20 Facebook Tips And Tricks You Should Know – Part II

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This year Facebook would have been in the social network scene for a decade. It has expanded to be the mainstream social network everyone is on, offering a wide range of options like Facebook fan pages, hashtags, and products like Facebook Page Insights, Facebook Home, a Camera app for iOS, Facebook covers (which some brands use to the fullest extend for branding), Facebook search and more.


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If you have read our first batch of Facebook tips and tricks you should know, you’d probably love this follow up of another 20 tips to help you get the best from Facebook. Know of more interesting tips to share? Let us know in the comments.

1. Connect To Multiple Facebook Accounts

You probably noticed that you can’t login to more than one account on Facebook. However, if you use Chrome, there is a built-in profile feature that allows you to create a new user profile on your browser.

  1. Click on the Navicon on the top right of your Chrome browser. Go to Settings.
  2. Go to Users, and click on Add new user.
  3. Choose your Profile Picture and give a name for that user.
  4. Click on Create and a new Window will be opened.
  5. You can now login to your Facebook account as per user profile and easily switch between users at the top right corner (see below).

This is available on Firefox as well.

Connect To Multiple Facebook Account

2. Sync Facebook Calendar With Google Calendar

If you use both Facebook Calendar and Google Calendar to manage your everyday activities, you will need some time to manage both. Why not have your Facebook Events including birthday to sync with Google Calendar so that you don’t have to do it manually? Here’s how you can.

  1. Login to Facebook and click on Events.
  2. Go to the Calendar tab and click the Settings button on the top right then choose Export.
  3. You will see "export your friends birthdays" and "upcoming events" in a hyperlink; choose either one and copy the link address. Let’s say you pick birthdays first.
  4. Now, go to your Google Calendar page, look for Other Calendars on the left side of the page and click on the down arrow button then choose Add by URL.
  5. Paste the link you just copied in the URL box and click on Add Calendar.

Repeat step 3 onwards with the events link to completely transfer all your events from the Facebook calendar to your Google calendar.

Sync Facebook Calendar With Google Calendar

3. Accept All Friend Requests At Once

If you have a lot of pending friend requests list, you might find its tiring to accept all the requests one at a time. Apparently there is a way to accept all at once using a JavaScript code.

  1. At your friend requests page, make sure to have all the requests loaded by scrolling down the page until the end.
  2. Next, copy this JavaScript code:
    javascript:for( i = 1;i<document.getElementsByName("actions[accept]").length;i++){document.getElementsByName("actions[accept]")[i].click();}void(0); and paste it in the address bar of your friend requests page.
  3. Make sure to manually add javascript: at the front of the code once you have pasted it in the address bar because some browsers will automatically remove that line.
  4. Press Enter and watch the magic happens.

Accept All Friend Requests At Once

4. Create Special "Via" Status (With Logo)

Normally when we update our Facebook status with our smartphone, the status will also include via "your device name" at the bottom of the status update. Instead of this being just for devices, you can change it to anything you can think of.

Just follow the instructions here to customize the "via" status of your Facebook post. this.

Create Your Own Post 'Via' status With Logo

5. Stop Facebook From Tracking You

Yes, Facebook tracks whatever you do on the main site or on sites that use Facebook Connect. That is why you are being served ads that are relevant to information you have recently searched for. Creepy, isn’t it?

There is a way to regain some form of privacy for yourself, with a Chrome plugin called Facebook Disconnect. Facebook Disconnect uses JavaScript to disable Facebook component link traffic from being accessed by third-party sites. Once installed, this plugin works without further tinkering.

Stop Facebook From Tracking You

6. Photo Zoom For Facebook

With Photo Zoom you can view any photo updates on Facebook in a larger size on your timeline simply by hovering your mouse over it. Get the Chrome extension here.

Photo Zoom for Facebook

7. Hide Last Name On Facebook

Facebook needs you to declare your first and last name, that’s two names, but if you want to have your account bear only one name (or just your first name), you can. Indonesians can register an account with only one name since many of them actually go with just one name. So for you to have a single name like Neo here, check out the instructions below.

  1. Login to your Facebook account.
  2. Grab any Indonesian proxy from this list here then change your proxy on your browser.
  3. On Chrome for PC head to Settings > Show advanced settings > under Network, click on Change proxy settings > click on Lan Settings and tick "Use Proxy Server for your LAN".
  4. Fill in the address box with the proxy, and the port box accordingly. For example, if your proxy is 180.250.160.58:8080, "180.250.160.58" goes into the address box and "8080" is the port.
  5. Tick on Bypass Proxy Server For Local Addresses. Press OK.
  6. Now, go to your Facebook Account settings page, change the language to "Bahasa Indonesia" and save changes.
  7. Remove your Facebook last name and save changes again.
  8. Once you have complete everything, revert to your original language.

Hide Last Name on Facebook

8. Create Fake Facebook Status Conversation

Have you ever read about how World War II transpired on Facebook and the drama Avengers wreaked on Facebook? Well, those conversations are made possible with The Wall Machine. It’s a tool that allows you to forge status updates, comments, likes, recent activity, relationship update, and event attendance, with fake accounts and profile pictures as well.

Create Fake Facebook Conversation

9. Turn Off Facebook Notification Sounds

So you congratulated a friend on a wedding or new baby, or sent a get well soon note to a sickly friend, and now the Facebook notifications won’t stop coming. You have forgotten that Facebook notifications come with sounds and wish you could turn it off. Here’s how to stop it from making noise.

  1. Head over to Facebook Account Settings > go to Notifications tab
  2. At the top, untick "Play a sound when each new notification is received" and Save Changes.

Turn Off Facebook Notification Sounds

10. Joint Facebook Profile and Cover Image

Want to have your own creative Facebook covers? How about one of those where the profile picture is part of the cover photo? Use Tricked Out Timeline website to create your very own joined Facebook profile and cover image. There are 4 effects that you can choose starting from Merge Profile & Cover photo, Missing Jigsaw Piece, Tear Off The Bottom Edge, and Profile Picture Zoom.

Joint Facebook Profile and Cover Image

11. Download Facebook History

Do you know that you can download your entire Facebook history and have it all compiled in a zip file? Go to the Facebook Account Settings page, under the General tab, near the bottom is a link to "Download a copy of your Facebook data". The archive includes almost everything from photos to your chat history but if you want a detailed breakdown read here.

Download Facebook History

12. Use Profile Picture As Emoticons

Did you know that you can turn your friend’s profile pictures into emoticons and use them in a Facebook chat? Here’s how to set it up.

  1. First, visit the page of your friend you want to tag as an emoticon.
  2. Then look for their Facebook username or their Profile ID from the address bar link. For example you want to get hongkiatcom from "https://www.facebook.com/hongkiatcom".
  3. In any Facebook chat, when you type [[hongkiatcom]], brackets included, the profile picture will show during the chat.
  4. You can do this more than once in the same chat, and your friend(s) will not be notified when you use their profile picture as an emoticon in your chats.

Use Profile Picture As Emoticons

13. Invite All Friends To A Facebook Event

Instead of inviting your friends one by one to your Event or Facebook page, why not have them invited all at once? It is as easy as copy pasting a JavaScript code.

  1. Go to your Event Facebook page and click on Invite friends.
  2. Scroll down your friend list until the end to ensure you have loaded all the friends you want to invite.
  3. On Chrome, press CTRL + SHIFT + J (Windows) or CMD + Opt + J (Mac).
  4. Copy and paste this javascript:elms=document.getElementsByName("checkableitems[]");for (i=0;i<elms.length;i++){if (elms[i].type="checkbox" )elms[i].click()} followed by an Enter in the console space. You will then see all your friends name automatically ticked.

invite All Friends to a Facebook Event

14. Download Facebook Videos

Unlike Google+, Facebook does not include a feature to download the videos you see on the social network. Well, there is a really easy way to download your own copy. Simply go to this page, and paste that specific Facebook video URL to download the video.

Download Facebook Videos

15. Enhance Your Facebook Experience With Social Fixer

Want to customize Facebook to look exactly the way you want? Get rid of ads, change it to a previous layout, hide already read posts, force news feeds to "recent stories first" and a whole lot more with Social Fixer plugin.

Enhance Your Facebook Experience With Social Fixer

16. Display Animated Gifs On Status Update With A Play Button

Why aren’t animated gifs on Facebook yet? With giphy gifs it already is. Just find a gif that you want from giphy.com then share the link at your Facebook page.

Display Animated Gifs On Status Update With A Play Button

17. Login To Facebook With Your Username or Phone Numbers

You know you need your email address to login to your Facebook but did you know you can also gain access with your username or phone number as well? If you don’t have a username yet, visit this link to create one.

Login Facebook With Your Username or Phone Numbers

18. Share Facebook Statuses With Profile Pictures and Names Blurred out

Want to share a Facebook status but want to blur out profile pictures and sensitive names? Use Status Snapper for the job since it will automatically blur out the user name and profile image. The image wil also be automatically uploaded to imgur.

Share Facebook Statuses With Profile Picture and Name Blur out

19. removing Bitstrips From Your News Feed

A viral app that you probably have seen at least once in your Facebook News feed is Bitstrips. Through Bitstrips you can create your own comics starring you or any of your friends. Its a fun idea, but to some Facebook user, Bitstrips is probably taking way to much space on their feeds. If you want to eradicate Bitstrips from your feed, we got your back.

What is Bitstrips & How to remove them From Your News Feed

20. Facebook Keyboard Shortcuts

So there are keyboard shortcuts on Google+, and also on YouTube, it’s no surprise that Facebook has their own set of keyboard shortcuts as well. Here are some Facebook keyboard shortcuts that you can use while browsing Facebook on Chrome for Mac.

Shortcuts Descriptions
Ctrl + Opt + 0 Help
Ctrl + Opt + 1 Home
Ctrl + Opt + 2 Timeline
Ctrl + Opt + 3 Friends
Ctrl + Opt + 4 Inbox
Ctrl + Opt + 5 Notifications
Ctrl + Opt + 6 Account Settings
Ctrl + Opt + 7 Privacy
Ctrl + Opt + 8 About
Ctrl + Opt + 9 Terms
Ctrl + Opt + m New Message
c Comment on a story in News Feed
j and k Scroll between News Feed stories
i Like or unlike a selected story
q Search for a friend to chat with
p Focus on the text box when making a post
/ Search
Ctrl + g Search conversations
Ctrl + q Show/hide keyboard shortcuts
Ctrl + Delete Archive/unarchive conversations
Ctrl + c Mark as spam
Ctrl + c Start a new message
Ctrl + i Go to inbox
Ctrl + u Go to other

Check out all our other posts related to Facebook here.

Author:

Nels Dzyre is a tech enthusiast from the age of dial-ups, an Android follower since we had Cupcake, and a gamer.

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