Friday, August 5, 2011

Facebook Friday: 2 Status Tricks

The two tricks I am sharing today may be already known to a lot of you, but there are enough new Facebook users that I think these are useful.

First Trick - Hide people from your stream:  This is especially nice when you use your personal facebook page as your author page and you have a lot of people you don't really know in your stream.  Really simple to do.

  1. Move your mouse over the upper right hand side of any status and an X and a text box with the word "Remove" will appear. 
  2. Click on the X and you will be given the following choices:
  3. Choose one and Poof! the status is gone.
You can also use this strategy to hide all those games your friends play.  If you do these steps on a game status, one of the options will be "Remove al posts from blah blah blah".  Blah blah blah is the game, such as Farmville.

NOTE:  If you have a fan page, it's not a "Remove" X that shows up, but a Settings wheel and you only have the choice to remove the post or hide the post, not hide all by a person.  You can also view your hidden posts at any time by clicking on that option under "Wall" on the left side of your fan page.

Second Trick - Post status updates that can be viewed by only certain people: If you have something you'd like to post, but you only want your writer friends to see it, for example, use this option.

  1. Type your status update.
  2. Click the lock on the bottom right of your status box. 
  3. Choose "Customize". 
  4. From here you can hide from specific people or lists of people or make visible to specific people or lists of people.

NOTE:  If you do this on a fan page, you only have the choice to customize location.  This could be helpful if you were going to a city for a book signing and want to let everyone in that area know but keep it from everyone else.

Hopefully these status tricks make your Facebook life a lot easier.

And now for something completely different:  Join me tomorrow for a brand new series called Savvy Sensations.  This series will highlight other bloggers who are out there building a following.  I think it will be very beneficial.

So do you use the Facebook tips suggested here?  Did you already know about them?  Do you think they're useful? Let me know, I love to hear from you!


Michelle Fayard said...

These are great tips to know, Laura, for when you need to have a business and not just a personal presence online. And congratulations on the new Savvy Sensation series! No wonder I subscribe to your blog, so I won't miss a post.

Lydia K said...

I had no idea about the second one. It's one of the reasons why people are flocking to Google +. Good to know!

julie fedderson said...

Omigod, thank you for telling me how to block those dang games. I thought I was doomed to live in Farmville forever.

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