The How-To Guide for Facebook

Our Facebook guide delivers expert analysis on the latest Facebook developments, helpful tips, tricks and how-tos, and the latest updates on privacy, Facebook apps and more.

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Tue, February 12, 2013

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Facebook How-Tos and Tips

How to Collect $10 From Facebook

Facebook settled a class action lawsuit that sets aside $20 million for users whose image or name was featured in Sponsored Stories advertisements. Here's how to find out if you qualify for a paycheck.

How to Use Your iPhone to Make Free Calls Via Facebook

Facebook Messenger for iPhone now lets you place free VoIP calls to your friends--as long as they, too, have downloaded the app. Here's how the new feature works and how to use it.

How to Give a Gift on Facebook

If you have last-minute holiday shopping to do, you might want to check out Facebook Gifts. Here's how the service works.

How to Ensure Facebook Posts You Want to See Aren't Hidden

A change to Facebook's algorithm means you're probably not seeing posts from businesses and brand pages you've liked. Here are step-by-step instructions for changing these settings.

How to Stop Unwanted Facebook Updates in Apple's iOS 6

When you upgrade your iPhone or iPad to iOS 6, your Facebook friends' contact information and birthdays are automatically synched with your Contacts and Calendar. Here are step-by-step instructions for cleaning up the clutter.

How to Block Annoying Political Posts on Facebook

Tired of the political flame wars that pop up in your Facebook News Feed? Here's a Google Chrome extension that deletes them from sight.

4 New Websites for Cool Facebook Cover Photos

Searching for the perfect cover photo to complete or spruce up your Facebook profile? These four new sites offer stock images, original designs and customized photo collages.

Inside Facebook's Hackathons: 5 Tips For Hosting Your Own

Facebook's all-night innovation sessions, which have produced features such as Timeline, Chat and the Like button, attract hundreds of employees. See what Facebook has learned from its hackathons and how those lessons can apply to your business.

How to Add Organ Donor Status to Facebook

Facebook's new App Center is set to launch, but are you ready to be seen? Here are four steps you, and all Facebook developers, must follow to ensure your app is included.

Facebook Developers: How to Get Admitted Into the New App Center

Facebook launched a new profile feature that it hopes will solve the organ donation crisis. Here's how to sign up to be a donor and add it to your profile.

4 Facebook Tips to Cut News Feed Noise

As Facebook green-lights more Timeline apps, expect your News Feed to get even more crowded. Here are four easy ways to bury the clutter and bring to the surface more of what's important to you.

How to Use Facebook 'Offers' to Market Your Business

Facebook's newest feature lets business page admins create and target coupons and discounts for their Facebook audience. Here's how to get started with Offers, plus six handy tips for creating a successful campaign.

5 Tips for Using Facebook's New Promoted Posts

Promoted Posts is the newest advertising feature to hit Facebook business pages. Here's what you need to know about it, plus tips from Facebook on how to use it successfully.

5 Websites for Cool Facebook Cover Photos

If you're looking to add a unique, personal touch to your Facebook Timeline, check out these sites for stock images, original designs and customized photo collages.

How to Use Facebook's New 'Interest Lists'

Facebook's new "Interest Lists" feature lets you subscribe to user-generated lists on topics that matter to you. While it has potential, it also has glaring problems Facebook needs to fix.

A How-to Guide for the New Facebook Business Pages

Timeline has finally come to Facebook Pages. Here's a look at how the features differ from your personal Timeline and how you can best optimize them to market your business and communicate with your customers.

5 Facebook Timeline Changes You Can't Wait to Make

Facebook gives you seven days to make changes to your Timeline before it goes live for all to see. Here are five things you should do in that time, from aesthetics to removing content.

4 Facebook Security Tips to Stay Safe in 2012

As Facebook hackers execute more sophisticated attacks, you need to be sure you're protected. Here are four tips from a security expert to keep your Facebook account -- and your personal information -- safe in the coming year.

3 Facebook Tricks to Personalize Your Posts

If you want to get fancy with what you share with your Facebook friends, these three tips let you further customize tags, edit links and collaborate with others.

Facebook Privacy Tip: How to Disable Sharing in Social Reader Apps

Some Facebook users are unintentionally broadcasting their reading habits to their network. Here's how to find out if you've added one of these social reading apps and how to adjust your privacy settings.

Facebook Tip: How to Create a List for Subscriptions

Have Subscriptions overrun your Facebook News Feed? One way to separate subscription updates from your friends' updates is to create a list. Here's how to make one in five quick steps.

Facebook Tip: How to Block Annoying App and Event Invites

If your Facebook account is overwhelmed with miscellaneous application and event invitations, here's how to quickly and permanently remove them.

Facebook Tip: How to Restore Your Email Notification Settings

If you noticed you're no longer receiving emails when people friend you or post to your wall, you're not alone. Here's what Facebook changed, and to bring back your original settings.

Facebook Subscriptions: 5 Warnings

Curious about Facebook's new Subscribe button? Beware these five pitfalls before jumping in.

Facebook's New Friend Lists: 6 Things You Need to Know

Facebook just launched a new feature that lets you quickly group friends into lists to make sharing with certain people easier. Here are six important facts you should know before you get started.

Facebook Video Calling: How to Get Started and Adjust Privacy Settings

Facebook has some new features, including a partnership with Skype that will bring video calling to users. Here's what you need to know about the new video feature and how to adjust your privacy settings.

10 Essential Facebook Tips and Tricks for All Users

Make your account more secure, manipulate your personal settings and more, with these ten Facebook tips and tricks that every user should know.

Are You Exposing Your Private Facebook Lists?

Here's how I discovered my "Limited Profile" list was visible, and how you can ensure yours is private.

Facebook Quick Tips: How to Hide Recent Activity; Shorten Status Tags

Facebook's newest features unclutter your activity stream and simplify tagging. Here's why it's useful and how it works.

Facebook's Constant Tweaks: 5 Ways to Stay Up to Date

For Facebook users, the only constant is change: The social network tweaks its security and privacy settings and features all the time. Check out these five official Facebook groups that help keep you in the know.

Facebook Privacy: How to Block Facial Recognition

Facebook now automatically recommends that your friends tag you in photos when it recognizes your face. Here's how to opt-out of this feature.

Facebook Combats Spam, Clickjacking, With Four New Security Features

Facebook beefs up its security measures to ward off spammers, clickjackers and malware. Here's what you need to know about Facebook's latest efforts to protect users from malicious software.

Your Guide to Facebook's Social Inbox: What You Need to Know About Messages

Facebook's take on unified communications -- it's new Messages platform -- has many skeptical of its relevancy and use. As more users are gaining access to the feature each day, here's what you need to know before you make the change.

Facebook Updates Profile Pages: Navigate the New Features

Facebook introduced an entire overhaul of profile pages that features a new interface and several new additions. Here's a tour of what's new and how you can upgrade.

New Facebook Groups: 5 Key Facts

Facebook announced Groups, a new feature that lets a small number of people share and chat privately. Yes, privately. Here's what you need to know about Groups.

Facebook Quick Tip: Clean Up Your News Feed

Your Facebook News Feed can get littered with a lot of junk: annoying FarmVille updates, friend confirmations and inane fan page announcements. Here's how to take control and see only what you want.

Facebook Tips: How to Stay Safe While Using Games and Apps

The maker of the popular FarmVille game has agreed to change its practices that subjected Facebook users to some scammy offers. But the more games and apps that you use on Facebook, the higher your risk for malware, phishing scams and hacking. Here are four tips for staying secure.

Facebook Tips: How to Get Your Facebook Vanity URL

This weekend, Facebook will make it possible for you to have a customized URL of www.facebook.com/yourname. But think carefully, because you only get once chance at this. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to change it tonight.

The New Facebook: Three Easy Tips for Sorting Through the Noise

Thanks to Facebook's recent redesign, a massive amount of content continually flows down the middle of your Facebook homepage. How can you keep up with it, never mind find the bits you really want? From Friend Lists to RSS feeds, here are three great ways to ignore what you don't want and find what you do.

How to Improve Your Facebook Profile: Play it Smart With Friends and Potential Employers

Think LinkedIn is the only social network that potential employers use to find and judge you? Wrong. Here's how to improve your Facebook profile to be more considerate to your friends, plus play it safe and smart with present and future work colleagues.

Facebook Etiquette: Five Dos and Don'ts

Facebook and other social networking sites can create an uncomfortable overlap between your personal and professional life. We show how to manage your Facebook profile so it can work for both business and pleasure.

Facebook How-To Tip: Do Damage Control on Unwanted Photos

While it's easy to control what information ends up on your Facebook profile, you can't control someone from posting a photo of you (even the not so flattering ones). In this Facebook tip of the week, we look at how you can minimize the damage.

Facebook How-To Tip: Manage Applications on the New Facebook

Confused by all those new tabs in Facebook? In this Facebook tip of the week, learn how to manage Facebook applications wisely and ditch apps that you no longer want.

Facebook How-To Tip: Manage E-mail Notifications

In this Facebook tip of the week, learn about e-mail notifications, how to set them, and the important option that can help you stop damage from photos before it starts.

Facebook's New Search Engine: What You Need To Know

Facebook just made changes to its search tool that take clear aim at making the social network an alternative to Twitter for real-time conversations. But the best news is more the ability to search for content in your Facebook network of immediate friends.

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