Use Facebook (And Messenger) In A Way Most People Don’t Know

Use Facebook (And Messenger) In A Way Most People Don’t Know

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.

2. Unfollow

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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8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.


In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!



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