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Useful Facebook Tricks People May Not Know About

Updated on January 18, 2016

I was talking to some people about Facebook and I realized that not many people take the time to figure out or even enjoy tinkering with its options like I do. So I decided to write an article about some Facebook tricks that I've discovered so far. You might find them useful.

#1. Decluttering Your Homepage

If you're like me, then you hate it when your homepage gets cluttered with all the junk activity of your friends playing games on facebook. You know what I mean. Those "So and so robbed Don Purtino's mafia in Mafia Wars" or "Blah caught a Scavenger mouse in MouseHunt". No offense to those who play these games, I'm sure they're lots of fun, but the rest of us don't want our homepage to be filled with these stories that we can't see our friends' important activities amidst all the clutter.

Here's the good news: You can configure your homepage so it doesn't display these stories anymore! If you hover your mouse on a story on your homepage, a Hide tab will appear on its upper right corner. Click on it and you are given two options: (1) Hide the person publishing the story or (2) Hide the application the story is from. I usually hide the application. In our examples above, that would be: Hide Mafia Wars and Hide MouseHunt. Voila! You will never see Mafia Wars and MouseHunt on your homepage again! Nice, huh?

Hide MouseHunt from Facebook homepage
Hide MouseHunt from Facebook homepage

If you ever change your mind and decide you want to see stories from the application back on your homepage, simply click on Edit Options at the bottom right corner of the news feeds on your homepage, select the application you want and click Add To News Feeds.  But I doubt if you'll ever do that.


Homepage filters
Homepage filters
Create or delete filters on facebook homepage
Create or delete filters on facebook homepage

#2. Using Homepage Filters

See those options at the top left side of your homepage? Those are filters. If you've segregated your friends into lists, you'll see the friends lists names there, too. Click on one to view the activities of the people in that particular friends list only. I, for example, have grouped my facebook friends into Family, PCGS Classmates, SHS-G Classmates, etc. If I want to know what my old high school classmates are doing on facebook, I click on the PCGS Classmates filter on my homepage and only the recent activities of my classmates from PCGS show up.

To go back to viewing the activities of all your friends, click on News Feed at the top of the filters.

It's also easy to create or reorder filters. To create filters if you haven't grouped your friends yet, click Create. Type in the name of your filter and add some friends to it. To reorder, click on More at the bottom and drag the filters around. Just so you know, only the items above the double line show up by default when you visit your homepage. If you want to delete filters, click Create, select the filter you want to delete and click Delete This List.  Remember to save your changes!

Customizing Facebook contact information privacy settings
Customizing Facebook contact information privacy settings

#3. Customizing Info Privacy

When I first started out on Facebook, I had decided to add to my friends list only people that I knew personally, so I filled out all the details in my Info tab. Then I started getting friend requests from online acquaintances or even strangers and I realized I couldn't display certain contact information to these people. As I was about to delete the info, I realized that you can customize privacy settings for each individual item in your Contact Information. Here's how:

  1. Click the Info tab on your profile.
  2. Hover your mouse over the Contact Information portion.
  3. Click on the Edit button that appears on its upper right corner.
  4. Click on the padlock icon next to each item and select Customize.
  5. Select Some Friends and choose only the friends or networks that you want to allow. You can even put exceptions.

Another way to do this is to hover your mouse over Settings (beside Logout), then click on Privacy Settings.  There you can control your privacy settings for your Profile, Search, News Feed and Wall, and Applications.

#4. Cleaning Up Your Wall

Has your wall ever gotten hijacked by notifications such as "Blah started the quiz: Dr. Phil's Personality Test" then "Blah completed the quiz: Dr. Phil's Personality Test with the result The Vain, Self-Centered Leader" followed by a big story stating the same thing.  Get rid of the duplicates by clicking on the Remove button that appears to its right when you hover on it!  I've seen so many walls overrun by these useless notifications.  I also remove the notifications that appear on my wall when I change some information on my profile.  I like things neat and organized.  (Which is why I hate that the current Facebook rearranges posts on my wall every now and then instead of following a chronological order.)

#5. Tagging People In Notes

Have you ever wondered if anybody bothers to read your notes on Facebook? It's like, nobody comments. And you wonder if your friends know you ever wrote it? That's happened to me, and I've realized that it's probably because my friends' homepages are so cluttered with the aforementioned junk that they didn't notice the note I wrote. So now I tag the people for whom the note was intended.

Well, strictly speaking, you only tag people in a note when you've mentioned them or written about them in it (just like you tag people in pictures and videos when they are in it), but I guess we can stretch the tag function a little. When you tag a person in a note, picture, or video, it appears on their wall so they have no chance of missing it. Unless they never look at their wall, which is pretty much impossible.

How do you tag people in notes, you ask? Easy. When you write a new note, you'll find "Tag people in this note" to the right of the title. When you type people's names into the blank, they appear under "In this note" and you've tagged them. When you publish the note, it will appear on their walls.

#6. Writing Notes

Okay, I assumed in #5 that you know how to make notes.  For those who don't or have no idea what notes are, they're like mini-blogs where you can write anything for your friends to read.  Where do you find the option to write a note, you ask?  Well, by default it is bookmarked on the lowest portion of your profile.  It's the icon that looks like a page on a spring-bound notebook.  (Hover your mouse over the icons until you find "Notes".)  When you click it you're taken to your friends' notes by default.  There's a "Write a new note" button on the upper right corner.  That's what you're looking for if you want to start a new note.

To view notes you've already written, click My Notes.  Or you can click on your Notes tab in your profile.  The "Notes about me" portion contains all the notes in which you are tagged.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Interesting look at Facebook. Honestly I do not really filter my Facebook page because I only log into it to post something and then leave. However, these are good tips for those who want to clean up their page.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      I loved it and learned a lot that I shall do...Thanks a million my dear...:o) Hugs

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      I certainly bookmarked this page for later use. A cluttered FaceBook is a sideshow house of mirrors. Thanks!

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      richelle Ting 8 years ago

      hey thanks for the info... i'll start uncluttering now hehehe

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hehe... I've been spending a lot of time in Facebook lately and my obsessive-compulsiveness just couldn't take the chaos anymore. Haha! You're welcome, everyone. :-)

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Teacher Susan, I will try this one... I want to declutter as often as possible! :D

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      cheahyuniq 8 years ago from Penang, Malaysia

      My homepage is becoming an eyesore. I must use your tips to cleanup! Thanks!

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      Twin XL 8 years ago

      Wow! Never knew how much I was missing on Facebook. Thanks!

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      NarayanKrishna 8 years ago from The country of Mount Everest

      Yea good tips.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Wow and I thought I knew it all LMAO

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Haha! I hadn't realized so many people would relate to this article. Glad to have helped make Facebook a better place for all of you. :P

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      RooBee 8 years ago from Here

      Good tips- thanks! I think it's important for ppl to know how to use social networking sites - especially privacy settings. I used to hate Facebook 'till I realized how much you can customize your own experience.

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Thanks fo the tips!

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      Prakash Baria 8 years ago

      Dear Susan,

      thanks for the info. I needed them coz i was getting lost on facebook.

      tc..Prakash

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      JoeM 8 years ago

      One thing that has gone crazy on facebook recently is all those stinking quizes. It seems like every five seconds another person is taking some pointless quiz about something. Now I can hide those things from my view forever!

      Thanks.

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      johnb0127 8 years ago from TX

      Great tips! Thanks

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      jibanislam 8 years ago from Bangladesh

      i already do this tricks. thanks

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      Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

      Finally! Someone wrote something useful that I could understand about facebook. Thanks!

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      You're welcome, everyone. :-)

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      Choke Frantic 8 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

      Hey, thanks alot for the tips. Until just now I had absolutely no idea how to make a note lol.

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      Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Hmm! I am really thankful to you. Thanks for this Hub!

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      Jyoti Kothari 8 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Susan NG,

      This is nice. In fact I have not yet tried any of these options. It will help me improving my Facebook performance.

      I have rated this up and proceeding to join your fan club.

      Thanks,

      Jyoti Kothari

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      efa_09 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lots of information. i should check my facebook right away!

      Thanks.

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Glad to have you as a fan, Jyoti Kothari. :) And you're all welcome. :)

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      bill komissaroff 8 years ago from Portland O

      Just when I thought everything about FB that needed to be said had already been said. Good stuff!

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      Joanna McKenna 8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      ANY tips for managing Facebook is always appreciated. Great tips here. Thanks!

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      anndy 8 years ago

      Good tip.

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      Nuriramadhan 8 years ago from @nuriramadhan

      good to know that there is a tricks like this however,do you know any application to open face book like YM is that possible?

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      YourTouristGuide 8 years ago from Valley of the Heart's Delight, California

      You learn something every day... hanging out at HubPages helps that, too! Thanks for sharing this info with us.

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Murilion, you mean you want to chat using Facebook?  You do that by clicking on Chat at the bottom right corner of your screen, then selecting any friend who is online to chat with.  (I just noticed this change today, by the way.  It used to be Online Friends, now it's Chat.)

      And to everyone, thanks. :)

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      Cathy I 8 years ago from New York

      Thanks for the insight.

      I am still trying to understand how to navigate the wesite, so this is a big help.

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      Ladybird33 8 years ago from Fabulous USA

      I started using Facebook about 10 months ago, you just taught me so much, THANK YOU! I do hate all the sites that pop up and like my screen/home page to be nice and organized. I appreciate the info.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      nice information, I am facebook holic.Now, I can filtering and avoiding spam.thanks for share

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      MotherHubber 8 years ago from Southern California

      I often feel that my FB home page is as unruly as my bikini line. Thanks for the cleanup tips!

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      I am just about getting used to the new facebook home page. I liked the old one better. i did not know about this friends list and filter stuff. I am going to use it right away. Even I am limiting my friend list to people I know because I don't want total strangers to get my details.

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      mnkychick68 8 years ago

      Great tips! Your hints make navigating so much easier!

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Great info, thank you.

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      Marisa Wright 8 years ago from Sydney

      Thanks, this is good! On the whole, I find Facebook intensely irritating but for a few of my long-distance friends, it's the best way to keep track of them. You've given me some good ideas how to make the experience better - I like your URL too!

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      Leona J Atkinson 8 years ago from Oregon, USA

      I just joined Facebook so I can use tips like this. Thanks it was really helpful and interesting.

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      Peter 8 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Susan this Hub is getting the thumbs up from me. FB was just about to lose me but I will bookmark your hub and follow all your instructions. Thanks again I am becoming a Fan for sure !!!. :-)

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      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      That will be some very useful information for me. Thank you for sharing it. Can I friend you? (Just kidding.)

      Good work!

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      I have been meaning to set some time aside to figure out what I want to do with Facebook and never seem to find the time. This is great information that will save me loads of time hopefully when I do finally get around to sorting things out. Many Thanks

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Wow, there really are a lot of Facebook users! :) Thanks for all your kind words, everyone. Glad to have helped. :)

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      Ransomed 8 years ago

      Ha! That video is awesome! "Too close for missiles, I'm switching to guns." Good tips on facebooking.

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I felt the same way when I saw that video, Ransomed. The people who made that video are geniuses! And thanks. :D

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      ReverseMobileInfo 8 years ago

      WOW!!! You put a lot of time into this HUB, it definetlyshows!!! I found the information extremely helpful! I became a fan of yours and rated you UP too, please join my fanclub as well! Keep up the excellent work! Barry ;)

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      MindField 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Hey, I was needing something like this when you joined my fan club. Must be fate. Thanks a lot. Will look forward to reading more of your hubs!

      By the way, did you know I'm the greatest editor in the world?

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks. :) Must be fate or the Law of Attraction at work. :D Are you offering your editing services for free, MindField? Hehe. :D

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      MindField 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Wish I could, Susan! If someone would pay off my house and make sure the fuzzy kids and I were provided with the necessities of life (and occasionally one or two non-necessities), I'd do it in a heartbeat. That's how much I love what I do and the people I do it for. But, if you read my Rage Slaves hub, you'll see that I'm absolutely desperate not to go back to a way of life that was (literally, I do believe) killing me.

      Send me enough paying customers, though, and we'll talk!!

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hehe. Now I know where to find "the greatest editor in the world." :D And I like your fuzzy kids by the way, I got three of my own. :D

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      Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I promise not to post all those top 5 choices any more :) I've started skipping publishing game notifications on my facebook wall. I wish others would do the same...I'll give your ideas a try.

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Haha! Me, too. All those game notifications and quizzes mess up my wall. :P

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      Alexander Silvius 8 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

      Great tips, I never knew. I kind of let it do its thing, but controlling it seems kind of easy after reading this hub. What I hate is when I participate in one of those stupid questionares, it's actually some kind of link to something else and / or it wants to spread to all your friends so they can click on all the hidden advertising links too. Yech. No more quizzes!

      The video cracked me up!

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      DrChrisLackey 8 years ago from Hickory, NC

      Wow thanks for the excellent info Suz. I guess I've waited *way* too long to get into the Web 2.0 thingy & I've just been on Facebook a few months. I've only been on HubPages about 4 days. lol But again, thanks, your Facebook info will be very useful!

      Chris Lackey

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hey, ReverseMobileInfo.  I just read the comment you posted 10 days ago.  I have no idea how I missed it! Thanks for the compliment. :)

      And you're right about those quizzes, Alexander.  I used to do them but they're like weeds growing out of control. Hehe. :P

      Glad you found the article useful, Dr. Chris.  And welcome to HubPages. :)

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      KJ 8 years ago

      Ugh, unfortunately the "edit lists" option no longer exists - or doesn't show up for me - the only option I get now is to create a list, not to review existing ones. And more random Facebook-generated list foo is showing up in there - clutter, begone. *sigh*

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      You're right, KJ.  Facebook changed again.  But you can still edit your friends list by going to Friends, clicking the name of the list you want to review, then selecting Edit List. :)

      Facebook keeps changing like a chameleon changes its color, it's hard to keep up sometimes! :P

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      KJ 8 years ago

      Yes, I'd rather remove the "lists" that Facebook has generated on my behalf, like the "Which LOLcat are you" list (wtf?) or the "Selective Twitter Status" list. That's just ridiculous. It may well be worth installing a couple of Greasemonkey scripts I read about like Facebook Remaker, seen here http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/39048 or any number of scripts as featured on this page here http://www.msquaredweb.com/blog/articles/GreaseMon... .

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks for the tips, KJ. :)

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      Carolyn Augustine 8 years ago from The Land of Tractors

      This is great information for FB newbies like myself. Your screen shots were a big help. I'm off to eliminate Mafia Wars app posts and to screen out a few of my friends!

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      That's great, wannabwestern. And thanks. :)

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      nutuba 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Great cleanup tips -- thanks!

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      Samknight 8 years ago from Cambridge, UK

      Some good tips. Going to try out the decluttering the notifications bit now. Don Carlino can get his AK47 back and I'll never know. :-)

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Don Carlino will never know, either. Hehe. Thanks, nutuba and Sam. :)

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      Cheryl Hartzman 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Great tips! Thank you for sharing, I've certainly learned a few things. You or readers might also be interested in a HUB I wrote about how to put your HubPage RSS feed into your Facebook page.

      https://hubpages.com/technology/How-to-Add-your-RS...

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks, Happy Hubber. :)

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      Peter Dickinson 8 years ago from South East Asia

      Thanks Susan. Useful and enjoyable.

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      You're welcome, Peter. :)

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      FUDGE NIPPLES 8 years ago

      I LOVED YOUR VID IT WAS COOL AND HELPFIL

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      RobertHassey 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      You're right, not so many choose to play around Facebook customisation features. Facebook has been said to be intuitive, so that alone may work for people who simply want to start making friends, view people's updated stuff, and upload pictures and videos. I find that your guide here could be useful to many people who many not even be aware they might want to do these things on their accounts. These tricks would also be good for online marketing people who need to maintain a company presence in social networking circles. Good hub.

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      CamG 8 years ago from Gold Coast Australia

      Hey great hub, and Roberts comments above nailed it for me on why it is, "These tricks would also be good for online marketing people who need to maintain a company presence in social networking circles."

      They certainly are especially as I am just beginning the process of using facebook for that purpose. thanks for the tips

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      Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks, Robert and Cam. :)

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      RTaveras 8 years ago from New York

      Those are some very useful tips,but by the way fyi i had found a social newtwork thats actually pretty easier to use check out my blog.. http://bit.ly/E5XTT

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      Perception System - Taufik 8 years ago

      Nice tips.

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      Ysha 8 years ago

      So grateful. My daughter told me there were filters and I couldn't find but a few. I've homework now...

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      Greg 7 years ago

      I like the notes feature of Facebook, however would like to be able to control which of my friends can see them. I don't see any choice to do that. Anybody know how?

      Thanks

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      Tesa Adams 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Filters......I need that and didn't know about it. Thank you.

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      Michelle Cesare 7 years ago from New York

      Hi,

      I truly appreciate your Hub. I'm new to Facebook and look forward learning how to use all of the options. Thanks so much.

      mailxpress

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      Susan Ng Yu 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Greg, when you create or edit a note you can select note privacy. Scroll down until you see "Who can see this?", select the appropriate friends, and click Save. :)

      You're welcome, Tesa and mailxpress. :)

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      christon 7 years ago

      how to tag people that not in my friend list? is that possible?

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      Pete K. 7 years ago

      "Unless they never look at their wall, which is pretty much impossible."....

      Have you typed the words 'facebook' and 'deactivated' into Twitter search recently?

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      Susan Ng Yu 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I don't think you can, christon. Why don't you just add him or her to your friends list and then tag them? :)

      No, Pete, I don't use Twitter. What comes up when you do a search on "facebook deactivated"?

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      Lieve 7 years ago

      Thank you so much. You have solved a lot of the problems I had, especially with my application filters. Also taught me about notes and tagging people in notes. You are the tops.

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      guitarra bueno 7 years ago from Spain

      That's a great post. I've been on facebook for years now and I didn't realise I could do the things you list in your post.

      Thanks

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      Susan Ng Yu 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Glad to be of service, Lieve and Guitarra. :)

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      George Poe 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great post, learning how to use Facebook effectivly is very important and can make or break a good profile.Thanks for the hub.

      Regards

      Neil Ashworth

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      facebookchat 7 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Cool hub! I've decluttered my profile now!

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      Susan Ng Yu 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Good for you, facebookchat. :) And thanks, Neil. :)

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      PelosiisaLOSER1 7 years ago

      is there an easy CHAT CLIENT for facebook and Hubpages??????

      I'm curious

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      Susan Ng Yu 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Not that I know of, PelosiisaLOSER1. :)

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      marygarrison 7 years ago

      Thanks for short cutting the learning process!

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      Nishadha Silva 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Hiding the application is a good option but there are so many applications coming out everyday that it is becoming close to impossible to keep the page clean

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Great information, thanks for sharing. creativeone59

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      hendus74 7 years ago

      Cool, I always like finding info like this.

      Thanks :)

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      opinion duck 7 years ago

      Susan

      Thanks for the facebook how to...

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      http://www.hotsalesshop.com 7 years ago

      Very nice list, thank you.

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      Facebook Strategies 7 years ago

      i agree.. totally! i feel the same. how annoying but addictive!

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      Susan Ng Yu 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thank you, and you're welcome. :)

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      qwerty 7 years ago

      press up up down down left right left right b a enter then up and down again magic circles will appear log out then it will go away...

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      docrehab 7 years ago from MIAMI, FL

      Useful tips...Very useful...

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      Cathy Nerujen 7 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      I am about to get a face on Facebook. Just the Hub I needed to read. Thankyou Susan Ng.

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      Ptajut 7 years ago

      thanks for these tip...they were really very usefull

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      Deidre Bourne 7 years ago from New York, NY

      You have proved my point of how Facebook is not that user-friendly. Based on the many comments you have received thus far, not many people are aware of how they can clean up the clutter on their Facebook pages. Thank you so much for the tips--I will put them to good use.

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      shreeya sagar 7 years ago

      thanks for the info

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      KenWu 7 years ago from Malaysia

      Wow, thanks for the facebook tips. I really hate those games updates that clutter my space.

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      Manisha 7 years ago

      Thxs.. 1st one is gud..

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      DevinG 7 years ago from Redlands

      Good tricks! I hate a cluttered wall >.< When I was adding 'fake friends' for some FB games I play, I had to hide each one of them because their comments and updates would spam my wall.

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      kriep2 7 years ago

      ok, thx for your tips

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      ryanedel 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Thanks for the tips - anything to cull the fire hose of information down to a manageable trickle...

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      faraz 7 years ago

      Thanks... Very nice tips...

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      joybbbbbb 7 years ago

      Hello My Dear!!

      My name is Miss joy,I saw your profile today and i become interested in you, Please My Dear I will like you to contact me back as soon as possible through my email address (joyoti38@yahoo.co.uk) so that i can give you my pictures for you to know whom i am, I believe we can move from here. Please Remember colour or distance does not matter, but Love matters allot in life. Reply me back on time,

      From joy.

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      John Lakewood 7 years ago from Lakewood, CO

      Nice info! FYI, your video cannot be viewed.

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      Susan Ng Yu 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks, John. Oh yeah, embedding must have been disabled for this video. You can still watch it on YouTube though. It should give you a few laughs. :)

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      Shruti 7 years ago

      hey thnks 4 da info i ws lukin 4 sumfyn lyk dis :)

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      FindYourSearch 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great info! As a side note, hiding game notifications is especially useful if you use Facebook for business purposes. Also, I think #3 needs an update since they revamped their privacy settings earlier this year.

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      Chintan Kotadia 6 years ago

      Hey thanks for information. I was searching it for so long and I found it in your blog.

      Thanks once again.

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      messerc123 6 years ago from El Paso, Texas

      Wow I had no idea you could all that. Very informative. Thanks

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      oscommerce development 6 years ago

      Hey thanks for the great post.

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      Azlynn 6 years ago from Gisborne, New Zealand

      Thank you for this hub! There is one thing I am trying to find out and that is how can I make it where everyone on my friend list doesn't see what I am posting to someone else in my friend list. Any time, I comment on a post or write on a wall or discuss something in a group it shows up in everybodys stream. Even if I go to my own profile page and delete my recent activity, it still shows up in their stream. I dont always want everybody reading everything I comment to other people in my friends list. Is there a way to change that?

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      Susan Ng Yu 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks, Azlynn. There used to be a lock icon beside the Share button where you could choose who can see each and every post, but I can't find it now. Facebook may have removed the option. :O

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      layouts for facebook 6 years ago

      Great post! Thank.

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      Zuggernaut 6 years ago

      You can add privacy settings for whole lists of people, after you've segregated people into separate lists. For example, close friends, acquaintances, random strangers.

      This can save you tinkering with the privacy settings for every single item you post.

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      Susan Ng Yu 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks for the additional info, Zuggernaut. :)

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      oscommerce development 6 years ago

      Hey nice post. Its truly very informative..!! I specially like the way you write this post.

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      ecommerce web development 6 years ago

      I hope all these nice tips about Facebook will help me lot and all do find interesting to read them and follow. I was spending a lot of time to configure my facebook page. However, now I got an idea to do it. I appreciate for taking all the effort to write this great article. Very useful trips as facebook is most common for all.

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      nuquestions 6 years ago

      Why is it that pictures you add to a note no longer show up on the walls of those tagged in the note? The message shows up ..but if you've added an image-it doesn't show. ??? #frustrating.

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      Susan Ng Yu 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      You mean picture thumbnails, nuquestions? You're right, picture thumbnails don't show in the link on your friends' walls when you tag them in notes anymore. I guess Facebook must have removed that feature. :O

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      fbcodes for You 6 years ago

      Thanks lot for Your Sharing. So Nice

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      bhupinder 6 years ago

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      Alan Goodman 6 years ago

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      Barn Shed Plans 6 years ago

      Wow these are some really neat tricks to implement. Thank you for this very informative info!

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      learning management systems 6 years ago

      I like Facebook as social networking for it helps me to connect other people and communicate with them.

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      facebookthemes 5 years ago

      What a nice tricks about facebook. thanks lot

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      Baltimore Ravens Jersey Outlet  5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!

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      maryatvan 5 years ago

      Hi Susan, can you tell me how to remove the filter over the facebook page when I log on to my Facebook. It prompts me to tag people. I only use my facebook to catch up with friends, so now I can't even get on my own page. Sure hope you can help.

      Thanks Mary

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi, maryatvan. Sorry, but I haven't encountered that filter tagging me to prompt people so I'm not sure if I can help you. But usually whenever something pops up, I just click on the X in the upper right corner of the pop up. :O

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      Alex 5 years ago

      Neat tricks, thanks for sharing! What I am wondering, can one add somebody on fb, without everybody else seeing that you're friends?

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi, Alex. You can configure your Facebook profile so that only you or some selected friends can see your other friends. You can do so by going to Edit Profile > Friends and Family.

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      Segun michael john 5 years ago

      Awesome!!!At last i can close the topic of those lousy stuff you are a genius pro.am abat bookmarking this page.pls how can i edit my page settings?

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks, Segun. What is it exactly that you want to change? Privacy settings? :)

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      Kalli 5 years ago

      I am the only one who can see my tagged photos and I dont want this to change. However, I have been tagged in notes & statuses that Id like all my friends to see on my profile. how is this possible to do??

      any help will be welcomed

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi, Kalli. After tinkering with Facebook privacy settings for a bit, it seems that there's only one universal button to control all tags. The option to control tags for photos, notes and posts separately would be a good feature though.

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      mary 5 years ago

      Why can people who are not my friends see my wall? I have my privacy settings for friends only.

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi, Mary. :) Have you set these options in "Privacy Settings > How You Connect" to "Friends" or "Friends of Friends"?

      "Who can post on your Wall?"

      "Who can see Wall posts by others on your profile?"

      If you've set them to the latter, then your friends' friends, who may not be your friends, can view your wall. :)

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      Lesley Dewar 5 years ago

      Susan - I have made some lists but I cannot find how to get the activities of just one of those lists to display on screen. I can see who is on the list - but cannot work out how to get back to the home page to display them. My home screen will display as you show (who is on the list) - after that - I am lost. Any help here? Thanks Lesley

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi, Lesley. I looked at my Facebook home page news feed settings and discovered that you can only select to Show posts from: (a) Friends and pages you interact with the most, or (b) All of your friends and pages.

      There is no option to select a friends list. Sorry. :O

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      Hansi 5 years ago

      fantastic post.You probably did a Good work,and provide much effective imformation for us!Thanks!please bikexinsurance

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      MoJo 5 years ago

      FB says members can't tell when someone views their profile, but I looked at a relative's profile and when I tried to see it again the next day I had apparently been blocked and remain so. How was I blocked if she didn't know I'd "peeked"?

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      Riyaz 5 years ago

      Good stuff. Thank you very much.

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      Dar 5 years ago

      Is there a way to find out what games each of your friend plays so i can organize them? Thank you!!

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Sorry, Dar. I haven't played on Facebook in a long time so I'm not familiar with games anymore. The only way I can think of is to ask your friends. :)

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      danton527 5 years ago

      Hi -Please help. I'm now learning about my wall. If I dont put any blocks up will my wall be seen by just my friends or everyone?..Cool- can I discuss: i.e. for sales purposes: a jewelry collection i've just completed. what will FB allow me to place on my wall.

      Gratsi danton

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      You can put just about anything on your Wall, Danton, as long as it doesn't violate any laws. And Facebook now has that inline audience selector where you can choose who can view each post as you make it, so as long as you select "Everyone", even those who aren't on your friends list will be able to see it.

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      A facebooker 5 years ago

      The notifications are so cluttered because people are all trying to notify their friends of all the stupid stuff they're doing. Adding more by tagging people in notes/pictures they aren't in just adds to all the garbage that people don't want to see. I don't want to see a picture of Derp Derpenston's nephew's cousin's son because you decided to tag my friend in the picture.

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      Meki 5 years ago

      thanks for theses tips !!

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      Hawk Fitness 5 years ago from Franklin,Tennessee

      Great tips. I admit the new Facebook is a pain even for the social network savvy such as myself. I like the new Facebook Timeline but I guess they have some pending law suits over privacy. One thing to check is your photos. I had a few photos I didn't want everyone to see and especially since I have a Facebook business page. It will be interesting to see how the timeline will pan out for Facebook Pages, it could be great or a nightmare.

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      Uth Video 5 years ago

      You were always able to change the notification settings of your Facebook for iPhone app, but now they are much clearer and easier to view and change.

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      eve 5 years ago

      hi Susan

      do u know why is it that my choice of who can post on my wall has "only me" & "friends"?I can't select certain people.

      and when I set my privacy as custom and include certain friends from viewing my wall and photos,it actually display the whole list of selected friends instead of "custom"?it used to show custom but not now.

      hope u can help as I'm really troubled over this.

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      Stopher 5 years ago

      FB Purity is an awesome free ap that u might try. Hides all kinds of stuff (including the irritating ticker) and really unclutters the feed.

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      nadz 5 years ago

      nice .. sikat ang page ah .. :D

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      Sexy Michael C. 5 years ago

      This article isn't updated ...

      if you find a new thing at the "NEW THEMED" site

      just let me know ...:)

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      Kamal 5 years ago

      Waoo very usefull tips ...thanks dear

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      magento 5 years ago

      Give me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! I’m sure you had fun writing this article.

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Glad to be of help. And yes, it does take some time to read all the comments. :)

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      Angel 5 years ago

      I was wondering is there a way you can find out the peoples you have added in the past? Like i would add some people but completely forget about it and 4 months later they accept my friend request. lol i would like to keep track of who i add or if i choose not to add them anymore is there a way to delete them unless you come across their page?

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi, Angel. :) I haven't seen a pending friend requests feature on Facebook, but it would be handy, wouldn't it?

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      Anand R 5 years ago

      hey susan Ng..

      great tips which are really useful for me !!

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      Claire Brown 5 years ago

      Hi i was just wondering, my whole facebook is private apart from bits ive made different. but ive noticed people who aren't on my friends list can still click and see my wall and see what's been happening on my facebook. i've looked at everything in privacy and just cant find anything to change this?! is there a way i can completely hide my wall so people who aren't my friends cant see or click on a wall?

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Claire. I think the feature to hide our wall may have been removed. I've also noticed that my wall can now be viewed by anyone, but only a few posts show such as video links and other trivial stuff. I didn't really mind it because my private stuff remained private. :)

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      Adi Rawat 5 years ago

      Nice.... i've looked at everything in privacy and just cant find anything to change this?

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      Test 5 years ago

      Well, there is something more "cool" about tagging that Facebook just launched.

      http://www.tutkiun.com/2011/11/tag-someone-with-di...

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      clik jogos 5 years ago

      Hello I liked your site and add news My friends and I always will be your User

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      Cassandra 5 years ago

      My friends can't see comments (recent activity) I posted to other friend's page. How do I allow them to. I have tried all of the unhide, privacy tricks. Thanks

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      shantu saha 5 years ago

      its really amazing!

      Thanx

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      lulu 5 years ago

      Is there a way to block a FB friend of mine from commenting on things I post on walls that he is not also friends with? It's irritating that he butts into conversations with people who do not know him. He sees the comments in the ticker, which is fine, but can i block him from also commenting??? Please help - I'm sick of it!

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi, Cassandra. It's possible that you used settings in the old Facebook that aren't in the new Facebook anymore. Facebook retained our old settings for features that they've already removed, so I don't know if there's a way for us to undo them anymore. I have a few of those myself.

      lulu: Unfortunately, we can only control who comments on posts on our own walls. If your other friends set their profiles so that friends of friends can comment, then your friends who are not their friends can also comment on your posts on their walls. If he's really that irritating, maybe you can ask your other Facebook friends to block him from commenting on their walls? Just a suggestion. :)

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      ali 5 years ago

      any body have remove my group chat option can any body help me..........plz

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi, Ali. I'm sorry, but I don't understand what you mean. Do you want to remove the chat option or was your chat accidentally removed and you want it back?

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      unknown 5 years ago

      how to make only the owner see our COMMENT in his/her POST,,even our fren cant see our commen

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I don't think you can, sorry. :O

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      Mira 5 years ago

      Hi. My ex posted pictures of our son on Fb. Is there a way for me to take them down? We do not stay in touch and I do not want him to have my baby's pictures on there. Thx

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I'm sorry Mira, but I don't think we can take down pictures that other Facebook users have uploaded. There is a "report" feature for photos that violate Facebook rules, but I don't think pictures of your baby belong there. Sorry. :O

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      ???? 5 years ago

      Question: if someone on your friend list deactivates their profile, i know they can reactivate it at any time, but is there a way to block them from getting back on your page BEFORE they can reactivate?

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I'm not sure, but I don't think so. :O

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      top blog 5 years ago

      nice post susan ng thanx alot for sharing it.

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      Joy Argow 5 years ago

      #tagging people - wondering if someone can help. Every now and then if I am trying to tag a band page in a post and if their name doesn't come up in the top three options I'm unable to tag them.... hard to explain... but has anyone had this problem??

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      lisa 5 years ago

      i dont want people to seemy photos when they look me up. how do i change that?

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi, lisa. You can configure each photo album's privacy settings and choose exactly who can view them.

      Sorry, Joy. I've never tried tagging pages. :O

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      Chuck 5 years ago

      How do I Stop Notifications on the main facebook page. (top left corner) that do not pertain me. I get notified of every post.

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi, Chuck. Try this: Click "See All Notifications" and you'll see the "Your Notifications" header at the top of the page that comes out. Click on "Notification Settings" to the far right of this header. Then edit the items under "All Notifications" and tweak them however way you want. :)

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      rashid mavilakkandy 5 years ago

      it is better idea

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      Jenifer 5 years ago

      Since the dec 18, 2011 update I am now missing the icon in the iPhone mobile app that was in the upper right hand corner where I could change the view and look at just status updates or just photos. It's completely gone and now I'm forced to look at every type of posts( they are out of order as well) anyone had this problem?

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      KHAN 5 years ago

      THAT WAS REALLY GOOD INFORMATION FOR ME HOPE THAT GOD BLES YOU

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      lynda 5 years ago

      Can you block non fans from seeing facebook PAGE photos and content not a personal profile

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      dina 5 years ago

      can any one help me I have the new profile but my time line is crazy or something when I write any thing on my profile status then don't appear on my profile and I always find it on home :((((( CAN ANY BODY tell ME What's wrong :((((((((

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      Michelle 5 years ago

      How to stop someone from seeing who you blocked

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      Nagendra 5 years ago

      but how to remove facebook timeline.........

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      Frank 5 years ago

      hey if like after a day i like my own pic, would it show up on the current homepage?

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      ssadeques 5 years ago

      i dont wanna show that what i am commenting on my friends status/photos to my timeline/wall to my friend... so plzzzzzzzzzzzzz help me. plz commen or mail me: ssadeques@yahoo.com

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      binda 5 years ago

      Pretty good susan..thanx 2 u now i enjoy facebook.

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      lillian Titmus 5 years ago

      HI, I am trying to get the 'page' is it icon bk, it used to be on but now it is'n I joined mail/rewarsds club, but don't have a 'send me this now ' button, & have been advised to click on the 'page' button & go to 'text size' to be able to cure it, BUT I am having trouble trying to get the 'page' word bk, can you help? please,

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      Renee 5 years ago

      Thanks for all the information you have made available. It has been very helpful to me.

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      amit ghai 5 years ago

      any1 help me i lost my ownershhp in own group and hw can i regain our ownership?

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      Prithvi 5 years ago

      I don't want to see stories(on my wall) of unrelated people just because my friends liked or commented on them. How do you think I can change that setting?

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Do you mean stories on your news feed? Because the only time stories appear on our walls is if someone tags us in it, and you can always moderate those. If so, what I do is unsubscribe from people if I don't want their activity to appear on my news feed. :)

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      me 5 years ago

      can i send wall post to that people ..who are not my frnds..??

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thank you. :)

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      Lessandra 5 years ago

      #2 "See those options at the top left side of your homepage? Those are filters. If you've segregated your friends into lists, you'll see the friends lists names there, too. Click on one to view the activities of the people in that particular friends list only. I, for example, have grouped my facebook friends into Family, PCGS Classmates, SHS-G Classmates, etc. If I want to know what my old high school classmates are doing on facebook, I click on the PCGS Classmates filter on my homepage and only the recent activities of my classmates from PCGS show up."

      The problem is, there is no "List" on the left side of my FB page. Have they discontinued the way you access what posts you want to see?

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      ShaamCA 5 years ago from India

      Really a good explanation about facebook , thanks for all those useful tricks

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      ganesh deore 2 years ago

      Hey i can change my name from facebook after 10 days but want to change my name this time facebook say you will wait 2 month's for change the name plz say me how can i change my name

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