How to Add a Suggest to Friends Tab on a Facebook Page

Facebook is rolling out some major changes to how Pages work. Some are good, some not. The good changes include the new layout of facebook Pages with the tabs on the left sidebar instead of at the top, and, starting March 11, 2011, the ability to use iframes, HTML, Javascript and CSS without the FBML App! This is going to totally change how you can develop facebook Pages! Party time!

One of the recent changes in the “not so great” category is facebook’s decision to remove the “Suggest to Friends” link on facebook Pages. Admins of a page can still access this feature in the Edit Page area, but fans cannot. So, we’ve been flooded with requests to add an Invite Friends Tab to facebook Pages.  Here are the steps for how to create the Invite Friends Tab on a facebook Page, but keep in mind that as of March 11, 2011, facebook will be deprecating the FBML App.

  1. Go to  Static FBML App and click on Add to Page in the top left corner of the page. You will then see a list of your facebook pages. Click “Add to Page” to add the application.
  2. FBML is now added to your page.
  3. Go to the facebook Page you’re working on and click Edit Page.
  4. Click on Apps.
  5. Click on the FBML Apps and click on Go to App.
  6. Give the Tab a title like “Suggest to Friends.”
  7. Copy and Paste the below code replacing illuminea with your organization.
    Important! The action URL on line 3 of the code MUST be and NOT No WWW welcome at this party.

    If you don’t follow these rules, you will get an error that says “Sorry, your request could not be processed. Please try again.”
    [html] <fb:request-form
    content=”Connect with iluminea
    <fb:req-choice url= label=’Go’ /> “>
    <fb:multi-friend-selector actiontext=”Invite your friends to connect with illuminea” rows=”3″ cols=”3″ showborder=”true” />
  8. Save Changes.
  9. Go to Edit Page > Apps > Click on the Suggest to Friends App you created > Go to Edit Settings and click “Add” where it says Available (see screenshot).
  10. You can see this in action on illuminea’s facebook Page.
  11. When your friend receives the invitation it says “Friend has invited you to “Static FBML”. Not so pretty so for now make sure your message text is really good! I hope there will be a better solution for this.
  • Jackie Goldstein

    I could not get this to work – not with your my page and not just copying and pasting your code into my page. No error message either.

    • Miriam Schwab

      Jackie, the problem was the code formatting. I’ve fixed it, so if you copy the code now it should work properly.

  • Hi Illuminea-Team,

    thanks a lot for this very helpful hint! Yet, I tried using your code and as soon as I open the tab (which isn’t a tab anymore), nothing will happen – no fancy suggestion box as on your tab.

    I tested if the app works in general by inserting a sentence of text in front of the fbml and this appears without any troubles.

    Do you have any clue what could cause this problem? I would really appreciate your help!

    Best regards,

  • Miriam Schwab

    Thomas, I believe the problem was that WordPress had turned some of the quotes into curly quotes, which will break the code. I’ve inserted the code in a format that retains quotes as they are. Please try again with the code above, and let me know if it works.

  • Dear Miriam, thanks a lot! It’s working fine now! I saw this messy formating as well and tried to fix it, yet it seems you did a better job than me :)

    Best regards,

  • Jackie Goldstein

    I also tried fixing the quotes, but must have missed one. Now it works great – Thanks Miriam !

  • will

    But there are with the invitation, the invited person sees “Youve been invited to Static FBML” and theres a button called “Go To Static FBML” , when this button is clicked, it disappear and shows a couple of messages, one of them is “Block user who invited you” other is “Block all invites from this user in the future”

    Messages are not exactly like that, but thats what they mean…

    So even if you click on “Go To Static FBML” it will not take you to the invited page.

    But thanks a lot for the good info.

    • Rebecca

      Hi Will, I fixed the Button problem. Thank you for pointing that out. Try copying the new code in the post. As for the “you’ve been invited” I wish I could change that text but at the moment, don’t know of a solution.

  • Hi its not working for me.. i get the Following displayed on the FBML” type=”illuminea” invite=”true” content=”Connect with iluminea

    ” I changed it to my personal page noting.. thn i just pasted your Code still the same issue..

    Can you help me out please ?

    • Rebecca

      Rehan, it might be an issue of the quotes getting turned into curly quotes in facebook.

  • I tried it, and it worked. There are two problems, one is the FBML invite sound odd. The second is a question as to why you can only invite 8 people at a time?

    • Rebecca

      I know – not pretty. I’m still searching for a way to remove the FBML invite text. About the 8 people limit, I wish I knew, but that’s how facebook plays their game.

  • will

    if only we could figure out how to change the “you have been invited to static fbml” it would be huge :)

  • Jman

    I keep getting the same error message in red:

    “Sorry, your request could not be processed.

    Please try again”

    Here is my code, what am I doing wrong?

    type="Jones Levenson"
    content="Connect with Jones Levenson

  • THANK YOU! I’ve been looking for a fix for the “Sorry, your request could not be processed. Please try again.” error! So happy right now.

  • I got the same error message saying request could not be processed.

  • this is just not working for me. What am I doing wrong? Is my code ok?
    content="Connect with sizzlestrapz

  • I’m wondering if it’s possible to have more than 1 fbml page? I’ve seen other people do it, I just don’t know how :) Thanks for this great tip!!!!!

  • KristAlbreceta

    hey i did what you said and when i send request it show to the person i send that i have send him a static … ?! what does it mean ?!

    • Illuminea Team

      Krist, yeah, it’s not the best, but it was the closest we could get to the original suggest to friends feature. Facebook recently changed how the Suggest to Feature works for admins as well, so that the person you’re inviting doesn’t even get a notification anymore, and the notification in the sidebar only shows up sometimes. Basically, Facebook wants you to buy ads to promote your site. Stinks.

  • Hi, there.
    Your post states “Admins of a page can still access this feature in the Edit Page area, but fans cannot.” I do not see this feature on any of the many pages I admin in the edit area. Where, very specifically, would I find it?

    • Illuminea Team

      Sally, take a look at this screenshot: the Suggest to Friends for admin appears in the right sidebar of your Page Admin.

  • No, it doesn’t. But that’s where it would appear if it was available. : ) Thanks.

    • Illuminea Team

      Sally, weird. I guess it’s only there for some admins?! I don’t get it.

  • Yes, I spent a few hours researching this last week, reading the FB forums, other websites and message boards like yours and have reached the conclusion that the Suggest a Page feature is only available to some Facebook admins. I administer six pages and this feature it not listed on any of them – the pages are all relatively new so maybe some people got grandfathered in when Facebook dropped the feature back in January? For more details, see my post:

  • tomerF

    i got the code into the tab anf it says
    “You may only select 3 friends”

    why, please advice

    this is the code i pasted:

    content="Connect with iphone1

  • hmisousa

    I´m trying to use this code but it only gives me a blank page, without any error.

    Is it normal?

    • Illuminea Team

      @hmisousa, unfortunately Facebook doesn’t support this feature anymore since they phased out fbml.

  • hmisousa

    Thanks for the fast comment, but I’ve checked your facebook page and some others that has this suggest to friends working…

    Is there any other way to get this running at our page?


  • Barbara

    I just want to add a friend. I can’t figure out how to do this. It used to say “Add as friend” and send a request to the person. I found the person I’d like to add as a friend, an artist, but don’t know how to become his friend. Can anyone help? I don’t use facebook a lot, but will be using it a lot less now. I can only “add as friends” the facebook suggestions. I do NOT want any of their suggestions!!!

    Please help if possible. BYW I didn’t know any of the terms you used and don’t have access to any APPS. I am a dinosaur, so your article did not help me. I didn’t understand it. Sincerely, BJS

  • Hello

    The code works just fine.
    But it says I can invite only 3 friends at a time.
    And am not even able to invite 3 friends.

    I get this error msg

    “Sorry, you have run out of requests to send with this application. Please try again tomorrow.”


  • Dejan

    It’s work for me but you can only invite 3 friends per day. It’s kind of pity :( but thanks anyway

  • jinoy

    I cant Invite Friends,

    Getting Error Msg that, “Sorry, you have run out of requests to send with this application. Please try again tomorrow.”

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