without giving yourself carpal tunnel syndrome in the process

***UPDATE***

There is a new Chrome plugin to help accomplish this task. Since it wasn't available when this lens was first written, I am adding it now as many people have issues with the Javascript method below:

 

Chrome Webstore - InviteThemAll - CLICK FOR CHROME PLUGIN

 

Facebook has made connecting with long lost friends as simple as a few clicks. They provide a feature rich environment to interact with those friends, as long as you play within the confines of the "sandbox" they give you.

However, as often happens with Facebook, as soon as you begin to venture outside the realms of what they believe is "acceptable behavior" it soon becomes difficult or impossible to accomplish what you want.

From the people who made "social networking" a household word, sometimes it seems like they go out of their way to make their site overly "unsocial", and definitely not "networkable"

This is evident when you have a large list of Friends and Contacts in Facebook and you would like to communicate with them all at once. About the only way this is possible is through the "Event" feature or "share" a page functions. Since messaging limits you to 20 messages at one time, it becomes unrealistic to contact more then about 100 friends in 20 bit increments.

Using the "Invite" feature on Events is a great addition, but the limitation there is you must click on each friend you want to invite, one at a time. Even when you have your Friends separated into convenient Lists, you must still select one Friend at at time, and this becomes arthritis-inducing on more then 100 friends.

The Solution

Thank goodness there is an internet full of gurus who know how to accomplish the most obscure tasks and make them simple for us simple folk.

The solution comes in the form of a simple line of JavaScript code that I will paste right here:

JavaScript Code:

javascript:elms=document.getElementsByName("checkableitems[]");for (i=0;i

For starters - DON'T PANIC - it is just a series of text, and you don't have to understand it - there will NOT be a quiz

The steps are pretty simple:

  1. Go to the Facebook Event page itself, and find the "Select Guests to Invite" button - usually right below the image of the Event on the right

  2. Click the "Search by Name" dialogue button on the top right of the Friends pop-up box to select the list of friends you want to work with

  3. Open the "list" of contacts you want to invite by selecting the name of the list

  4. SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST - this is important or you will only select the first 200 friends

  5. Copy the code above (see here if you don't know how to Copy & Paste)

  6. Paste the Java Script code into your URL bar (browser address bar), without leaving the Invite Friends dialogue page and press ENTER.

  7. Wait a few moments as It may take a bit of time to sort through the list. Once the operation completes, you will see check marks beside all your friends in that list

  8. Repasting the Java Script code into the URL and pressing ENTER again will "unselect" all those contacts that you just selected

  9. Repeat steps 6 - 7 for each list that you want to select all the frineds from. Doing this with no lists selected will select your entire Friends contact database, and could take a few minutes to go through

That's all there is to it

That pretty well sums up how to do this. Nice and simple, pretty straight forward.

As Facebook is prone to do, they may change their code at any moment and possibly render this script completely unusable. However, as of today (3/25/11) this code is working fine, and seems to solve a major problem that Facebook overlooked..

As a final word of warning - use this at your own risk, your mileage may very, and no animal product testing was performed in the creation of this Lens.

Any questions, be sure to find me on Facebook or Twitter. Unfortunately, since I didn't write the code, I can't help you with much more then what is posted here. But I can talk you through some issues you may be having.

Not one to plagerize (even if it is the internet) original credit goes to this awesome video, Thanks for posting, and sharing the love!

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      sentosa 2 years ago

      does anyone still use facebook? how about twitter trends?

      http://bit.ly/1DN5VwF

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      matthew-castriotta 3 years ago

      Hyperlator.com has a Mass invite button for business users to get random people to invite ALL of their friends to any of the business users' Facebook Events.

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      Dragos83 3 years ago

      im not sure if this still work anymore.anyone tested ?

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      Lee 3 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      Excellent. Really useful page - thanks for this!

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      garry-lachman 3 years ago

      The new generation of Facebook Invites.

      The Multi Inviter contains inviting engine for Events, Groups and the OldSchool Javascripts.

      All In One...

      https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/facebook...

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      retroworker 4 years ago

      Hi squidians! I am a newbie here and has just published my first lens related to a great facebook trick, which you don't know. Check it out here and give your opinions: http://www.squidoo.com/facebook-private-profile-se...

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      george-octavian-rabanca 4 years ago

      You can find another free option that lets you mass invite from any Facebook friend list at www.lisvite.com

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      garry-lachman 4 years ago

      Check out last Facebook Marketing Tool...

      https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/facebook...

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      claeslanng 4 years ago

      I'm getting this error after I selected all of my friends and press "invite"

      Weâre sorry, but you seem to be sending invitations to people who arenât interested in accepting them. Please make sure youâre only inviting people you know and think would enjoy this event. Youâll be able to send invitations again once more people have accepted.

      Does anyone know how to bypass this, or speed up the process? Looking forward to your answers/help :-)

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      legends-pueblo 4 years ago

      I keep getting this........."Weâre sorry, but you seem to be sending invitations to people who arenât interested in accepting them. Please make sure youâre only inviting people you know and think would enjoy this event. Youâll be able to send invitations again once more people have accepted."

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      G100452 4 years ago

      Everything's been working fine..but now Facebook saying .."Weâre sorry, but you seem to be sending invitations to people who arenât interested in accepting them. Please make sure youâre only inviting people you know and think would enjoy this event. Youâll be able to send invitations again once more people have accepted.

      any ideas round this? Graham

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      I have no idea if it is something wrong with my browser or the code, because all the Facebook mass invites are not working..

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      garry-lachman 4 years ago

      Facebook Invite Them All now at Ver.3 Support all major Browsers.

      Chrome / Firefox / Safari / Opera

      http://goo.gl/akjZE

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      wallace99 4 years ago

      Hi, it had been working great then all of a sudden my add on is missing. Where did it go?

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      haylie-wilson007 4 years ago

      @garry-lachman: Thanks Garry! Works like a charm, and quickly too.

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      mannglenn 4 years ago

      Here's what confuses people. If you use chrome, the word "javascript" gets cut out when you paste the code in your browser, so you you to type it in yourself "in front" of the word elm. Now what confuses me, do you in space, then add a colon? Does it matter if there are spaces in the code? Or do I just type javascript:elm and continue? Understand?

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      garry-lachman 4 years ago

      You can use this Chrome Extension, this more easy:

      chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/facebook-invitethemall-fo/jladghljinmlokelojmdmblikkifabea

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      jankydank 4 years ago

      @ecity2001: u have to copy and paste the entire code and then add javascript: to the front if it didn't go in it cuts it out a lot for some reson if that's not working maybe its firefox (im using google chrome so i dunno)

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      ecity2001 4 years ago

      @jankydank: ...oh n im using firefox...the newest one out right now

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      jankydank 4 years ago

      If this doesn't work for you it is most likely because the beginning gets cut out a lot of times when you paste it sooooo just add javascript: to the beginning and you should be in action! (btw you should add this into the instructions above because most people don't realize it and think it just doesn't work!

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      jankydank 4 years ago

      @maestrogoran: most likely because when you paste it it removes the beginning part (javascript:) which is necessary since it's a javascript window just add javascript: (don't forget the semicolon thingy) to the beginning and it should work!

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      Rodaussie 4 years ago

      cool bananas

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      sonya-leanonus 4 years ago

      Amazing... saved me about well over an hour of my time! Had to use Opera as it didn't work in Chrome.

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      michellecproctor 5 years ago

      @maestrogoran: Did you find a workaround?

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      maestrogoran 5 years ago

      This code does not work for me. Does it work for anyone else at the moment?

      Any other solution to the problem to mass invite in an event on FB?

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      t-n-t-det 5 years ago

      do you have to use fire fox 3.1 for the mass invite

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      max-wendroff 5 years ago

      This code is great. Everything worked great

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      ros-barber 5 years ago

      Worked for me just now....

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      taggproductions 5 years ago

      another outdated worthless article WTF

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      wolvyz 5 years ago

      I do not think that the javascript code works any more for me. I also installed a chrome plugin which made it possible to select all of the facebook friends to invite to anything. The plugin does not exist anymore in the chrome addon site but lucky for me I still have it installed in my browser. I wish there was a way possible to share my chrome plugin only with all you people looking a better way to invite all the friends on facebook.

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      fashion-mayhem 5 years ago

      Hope find an updated way to do this it would be soo useful

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      julie-perry 5 years ago

      I did this, it succeed the first time. but facebook said that ''You don't have sufficient permissions to do that.'' the second that I tried to invite friends.

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      maximumgravity1 5 years ago

      @corinne-lea: It appears with some of the changes to Facebook, this does not work any longer. I will see if there is a new way to do this and update this lens

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      corinne-lea 5 years ago

      I have over 3,000 friends will this work for me. when I type in the code nothing happens..?

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      jocandy 5 years ago

      does this still work? i attempted and nothing happened?

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      jocandy 5 years ago

      @maximumgravity1: I can't seem to get it to work? I am not sure what's wrong. does this still work?

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      maximumgravity1 5 years ago

      @Close2Art LM: Thanks for dropping by, the blessing, the kind accolades and the invite to facebook. Feel free to stop by anytime

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      Awesome Page! Blessed, please add this to my Squidoo Lensmasters on Facebook page, it would be a great addition to it, Great Job!!!

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      maximumgravity1 6 years ago

      @zapzap: 20 is usually the default for Facebook. I am not positive on this, and only guessing from what I have seen. If you have your lists already divided by region, then just invite that list by name, and skip the Facebook region suggestion.

      To make this a bit clearer, lets say you have you lists already created. For arguments sake we will say they are named "church", "family", "friends", "school". The first thing I would do is go through and create your regions lists ("north", "south", "east" and "west"). Then I would sort through each of your existing lists, go name by name, and also add all your "north" people to that list as well (they can belong to multiple lists with no problem). Then do the same for the other regions as well.

      Now, when you go to invite people to something, don't let Facebook determine your region - you just select your "north" list, and send everyone the link. Do the same with the other regions too.

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      tgnyc00 6 years ago

      Great lens! Check mine out when you have a minute:

      http://www.squidoo.com/manhattan-properties

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      VoodooRULEs 6 years ago

      Hey! Thank you for this great lens!

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      maximumgravity1 6 years ago

      @zapzap: The only thing I can think of is an anomaly I have seen on certain apps in the past on Facebook. In short, instead of being able to scroll the main page down, the drop down box (in this case your list) gets chopped off at the bottom of the window or frame. A few things to try, is start typing the name of your list in the "name" section. This might help pop the list up. Also, try changing screen size. You can do this quickly with CTRL + SCROLL (on your mouse wheel). It sounds like a Facebook glitch. Sometimes these glitches work themselves out. Other times you are stuck with them. I have one such glitch where I can't change the name of one my groups or edit the description. I don't know what you do other then wait for the "Facebook gods" to fix it. Maybe one of these tips will get you going in the right direction

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      zapzap 6 years ago

      This is cool & useful... but here is my situation. I have multiple (50+) different friend lists sorting people by region. I want to invite only specific regional people to an event, BUT only 20 of my lists show up when I click "search by name". They are the same each time, and seem to have been randomly chosen. There doesn't seem to be any way to view ALL of my lists to select from!! I definitely don't want to just say "screw it" and invite everybody! But I can't see the region I need! Any ideas, or has facebook just made things difficult for no reason?

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      maximumgravity1 6 years ago

      @SeanVernall LM: I have used it numerous times on groups over 125. I can't say it won't trigger a spam flag, but it hasn't so far for me.

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      SeanVernall LM 6 years ago

      Hasn't Facebook recommended a guideline of 125 on inviting to events? Surely using this code when you have more than 125 friends would take you over that and posibly highlight you as a spammer. Would be interested in knowing how many of you have used this without any backlash.

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      maximumgravity2 6 years ago

      @mattseefood lm: Hope you get a chance to try it out soon

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      Great info! :)

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      tlovell 6 years ago

      THANK YOU for the info. It makes life a lot easier!!

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      maximumgravity1 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Glad to hear. Everyone I have checked with had this work for them too. Thanks for stopping by and weighing in

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      maximumgravity1 6 years ago

      @OriginArtz LM: Definitely worth the effort if your friends list is broken up into groups, or if you have a tendency to invite EVERYONE to an event. This should work for other things as well where you can select large quantities of friends. Thanks for stopping by and posting

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Works great...thanks.

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      OriginArtz LM 6 years ago

      If I have an event, i'll try.

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      maximumgravity1 6 years ago

      @goliveuk: Thanks for stopping by and having a look. Hopefully will come in handy for someone down the road.

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      goliveuk 6 years ago

      Nice one!