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.
Tue, February 12, 2013
Facebook How-Tos and Tips
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.
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.
If you have last-minute holiday shopping to do, you might want to check out Facebook Gifts. Here's how the service works.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your Facebook account is overwhelmed with miscellaneous application and event invitations, here's how to quickly and permanently remove them.
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.
Curious about Facebook's new Subscribe button? Beware these five pitfalls before jumping in.
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 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.
Make your account more secure, manipulate your personal settings and more, with these ten Facebook tips and tricks that every user should know.
Here's how I discovered my "Limited Profile" list was visible, and how you can ensure yours is private.
Facebook's newest features unclutter your activity stream and simplify tagging. Here's why it's useful and how it works.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.