Whether you’re a casual or seasoned social media user, you might not know about these Facebook tricks, productivity hacks, and amusing flourishes. Both Facebook and its ancillary communications app, Messenger, are full of small surprises that can bring new dimensions of interactivity to your social media experience. The next time you’re catching up on your news feed or chatting with your friends through Messenger, remember to try out these little feature hacks and tricks.
1. Instant photos
If you’ve accidentally triggered this on Messenger, then it can be really creepy. This app allows you to instantly shoot a photo by tapping once on the screen. This gives you the direct ability to quickly send multimedia to your contacts, by passing the shoot and review processes. However, this can be quite jarring if you send your peers an accidental selfie without understanding the feature.
Do you want to stop receiving a person’s posts in your news feed, but you’d feel uncomfortable “unfriending” them? For example, you might be tired of your aunt’s political posts, but unfriending her could cause some tension at your next family dinner. Instead, just navigate to the person’s profile and uncheck the “following” button. Then you won’t have to see their posts unless you go directly to their profile page.
3. Post analytics
Curious to see how well a Page post is doing? Navigate to the bottom of the post and click on the text that says, “# of people reached.” You’ll get access to analytics about this particular post, including how much engagement it has received. You’ll also get to see the engagement rates of the shared versions, just so you can trace the ripple effect of engagement.
4. Quick image search
Are you addicted to sending your friends internet memes? Or perhaps you want to quickly attach a photo of a product during your Messenger chat. This communications app allows you to quickly look for images using a built-in Bing search and send the results directly to your friends.
5. See how advertisers are targeting you
You know those sidebar advertisements you see on Facebook’s desktop view? You can pull back the veil and see exactly why you’ve been targeted for a particular ad. Just click the little “X” on the ad and choose “Why am I seeing this?” You’ll get a brief explanation of how these ads came to appear on your sidebar.
6. Video messaging
Remember that instant photo screen on Messenger? Well, you can also shoot video by holding your finger down on the “Send” button.
7. Gigantic “like”
This might seem a little obnoxious, but now you can reply to Messenger chats with a gigantic version of the “Like” icon. Maybe you can use it to indicate your massive approval of an idea.
8. Pinned group chats
Do you want to save an important group chat session for later? Visit the Groups tab in Messenger to pin a select group of people. This will help you quickly access the group chat so that you don’t have to individually add each recipient.
9. Go nuts with Stickers
Messenger takes emoting to an entirely new level. Send your friends those whimsical Pusheen cats or open up the Sticker Store so that you can play around with thousands of emoting stickers created by companies like Pixar, Cartoon Network, and LEGO.
10. “Other” messages
If you’re not connected with someone on Facebook and they attempt to send you a message, then their correspondence will fall into the mysterious void known as the Other folder. You can find this inbox by visiting Facebook on a computer, clicking on your messages, and selecting the “Other” tab. You can change your preferences so that it uses strict or basic filtering for your inbox.
11. Send Attachments
Who needs email anymore? When you compose new messages on Facebook from a computer browser, you can send a wide variety of attachments, such as PDFs or Word documents. Just click the little gear icon and select “Add Files.”
12. Censor tagged posts
You might not want every single post you’re tagged in to appear on your news feed. Visit the “Timeline and tagging” section of your privacy settings, and click on “Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline.” Whenever someone attempts to tag you in a post, you’ll need to manually approve it before others can view the tag.
13. Post as a Page
If you are the owner of Pages (for organizations, businesses, etc), then you can select how you post on other Pages. Just click on the small flag icon on the top right corner of your Post panel, and choose the Page you wish to represent. This can be a great way for you to build business-to-business communications.
14. Sync Calendar Events
Do you have a difficult time keeping track of Facebook events? You can sync these automatically with your mobile calendar. Just enable Calendar app access in your Facebook App settings, and you’ll be able to see Facebook events on your phone’s calendar.
15. Secret Emoji
There are tons of secret emoji that you can use in Facebook posts and comments. For example, if you feel compelled to create a great white shark, just type “(^^^). You can find several secret emoji by doing a quick Google search for key combos.
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