You use Facebook every day right? On your wall your feeds are displaying, there in your inbox is your conversation with friends, you can chat with online friends, like pages, participate in groups etc. But you are hardly aware of the interesting background changes Facebook carries out from time to time. As it was in the past is not the way it is now and will not be in the future.
Knowing some helpful tips and tricks will help you manage your Facebook account well and help you get the best out of it. We will be discussing some interesting tricks you need to know to be able to maximize your Facebook account and enjoy it better.
Clean Up Your News Feed
This is more of a basic task than a trick, but we have to bring it on because not a lot of people are aware of how this is done, or that it could even be done. Well, you can actually clean up your facebook feed by deciding what shows up on your wall. You could decide the people you want to see their posts more often and those you don’t. Most folks still view their feeds in its unfiltered form, where posts from friends, pages and apps all show up together in an unfiltered form. The problem with this is that you could end up seeing unimportant updates from pages you care less about while missing important info from those you care about. So it is time to filter your feeds.
One easy way of doing this is by Setting Up A Friends List. Facebook friends lists are a private way of grouping your friends and pages to your liking. You can use it to set security levels for your updates and photos, but you can also use them to create filtered home page views based on interests and social circles. Once you set up a few good ones, you’ll never want to look at the default home page view again.
To do this, just login to your Facebook account and from the Facebook home page, look for the “Friends” section on the left. Hover next to the word friendsand you’ll see a “more” link. From here you can create new lists of friends easily. When you create a list or click on it from here, you can add people to the list by searching for them.
Another cool way of adding people to lists is by going to their profile. When you hover over your relationship to them, whether your are friends already or just sent them a friend request, you’ll see some of your friends lists that you have created, or automatically set by facebook. Click on “Show All Lists” then simply scroll and click on lists you want to have this friend in. You’ll see a tick appear next to the lists they are in.
Once done, you will be able to go directly to such lists and view updates from them which are already filtered in a page.
Another option is to edit your feed preference through the news feed link on your home page. Hover a little on your News feed link, then click on the little drop down arrow by the side. From there, you can choose whether to see Most Popular updates or Recent updates.
Setting Up A Legacy Contact
It is a great thing facebook boasts of hundreds of millions of users, but what they don’t tell us is the number of their users who are already dead. What happens to their accounts? Well, now there is a feature that allows people to set up a legacy contact of a person who will take over their account when they are dead.
This feature is currently not yet enabled in some countries, but it is worth giving a trial. So check if it is available in your country and set it up. The person you are setting up as your legacy contact has to be someone you trust sincerely, even though he/she will not have access to your account until you pass away and he is able to prove it. To do that, go to your Facebook settings, under the Security tab, scroll down, you will see the Legacy Contact. Click on edit and add one of your contacts.
Sharing Facebook Albums
Far too many people still think that Facebook photo albums are a solo affair. But they’re so easy to share! Just head to the album you’d like to share and click on “Edit”. There’s an easy-to-spot section for you to add contributors to the album.
Use this for sharing family albums, party albums or group holidays. Note that the privacy settings of the album can be set to either “Contributors” or “Friends of Contributors”. The latter may be a bit much for you if your friends have lots of friends.
Change Your Profile Into A Page
If you started a Facebook profile for your business back in the day when you thought that was how Facebook worked, you’re actually under threat of having the account deleted. All Facebook profiles used for business purposes should be converted into pages. This will give your business a more mature outlook and allow you have greater insights and analytics of your page, posts and fan interactions.
However, some changes will take place when you convert your profile to page.
- All of your friends and followers will be migrated to fans of your new Facebook page.
- Your username will become the username for your page (so all your links to your profile will point to the new Facebook Page).
- Your name will become the Page’s name.
- Your profile picture will become your page’s picture.
- Your new page won’t show up in your follower’s interest lists.
- You won’t be able to see personal messages from your old profile.
- The updates and photos from your profile will not transfer to the page.
- You will no longer be in any of the groups you’ve joined
Before you convert your profile to Facebook page, be sure to take the following steps:
- Back up your personal messages, updates, photos and any other personal data using Facebook’s backup tool.
- Change your profile name and address (both for privacy and to match your business needs).
- Choose new group admins and page admins for any groups and pages you manage.
Ready to convert your profile to full blown Facebook page? Click this link https://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php?migrate and follow the process. See the image below
Block The Annoying Invites
Most of the annoying Facebook invites come from the apps that your friends have installed. Go to your App Center via the link on the left on your Facebook home page, then click on Requests. From here, just click on the cross of every annoying app and it will give you the option to never receive an invite from that app again. You could also choose to block invites from people that invite you to every new app.
An extra way of blocking is to do this as the notifications come in. When you see an invite in your notifications feed, just hover on it and click the cross for the option to turn off notifications for that app.
Call Your Friends For Free
If you are using a smart phone, you can actually call your friends free of charge through your Facebook messenger.Just open up Facebook Messenger. Find a contact you’d like to chat to and hit “Call”. It’ll use Facebook’s voice chat and your Wi-Fi or data plan instead of your mobile call plan. The only limit is that your friends need to be using Facebook Messenger on their phone too.
Save Links And Videos
When you’re browsing Facebook on your phone late at night and don’t want to wake anyone up, you’re rarely going to want to press play on an interesting-looking video. Instead, just click on the right-hand-side drop-down menu and choose “Save Video”.
You can also do this with links if you don’t have time to read something immediately. Later, you can find your saved links and videos by navigating through your timeline activity.
Sadly, you can’t save a status update to look at properly or comment on later, but you could always turn on notifications and hope someone else comments in the meantime, or just like it and find it in your activity later.
I really do hope you have been able to learn something new today about your Facebook activities and I also do hope you will act on this information to enjoy your Facebook time better.
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