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7 Facebook Tweaks and Updates for a Better Experience

Facebook is the biggest single social site out there. It seems that almost everyone who can access a computer has a Facebook page, as this social network has become a worldwide phenomenon.

Everyone and their grandparents are using Facebook, and almost all of these folks are either bemoaning changes that Facebook has made or they are looking for ways that they can make their Facebook user experience even better. There are a lot of ways that you can tweak Facebook to make it better for you.

Here are just 7 Facebook tweaks you can try:

1.) Hide the right sidebar

The right sidebar seems to be the most hated of the newer Facebook features. It shrinks down the viewable screen size, and the mini-newsfeed next to the big newsfeed just seems like a bit too much. You can easily hide this feature with a tiny tweak. At the bottom of the sidebar to the right there is a small button with an arrow; clicking that allows you to hide the sidebar away.

2.) Don’t clog up the newsfeed with game updates

Facebook gaming is one of the great things about Facebook, and it attracts a lot of new users to the site. As you play, your friends’ newsfeed and their walls may start to get stopped up with news of your achievements and announcements that you have begun to play Farkle. To stop this, in the Account settings you can set custom settings for all of your apps including settings so that no one but you gets these announcements.

3.) Stop Facebook emails

If you use your smartphone to access Facebook, you probably get notifications when you get a friend request, a new comment on a status update or more. It starts to get annoying when you get hit with an SMS message and an email about the same thing. It is easy to turn this off. You can go to your notification settings and turn off any text and email announcements you want.

4.) Get new stories in your newsfeed

Facebook’s new default is to show the top stories first. If a topic turns out to be hot, every time you visit the page it will end up at the top of the queue, which can get pretty boring. To get new content to the top of your newsfeed, click on the little arrow that is skewed a little to the left above where your newsfeed starts. Here you can select to see recent stories first. Remember, you may have to do this on more than one occasion; this Facebook tweak isn’t permanent.

5.) Find out how your profile looks to other people

When you look at your profile, there is a button labeled “view as” to the top left. After you click on that button, enter the name of a Facebook friend, and you will see your page as it appears to them. This is a great tweak to use to see if you might accidentally be oversharing. This can also help you to see if a spammer or errant app are sharing things to your wall.

6.) Get the word out

You have important things to say, and it seems like Facebook is just the place to say them. However, you want to let more people than just your friends have a listen. Tweak your Facebook to allow subscriptions. With subscriptions other folks are able to see your updates and leave comments, but they aren’t allowed to see all of your private personal information that your actual Friends have access to. To set up subscriptions, go to your profile, click on “subscriptions” from the left sidebar and go from there.

7.) Keep your location secret

Many people don’t like location-based services like check-in because they don’t want to tell the world that you aren’t at home. Some just don’t want the whole world knowing where they are at any given second. You can change your settings so that well intentioned friends who check in are unable to check you in as well. To tweak this and other tagging features, just go to your privacy settings and select “how tags work.”

This article is provided by Kevin Moor who writes for different sites, one of which provides information on the perfect uninstaller.

Making Your Facebook Profile Appropriate for Employers

Facebook is an incredible place to connect with friends, communicate with your favorite brands and catch up with far-away family, but it can also work to your advantage in your career and other areas of your life if you use it correctly.

With the explosion in popularity of Facebook in recent years, it doesn’t matter if you’re trying to get a job, enrolling in an online education program or applying for a law degree program, you better believe that someone is taking a look at your Facebook page. Thus, it is imperative to present yourself on Facebook in a respectable manner.

Clean Up Your Photos

The first thing that people see when they look at your Facebook page is your pictures, so that is the first area to clean up and make sure looks polished. If you have pictures of you and your friends out on the town partying or embarrassing pictures of yourself you might be hurting your chances of networking successfully. Remove any comprising pictures, and replace them with respectable images that represent your life in an honorable way. Keep in mind that any picture you put on the internet is essentially there forever.

Clean Up Your Content

Next to the importance of pictures is the importance of content. The information you provide on your Facebook page gives visitors insight into your life. They will see your likes, dislikes, group associations, activities, interests, and will essentially get a feel for who you are. In essence, feel free to talk about your recent camping trip, but leave out the fact that you consumed far too much alcohol or participated in otherwise comprising activities. Be mindful of every piece of information you put on the site, keeping in mind that once you put something on the internet, it is on there forever, even if you delete it!

Highlight the Positives

It is also very important to highlight your positive qualities and accomplishments that would make you a great fit for any potential employers or school recruiters. Join Facebook groups of volunteer organizations you have worked with before, and be sure to list any relevant groups you are involved with to maximize your appeal to those looking at your page to get an idea of the person you really are.

Also, don’t speak negatively about groups or associations because you never know the loyalties the recruiter or employer looking at your page may have.

Whatever you do, just be sure to be very selective over what type of information and pictures end up on your page because it can be more influential than you probably think!