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.
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I spend a lot of time on Facebook and I have heard many stories from friends of how Facebook has caused problems with friends and family relating to arguments or offending others on Facebook. I personally have never had a problem like this ever. Until now.
Without going into too much detail and making the situation worse than it already is, I have certain people (extended “family” you could say) blocked from my Facebook profile, meaning I may as well not exist to them because they can’t find me and for good reason. Let’s call them “person A“. I don’t want “person A” to know anything about my personal life and want to keep it as private as I possibly can. However, their extended family members, “person B” saw something on my page, passes on the info, and “person A” got upset about it. So I blocked “person B” which I would have blocked in the beginning anyways if I had though about it.
Anyways…. Ugh, so high school-ish, right?
“Person A” is now upset that I blocked “person B” because they “did nothing wrong”. So now I look petty, immature, and like the bad guy all because I wanted to keep my privacy so it wouldn’t cause problems in the first place. I can’t win. So what do I do? Do I act as the better person, unblock these people (even though we still are not Facebook friends and they still won’t have access to very much anyways), or do I keep them blocked and continue minding my own business and hope they mind their own business (ha ha)?
What is the correct etiquette for blocking people?
If I would not invite you to my house, show you my photo album, and tell you the latest going on in my life, why would I share it with you on Facebook? I wouldn’t, you would be blocked.
That’s what’s so great about Facebook, you can control who sees what!
Click here to learn how to block certain posts from being seen, control your privacy, block people all together, etc!!!
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SALT LAKE CITY – Facebook has been a breeding ground for viral content in the last several days displaying graphic and violent pictures and videos on unsuspecting users’ walls and news feeds.
Spam and viruses are nothing new to Facebook. However, this time around the content was more graphic than ever and effected users at more alarming rates than ever before.
According to ZDnet.com, a technology website, a statement was released Tuesday saying, “Facebook is aware of these reports and we are investigating the issue.”
The Facebook spokesperson continued to say “Protecting the people who use Facebook from spam and malicious content is a top priority for us and we are always working to improve our systems to isolate and remove material that violates our terms. We have recently experienced an increase in reports and we are investigating and addressing the issue.”
According to Facebook’s Security Page, there are several viruses to be on the lookout for. Koobface is one of the most common forms seen on the social-networking site. It is a computer worm that spreads on Facebook by sending messages and making wall posts on behalf of the infected user. These messages contain a link, which will prompt you to download and install a newer version of Adobe Flash player. However, this download actually contains a malicious file that, once opened, uses your Facebook account to continue posting this malicious link on your behalf, thus spreading the virus. Right now, only Windows users can be infected by Koobface.
Facebook’s security page also points out the many “phishing” sites that make their way around to users.
“When criminals gain access to a Facebook account, they usually post spammy comments on friends’ walls, or send spammy messages through inbox or chat,” according to the security page. “These messages ask you to click on a link and often try to entice you by claiming there’s a new photo or video of you somewhere on the Internet that you need to check out. The link then takes you to a phishing site that asks you to enter your login information, or a malware site that prompts you to download malicious software.”
The issue brings up pressing questions of security settings and Internet safety. What can users do to avoid getting hacked or infected with a virus on Facebook?
1. Change your password.Changing your password is easy and users should change theirs regularly. Go to your account settings from the arrow drop down at the top right of your home page. Click the “edit” button next to “password” and make your changes. Don’t forget to “save.”
2. Make sure you are browsing Facebook using a secured server or HTTPS. Just as online banking and shopping websites encrypt your information, Facebook has the ability to do so as well. Many applications and games accessed through Facebook will ask you to turn off your secured browsing, just remember to turn it back on. To change this setting, once again go to your account settings, and click on the “security” tab on the left hand menu. Select the edit button next to “secured browsing” and then check the box for the HTTPS setting.
3. Never click on pictures, videos, or links that seem suspicious or too good to be true. Many viruses will come to users in a chat message, private message, or wall post and often times from a Facebook friend, but do not click on it until you verify from that friend who sent it to you.
So what do you do if you see one of these suspicious pictures or links?
1. Report it. If you see a post you believe to be spam or viral, hover your mouse over the right side of the post and a drop down arrow will appear. Once you click the arrow, several options appear including “report as spam”. Inside a chat message or private message, the same reporting options are available.
2. Delete the post. If you see a post on your wall, hover to the right side of the post and you will see a tool icon appear. Click it for options to delete the post.
3. Remove unused applications. Clean out your Facebook applications and delete what you are not using. To do this, go to your “account settings,” on the left side menu select “apps,” Click “edit” next to any application you do not trust or actively use and select “remove app.”
Facebook can be a fun and enjoyable environment but if you realize you have been infected with a virus, take the precautions listed above as well as perform a virus scan on your computer. ZDnet.com suggests using Microsoft Security Essentials or a free alternative Avast.