Boasting over one billion users, Facebook currently exists as the most popular social networking website in the world. In 12 short years, the website has achieved a lot: it’s provided old friends with a way to reunite, helped employers see who their employees really are, and become a paradise on earth for stalkers. Most notably, Facebook has revolutionized the way people communicate with one another.
Before Facebook, Myspace and MSN dominated the social networking world. However, what made Facebook stand out and become so successful was its ability to attract people from all walks of life. Simply put, whether you’re a business person, an artist, or just someone looking to meet new people, Facebook has something to offer you.
That being said, Facebook isn’t perfect and does have some notable flaws: its terms and conditions include a number of worrying privacy rules and the “send” receipt in messenger can ruin lives. However, this article isn’t intended to focus on the positives and negatives of Facebook; rather it is intended to expose some hidden tips and tricks which could potentially help users navigate and resolve issues with the site. For example, did you know there’s a way to turn off the “send” receipt in Messenger and help your Facebook friends pronounce your name? This article will also reveal a couple of additions to the social networking site you may not already know about – like Lookback, which allows users to view their entire Facebook history, and the Faces of Facebook, which reveals every user’s profile in one collage of pictures.
10. Help Friends Understand How To Pronounce Your Name
We all have that one friend whose name can be difficult to pronounce at first glance. Indeed, sometimes when you read someone’s name on paper, you can interpret how to pronounce it in a number of different ways. For instance, when Gotye first hit the scene with his single “Somebody That I Used to Know,” I didn’t know whether his name was pronounced Go-tee-yeah or Go-tee-yay. However, don’t sweat, because Facebook has a setting which enables you to quickly set up a pronunciation guide for your name. Simply go to your profile page, click on About, click Details About You, and then under Name Pronunciation click “How do you say your name?” Please note, this feature currently isn’t available in all locations.
9. Find People On Facebook Through Searching Their Phone Numbers
Ever woke up one morning after a rough night out with the fam to find a new number in your contacts? Ever got a missed call from an unrecognizable number and want to know a little more about the person before calling back? Well, this search option on Facebook could help you out. In the Facebook search bar, you can search people up simply by punching in their phone numbers.
8. Stop That One Person From Seeing Your Post
Let’s be honest, you don’t consider every one of your Facebook friends to be a real friend. In fact, it’s likely there’s at least one or two people you have on Facebook who you never wanted to accept as Facebook friends in the first place: either they requested to be your friend and you felt too guilty to deny them, or you accepted their request years ago before they begun spamming your home feed with posts about how climate change is a hoax and how Donald Trump should be the next President. Anyways, reasoning aside, there’s actually a way to make it so particular Facebook friends can’t see your posts. When you go to make a post, simply click on the Who Should See This option, click on Custom Settings, and then select which of your Facebook friends you don’t want to see your post.
7. Get The Perfect Cover Photo Size
Sometimes, it can become quite frustrating adjusting your pictures to fit your desired cover photo dimensions. However, by editing the size of your preferred photo beforehand to the given dimensions, you can avoid the frustration. For desktops, the cover photo dimensions are 851 pixels wide x 315 pixels tall. For mobile devices, it’s 399 pixels x 150 pixels.
One of the most cringeworthy and embarrassing experiences is to look back at what you posted on Facebook several years ago. However, if you do decide you want to take a peak at your history, Facebook has a site called Lookback, which speedily takes you through your entire Facebook life, featuring your first moments, popular posts, memorable moments and most recent activity. As well, you’re enabled to edit which posts and pictures you wish to highlight and take out. You can view the site here: facebook.com/lookback.
5. Quickly Look Up Specific Posts
Do you have one post you were proud of or found funny in the past and wish to look up? Maybe you saw a link on your home feed, which you didn’t have the time to look at and wish to find again. Well, in your Facebook search bar, you have the ability to specify your searches. Simply, type in the name of the person who made the post, followed by a keyword referring to that post.
4. View Every Single Facebook User’s Profile Picture
Want to see every Facebook user’s profile picture with just one click? If so, go to http://app.thefacesoffacebook.com/. The Faces of Facebook is essentially just a single page site which, although at first glance may look like your screen just broke, allows you to scroll over every user’s Facebook picture. Furthermore, the site is so in-depth that it allows you to zoom in and view the profile of every single user if you’d want to.
3. Discover Messages You Never Realized You Received
Last month, I was surprised to discover I had over 15 messages I never realized I’d received, with some dating back more than a year. This is because if someone messages you who is not your friend on Facebook, that message gets sent to your “Message Requests” inbox without notifying you. To read these messages, simply click on your Messages tab in the right hand corner, and then click on the Message Requests tab, which should be greyed out next to your “recent” message inbox.
2. Send Money Over Facebook Messenger
Remember when Facebook overtook MSN as the primary application for quickly communicating with another person online? Well, there’s a possibility sending money over FB Messenger could become more popular than sending money via e-transfers. Recently, Facebook allowed users to send money over FB Messenger – all that users have to do is go to their settings and add in their debit card details and create a PIN for security.
1. Turn Off The “Seen” Messenger Receipt
Overall, it’s arguable that the “seen” receipts cause more harm than good amongst friends over Facebook. However, luckily, there’s a way to disable the “seen” receipts on FB Messenger so that people don’t know you’ve read their message. To do so, simply install Facebook Unseen Chrome extension or Chat Undetected. The only catch to these extensions is that, if activated, you won’t be able to know when people have “seen” your messages either.