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9 Ways to Get More Out of Facebook

For many of us, Facebook has been in our lives for what feels like as long as we can remember. While some of us would like to think that we don’t care much about Facebook, it’s hard to deny is significance in our cultural discourse. I mean, if it helped to elect someone like Donald Trump into office - what can’t it do?

Keep reading as we reveal some Facebook features you might not have known about. Whether you want to spend more or less time on the platform, there’s definitely a tip that’ll work for you.


Backup Your Facebook

A lot of us share important photos, milestones, and messages on Facebook that track years of our lives. All of this content can actually be saved for safe storage; just make sure that all sensitive information is stored securely. Go to Settings > Download a copy of your Facebook Data > Start My Archive.

Save Posts for Later

Spotted an article in our Newsfeed that you just don’t have time to read right now? Save it for later by clicking on the ellipses on the top right corner of every post, and select the bookmark tab that says ‘Save Post’. You can then find them all in one place by clicking on the ‘Saved’ tab on the left sidebar.

Keyword Search

The search bar can be used for any other search query by using keywords. Even if you can’t recall which friend posted about a Japanese restaurant you wanted to try, you can type in any keywords you can remember, and voila!

Manage Which Ads You See

Do you see the same ads on Facebook about something you searched for once? Well, you can actually manage the types of ads you see by going to Settings > Adverts > Adverts based on my preferences > Edit > Visit Advert Preferences. From there, you’ll see a list of topics chosen based on your preferences. If there’s anything there that doesn’t interest you, simply click the ‘x’ on the right to remove it forever (unless you decide to search for it again, of course).

Messenger.com

You probably know that there’s a separate Messenger App for Facebook messaging, but did you know that there’s a standalone website for Messenger as well? You guessed it - it’s Messenger.com! If you want to keep chatting to friends or colleagues without getting distracted by your newsfeed, then there’s no better way to do it.

Share Your Location

You can easily share your exact location with friends via Facebook Messages by clicking more (the ‘+’ button) to the left of the text box, and ‘Locations’.

Setup an Appointment

In the hopes of making their Messenger service more common in the workplace, Facebook now allows you to easily schedule meetings or appointments through the Messenger App. Click more (the ‘+’ button) to the left of the text box, and ‘Plans’.

Share Your Facebook Events to Your Google Calendar

Following from the previous tip, you can also save any Facebook events to your Google Calendar by going into the event, clicking on the ellipses, and selecting ‘Export Event’. From there, you can either choose to ‘Save to calendar’, ‘Sent to email’, or ‘Subscribe to all upcoming events on your calendar.

Remotely Log Out of Your Facebook Account

In the unfortunate case where one of your devices is stolen or someone is peeping at your account, you can remotely log out by going to Settings > Security and Login > Where You’re Logged In. From there, you’ll see a list of devices and locations where you’ve logged in. Select the ellipses to choose ‘Not You’ or ‘Log Out’.

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