Have you ever been perusing Facebook and suddenly found yourself spammed with game requests or deluged with ads? Have you ever typed something and realized you made a typo after posting it? Or have you ever simply wished you could share information with a subset of your friends or stop receiving updates from other friends? If you know the right tricks, all of this is possible and more. The following are some Facebook tips and tricks that will improve your social network experience and make it less likely that your friends will be annoyed with your actions.
Preventing Apps From Posting – Whenever you start a new app, whether it is a game, a birthday calendar, or something else, the new app will ask permission to do various things. Almost all apps ask for permission to access your personal information, send you e-mails, and to post on your behalf. You can’t directly prevent the first few and still use the app, but the last one is always optional. After agreeing to the terms, go into your account and go to the apps tab. From there, edit the preferences for the app and remove the app’s privilege of posting on your behalf. If for some reason that isn’t permitted, at the very least you can change the posts so that only you can read it. As a side note, any e-mails you receive from an app will have an unsubscribe option, so you can prevent it from sending e-mails after the first one.
Ads – One of the most common ways that Facebook sends you ads is by determining what your friends like and then sending you ads for those products. If you don’t want your friends to be annoyed by ads that say you liked some product or another, you can prevent ads from being sent based on your actions. From your account, access the “Facebook ads” tab. Click the “edit social ads setting” link and change the drop down option to “No one.” Your friends won’t get fewer ads. They will simply stop getting ads because of you.
Editing Posts – A very familiar sight on Facebook is a post immediately followed by another post that corrects the typo in the previous post. This is entirely unnecessary. If it is the initial post in a thread, you can delete it and if it is any other post in the thread, you can delete or edit it. Mouse over the comment and you will see a pencil appear. Click on that pencil and you can edit or delete your comment. Additionally, you can delete the comments friends make on your timeline the same way if they are inappropriate. So, the next time you misspell the word “thier,” don’t quickly correct it in the next post. Instead, simply edit it.
Hide Stories – Occasionally your friends will post a picture that you really don’t want to see or a story that you don’t want to read. Instead of removing that person from your friend list, you can hide the offending story. Mouse over the story and click the down arrow that appears. From there you can hide the story.
Updates From Friends – Ever wondered how Facebook determines what friend updates appear in your news feed? Everybody does. If you are tired of wondering, you can actually control which of your friends appear most often. If you click on the timeline page of a friend, you will see a friend button near the top of the page. Mouse over it and it will expand. You can assign the friend as a close friend or simply an acquaintance and you can also direct Facebook to show that friend’s actions in your news feed or to give you notifications about that friend. Also if you click on settings you can dictate exactly what updates you receive from the website.
Posts for Specific Friends – Taking advantage of the ability to assign friends to specific categories of friendship, you can also make posts that can only be seen by certain friends. Whenever you post something new, initially the privacy setting is public. You can click on that privacy setting to change it. Change it to “custom” and then in the drop down menu change the option to “specific people or lists.” In the blank below you can add any lists or specific people you want to see the post.