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En español | Editor’s Note: AARP TEK stands for technology, education, and knowledge. TEK helps people 50-plus who want plain language and user-friendly information on how to best use personal technology. The free program provides comprehensive online and in-person technology tips, trends, tools and hands-on lessons.

Every month, 250 million people play games on Facebook. That’s a lot of people, but it’s just a small portion of the 1.5 billion who use the site regularly to connect and share content. If you enjoy games on Facebook, there’s a tricky balance between playing and annoying your nongaming friends. Luckily, there are ways to “game” the system.

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Jen Lee Reeves is AARP's social media trainer — Ian Cunningham

It all comes down to the individual sharing settings you use on each game.

See also: Tips on Facebook gaming (PDF)

On the AARP TEK social media training page, you can see the step-by-step guide that takes you through Facebook app settings so you can choose to share to specific people or even just yourself to help limit who sees your posts.

If you know of a small collection of friends who play games on Facebook, you might want to consider starting a friend list so you can send game messages just to people who appreciate requests to gather extra points and items to move deeper into a game.

A few small steps that change the way you share can go a long way when it comes to staying friends with nongamers on Facebook.

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