What’s new in Facebook: Tips, Tricks and Settings

Today, on 30th September 2011, Facebook has rolled some new and interesting features and updates. Timeline is the ‘in’ thing and people have started making their opinions. The interesting part is that these Facebook lovers haven’t explored or aren’t aware of the interesting things that Facebook has upgraded too.

Based on my reasearch in last seven days, I have digged these treasures from almost all corners of Facebook. You may have read a few latest updates from various tech sources like Mashable, Techcrunch, TheNextWeb etc. But I am sure you that will like these exclusive inputs from me. (some tips and tricks will need you to do certain settings as explained with them individually).

1) Be Original. Be Striking. Be Informative.

Your timeline shows your cover photo (big) now alongwith your profile photo (small). You can use this prominent cover photo space to brand yourself. Hence I suggest make the maximum use of this by adding a cover photo that is striking, exclusive and informative. For example you can create an image with logos of various associations you are associated with and photos of your services to them to make it exclusive and informative. Or you can add a closeup of your photo with bright colours and beautiful smile to make it striking.The example are images containing your visiting card, family photo, company web banner, daily quotations etc.

This is a screenshot of a cover photo.

This is a screenshot of a cover photo.

To add a cover image to your timeline:

  1. Go to your timeline
  2. Click Add a Cover
  3. Choose whether you want to upload a new photo or pick a photo from one of your existing photo albums
  4. Once you choose a photo, you can reposition it by clicking on the image and dragging it up or down
  5. Click Save


2) Be Friend. Be Subscribed. Be Connected.

Till yesterday you had friends. Now you can have subscribers too. Allowing subscribers is a simple way to broaden your conversation on Facebook, while reserving personal updates for people you know well i.e. friends. After you allow subscribers, a Subscribe button will show up on your profile. Your public updates will appear in people’s News Feeds once they click this button. Subscribers can see only the things you share publicly. They can also choose how many and what types of these public updates they get.

You can go to https://www.facebook.com/about/subscriptions and click Allow Subscribers link on the right side to start allowing people to subscribe to your public updates.

The Edit Subscribe Settings dialogue box

The Edit Subscribe Settings dialogue box

After you click Allow Subscribers, your settings will appear (see the Edit Settings button on your Subscribers tab). From there, you can edit your comment and notifications settings. If you want to update these settings later,

  1. From your profile (timeline), click the Subscribers link on the left menu
  2. Click the Edit Settings button in the top right
  • Subscribers: Click “On” to allow people outside of your friends to subscribe to your public updates.
  • Comments: Click “On” to allow people outside of your friends of friends to comment on your public updates.
  • Notifications: Choose when you’d like to be notified when someone new subscribes to your public updates. Choose “No One” if you never want to be notified of new subscribers. If you’d like notifications about new subscribers, decide between notifications about Everyone or only Friends of Friends.

Please note: If you already allow subscribers, people who send friend requests that you ignore, delete or hide will become subscribers. People you unfriend will also become your subscribers. If you don’t want a specific person to subscribe to your public updates, or want to disconnect from a specific subscriber, you can block them at any time.

3) Be Social. Be Highlighted. Be Remembered.

Share and highlight your most memorable posts, photos and life events on your timeline. This is where you can tell your story from beginning, to middle, to now. Tell you story interestingly.

  1. Go to your timeline
  2. Choose the type of event you want to add (ex:  Family and Relationships) 
  3. Pick one of the options from the dropdown menu
  4. Fill in as much information about the event as you like, select an audience, and click save
  5. Click on the year and month of that event to see it on your timeline

You can also add a life event by clicking the  along the center of your timeline or from the bar that appears when you’re scrolling through your timeline.

Your past interesting stories can be added and highlighted on Timeline too.

Life Events like Add a job, Graduated, Got Engaged, Got Married, Add a child, Add a pet, Lost a loved one, Moved, Bought a home, Add a roommate, Add a vehicle, Broke a bone, Had a surgery, Overcame an illness, Learned a language, Got a license, Traveled, Achievement or Award etc can be added easily to be highlighted and remembered by your friends and subscribers.

To feature a story on your timeline, hover over that story and click the . The stories you star will always appear on your timeline, while other stories may fade behind the grey dots along the center of your timeline over time. You can also feature stories you find in your activity log by selecting Feature on Timeline.

Note that you can choose who can see any story on your timeline using the audience selector under your name.

4) Be Productive. Be Organised. Be Effective.

Lists are an optional way to you organize your friends on Facebook so you can filter the stories you see in News Feed or post an update for specific people from one part of your life, like your coworkers or friends who live near you.

Types of Lists

Types of Lists

To help you get started, you have lists for:
 Close Friends: You can add your best friends to this list to see more of them in your News Feed and get notified each time they post. You also have the option to turn these extra notifications off.
 Acquaintances: This list is for friends you don’t need to stay in close touch with. People on your acquaintances list will rarely show up in your News Feed. You can also choose to exclude these people when you post something, by choosing Friends except Acquaintances in the audience selector.
 Restricted: This list is for people you’ve added as a friend but just don’t want to share with, like your boss. When you add someone to your Restricted list, they will only be able to see your Public content or posts of yours that you tag them in.

Note: Your friends won’t get notified when you add them to these lists.

You also have smart lists and custom lists.

Smart lists are lists that update automatically based on info you have in common with select friends, like a school, job or city. So, if you live in San Francisco, you’ll have a list of all of your Facebook friends who live within 50 miles of San Francisco. You can change this distance to adjust the size of the list, or manually add or remove people from this list. This list updates automatically as your friends update their profiles (timelines). For example, if 10 of your friends live within 50 miles of San Francisco (according to their Facebook profile/timeline), they’ll be listed on your San Francisco smart list. If 2 other friends change their profile (timeline) to indicate that they also live within 50 miles of San Francisco, your smart list will automatically update to include them too.

You can also create custom lists to organize friends as you like. You choose who goes into these lists and what (if any) privacy restrictions apply. Note that you’re friends won’t get notified when you add them to custom lists.

5) Be Strong Networked. 

Find Friends

Find Friends

From the Find Friends page, scroll down to “People You May Know” and click “See all.” This will bring you to the friend browser page. Here, you can filter the “People You May Know” by:

  • Hometown
  • Current location
  • School
  • University
  • Employer
  • Mutual friend

If you check multiple boxes in the same section (for example, if you select the current locations New York and San Francisco), you will see people who have listed their current location as either New York or San Francisco.

If you check multiple boxes in different sections (for example, if you select current location San Francisco and employer Facebook), you will see people who have listed their current location as San Francisco and work at Facebook.

Finally, once you upgrade, you’ll have 5 days to play with your timeline before other people can see it. You can use this time to add a coverfill in life events, and star important stories. You can also choose to publish your timeline at any time by clicking the Publish Now button at the top of your timeline. Note: You won’t be able to see your friend’s timelines until they upgrade and publish.



About Mitesh Sanghvi
Consultant : IT, SMO, SEO, Wordpress Website Design, Internet Marketing, Branding, Communications, Education Management

3 Responses to What’s new in Facebook: Tips, Tricks and Settings

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