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101 Social NetworkiNg tipS
Upgrade to use the new Facebook messages feature
The latest feature to come to Facebook is a new platform for com-
municating with friends. Facebook Messages combines e-mail,
chat, and text messaging, allowing you to view one un if ied inbox.
This upgrade is slowly rolling out to all 500 million Facebook users
but if you want to get on the list sooner rather than later, go to www
. facebook.com/about/messages and click RequestAnInvitation. Once
you receive your i nvitation, you can invite a number of your f riend s
and family members.
Claim your @facebook.com e-mail address
After you’ve received your Facebook messages invite, you can request
an e-mail address with your Facebook user name. In the Messages
view, click the Claim Your Facebook Email link. Then others will be
able to e-mail you via Gmail, Yahoo, or other e -mail ser vices, a nd the
e-mails willbedelivered toyour Facebook messages inbox. When you
send messages to externaladdresses, your e-mailswillbeformatted
as Facebook messages and will i nclude your profile picture.
Send Facebook messages from your phone
To send a message to a friend when you're away from the computer,
text your mes sage to 32665. For i ns tance, sending “ms g Lisa Butler
Happy Birthday” to that number will send “Happy Birthday” to your
friend Lisa Butler.
Archive or delete a conversation
Hide a conversation in Messages by archiving it, or permanently
remove a conversation and its history by deleting it. To archive, click
the X next to the conversation. You ca n fi nd it later by scrolling to
the bottom of your Messages queue, and clicking Archived on the
bottom left corner. If you receive a new mes sage, the conversation
will reappear a nd continue.
To eliminate a thread, open the conversation, click the Actions
drop-down menu and select Delete. That will clear the conversation
from your history.
Send a video message
Use your webcam and mic to leave a personalized message for
someone by selecting New Message in the Messages Inbox. Click
the video icon at the bottom left of the new mes sage window start
recording, then click Send.
Put Facebook Chat in a Firefox sidebar
The IM version of Facebook mes saging can be added to your Fi refox
browser wi ndow as a sidebar in a few easy steps. I n Firefox, click
Bookmarks, then right-click and select New Bookmark. Name the
bookmark something obvious such as Facebook Chat. The location
should be http://www.facebook.com/presence/popout.php. Then check
“Loadthisbookmarkinthesidebar.” GotoView inyourFirefoxtoolbar
and select Sidebar > Bookmark s. Now you ca n chat away.
PRIVACY & SECURITY
Limit who can see your
Under Account >PrivacySettings, look
for the View Settings linkbeneathCon-
necting on Facebook. Here you’ll see
a list of personal profile items, such as
who can see your current city and hometow n or who ca n send you
friend requests. You can li mit who can see your friend list to Friend s
Only, Friend s of Friends, or even by a specific f riend list that you
desig nate under Customize.
Ifyou no longer wishtobefriends withsomeone, orifyousimplydon’t
inyour privacy settings underAccount.Simply click onEditYourLists
u nder Block Lists. Here you ca n remove someone from your f riend
list or block i nvites from s pecific people or applications.
Limit how much info apps can access
Just because you want to use a Facebook Application doesn’t mean
you wantittohave more access toyour accountinformationthannec-
essary. For i ns tance, the application for the new social network Jumo
requiresaccesstopersonalprofileinformation such as yourbirthday,
gender, and list of friends. But did you know that by accepting those
terms of service you’re also giving Jumo access to your data any
time, even when you’re not using the application? That’s a n optional
feature you can t urn off.
Go to Accou nt > P rivacy Settings. Under Application s and Web-
sitesclickEditYour Settings. Onthe nextpage clickEditSettings next
to Application s You Use. Next to Ju mo, click Edit Settings. F rom here
you can remove the application, or just remove the optional settings,
such as allowi ng Ju mo to post to your wall with status messages. You
can follow the same proces s to find the optional settings on each of
your active Facebook Application s.
Customize privacy settings on each video you upload
There are four global privacy settings available under Accou nt s >
PrivacySettings >PostsbyMe: Everyone, Friends of Friends, Friends
Only, or a customized list of people. You can also set a stricter level
on a video-by-v ideo basis as well. Start by selecting the video, then
click Edit This Video. Next to Privacy, select your desired setting
and click Save.
Personalize your web surfing experience
Facebook has partnered
with Pandora, Rotten
Tomatoes, Yelp, a nd
several other sites to
create a web surfing
experience unique to
you and your friends.
By going to Yelp, you can
see reviews of location s
written by your friends along the top bar. To opt in to this service, go
to Account > Privacy Settings > Application s a nd Websites. Next to
Instant Personalization, clickEdit Settings and checkthebox to “enable
in stant personalization on part ner websites.”
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