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11. February 2013 10:43
by Chris Arkwright

Inviting All of Your Facebook Friends to a Page or Event at One Time (Select All)

11. February 2013 10:43 by Chris Arkwright | 3 Comments

Update: 10/9/2013 - Video Tutorial Added!

Since you are already here, I am going to assume that you know how ridiculous it is that Facebook does not have a "select all" feature for inviting friends to pages or events... not to mention how laborious it is to sit there and select thousands of people one click at a time... snoozefest!

Luckily, however, there is a way to "select all" with a little bit of code! If you execute the following steps exactly as described, you will save yourself so much time that you will probably be able to write a book in the time you've freed up.

No, seriously.


Do it.

Write a book.


Here's what you need to to:

  1. Select the code below and copy it (ctrl+c, or the equivalent on your choice of computer)
    javascript:var x=document.getElementsByTagName("input");for(var i=0;i<x.length;i++) {if (x[i].type == 'checkbox') {x[i].click();}}; alert('Done, all your friends have been selected');
  2. Go to the Facebook page or event to which you wish to invite your friends.
  3. Open the "Invite Friends" tab.
  4. Make sure you are viewing "All friends," not just particular groups or the "recent interactions" option.
  5. Scroll down the whole list to the bottom. It may take some time to load all of your friends. This is important, because if you skip this step, then it only select a small portion of people to invite.
  6. After your whole friends list is visible, you will need to use your web browser's javascript console to insert the code that you copied. The javascript console is a feature built in to some browsers that allow the user to execute javascript that will interact with web page you are currently viewing. Note: Not all web browsers have this functionality. If you do not use or have Google Chrome, I highly suggest this superior browser.
  7. Paste the copied code in to the javascript console and press enter (return).
  8. If done properly, a javascript alert box will prompt you with "Done, all your friends have been selected".
  9. Check and make sure they are all, in fact, selected. If so, then simply click "Submit". All done!


Kermit de frog

Don't you now feel like this? I sure do.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this method for easily selecting all of your facebook friends and inviting them to like pages or join events, please do so in a comment below.


4. August 2011 09:00
by Chris Arkwright

How to Find a Good Freelance Web Designer

4. August 2011 09:00 by Chris Arkwright | 2 Comments

Web designers are often a breed of their own. They speak a different language many of us hardly even know exists. We do not know it exists, because we do not directly see it but we interact with it nearly every day. Every time you visit a web site and interact with it, you have web designers and programmers to thank. Often web designers have advanced degrees in web design, in addition to years of experience as freelancers. Many also have additional experience at professional advertising agencies. Many of these agencies work on business to business markets and charge corporate clients hundreds of dollars an hour to design novel ways for them to interact with their clients through digital means.

If a small business person is looking for a simple website to better share the businesses services with its customers, they often don't have to pay the large amounts that web designers charge their corporate clients. That said, it is important to invest in a quality web designer. It is also important to check out what the web designer has done in the past to see if you respect the past work he or she has done. As far as deciding rather or not to have a website, that is really an easy decision in this day and age. Today, if you're not on the web, you simply do not exist. For example, many businesses sell only online. This is why a good web designer is key to a successful business strategy.

A good web designer will start by asking a customer about want they to accomplish through their website. Maybe the customer (or client, as the web designer would refer to them) wants to provide information about products or services on their website or maybe the client wants to set up the site so visitors can purchase items through the website and pay via credit card. Depending on what the client wants, a web designer will often give the client an estimate for what he or she thinks building the site will cost. This estimate often includes hours (the hours the person will spend designing) in addition to out of pocket expenses (hard costs, such as hosting fees and domain name purchases).

A good web designer will give an accurate estimate and wait to begin work until the estimate is agreed upon by the client. Investing in a good web designer will ensure that a site not only does what it is supposed to do but also looks good and gives users a pleasurable experience when they visit the site. Today, business revolves around the web and having a good designer may be just as important as having a good product to sell.

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