5 Awesome Facebook Tricks You Didn't Know Existed

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Facebook: you love it, you hate it, you can't stop using it. Even after that one obnoxious thing you posted about your kid got you featured on STFU, Parents

While most of us love to complain about Facebook—it's invading our privacy! It encourages people to behave like narcissistic assholes! It totally sucks for a variety of hilarious reasons!—let's be real, we all use it. And we probably always will, because no matter what amazing new social media creation is invented from here on out, our photo-loving elderly family members will never be able to learn a new website EVER.

While Facebook continues to roll out new features at a breakneck pace, if you're like me, you probably don't know how to use half of the existing whistles and bells. Here's a list of a few handy tricks for improving your Facebook experience:

Customize the links you share. When you post a link to your status, Facebook automatically includes the page's title and description, but did you know you can edit that information? After you add the link, but before you hit the Post button, just click on the title or description and you'll get an editing box. Then you can change "Stocks Off Highs After Report on EU Ratings‎‏" to "My Cat's Breath Smells Like Cat Food"—or, you know, whatever.

Create a Group document
. I don't use groups, so I had no idea this feature even existed: within a Group page, there's a Docs link at the top of the page. If you click that, you get the option to create a text-only document that everyone in the group can edit. Once you save the doc, it's posted to the group's feed just like a status update. An Edit button allows people to make changes, and previous revisions can be viewed by clicking Recent Changes.

Add more EMOTICON!
I'm not saying I approve of your emoticon habit, I'm just saying if that's your thing, there's a way to add more flair to your updates. If you've been typing :) and waiting for a big old cartoon smiley face to appear, you've probably noticed that Facebook has been ignoring your needs. No worries, that's what the Facebook Symbols page is for. Just copy and paste any of the web-friendly, universal symbols into the box, and Facebook will be happy to include all the various symbols you need to get your point across. ⒸⓞⓞⓁ, right? ❤

Get that annoying ticker out of your face.
Tired of seeing that scrolling bar on the right side of your screen that shows every blessed thing your friends say and do? Unfortunately you can't delete the whole thing, but you can minimize it by grabbing the bar at the bottom and dragging it upwards as far as possible. That hides the majority of the ticker with your Facebook chat window. If you're a little more technically inclined, you can also hide the ticker by installing a Chrome extension or running a Firefox user script.

Control who can see your status updates.
Want to say something on a public social media website but don't want everyone to be able to see it? You should probably give a little more thought to your overall strategy, Secret Squirrel, but you can actually customize who can see your updates. Click the drop-down menu next to Post and then select Custom to get a dialogue box that allows you to choose lists or specific people. You can make your status visible to—or hide it from—anyone you want. Just a gentle warning, though: if it's on the Internet at all, it's probably best to assume it's public information.

Did you know about all these Facebook tricks? Got any of your own to share?


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smtxc... smtxcowgirl

I wish more people would learn how to use their privacy settings.  I've seen some profiles that are wide open and have information like phone numbers, addresses, their kids pictures out there for the whole world to see.  It's crazy!  


Users have been able to create lists for specific people for quite a while now, I've been using them for a long time.  It's so easy to do and you can make certain status updates and even photo albums available to certain lists.  There's no excuse to have your personal information and your kids pictures and info out there for the world to see.  If you don't know how to work your privacy settings, learn how.  Get your kids or someone else to teach you.  If you still can't figure it out, then maybe you shouldn't be on Facebook.

Nicho... NicholasMama608

I use the option to hide my status all the time.  98% of what I post is hidden from all family members because they would all twist it around and make it seem like something horrible.  A simple "Gosh, it's hot today" would turn into me beiing an ungrateful daughter because I live at home with my mom and her husband for a few months until I get an apartment.

nonmember avatar Jess

This is nice, I especially like the symbols website as I didn't know you could create posts with gigantic letters. I'm so excited to annoy everyone I know now. I did already know about all the other features, and still don't even have the ticker on my account (not sure how that happened).

Laura Wednesday

i don't have the ticker on my account either! ( Also not sure how that happened).

nonmember avatar Danielle Duffy

I wonder about blocking specific status updates, what if they click on your profile, isn't everything listed there?

bigndead bigndead

What really made me mad was when recently they got gos or something and my location got posted..i HAD BEEN trying to hide from a crazy, violent ex, was very careful about not revealing any hints about my location, then i post a quick status and go on my merry way, not realizing i just revealed where i was to a mutual friend. Thanks!! Tried in vain, but no way to turn it off.

bigndead bigndead

What really made me mad was when recently they got gos or something and my location got posted..i HAD BEEN trying to hide from a crazy, violent ex, was very careful about not revealing any hints about my location, then i post a quick status and go on my merry way, not realizing i just revealed where i was to a mutual friend. Thanks!! Tried in vain, but no way to turn it off.

bigndead bigndead

Got gps i meant

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