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10 Facebook Tricks You Need To Know But Probably Never Knew

10 Facebook Tricks You Need To Know But Probably Never Knew

Facebook; most of us use it almost everyday, doing pretty much the same things over and over again. Updating statuses, checking out friends’ profiles, downloading and uploading pictures and the occasional messaging, group chatting etc.

But, while most of us use Facebook everyday, the fact is that most of us also haven’t really tinkered with how all the above things in Facebook can be done a bit differently, more easily, more conveniently and maybe with a little less time and effort.

Here are 10 Facebook usage tricks that we believe will definitely help you enjoy a new and better Facebook experience.

1. Change your Status Update Font in Facebook

The next time you post your status update, do something cool and change your update’s font.

By default, Facebook gives you only one font. It is nice but everyone uses the same font! Where is the fun in that!

Head over to this Facebook font page changer page on the web. Once there, type in your update and then copy paste one of the funky styles you see, right into your status update page in Facebook. Your updates can then look like this!

change facebook font for status update

    2. Sync your Facebook Calendar with Google Calendar

    You would probably call your Google Calendar your secretary, wouldn’t you? That is how important Google Calendar has become for most people. Have you unsuccessfully tried to link one of your Facebook calendar events to your Google Calendar?

    It is actually a piece of cake! Follow the steps below.

    Go to Events in Facebook. Choose the upcoming tab and then click on the Options tab. Once there, you can choose the export event option, like shown below.

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    adding facebook calendar entry to google calendar

      Once you have copied the address, head on over to your Google Calendar. On the left hand tab, you will see an option called Other Calendars. Click on the drop down arrow next to it and then choose “Add by URL” as shown below.

      adding facebook event to google calendar

        That’s it. Your Facebook Calendar event is now neatly synced into your Google Calendar, with all the details you had on Facebook.

        3. Stump your Friends with a “Blank” comment!

        The next time one of your favorite Facebook friends post a status update, you can head on over to their post and leave a blank comment. They will be stumped.

        They will surely ask you what you intended to type after seeing your blank comment, like below.This little prank can be a great conversation starter if you think about it!

        To leave a blank comment, hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and then type “0173”. Then, release all keys and press enter. You just left a puzzling blank comment!

        blank comment in facebook

          4. Stop Facebook from Tracking Your Every Move

          Did you know that advertisers on Facebook can target ads that will only show to you? Sounds scary, doesn’t it?

          The truth of the matter is that it is happening as you read this. Since Facebook is free, it makes money by making its massive user base available for targeted advertising, something that earns them billions.

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          using facebook disconnect

            If you would rather not be a statistic that is constantly tracked by Facebook, install Facebook Disconnect, available for both Chrome and Firefox.

            Enabling these extensions is pretty self-explanatory and, once activated, you can be assured that the relentless tracking from Facebook would have stopped.

            5. Choose Who Sees You Online on Chat?

            By default, when you are online and on chat, your name will have a green circle next to it, indicating that you are online and ready to chat away.

            While you might be in the mood to chat with just some people on your FB friend list, chat initiations from certain friends or just acquaintances can rather be more of a nuisance. Once again, just like how you can selectively share your status updates with certain people, you can choose to be shown as online in chat only for some people.

            Click on the little Settings gear icon on the right hand corner in the small Chat window that you see at the bottom of Facebook.

            Chat advanced settings facebook

              Once there, enter people that you want to be seen as available to chat with or leave out people who you don’t want to see you as online. Then, save the new settings and enjoy Facebook chat only with people you actually want to chat with!

              Facebook chat settings edit

                6. Block Facebook Ads with a Chrome Extension

                Do Facebook ads annoy you? Do they distract your otherwise enjoyable Facebook experience? After all, who wants to see a weight loss ad when you are looking at your friend’s awesome adventure vacation photo album?

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                Thankfully, the Facebook AdBlock extension in Chrome makes blocking Facebook ads real easy. Just install the extension and activate it to enjoy a ad-free experience, like the screenshot shown below!

                Facebook ad blocker

                  7. Get Customized Facebook Activity Summary in Your Email

                  This is a particularly good tip for those who are addicted to Facebook.Have you ever wished that there was a way you could maybe get a quick day end summary about what happened on Facebook, instead of logging into Facebook itself several times a day?

                  NutshellMail does exactly that. It works for Facebook and Twitter as well! What is really likable about Nutshell Mail is that you get to heavily customize what sort of alerts you want to receive from Facebook.

                  nutshell facebook account emails

                    For instance, you can choose to get email alerts from only certain friends, about tagged photos, about messages, about notifications, about certain Facebook pages and also about specific elements from your News Feed. It even allows you to select the maximum number of items per email, for each subsection that you select.

                    Once you set it up, your email will be a great way to catch up on Facebook. Depending on what you see in your email, you can then skip logging into Facebook, something that might otherwise result in a lot of time wasted with Facebook browsing.

                    8. Stop the Over Sharers

                    Some people go just a bit too far with their constant status updates. Just woke up, had breakfast, had lunch, with friends, going to bed, etc, etc! It never ends.

                    If you have had it with friends like this, there is a way to stop the over sharing. Well, technically you can’t stop them from over sharing, but you have a choice to block out there updates. You will still remain their friends and they won’t know that you have chosen not to see their updates.

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                    On the little down arrow on the top right hand corner of a post, click on Unfollow “Person’s Name” to stop their updates in your feed.

                    unfollow facebook oversharers

                      9. Retrieve messages from long lost friends, or maybe the creeps!

                      Not a lot of people know of this but Facebook has an automatic filtering system when it comes to your messages. While messages from your friends get a prominent notifications, messages from people who are not on your contact list and with whom you don’t have any mutual friends will silently go into the “Other” folder, without any notifications.

                      In all probability, this folder will contain messages like promotions, spam and maybe even the odd creepy messages from stalkers, with the latter being probable if you are a woman. But, once in a while, you will see a message from a dear friend you might have completely lost track of, in this “Other” folder. Doesn’t hurt to check it out once in a while, just for this reason.

                      Facebook messages from others

                        10. Delete Facebook Account for Good!

                        Facebook is great for billions of people. For some though, it might have just become a nuisance. If you are the type that never uses your Facebook account and never plan to again, it makes sense to completely delete your account and not just let your profile catch dust out there, somewhere in cyberspace.

                        To completely delete your account and go off the Facebook radar, choose one of the following options. Go to Settings > Security > Deactivate your Account. Once there, you will see a bunch of reasons why you want to deactivate your account. Choose one that suits you and then deactivate account. If you own Facebook pages, you will get a warning saying that such pages will be deactivated as well, unless of course you assign some people as admins.

                        how to deactivate facebook account

                          While deactivating your Facebook account, you can still choose to receive emails if you get tagged, if you get invited to groups etc. Check or uncheck this box based on your preference and then confirm deactivation to get off Facebook for good.

                          Featured photo credit: Kārlis Dambrāns via flickr.com

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                          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                          Joe’s Goals

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                            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                            Daytum

                              Daytum

                              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                              Excel or Numbers

                                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                Evernote

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                                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                  Access or Bento

                                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                    You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                    Conclusion

                                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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