7 Facebook tips for power users

If Facebook has taken hold of our social life, it has become more than just a virtual lounge for hanging out with family and friends. Today, people all over the world can create groups, do business, create, de facto, the web sites for their organization and the planning of a full calendar of events under the banner of the letters “f.”

You can broadcast live on Facebook (click here to learn a few insider secrets only the pros know), and it is for you if you are looking for an alternative to Craigslist (click here to learn how to sell your stuff on Facebook).

And that is just the tip of the iceberg. The real Facebook fans have a whole arsenal of tools at their disposal to remind them of long-lost friends, monitoring their safety, and the sending of huge files with the click of a button.

What are these hidden Facebook features? Read more.

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1. Find out where you’re logged in

You can open Facebook on your computer and you can access it on your phone. Many users keep it open all day, jumping from device to device to check friends, or place a photo. But we often forget exactly where we have logged in, and whether we ever log off.

Luckily, you can check. Facebook you can all the places you’ve logged in. Better yet, you can see whether someone has logged into your account, pretending to be you.

This powerful feature is remarkably easy to find. Simply go to Settings >> security settings >> Where You’re Logged in, you will see a list of devices that currently have access to your Facebook account. The feature lists also apply metadata, such as when and where you last checked in, plus the type of device you are using. Please note that the mobile phones sometimes odd places that refer to a mobile phone tower, not where you were standing at the time.

That said, if your log looks fishy, it is possible that your account has been compromised. It is best to lock the access before this even happens. Click here to add an extra step to secure your Facebook account.

2. Check the message requests folder

One of Facebook’s most eccentric features is the “Message Request.” If your (real) friend Eddy writes to your account, but

you haven’t your relationship “Facebook official,” Eddy ‘ s message will be sent to the Message Request folder. Many avid Facebook users have no idea that this folder already exists so the posts can languish for months or years before they get noticed.

If you haven’t already, you should probably check this folder. Some of the messages may be spam, but who knows? You have received a note from your long lost high school crush. I mentioned this folder on my radio show and to hear from a woman who had an out-of-the-blue e-mail from her biological mother.

Check on this secret folder, go to Messenger >> Settings >> Post Requests >> See Filtered Requests. This will reveal the posts that Facebook have hidden from you.

3. Send files using Messenger

Not so long ago, Messenger was just a fun alternative to e-mail. Facebook has the bulk of this service, giving you the ability to make phone calls, hold video calls, send money and other things.

One of those capabilities: the sending of documents. Now, you probably know that you can send Word documents, Pdfs, photos and even short videos of Messenger.

But fewer users are aware that you can also use Dropbox to send files. No longer tethered just to e-mail, Dropbox has put together

with Facebook to make sharing files even easier. For this to work, you need to download it from the Dropbox and Messenger apps on your mobile device.

Here is how it works:

* Open the Messenger app.

* Select the contact you want to send the files.

* Tap the More button. Tap Open next to the Dropbox list

* Select the file you want to send. Dropbox will create a link to the file and download it to your gadget temporarily. If the file is large, you must wait until the download is complete before you send it.

* When the file is downloaded, and ready to send, switch back to the Messenger app.

* Tap on the Send option for the file. This is to confirm that you really want to send it.

Facebook recently added an end-to-end encryption privacy setting to its Messenger app that allows you to “secret conversations” that no one else has access to. But to make use of this feature you must enable it, as the default setting for conversations in the Messenger app is out. Click here for more information about this essential privacy setting in Facebook Messenger.

4. Setting up a legacy contact

You may be familiar with this scenario. A friend or a loved one dies, and you realize, that the deceased still has an active Facebook

account, but there is no way to approach it. This can be very confusing for the grieving survivors.

This is the reason why a lot of people have a “legacy contact” – someone who is more than an account after the owner dies. The legacy contact can save all the materials, alert contacts that the person is no longer alive, and prevent the account to send automatic friend requests.

If you wish to set, tap on Settings >> Settings >> Security >> Legacy Contact. Then choose someone from your contacts list. You can choose whether or not to send this person an automated message to let them know about the honour that you have bestowed. You can also give this contact the ability to download and archive your complete body of messages, photos and profile information.

5. Trusted contacts

You probably have a friend or a neighbor who holds on to a copy of your house, just in case you locked. Well, a “trusted contact” is essentially the same, only it is for Facebook passwords. While most people will never be in this situation, it’s nice to have a little extra help in case of an emergency.

Select trusted contacts, open Settings >> Settings >> Security >> Trusted Contacts >> Choose Trusted Contacts. Then, just as your legacy contact, you can see the full list of friends.

6. To Opt-out of ads

During your Facebook experience, you will receive ads based on your perceived interests. For people who value their privacy, this snooping can be very uncomfortable.

To throw Facebook out of your fragrance, open Settings >> account settings >> Ads. You will see four categories to choose from:


1. You can see the online interest-based ads from Facebook?

2. Can your Facebook ad preferences are used for the display of your ads, apps and websites from the Facebook Companies?

3. Who can see your social actions paired with ads?

4. The manage of the preferences that we use to show you ads.

For each category, select Yes or No.

7. Experience your relationships

Once you have a few hundred friends, you can start forgetting who some of them are. Don’t be shy. It happens to almost everyone. Will you say, “Ian Ferguson” in your friends list, and the picture doesn’t ring any bells. Who is this man? Go to and you can see the complete history that you share on Facebook with one of your contacts. This may very well ring some bells.

While you’re here, go to About >> Family and Relationships >> Edit, you will see a drop-down menu. Depending on your status you can change the name of the person with whom you have a relationship with and the date of your birthday.

To add a relationship as a life event on your profile, hit About >> Life Events, and then select the type of relationship that you want to add.

Want more clever social media tricks? Be sure to listen to my radio show or download my podcasts, or click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen to the Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet or computer. Of the buy of an opinion to the digital world problems, click here for my free podcasts.

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