Saturday, July 17, 2010

Facebook Status Tips ‘n’ Tricks

 
With Facebook’s ever changing layout, and the fact that other social networking websites (you know what i mean) are continuously trying to give something new from there real-time updatable status messages, it’s easy to figure out some cool tricks for your humble Facebook status.
 
I’ve pulled together 5 great How-to tips that will help you get the most out of your status updates.
 
Perfect for new Facebook users, or anyone who is looking for a refresher, read on and let me know the ones you like in the comments below.
   

1. How To : Add Dislike Option to Your Facebook Status Update


Facebook  Status Dislike Button
“Like” buttons are every where on Facebook, and they’re every where on the web seriously Baring teeth smile. But what if you want to update your status or share something that your friends can “dislike?” I know, your friends can choose to “comment” on your post, but where’s the fun in that?
 
The clever Status Magic Facebook app can add a dislike button to any status updates posted via the app. And if you wanted to really mix it up you can actually customize the second emotion to anything, such as “love,” “hate,” “disagree” or even “LOLs.”
 

2. How To : Hide Status Updates From Certain People


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Using Facebook’s general privacy settings (find these by hitting “account” on the top right of a Facebook page) you can select whether everyone, just friends or friends of friends can see your status updates. However, there is a way to narrow those options down even further.
 
You can select specific friend lists to see your status (college, may be work or special interest groups, etc.) or even individual people by name, which is useful for anyone organizing a surprise party Birthday cake.
 
To take advantage of these options, click the padlock icon just below your “what’s on your mind” box on your wall and a drop down menu should appear. Selecting “customize” will bring up more options such as “make this visible to” and “hide from” with the option to make your selection a default.
 

3.  How To: Pre-Schedule Status Updates

 
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While SocialOomph (TweetLater.com), Sendible and HootSuite offer the same kind of service, the simplest way to schedule Facebook status updates is by using the easy, free Later Bro service.

Just sign in with Facebook Connect, select your time zone, type in what it is you’d like to say, set the calendar and clock to when you’d like to say it, and punch it!  
 

4. How To : Tag People In Your Status Updates


tagging

This was quite a big deal when it was announced this past September, but from the amount of searches on the topic “how can I make someone’s name go blue in a Facebook status?” (funny right) it seems it’s not universally known.
To mention someone in a status update just type “@” (same as twitter Nerd smile copy cat) in the status bar and start typing their name as it appears on Facebook. An auto-generated list will then come up with people in your social circle whose name starts with the letters you’ve typed. The feature also works with pages, brands, events and companies.

Hit the name you want, complete the update, click share and the name will become a hyperlink (you won’t see the @ symbol) and will appear in blue text.
   


5. How To : Add Symbols In Your Facebook Status

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Although there are plenty of emoticons that work with Facebook Chat, typing “:)” into Facebook’s status bar will not magically transform into a smiley yellow face. In fact, the only symbol you can create in a Facebook status update through the shortcut keys is a ♥, by typing “<3".

While this won't bother many Facebook users, others more used to punctuating their missives can copy and paste web-happy, universal symbols into the box, as you can see in the screen grab above.

PC users can also access some symbols by hitting “alt” + various number combinations (on a numerical keypad). So, while smileys are yet to hit Facebook statuses, you can annoy or amuse your buddies with symbols right now.



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