We all seem to use Facebook nowadays, at least 1.11 Billion of us*! But did you know there are a lot of tips and tricks you can use to make Facebook work for YOU? Here is a list of 15 you might enjoy! If you know of a trick or tip that isn’t listed, comment down below and let everyone know!
- Save interesting Facebook items
Do you every find yourself endlessly scrolling through a friend’s Facebook news feed for a link to that interesting story you didn’t have time to read before? Well, now you can save links, places and entertainment pages for later.
Note: This is a brand new feature, so it might not be available in your account yet. If not, try it again in a few days. Also, it’s only for shared links – it won’t work for photo, video and status update posts.
Just hit the download arrow at the upper right of a post and select the Save option. Or on a place or entertainment page, hit the Save option next to Like.
You can look at your saved content later in the “Saved” area. It’s in the left column along with News Feed, Messages and Events. Once you click it you’ll get the Saved screen.
- Hide your online status
If you’re getting unwanted messages through Facebook’s Messenger chat system, there’s an easy fix. Load your Facebook page, then take a look at the Messenger list on the right side. If you don’t see it, click where it says Chat in the bottom right corner of the screen.
Click the gear at the bottom of the list, then click the “Advanced Settings” link. From there, you can turn off chat for everyone or choose which friends can and can’t see when you’re online. It’s a low-effort way to politely keep people from bothering you.
- Update Facebook Status Using Email
If you can’t access Facebook then still there is option for you to update Facebook Status. Login to Facebook account and from account settings, click on Mobile tab from left sidebar. You will find a unique email address that will be used to update Facebook status using Email.
Using your favorite email client, send an email to that email address with Subject as the text you want to appear in Facebook Status. After sending email, see your Facebook profile with new status update.
- Upload Photos to Facebook Using Email (see example in #3)
If you attach a photo with email and send it to your Post by email address, then it will be uploaded to your Facebook timeline with description as the title of your email.
- Block status updates from over-sharers
Have you ever had a friend who just posts too many cat pictures? Hard to imagine, I know, but it’s tough to tell someone that their cats aren’t quite as cute as they imagine.
Don’t unfriend them just yet, though. All you have to do to stop receiving updates from a social media over-sharer is click the down arrow on the upper-right hand side of one of their status updates.
Then click the “Unfollow” button to stop receiving updates from that person. You can turn their updates back on by going to their profile and refollowing them. Simple!
- Sync Facebook’s calendar with Google Calendar
If you’ve signed up for an event on Facebook, or just want to keep track of everyone’s birthdays, syncing your Facebook calendar to your Google Calendar is easier than you’d think.
First, log in to Facebook and click on the “Events” link in the left column. At the bottom of the right column, you’ll see links for Upcoming Events and Birthdays. Right-click on the link you want and choose Copy Link Location.
Then open your Google Calendar. In the left column, find Other Calendars. Click the down arrow in the Other Calendars page, and then click “add by URL.” Paste the link that you copied from Facebook, and click Add Calendar.
- Stop Facebook from tracking you
Facebook makes its money by figuring out what you’re doing on and off of the website. The company tracks almost everything that its users do in an effort to understand them.
If you’d rather not be turned into a statistic for Facebook to sell on the open market, a browser extension can stop all of Facebook’s tracking attempts.
Facebook Disconnect is a browser extension that’s available for both Firefox and Chrome. Install it in your browser and it blocks Facebook from getting information about what websites you’re visiting.
- Make Facebook talk like a pirate
Have you ever wanted Facebook to automatically translate all of your friend’s posts into pirate slang? No? Well, you can do it anyway.
Click the upside down triangle in the upper right-hand corner of the Facebook page, then click the “Settings” link. Where it says “Language” click the Edit button, then navigate to the “English (Pirate)” option. Now, enjoy the results!
You can switch it back to regular English by doing the same thing except picking the “English (U.S.)” option instead. There are a couple of other funny languages you can set, but I’ll let you explore those on your own.
- Turn off Facebook’s notification sounds
Tired of having Facebook notify you every time someone likes a post that you’ve made? You can turn off Facebook’s notification sounds.
Click the upside down triangle in the upper right-hand corner of the Facebook page, then click the “Settings” link. In the left column select Notifications.
Where it says “On Facebook,” click the “View” link and uncheck “Play a sound.” Then click the “Save Changes” button.
- Combine your profile picture and cover photo
Have you ever seen a Facebook page where the cover photo and profile picture look like a seamless photo? It takes some graphics skill to pull it off.
Or you can use Tricked Out Timeline. This Web tool lets you upload an image and turn it into a cover photo and profile picture combo that looks really slick.
- How to access Facebook chat from your desktop
Facebook’s built-in Messenger is a fun way to chat with friends, but tying up your browser with it is a little annoying. Fortunately, you have the option of using a regular chat program instead.
If you’re using Pidgin or iChat, you’ll have to select either Jabber or XMPP as the account type. Adium users can just pick “Facebook.”
Type your Facebook profile ID and password. To get the profile ID, open your Facebook page and click the Home button at the top. Then look at the Web address. The profile ID is whatever comes after “www.facebook.com/”.
For example, mine would be “kim.komando”. If you never set your name, it might say, “profile.php?id=123456”. You want to use the number that comes after “id=”.
If you’re using Pidgin, there’s a few extra steps to take. Where it says “domain” type in “chat.facebook.com” and for “local alias” type in your name as it appears in your Facebook profile. Now click the Advanced tab and for “port” enter 5222 and for “connect server” type in “chat.facebook.com”. You should be set.
- Find hidden unread messages
Not many people know this but you might be getting messages from people and don’t know it. If someone sends you a message and you have no mutual friends, Facebook automatically filters their message into the “Other” message folder.
To find the “Other” folder, click the word bubble icon at the top of the page. Then next to where it says “Inbox” click “Other.”
You might see a surprising amount of messages piled up in here, because Facebook never notifies you about any messages received from people who aren’t in your network.
In fact, when I originally told my listeners this tip, one girl tried it found a message her birth mother had sent her a few years before. Who knows what you’ll find!
- Choose Custom Title and Description for Links
Facebook Link Titles and description
- Disable Seen option in Facebook Chat
Have you noticed that recently Facebook recently introduced a new feature that notifies Facebook users whether their Facebook private message is seen by the receiver or not. If you want disable seen option then here is a nice Facebook trick for you. Just Install FB unseen extension to your chrome browser and your friends will never get notified when you read their messages.
- Live Broadcasting Using Facebook
Live broadcasting on with a custom channel is now possible directly on Facebook using usteam. Using ustream Facebook application you can record videos or broadcast live and share it with your friends and followers on Facebook.
*As of March 2013 Source: http://news.yahoo.com/number-active-users-facebook-over-230449748.html