12 Amazingly Useful Facebook Tricks You Probably Didn’t Know About

t’s Facebook. You use it every day, and yet it changes something every other week. Are you completely sure you know all of the most useful tricks to make it manageable?

On the off-chance that you missed something out of the zillion changes Facebook made in the past year or so, here are the ultimate tricks you absolutely need to know about.

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Clean Up Your News Feed

Honestly, this might seem basic to some of you, but other people still don’t get it and complain about how Facebook is unbearable. It doesn’t have to be that way.

There are two vital elements to cleaning up your news feed:

  1. Make a custom friends list for just the people you want to see updates from.
  2. Hide notifications from apps you don’t care about.

Follow the links for detailed instructions. I’d also advocate bookmarking the link for your favorite friends list and only ever browsing Facebook with that link.

Another thing to set up is your News Feed preferences. Head to your news feed, then hover over the News Feed link on the left and click on the settings cog that comes up. From there you can adjust who is most important to you and their updates will appear first when you’re browsing your feed.

Facebook Edit News Feed

Plus, there is one other important tip that’s great for clearing up your feed, which we’ll get to later.

Set Up a Legacy Contact

In some countries, it’s now possible to delegate who gets to manage your Facebook account after you die. Go to your Facebook settings to set up your Facebook legacy contact. If it’s available to you, you’ll see “Legacy Contact” right there.

They will only have limited powers and will need to verify you are in fact dead before they get access, but at least your account will be in the right hands.

Share a Facebook Album

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.

Facebook Shared Photo Albums

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.

Convert 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. It’s not a difficult task, but a few things will change when youconvert your Facebook profile to a page.

Migrate Followers to New Page

If you run a Facebook page and you’ve already changed the URL slug once, you might have realised you’re unable to change it again. However, if you’re in this position, you can use a simple trick to fix your problem. Start a new page, then merge the two pages and migrate your followers to the new one.

Get Rid of 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 thing to remember is you can 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.

If this isn’t enough for you, see our complete guide to blocking facebook invites for a few more options.

Add Life Events to Your Timeline

Life event milestones on timelines have been around for ages, but very few people make good use of them. They can be a great way to show just a few highlights of your life publicly on your profile so that potential employers and the like can get an overview of who you are. These are easily set up by heading to your status bar and clicking on “Life Event”, but very few people even realise it’s there.

Facebook Life Event

Subscribe to Notifications for Posts

You’ve seen those people who leave comments like “following” on almost every post, right? These are the people who haven’t worked out that you can turn notifications on for a post.

If you want to see comments on a particular post without making one yourself, just click in the top right and choose “Turn on notifications for this post”. It is actually this easy.

Unfollow, Don’t Unfriend

Unfollowing is the other great tip for clearing up your news feed. You unfollow someone when you want to stay friends with them for some reason, yet you don’t want to see their updates in your timeline ever. You might do this for old work acquaintences or school friends who you never expect to see again, yet don’t want to unfriend as such.

Some people go so far as to play games of Unfriend, Unfollow, Unlike in order to clear up their timelines. It would certainly work, but it’s not nearly as effective as only ever viewing a custom friends list — plus, custom friends lists can be used for other purposes, like choosing who can see you in chat.

Call Your Friends For Free

Get your smartphone out and 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.

Use Facebook Graph Search Effectively

Facebook’s graph search can be a lot of fun and incredibly useful if you know how it works. Start with something simple like “My posts about…”, and you’ll see some options. Use it to take a trip down memory lane and search for anything in your timeline.

Facebook Search Graph MY Posts About

Try a few other cool Facebook graph searches like “Places in Paris, France my friends have been to” or “TV shows liked by people who work at MakeUseOf”. You’ll get the hang of what Facebook graph search can do in no time.

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.

Via: Makeuseof.com

Google Lists Best Apps & Games of 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the end of the year approaches, it’s a good time to take a look back at what has proved popular over the last 12 months. Which is exactly what Google has done with its Best of 2015 lists. These are all on Android, obviously, but we’re sureApple will curate its own list of iPhone apps and games before the year draws to a close.

Google’s Best Apps of 2015 include Microsoft Word, Skype, Telegram, Twitch, and YouTube Gaming. While Google’s Best Games of 2015 include ZigZag, Jelly Jump, Clash of Clans, Fallout Shelter, and Lara Croft GO. The lists appear to have been compiled based on a combination of downloads and ratings.

These are solid lists of essential apps and entertaining games, many of which we have recommended ourselves. Google has also seen fit to list the top selling albums, top selling movies, and top selling books, but as these all need to be paid for, we recommend you read reviews online before you buy (if you feel you can trust them).

Via: MakeUseOf.com

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Michael Moore’s Brave Statement about Donald Trump.. #WeAreAllMuslim

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As a Muslim, I must appreciate Michael Moore, for this brave effort. Read below what he has done to Donald Trump.

Today I went & stood in front of Trump Tower & held a sign until the police came. Then I went home & wrote Donald a letter. Here it is:

Dear Donald Trump:

You may remember (you do, after all, have a “perfect memory!”), that we met back in November of 1998 in the green room of a talk show where we were both scheduled to appear one afternoon. But just before going on, I was pulled aside by a producer from the show who said that you were “nervous” about being on the set with me. She said you didn’t want to be “ripped apart” and you wanted to be reassured I wouldn’t “go after you.”

“Does he think I’m going to tackle him and put him in a choke hold?” I asked, bewildered.

“No,” the producer replied, “he just seems all jittery about you.”

“Huh. I’ve never met the guy. There’s no reason for him to be scared,” I said. “I really don’t know much about him other than he seems to like his name on stuff. I’ll talk to him if you want me to.”

And so, as you may remember, I did. I went up and introduced myself to you. “The producer says you’re worried I might say or do something to you during the show. Hey, no offense, but I barely know who you are. I’m from Michigan. Please don’t worry — we’re gonna get along just fine!”

You seemed relieved, then leaned in and said to me, “I just didn’t want any trouble out there and I just wanted to make sure that, you know, you and I got along. That you weren’t going to pick on me for something ridiculous.”

“Pick on” you? I thought, where are we, in 3rd grade? I was struck by how you, a self-described tough guy from Queens, seemed like such a fraidey-cat.

You and I went on to do the show. Nothing untoward happened between us. I didn’t pull on your hair, didn’t put gum on your seat. “What a wuss,” was all I remember thinking as I left the set.

And now, here we are in 2015 and, like many other angry white guys, you are frightened by a bogeyman who is out to get you. That bogeyman, in your mind, are all Muslims. Not just the ones who have killed, but ALL MUSLIMS.

Fortunately, Donald, you and your supporters no longer look like what America actually is today. We are not a country of angry white guys. Here’s a statistic that is going to make your hair spin: Eighty-one percent of the electorate who will pick the president next year are either female, people of color, or young people between the ages of 18 and 35. In other words, not you. And not the people who want you leading their country.

So, in desperation and insanity, you call for a ban on all Muslims entering this country. I was raised to believe that we are all each other’s brother and sister, regardless of race, creed or color. That means if you want to ban Muslims, you are first going to have to ban me. And everyone else.

We are all Muslim.

Just as we are all Mexican, we are all Catholic and Jewish and white and black and every shade in between. We are all children of God (or nature or whatever you believe in), part of the human family, and nothing you say or do can change that fact one iota. If you don’t like living by these American rules, then you need to go to the time-out room in any one of your Towers, sit there, and think about what you’ve said.

And then leave the rest of us alone so we can elect a real president who is both compassionate and strong — at least strong enough not to be all whiny and scared of some guy in a ballcap from Michigan sitting next to him on a talk show couch. You’re not so tough, Donny, and I’m glad I got to see the real you up close and personal all those years ago.

We are all Muslim. Deal with it.

All my best,
Michael Moore

P.S. I’m asking everyone who reads this letter to go here (http://michaelmoore.com/weareallmuslim), and sign the following statement: “WE ARE ALL MUSLIM” — and then post a photo of yourself holding a homemade sign saying “WE ARE ALL MUSLIM” on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #WeAreAllMuslim.

P.P.S. – To sign his statement for #WeAreAllMuslim, go here on his website: http://michaelmoore.com/weareallmuslim

Facebook’s Year In Review For 2015 Now Available, Lets You Hide The Bad Memories

Facebook, the world’s largest social network, is once again offering account holders the opportunity to view and share their most memorable moments from the last twelve months with its “Year in Review“ feature. As we fast approach the end of 2015, and ultimately start to think about the resolutions that we will be making as we welcome in the new year, Facebook is keen to take us on a nostalgic trip down memory lane by automatically selecting ten photographs that have been uploaded in the last twelve months. Facebook has however made a few changes, this time, around that, makes the whole process a lot safer for those who simply don’t want to relive certain memories.

This same time last year was a mixed bag for Facebook and its Year in Review feature. Granted, millions of people around the globe enjoyed being able to take a quick revisit of some of the photographs and statuses that they had uploaded during 2014 and may have forgotten about. It was also extremely enjoyable being able to see the reviews of friends and family that were being shared. However, some individuals did have bad experiences with certain content being shown that they would simply rather have hidden away. Facebook is attempting to get around that this time with a set of filters and offering users more control over what’s shown.

The changes to the process mean that account holders using this feature won’t see any photographs which have people tagged in who have at one point or another been labeled as being “in a relationship” with them. The filters also remove any photographs or content that contains friends that have memorialized accounts. And, as you might expect, it also blocks content containing links to any accounts that have subsequently been blocked using Facebook’s Block functionality

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It’s great to see Facebook taking into account some of the problems that users experienced last time and trying to rectify them with these new filters in place. However, even with the existence of the filters, it still leaves room for a lot of content to be potentially be displayed that we would rather leave where it belongs; in the past. To get around that problem, Facebook has now also added the extra step of allowing us to edit the created review before finally publishing it and sharing it with friends. Head on over to the 2015 Year in Review page at the following URL right now to get up and running with yours if you haven’t already: facebook.com/yearinreview.

By Paul Morris | December 17th, 2015

How SmartPhones Impacted Our Lives [Infographic]

Smartphones have secured a vital place in our lives. We take them everywhere with us, we have it around us all the time, even when we go to bed. Smartphones are already playing alot of important factors in our lifes, an important limb to our body. If our phones are taken away from us, even for a day; we fall into the internal pitfall of boredom and we feel that our lives are meaningless. Well, not everybody but the majority do feel that way. Smartphones are changing lives both in a good and bad way. Continue reading “How SmartPhones Impacted Our Lives [Infographic]”