7 Facebook Tips You Need To Know

7 Facebook Tips You Need To Know


Have more fun with Facebook!

The May boycott against Facebook was a bust and its upcoming competitor, Diaspora, is still months away from hitting the market. Meanwhile, Facebook is fast approaching the 500 million user market which means one thing: nearly 1 in 13 humans will soon be using this powerful and influential social networking platform.

FacebookI have been using Facebook a lot more lately, reserving my time on the site to keep up with family members and a select group of friends. My involvement with Facebook means one thing: I am hunting down ways to enhance my experience, including uncovering some jewels to help enrich my experience.

Seven of those gems can be found here:

1. Remote Updates — Who says that you have to actually use Facebook to update Facebook? I’ve been using a pair of remote services — Su.pr and TweetDeck — to perform updates, but there are other ones out there. The advantage found in these two updating services is that I can update other services including StumbleUpon and Twitter, saving me time to do other things.

2. Scheduled Updates — Not only can you send updates remotely, but you can schedule your updates too. Sendible allows users to schedule updates through their service and time those updates to appear on Facebook on your schedule.

3. Hide Ads — On-line advertising is a revenue generator for Facebook, but some people find those ads to be annoying. Use the Cleaner for Grease Monkey script to make ads magically disappear!

4. Update Notifications — Is there a better way to receive updates of your Facebook account via email? Yes, and for Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn and Ning too. Consolidate all of your updates to one mailing and get more complete information too in each summary with Nutshell Mail.

5. Facebook Chat — I’m using Safari right now but plan to download Firefox for my Mac very soon. I’ll also be downloading a nifty plugin to allow me follow Facebook chats while using Firefox!

6. Desktop Chat — Maybe all you want to do is to chat on Facebook without accessing Facebook, like straight from your desktop. Desktop clients including Adium allow you to do that, saving yourself one or more connection steps.

7. Flip Text — Annoy your followers by posting your updates upside down. You can use FlipText.org to compose updates and cut and paste them to Facebook. Maybe your friends will freak out and think Facebook has a bug or something….

That’s its…seven tips to change, improve or otherwise mix up your Facebook experience. Until next time, that is.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".