Posted by Chanda Gunter
Facebook is the largest and most popular social network out there, but for many, it can be quite confusing. The beauty of Facebook is that just about everything can be customized or configured to your liking…you may just not know about it. If you want to know a little more about what you can do to customize your Facebook business page or just Timeline in general, here is some information for you.
Below are 10 configurations you can do right from your news feed in Facebook. Enjoy!
#1 Have you ever logged into Facebook and the first few posts were from hours ago? Facebook automatically shows you the “Top Stories” in your new feed which are posts that have received lots of attention via likes and comments, and Facebook thinks you shouldn’t miss out on this. Well, here’s how to fix it to show the “Most Recent” posts:
#2 Sometimes you just want to get on Facebook without anyone bugging you. You can be anonymous by setting your chat to “offline“. Any messaging you receive will be sent to your FB Inbox. Start by clicking the chat box at the bottom of the screen. It will pop open showing you who is online, who is not, and who is available by mobile. Then click the gear wheel and “Turn off chat“. Just don’t forget to turn it back on later!
#3 You can change who is seeing your individual posts. “Public” posts, showing the world symbol, mean anyone can see your post, friend or not. “Friends“, showing the figure head symbol, mean only your friends will see your posts. “Custom“, showing the gear wheel symbol, allows you to post to all your friends except for individual people. For example, you are having a surprise party for your mom and you create a post telling everyone you are planning the party. If you set the post to custom, excluding your mom, everyone will see the post but her! Pretty cool huh?
#4 Don’t you hate it when you comment on a post, then realize you misspelled something or forgot a word? You can edit your comment and move on
#5 Have you ever commented on a post and then regretted it later because 50 other people also commented and your notification box is filling up? You can “Unfollow a post” and never get notified again.
#6 The election is close and people are more than ever posting their political beliefs and it can be tiresome. I have many political friends and although it’s not my thing, I still want to be friends with them, but without seeing all those posts. There is a solution…You can hide them from your news feed, meaning you are still friends, they still see your posts, you can see their posts if you go to their profile page, but you won’t see them in your news feed until you put them back in your news feed. Just don’t forget about them! BTW…they will NOT receive a notification about it.
#7 Alright so maybe taking them out of your news feed is a little too harsh for you…Here is an alternative. Hover over the person’s name, then hover over “friends“. Click on “settings” and you will see options for “How many posts you see” and “What type of posts you see“. This allows you to see what you want to see from these people.
#8 You can create different lists for your friends and put friends into multiple lists. For example, family, co-workers, best friends, high school, college friends, etc. whatever you like.
#9 Now that you have all your friends neatly in lists, you can do 2 things with that. First, you can create a post specifically for that list. Now only your friends listed in “family”, for example, will see your specific post only meant for them. Second, you can look at your news feed with only that particular list in mind. For example, if you just want to see what your college buddies are up to, you can click on that list on your left side of the screen, and your news feed will only show those in that last.
#10 If you have a Facebook business page, you will appreciate this. An easy way to jump to your page and not have to go back and forth between “you” and “your page” identities is to click your page from the left side of the screen. It will also have a number next to it if there are any notifications for your page. Easy as pie!
I hope this helped you out and of course if you have anything to add to this, please post it in the comment section below.
Thanks for sharing!!!
Posted by Chanda Gunter
The new Facebook Timeline is now here for business pages and coming next week to all profiles. Many people don’t like change and are afraid to change over to the new Timeline. So since I am a very visual person, I have put together some screen shots of the new Timeline to help you maneuver through it. Once you know where everything is, the Timeline isn’t so bad. PLUS…nothing has changed on your newsfeed which is where most of us spend all out time anyways I hope this helps!
This area is what you will see first and spend most of your time.
#1 The drop down arrow at the top, next to “Home” is where you will log in/out, and find your privacy and security setting.
#2 The cover photo is a huge picture that you can get pretty creative with. To change your cover photo, just hover over it and you will see the option to change it anytime. The dimensions for the pic is 851×315 pixels.
#3 Your profile pic is pretty much the same as before (180×180 pixels) and if you hover over it, you will see options to edit the picture.
#4 “Update Info” is where you will edit your profile, just click on it.
#5 “About me” section is clickable and will also take you to the “edit page” feature
#6 If you have more tabs on your page than the ones you see, there will be a small drop down arrow to click on. You can actually change the position and order of the tabs here.
The great thing about the Timeline is the privacy controls and various options you have when posting.
#7 While posting, you can tag a person or page, add the year, and add the place you are at when posting.
#8 Once you click inside the posting box, you will see a drop down box that allows you to change who is viewing that particular post. You can change the post to be seen as “public”, meaning anyone can see it. You can change it to “friends” or you can change it to “custom”, meaning only your friends will see the post except for a particular person or group of people. This comes in handy if you don’t want your kids to see something, you are planning a surprise party and don’t want the friend to see your posts to other friends about it, etc.
Have you ever posted something you wish you didn’t or were spammed by someone else? You can easily edit and remove pictures and posts.
#9 When you hover over a post, you will see the edit button, click it. You will then have various options to delete the post completely, hide it from your timeline, meaning it is still there for only you to see, or report and mark as spam. In this particular picture, 2 friends saw the same picture and thought of me and decided to post it on my wall
The Timeline has the zig-zag style of posting which can be confusing for some people. If there is a particular post you would like to attract more attention to, then you can “highlight” it.
#10 Hover over the post and you will see a star appear, click it. The post/picture will then spread all the way across your timeline and will be bigger than life!
#11 As you’re scrolling down your Timeline, you will notice a toolbar pop up at the top of your page. This allows for easy navigation so you don’t have to scroll all the way up to go to a different part of your profile.
#12 While you are in the editing section of your profile, notice every section either has a drop down box next to it or an “edit” button. This allows you to control the privacy on every single area of your profile. Take advantage of that!
#13 And finally, the whole point of the new Timeline is to tell your story and then be able to go back and laugh at yourself
Enjoy and embrace the new Timeline and have fun!
If you have any questions…you know where to find me!
Click the pic!