You check your feed first thing in the morning, and post everything from what you had for lunch, to what you’re dressing your cat as for Halloween, but do you know these hidden Facebook features? While they may not help your social life, they can definitely take your social media life to the next level, not to mention help open doors to new marketing strategies for your blog, website, or business. Ah, the power of the Internet…
1. Review Other Messages
Facebook takes it upon them to screen your messages by sorting it into an “Other” file, kind of like the spam folder you never asked for. To access it just click on the folder marked “Other” to the right of your inbox, "Filtered" if you click the "More" dropdown menu, or you can click here. Chances are if you haven’t checked it yet you have more than a few messages waiting for you.
2. Add a Temporary Profile Picture
This is perfect for when your profile picture is just to celebrate a specific holiday, or involves some form of current event. The feature can only be accessed from your phone, to do it go to your profile and tap on your profile picture. Select “Upload Photo” and choose a photo from your camera roll. Then tap “Make Temporary” and select when you would like the picture to expire.
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3. Have a Profile Video Instead of A Profile Picture
Source: Tech Crunch
A profile video is a cool way to bring a little fun to your profile picture, this can only be done from an iPhone or Android, but is easy enough to do. You can take or upload up to 7 seconds for your profile video. Just go to your profile and tap your profile picture, next tap “Take a New Profile Video” or “Upload Video” once you have chosen your video tap next then choose a thumbnail for your video.
4. Access Quick Stats
You can easily access your “Post Details” on your business or fan page by viewing the bottom of the page where you will find an “X People Reached” Meter. This will give you a detailed breakdown of likes, comments, and shares, show the actions people took on each post, and show how your posts look in the feed.
5. Broadcast Yourself Live
Facebook live is a great way to share a current event, gain followers, or just share what’s on your mind, it’s kind of like having your own broadcasting channel in your back pocket. Just tap the “What's On Your Mind” at the top of your news feed and select “Live Video” from the drop down menu. Then just add a description and choose your audience before hitting “Go Live.”
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6. Schedule Posts
It’s not always easy to log on to Facebook at the exact time you need to post to your business page. Save yourself some time by scheduling your posts in advance through the “manage posts” section on your business page. You can also manage the posts that are made directly to your page and take advantage of valuable engagement and customer service opportunities.
7. Save Links To Read for Later
This feature is kind of like Facebook meets Pinterest. There’s no need to save a post then have to scroll through your newsfeed to find it later. You can save all the posts you like without having to share them with anyone. Just click the “Save” option in the drop-down menu under the top, right corner of post. The save option is available for links, movies, places, music, events, TV shows, and books but not for plain text updates or photos. When you are ready to find the link again, just go to the toolbar in the right side of your news feed and select “Saved Items.”
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8. Reorder Your Page Sections
Facebook page admins can easily rearrange the order of the sidebar elements to save time and make it more convenient for them to get to their most used pages. The “People” and “About” section will always stay in the top two spots, but the remaining sections can be dragged and dropped into other positions.
9. Send and Receive Money
Source: Facebook Newsroom
Say goodbye to Western Union or confusing account and routing numbers. Thanks to Facebook all you need to do to send and receive money is add your debit card to your account. It’s easy, secure, and best of all free!
10. Facebook Moments
Facebook Moments saves you from the hassle of begging your friends to send you that one photo, from that one concert that they promised to send to you but never did. Instead, you and your friends can privately sync all of your photos from a single event to one private album so you all have the photos you want instantly.
11. Facebook Video Calls
No more asking if someone has Skype or hoping they have a Mac item for FaceTime, now you can easily video chat through Facebook with anyone. Just open a chat window with the person you want to speak to and click on the camera icon in the top right corner. Facebook will let you know if your friend isn’t online or is unable to do video calling.
12. Prioritize Whose Posts You See First
Ever feel like your newsfeed is flooded with posts from random ex-work colleagues or second cousins twice removed? Get updates from close friends and family before the rest of the world by visiting your friends page and selecting the “See First” button next to their name, this will allow their posts to show up first on your news feed.
13. Save Replies On Messages for Business Pages
Source: Tech Crunch
Does your business get contacted with the same question over and over again? Save yourself the pain of sounding like a broken record and save your reply to make your answers easy and thorough. Just click messages at the top of your page, click on any message and then manage your replies. Then click “Create Reply,” enter your reply title then enter your message and hit save. You can now access your saved reply whenever you need it, which is a major time saver!