Facebook Tips, Tricks and Easter Eggs
February 02, 2017
On the way to becoming an unstoppable social media behemoth, Facebook slipped a lot of wacky stuff onto its website. These are the best tricks Facebook has pulled (and third party apps). PS. the last one is the most important ;)
Facebook Messenger basketball
Bored of chatting to your mates in Facebook Messenger? Both impress and escape them in one move, by unlocking the hidden basketball game.
Send the basketball emoji in a chat window, then tap on the icon to start the game. It's that simple. Your mate can play by tapping the same icon and after you finish he sees your high score and vice versa for his. Warning, it can get competitive. Be sure you're updated to the latest version to ensure it works.
Facebook Name Generating
This one started with users noticing that if they typed @[4:0] into a comment or wall post, it would change it to “Mark Zuckerberg.” As it turns out, that’s Facebook’s way of calling usernames, and it works for any number. (Zuckerberg came on as user #4, after three test profiles). Some Facebook profiles are named weird or rude and getting people to link them in a comment or post without them knowing what they are doing or who they are linking can be fun, you just need their unique profile ID. An example is getting the user to type @[1409725729046537:0] where 1409725729046537 is the unique profile ID of this user (Here is their profile https://www.facebook.com/I-was-sucking-dick-today-1409725729046537/) and as you guessed it, their username is "I was sucking dick today" so if somebody was to post @[1409725729046537:0] into a post or a comment it would link "I was sucking dick today" to it, LOL
Upside Down Facebook
The engineers had fun with Facebook’s language settings. This pic shows what happens when you set your language to "English (upside down)", but you can also try out "English (Pirate)" which (among other things) will arrange your timeline by "shots o’ rum" and "turns o’ yer hourglass". You can access these via Settings > Language > Which language do you want to use Facebook in?
The Chat Thumbmail
If you put a username between double brackets in Facebook chat (like so: [[nottsfan]]), it will magically transform into that person’s thumbnail pic. yes, nottsfan is my username!
Download Entire Photo Albums
Want to make sure your Facebook photos are safe? Save them to your computer! Use Pick’n’Zip to log in with your Facebook account and choose the albums you’d like to download.
Post Upside-Down Texts
Drive your pals a little nuts with FlipText, a fun Facebook trick that automatically turns everything you write upside down. Just a simple copy/paste and your post is flipping.
Language/Geo-Target Fan Page Posts
Did you know you can make your posts visible only to people in your city? Or only to people in a certain country who speak a certain language? When you write a post, change the "Public" status according to your wishes and target your specific group of interest (Sorry, I left "English (Pirate)" language on).
Discover Messages that Facebook Hides
Not many people know that Facebook messages get split into two folders: Messages and Other. If you haven’t looked into the Other folder before, you probably missed some messages you didn’t want to miss.
Disable “Seen” feature or typing indicator for Facebook messages
When you open a message on Facebook, the sender automatically gets notified with a "Seen" message. While this is convenient, it can be an annoyance, if you want to open a message but don’t want to respond immediately. Thankfully, there are browser extensions that let you disable the "Seen" feature.
All you need to do is install the Unseen extension on Chrome and turn on the option to block the “Seen” feature. Once done, you can easily read messages without people knowing you have read their message. Firefox users can install the Facebook Message Seen Disable extension to disable "Seen" on Facebook.
Download your Facebook data
If you have been using Facebook for a number of years now, your account must pack-in tons of your personal data like photos, videos, posts, messages, info and more. And the good thing is Facebook lets you download all of your profile data.
To do it, just head over to Facebook Settings and in the "General" tab, you should see an option at the bottom saying "Download a copy of your Facebook data".
Then, click "Start My Archive", after which Facebook will prompt you to enter your password again, as a security measure. Facebook will then gather all your data and send you an email once the download is ready.
Accept it or not, you might have thought about what would happen to your Facebook account if something happens to you. Well, Facebook has your back. Facebook lets you add a “Legacy Contact”, who will manage your account in the case of an emergency. The contact will be able to pin posts to your timeline, change profile picture, reply to comments. However, he/she won’t be able to see your message or post as you. There’s also an option to automatically delete your account if you pass away.
To add a legacy contact, go to Facebook Settings > Security > Legacy Contact. Once you have added a legacy contact, you can give the contact the ability to download your Facebook data as well.
F.B. Purity is a browser extension that lets you clean up and customize Facebook. It lets you fliter out the annoying stuff you don't want to see, such as Suggested Posts, Suggested Pages, Games, Upcoming Events, Lets you filter out posts from the feed by the keywords / phrases that you specify, It also adds cool new functionality like telling you when friends delete you from their friends lists. Lets you force the newsfeed to be sorted by "Most Recent", adds a "Chronological Sort" function for the newsfeed, It lets you hide the Trending Topics box, let you hide emoticons / smileys, and many other useful functions.
F.B. Purity is completely safe, is very highly rated (its in the Top 40 user-rated browser extensions on the official Firefox add-ons site) and has also been reviewed and highly rated in The Washington Post and CNET amongst other places, and has over 256,000 users worldwide.
F.B. Purity also alerts you when one of your Facebook friends has taken you off their friends list, and removes the adverts.