7 Facebook tips only power users know

Facebook is one of the most popular social media sites in the world. There are an estimated 1.8 billion active monthly users worldwide. That’s impressive!

It’s a great way to connect with old friends that you haven’t seen since high school. You can also play games, post pictures and videos of your latest vacation, and so much more.

There are so many entertaining activities on Facebook, it’s easy to lose track of time and spend hours on the site. And you know what they say, “time is money.”

That’s why you need to learn about these seven Facebook tips that only power users know. They will help you use your time more efficiently.

WHERE YOU’RE LOGGED IN

It’s possible to be logged into your Facebook account from multiple gadgets at the same time. Everywhere that you are logged in is considered an active session.

If you are suspicious that someone is spying on your account, there is a way to find out.

The Where You’re Logged In feature allows you to see and manage a list of your active sessions. You can even use it to end an unfamiliar active session.

Here are the steps to use this helpful feature:

  • Tap Settings
  • Tap Security Settings
  • Tap Where You’re Logged In

When you get to the Where You’re Logged In feature, you will see a list of devices with your active sessions.

If you see a session that you know wasn’t made by you, end it and change your Facebook password. To end a session from your mobile gadget, tap the next to the session you want to end. On a desktop computer, tap the End Activity option next to the session.

One thing to keep in mind when using this feature is that logins from mobile phones sometimes show a location that is unfamiliar. That is because mobile phones can connect through cell towers outside your area.

CHECK MESSAGE REQUESTS FOLDER

From time to time, you may get some message requests from non-friends or non-friends of friends that Facebook screens out for you. These may include spam messages but they may also include legitimate messages from people who you don’t have any immediate connection with. It is good practice to check these filtered messages occasionally.

To access this folder on the desktop, go to https://www.facebook.com/messages/ and on the upper-left corner, click on the “Settings” drop-down cog >> “Message Requests” >> “See Filtered Requests.” This will reveal all the messages that Facebook dutifully hid from you. There might be a few in there that you really wanted to see!

 

SEND FILES USING MESSENGER

Sending pictures or emojis to someone is a pretty simple task. But what if you want to send something more substantial, like a document?

It is now possible to send files through Facebook Messenger with the help of Dropbox. In the same place you used to find options for emojis and GIFs, you will find Dropbox as an option to send files.

Here are the steps to use the Dropbox feature:

  • Open the Messenger app
  • Select the contact you would like to send files to
  • Tap the More button
  • Tap Open next to the Dropbox listing
  • Select the file you want to send – Dropbox will create a link for the file and download it to your gadget temporarily. If the file is large you must wait for the download to complete before sending
  • Switch back to the Messenger app – do this once the file is downloaded and ready to send
  • Tap the Send option for the file – this is to confirm that you want to send it

You will need the Dropbox app installed on your gadget to send files through Messenger. The recipient of the file is notified that it was shared through Dropbox.

SET UP A LEGACY CONTACT FOR WHEN YOU DIE

Facebook finally answered the question that it’s been getting for years. What happens to your Facebook account after you die?

While some want their Facebook pages to outlive them, others might want their page taken down. Now, Facebook has finally given everyone a solution to this surprisingly existential question.

Facebook’s feature is called Legacy Contact. Appointing a legacy contact gives them the power to manage your Facebook account after you pass on.

You can also tell Facebook to delete your account if your legacy contact informs them of your death.

According to a Facebook blog post, here’s what an appointed legacy contact can do:

  • Write a post to display at the top of the memorialized Timeline (for example, to announce a memorial service or share a special message).
  • Respond to new friend requests from family members and friends who were not yet connected on Facebook.
  • Update the profile picture and cover photo.

It’s important to note that a legacy contact won’t be able to log into the deceased’s Facebook account and post as him or her.

Here’s how to designate a legacy contact:

  • Tap Settings
  • Select Account Settings
  • Tap Security
  • Select Legacy Contact  Choose someone from your list of contacts
  • After choosing your legacy contact, you’ll have the option to send an automated message to that person letting them know
  • You may give your legacy contact permission to download an archive of the posts, photos and profile info you’ve shared on Facebook

ADD TRUSTED CONTACTS

If for some reason you don’t have access to your phone or email, and you don’t have your security codes, you could have one of your closest Facebook friends generate login codes for you. If there’s someone who you truly trust, this is a good backup.

Be extremely careful with this setting. For example, you don’t want any of your trusted contacts to end up on your list of ex-significant others.

Here is how to select your trusted contacts:

  • Open Settings
  • Select Account Settings
  • Tap Security
  • Tap Your Trusted Contacts
  • Tap Choose Trusted Contacts  here you will select people on your contacts list to be trusted contacts

SAY NO AND OPT-OUT TO ADVERTISING

Facebook tracks what you do in a way that might surprise you. Worse, they’re taking information you may not even be aware of, then using it to sell targeted ads to various companies. This is what the online ad industry calls, “behavioral advertising tracking and targeting.”

This feature allows Facebook to follow you around the site to see what type of content interests you. That sounds innocent enough. They just want to show you ads that are relevant to you.

But there’s a lot more to it happening behind the scenes.

They’re tracking you when you’re on Facebook and even when you’re not on Facebook. Worse, you have to proactively go into your Facebook profile and ask them to stop tracking you. Shouldn’t they ask you if it’s OK to track you?

Fortunately, I have a simple solution to tell Facebook to stop tracking you. Here is how to opt out:

  • Open Settings
  • Select Account Settings
  • Tap Ads
  • Select a category – You will see four categories to choose from: 1. Can you see online interest-based ads from Facebook? 2. Can your Facebook ad preferences be used to show you ads on apps and websites off of the Facebook Companies? 3. Who can see your social actions paired with ads? 4. Manage the preferences we use to show you ads.
  • Select Yes or No – With each of the categories mentioned above, you can select yes or no. Yes turns that category option on and no turns it off.

RELIVE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

I’m sure that you remember every person that you were in a relationship with in the past. If not, Facebook has a feature that can trigger your memory.

Just go to www.facebook.com/us, and you will see the complete Facebook history with whomever you are listed as in a relationship with. If you didn’t take the time to change your relationship status previously, you can update it now.

Here are the steps to add or edit your relationship status:

  • Go to your profile
  • Click About
  • Click Family and Relationships
  • Click Edit under relationship status
  • Choose your relationship status from the drop-down menu. Depending on the status, you may also have the option to add the name of the person you’re in a relationship with and your anniversary
  • Use the audience selector to choose who you want to share this with
  • Click Save Changes

To add a relationship as a life event on your profile:

  • Go to your profile
  • Click About
  • Click Life Events
  • Select the type of relationship you’d like to add. You may also have the option to add the name of the person you’re in a relationship with and your anniversary.
  • Use the audience selector to choose who you want to share this with
  • Check the box next to Update Relationship Status to update your status in your profile
  • Click Save

Source: http://www.komando.com/tips/388713/7-facebook-tips-only-power-users-know/all

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