Facebook Tips and Tricks
Facebook has become more than just a social media platform - it is part of our everyday life. It's where we get updates on our friends, get invited to events, hear about news events (sometimes for the first time). It would be weird to say this eight years ago, but can you imagine life without Facebook?
Today we are going to give you several tips and tricks on how to use Facebook to its full potential and how to avoid common annoyances to get the most out of this everyday tool.
Create an Event
Inviting people to your event has never been easier. Since pretty much everyone you know is on Facebook, creating an event on this Social Media platform is the easiest way to reach out to friends, family and co-workers. Also Facebook events allow you to update information (in case the time or location changes), allow for invitees to chime in (calling dibs on what food to bring) as well as let guests RSVP so you know what to expect at your party or event.
To add an event in your web browser, click 'Create Event' under the heading 'Events' on the left hand navigation pane in Facebook (for Mobile users, see the video below to find this function) . Add your event information and indicate which friends you would like to invite and get ready to party!
Remember, you have the option to allow guests to invite friends or not, depending on the size and activities at the event. This can help your event grow, but make sure you keep an eye on your guest list so it doesn't get out of control.
Do you have someone on Facebook who is constantly posting annoying status updates, but you don't want to unfriend them? You have the ability to unfollow them, which will filter out their posts in your timeline.
Go to the profile of the irritating poster, and beside their profile picture, their should be a box that says 'Following' with a checkmark beside it. Click that box and click 'Unfollow', and the checkmark will disappear. You can also unfollow on your timeline by clicking the arrow in the top right corner of the post and clicking 'Unfollow'.
You will no longer see your oversharing friend's posts, and they will be none the wiser.
Turn Notifications Off a Specific Post
Do you ever comment on someone's post, and then get all these notifications every time someone else comments on the same post? This can get annoying, especially for popular posts where non-friends are posting as well.
To turn notifications off a specific post, click the arrow in the top right corner of the post, and click 'Turn off notifications for this post'.
Create a Group
A Facebook group is a very useful tool for communicating with multiple people including sports teams, travel buddies, organizations & service clubs, hobbies (eg book club), bands and so much more.
Creating a group is very similar to creating an event. Click 'Create Group' under the heading 'Groups' on the left hand navigation pane in Facebook (for mobile users, see the video below to find this function) .
See Nearby Events
Not only are you able to create you own events, but Facebook lets you know about public events that are happening near you. For instance, you could discover a concert going on in your area or perhaps a volunteer opportunity.
To discover events near you, click on 'Events' in the top left corner of your browser (follow instructions in the video below for mobile) and scroll down to see events around you.
See Trending Stories
Taking a page out of Twitter's playbook, Facebook has recently added a tending topics section. Here you can see the popular topics people are posting about. These trending topics can be found at the top right corner of your browser (press the magnify glass icon on your phone).
Use Video Calling in Facebook Messenger
Similar to Skype, Facebook Messenger now has a video chat feature. This can be found by clicking the video camera icon in your chat pop-up.
Since Facebook is our global way of life now, why not use it to its full advantage? Use these tips and tricks to help improve your Facebook and overall online experience and give you less angry face, and more wow face.
Andrew Mustard, Marketing Coordinator
Devoted Leafs fan through the good and the bad - mostly bad. Born and raised in Stratford, Ontario - with more swag than Bieber. Success isn’t a maybe - it’s a must.