Facebook formally launched “Timeline” at the fag-end of 2011 for its users world-wide.In this issue of Techyard we try to bring you some of the latest cool features in Facebook.
EDIT LINK NAMES AND DESCRIPTIONS
If you want to post a link to your Facebook page but don’t like the title or description that Facebook automatically pulls from the linked page, you can change it. Before you click the Share button, click on the title or description in your pending post. They will change into editing boxes, like those to rename a file on your computer desktop. When you’re done editing, press Enter to save your changes.
EMBED AN MP3 PLAYER
If you paste a link that ends in “.mp3” into a status update, Facebook will create a player in the middle of the update that lets other users play the music file without having to click through to its host site.
TURN YOUR TAGGED PHOTOS INTO YOUR PROFILE PICTURE
Any photo on Facebook that has been tagged with your name includes an extra blue link at the lower-left corner of its page labelled ‘Make Profile Picture’. Click on that, and Facebook will pop up an editing page where you can crop the photo to just the right size for your profile.
CREATE CUSTOM DOCS
Within a Group page, click on Docs at the top of the page and then the Create a Doc button on the right-hand side to create a text-only document that everyone in the group can edit. When you save the document, it will be posted to the group’s feed, just like a status update, with an Edit button in the upper-right corner. To see previous revisions, click Recent Changes.
INVITE NON-FACEBOOKERS TO AN EVENT
Wanna invite people who do not have Facebook accounts? No worries! When you are creating an event on Facebook, the Select Guests menu shows your existing friends, but it also lets you enter the e-mail addresses of non-facebookers. Type one or more e-mail address, separated by commas, into the Invite by E-mail Address box. Your invitees will receive a message with a link to your event page that, unfortunately, prompts them to sign up for Facebook before they can look at it.
FIND THE TICKER ANNOYING? HERE’S THE DOPE
Using your cursor, grab the bar that separates the Ticker from your Facebook Chat window. Drag it upward until the Ticker is as small as possible — the size of two status updates. That will reduce the level of unwanted distraction it causes while you’re trying to read the rest of the page, while still letting you see new updates.
ADD A CALENDAR TO YOUR PAGE
If you’re a business owner, a team coach or a performer who wants to keep everyone on Facebook apprised of your coming events, simply creating separate Facebook events for each one can be ineffective. These can get lost in the stream of events, making it hard for people to check for, say, your next game. As an alternative, use the Social Calendar app, which was not developed by Facebook. Go to facebook.com/Social Calendar and click the Add to My Page link in the lower left corner. That will pop up a menu of pages you manage. Click Add to Page next to one or more pages, then click Close. Those pages will now include a Calendar link in their upper left corner, just below Wall, Info and Photos. Social Calendar is pretty smart — it will autocomplete the names of events you’ve already created, and if you type in an Address field, it will add a map link to the location on the calendar. But for maximum attendance, you should still post status updates announcing an event.
TRACK YOUR PAGE’S SUCCESS
On any page you own, whether it is for your business or your clog-dancing club, click View Insights in the upper right corner. Facebook will display charts of user information and page interactions. Beyond the number of Likes and comments, it will plot a graph of page views and user feedback, plus a breakdown of which Web domains are sending traffic to your page, and the demographics of your visitors. If you want to do your own number-crunching, you can export the data into an Excel-compatible file.
KEEP A BIRTHDAY PARTY A SECRET
Do you want to let everyone except one or two people know what you’re up to? Edit a status update as usual, but before you post, click the lock icon below the editing box. That will pop up a menu with options for specifying who can see your update. By default, it’s set to Everyone. Choose Customize instead, and in the dialog box that pops up, enter one or more names in the box near the bottom that says Hide This From. There’s another button to make this your default setting for future updates, so you needn’t worry about accidental oversharing.
BLOCK ANNOYING TAGS
Do you have a friend who constantly tags you in annoying pics but whom you can’t bring yourself to unfriend? In the uppermost right corner of Facebook, click Account and choose Privacy Settings. That will take you to a page labeled Control Your Default Privacy. There is a section labeled Timeline and Tagging.At the bottom of that section is a link labelled “Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline”. It works just like the filter for your tags: click on it and then select Enable. Maybe they’ll get the hint.