Facebook Tips And Tricks: 7 Ways To Get The Most Out Of The Social Networkby Rajshree Faria August 8, 2016
If the film ‘Social Network’ is to be believed, thank God that Mark Zuckerberg was rejected by so many girls and classmates. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have the highly stalker-friendly, Facebook, amidst us! With over 1.65 billion active users, Facebook has undoubtedly become the place to socialise, keep yourself updated on the news of the world, people’s views on it, and what your favourite actor ate for lunch. Whatever the reason you log in to Facebook, here are few tricks and hacks that every user must know for a smoother experience on the brilliant website:
Not all of us have the luxury of going through every interesting article that we come across our News Feed at the time… and some of us are plain lazy to read the whole article or watch the complete video. Facebook, always the thoughtful one, has for these reasons, incorporated the ‘Save Link’ feature in every post. Just click on the drop-down arrow on the top right corner of the post and choose the option. You can access these saved links later from the ‘Favourites’ bar, or if you’re using the phone app, then from the ‘More’ option on the bottom right.
2. Play some sports… on the Messenger
Let’s face it, if you are constantly Facebooking you are not someone who really loves to go out and play sports! However, you could sleep better at night knowing that you DID play some basketball and football. In the virtual world. Open Messenger chat with a friend. Send them a basketball emoji. Click on the sent emoji. Now shoot some free hoops! For the football version, do the same. Except, this time, the game is to keep the ball in the air for as long as you can. Sounds silly, right? Well, so is opening Facebook every five minutes.
3. Find the recipe you want
You can search for a recipe on Facebook with the latest Facebook Search. Just type in the cuisine, course, or even meal name, and voila! You can see posts from your friends, articles, and even famous restaurants! Another innocent reason to hit Facebook *wink wink*
4. Wish a friend with a birthday video
Posting a simple ‘Happy Birthday” to a friend’s wall just doesn’t cut it anymore. What you can do, instead, is head to their Facebook profile, start typing a birthday wish until you see a blue pop-up bar with “Record a birthday video” typed. Press it, choose from amongst six birthday-themed background filters, and record your birthday wishes with a short video!
5. See ads as per your preference
You can’t completely rid your browser of ads but how about you see ads as per your preference? Go ahead and change your ad preferences to get only those that might interest you…Here’s how to go about it…from the drop down box on the top right corner of your page, click on ‘Settings’ AdvertsAdverts based on my preferencesEditVisit Ad Preferences. Play around a little on this page and choose from the many topics of advertisements.
6. Download your Facebook information
For many of us, our Facebook account is way more crucial to our being than perhaps, our Passport. It is a treasure box of memories that we may never wish to lose.
If you feel the same, head over to the ‘Settings’ page, click on ‘General Account Settings’, and hit ‘Download a copy of your Facebook data’. With one last click on ‘Start my Archive’, you can download all your Facebook data.
Bored to open your email to send a file but got Facebook Messenger already on? Or don’t know the email I.D of the contact? Well here’s a quick solution. Open a chat with the friend you need to send the file to, and click on the ‘gear’ icon on the top chat bar, next to the video calling option. You will see an option to ‘Add Files’. Click on it, choose the file from your computer, open, and send it! Furthermore, for all those who use Messenger on their iOS or Android devices, you can even integrate the ‘Dropbox’ app with Facebook Messenger.
Go ahead, try these tricks out, and be a pro Facebooker!