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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Facebook's IPO Filing Reveals Technology Details

In addition to disclosing just how rich the company is, Facebook's S-1 filing shines a light on the company's IT infrastructure, technology patents, hacker mentality and need for speed.

Gen Y Traits in the Workplace Unveiled

A study of 4 million Gen Y Facebook users provides insight on the 20-something generation, which will account for three-quarters of the workforce by 2025.

Infographic: Facebook Reveals Top Trends of 2011

Which actors, singers and news topics sparked the most conversation on Facebook this year? Take a look at 2011's most popular memes.

It's a Small World: Facebook Slices Separation to 4.74 Degrees

According to a new study by Facebook, the social network has cut the degrees of separation between people from six to 4.74, making the world of Facebook smaller than it may seem. Take that, Kevin Bacon.

Facebook Privacy: How the FTC Settlement Affects You

Facebook's settlement with the FTC bars the social network from making false claims about its privacy practices and requires Facebook to, among other measures, obtain users' express consent before sharing their information beyond their existing privacy settings.

Facebook's CIO Shares IT Innovation Successes and Failures

Facebook CIO Tim Campos shares five lessons he's learned about innovation, along with stories about his IT department's successes and failures.

Shocking: Facebook Makes People...More Social

A new study deciphers the link between Facebook and personal relationships, but really, how surprising are its findings?

Facebook Shows Paranoia with Google Smear Campaign

Facebook suffered two blows this week: another alleged privacy breach and an uncovered whisper campaign against Google.

Workplace Culture at LinkedIn, Facebook and Google: 4 Lessons For You

Four characteristics set these young, successful businesses apart from more "established" ones.

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.

Slideshow -- CIO.com Teardown: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Our new slideshow series picks apart tech's most infamous CEOs. Today, Mark Zuckerberg, it's your turn. This will be less painful than the movie. We promise.

Facebook Preps 2-D Bar Codes That Work With Cell Phones

QR codes, or 2-D bar codes that work with cell phone cameras, could change the way we use Facebook. But would you use the tech?

Facebook's New Delete Account Option: When You Need Out

Facebook has made many privacy changes to appease users, the newest of which makes deleting your account easy. Is it enough?

Facebook Privacy

How Your Facebook Privacy Settings Impact Graph Search

Facebook today announced a new search capability--currently in beta--called Graph Search. Here's how your Facebook privacy settings will affect what others can find.

4 Facebook Privacy Settings for the New Year

Have you checked out Facebook's new privacy shortcuts or reviewed which apps have access to your profile? Here's a look at four things you can do to better secure your profile in 2013.

What You Need to Know About Facebook's New Privacy Settings

Facebook is rolling out three changes to its privacy settings, activity log and photos. Here's what you need to know and how the updates to the social network affect you.

Facebook Chain Letters: Weak Link to Reality

A chain letter sent to Facebook users urges you to repost the message or risk losing the rights to your own data. Yesterday, Facebook set the record straight.

Look Before You Like -- Your Employer May Start to Monitor You

A new Gartner report reveals that social media monitoring in the workplace is on the rise. Until now, concerned companies simply blocked access. Would you rather your company block social networking sites or allow them and subject yourself to monitoring?

Facebook Privacy: Creepy Website a Reminder to Know Your Settings

What could happen if your Facebook photos, location information and more get into the wrong hands? This website uses a personalized movie trailer to explore that question, and will undoubtedly leave you with goose bumps.

Would You Give Your Employer Access to Your Facebook Page? [Poll]

More employers are requesting -- and sometimes requiring -- that you hand over your social networking usernames and passwords as a condition of employment. Are you onboard with this new trend?

How to Access Facebook's Free Antivirus Tools

If you suspect that malware may have compromised your computer, head to Facebook's new 'malware checkpoint' where you can ensure your system is clean and virus-free.

Facebook Timeline Scams Prey on Wishful Thinking

If you're not a fan of the new Facebook Timeline design, beware of bogus Facebook groups and pages promising a return to the old design.

Facebook's New Timeline: Important Privacy Settings to Adjust Now

Facebook's new Timeline has the potential to expose status updates and wall posts from years ago. Here's how you need to update your privacy settings before you or Facebook publishes your Timeline.

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.

Facebook Privacy: Creepy Website a Reminder to Know Your Settings

What could happen if your Facebook photos, location information and more get into the wrong hands? This website uses a personalized movie trailer to explore that question, and will undoubtedly leave you with goose bumps.

Facebook Privacy: How the FTC Settlement Affects You

Facebook's settlement with the FTC bars the social network from making false claims about its privacy practices and requires Facebook to, among other measures, obtain users' express consent before sharing their information beyond their existing privacy settings.

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 Privacy: 11 Settings to Revisit Now

With Facebook's constant stream of changes, keeping up with your privacy settings can be daunting. Here's a rundown of the newest features, what the changes mean to your privacy and how to update your settings.

Facebook Subscriptions: 5 Warnings

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

Facebook Privacy: Uncovering 5 Important Settings

Three weeks after Facebook launched new privacy controls, these supposedly simpler settings have some users stumped. Here's where you can find five important settings that you need to revisit today.

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.

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.

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 Quick Tip: Enable Encryption to Avoid New Privacy Glitch

Some Facebook traffic this week took a misguided trip from AT&T servers through China and South Korea, exposing some user data. To protect yourself against such glitches, here's how to enable Facebook's HTTPS feature.

Slideshow: 10 Must-Know Security Settings

Facebook's seemingly endless tweaks to privacy and security settings leave many people wondering: How secure is my Facebook account? We've rounded up the 10 most important settings for you to check.

Facebook Privacy: Zuckerberg Hack Spurs Two New Security Features

Facebook follows up a breach by rolling out new security measures that target hackers. Here's what you need to know.

Facebook Privacy: 4 Valuable Yet Hard to Find Settings

Facebook has released a lot of updates, changes and additions to its privacy and account settings in the past several months, making it tricky to locate specific settings you might be looking for. Here are four important Facebook privacy settings you should update now, along with instructions on where to find them.

Facebook Quick Tip: 3 More Ways to Shore Up Security

Facebook has made a concerted effort to prioritize security and privacy lately. Here are three new ways you can ensure your account is safe from hackers.

How to Handle the Newest Facebook Privacy "Breach": Relax

Another Facebook privacy snafu, another uproar -- this time including congressmen. But here's why it's much ado about nothing.

Facebook Privacy Settings: Recommended vs. Custom

Facebook's latest privacy revamp streamlined and simplified settings by introducing a new one -- "recommended settings" -- but it's not for everyone. Here's what you need to know about it and how to decide if it's right for you.

Facebook Privacy Fixes: Your Guide to the Newest Changes

After weeks of feeling the heat from disgruntled users, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced three new privacy settings that will roll out gradually to the public. Here's what you need to know.

Facebook Privacy Fix: New Tool Finds Trouble Spots

If Facebook's ever-more-complex privacy settings leave you scratching your head, try this new tool that simplifies it with one click.

Facebook Privacy Changes:5 Can't-Miss Facts

Keeping track of Facebook's updates -- and what they mean to your privacy -- can be daunting. We've demystified this week's changes and created step-by-step instructions for tweaking five privacy settings that need updating now.

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's Chief Privacy Officer: Balancing Needs of Users with the Business of Social Networks

Facebook has built out some of the most sophisticated privacy settings for any social network. But CIO asked Chris Kelly, Facebook's chief privacy officer, are people actually using them? And if they are, what effect does that have on Facebook's business model?

Facebook Apps & Features

How to Use Facebook's New Job Search App

Facebook's new app aggregates job listings from top recruiting sites. Given Facebook's personal nature, would you use the social network to job hunt? Here's a look at how the app works.

How 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.

5 Facebook Pages and Apps for Election Day

Still undecided about who to vote for? Want the latest information and results from the campaign trail? Here's a look at five Facebook apps and pages dedicated to the 2012 presidential election.

Turn Facebook Into Pinterest With This New App

Take the design element from Pinterest, add your content from Facebook and you have Pinview -- a new Facebook app that gives you an alternative way of viewing your friends, News Feed, Timeline and more.

How to Stop the Facebook Baby Invasion

If your Facebook news feed is overrun with your friends' babies, this Google Chrome extension replaces their photos with something equally adorable but slightly less annoying. Like cats. Or dogs. Or bacon.

Facebook Business Cards: Will You Use Them? [Poll]

One printing company has partnered with Facebook to create business cards that pull information and images from your profile. Are these business cards innovative, or do they go too far in blurring the line between your personal life and professional goals?

'Facewash' App Quickly Cleans Up Your Facebook Profile

A new Facebook app makes it easier to find and remove unprofessional posts. Here's how it works.

Facebook Announces New Timeline Apps at SXSW

Facebook's most successful Timeline apps, which launched two months ago, have seen big upticks in traffic. Yesterday at SXSW, the social network announced a new batch of apps, including Foursquare and Nike. Facebook touts that nearly 3,000 Timeline apps are now available.

How Secure Are Your Facebook Apps?

How well do Facebook apps protect your privacy? Before you download something new and agree to share information, check out how Privacyscore rates its first.

Facebook Smart Lists Tool Silences News Feed Noise

If you want to see more in your News Feed from the friends you interact with regularly, Facebook's newest tool helps you add acquaintances to a list so you see fewer posts from them. Here's how to use it.

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.

10 Offbeat Gifts for the Facebook Obsessed

From tombstones to oven mitts, here's a collection of gifts suitable for the most devout Facebook aficionados. What's not to 'Like?'

Facebook Launches Messenger for Windows

Facebook's new desktop client lets you chat with and message friends as well as view updates such as new comments and photo tags without having to be logged on to Facebook.com.

Facebook 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.

Facebook's Redesigned News Feed: 4 Things You Need to Know

In its third major update in a week, Facebook launched a new News Feed interface that predicts stories you'll find interesting and includes a ticker that updates in real-time. Here's what the changes mean for you.

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.

10 Must-Have Facebook Apps and Add-Ons

Are you a Facebook user and a music- or movie-buff? Can't wait for an official "Dislike" button? Or always looking to identify connections who've "unfriended" you? If so, download these 10 must-have Facebook apps and add-ons.

Facebook Groups Gets Update; "Like Button 2.0" and More

Facebook is rolling out upgrades to its "Groups" feature, including a new item akin to the popular "Like" button.

Facebook Questions: 4 Warnings Before You Start

Facebook started rolling out the updated Questions platform to all users yesterday. But before you try it, consider some privacy, search and online reputation issues.

Facebook Tracks Gross National Happiness: How Content Are We?

What were the happiest days of the year? Facebook's tool reveals highs and lows throughout the last two years.

7 of the Most Bizarre Facebook Apps

Facebook has been branded by many as a notorious waste of time, and welcoming these seven apps to its collection certainly hasn't helped its reputation. From photo-altering apps to random name generators, Facebook's Application Directory is chock full of absurd add-ons.

4 Facebook Productivity Apps -- Yes, Productivity

Think Facebook and productivity don't go together? Facebook time does not always equal wasted time. These four Facebook apps help you streamline and simplify your browsing, share documents with Facebook contacts and more.

4 Facebook Apps That Add Professionalism to Your Profile

Facebook doesn't have to be all fun and games. Check out these business-focused applications that give your friends--and potential future employers--a glimpse into your on-the-clock life.

8 Must-Have Facebook and Twitter Add-Ons

You can solve several of your top gripes with Twitter and Facebook by using free, downloadable tools. For those days when you see the glass as half-empty, one tool tracks when people "unfriend" you.

Facebook Apps All Grown Up: Four to Watch

Down in Palo Alto this week, CIO.com's C.G. Lynch examined a slew of start-ups that have built cool features into apps and services that allow people and businesses to utilize Facebook for more than just games. Here are his favorites.

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 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 Timeline

4 Facebook Timeline Settings to Revisit

As Facebook forces Timeline onto users who have held out, here's a refresher on important privacy and account settings to change.

4 Facebook Timeline Answers to Common Questions

Facebook's interface is constantly evolving, and Timeline is the biggest change yet. If you've recently switched, or if you are still stubbornly resisting the inevitable, our answers to four of the most common questions may not make you love Timeline, but they will help you manage it.

Tips for Facebook Timeline Apps: Beware What You Share

Facebook hopes this new class of apps will keep you on its site longer, but you can expect something else, too: a lot more noise in your Ticker and News Feed and an influx of over-sharing. Here's a look at the settings you need to know.

Facebook Timeline Scams Prey on Wishful Thinking

If you're not a fan of the new Facebook Timeline design, beware of bogus Facebook groups and pages promising a return to the old design.

Your Complete Guide to Facebook Timeline

Whether you like it or not, Facebook Timeline is becoming mandatory. Here's CIO.com's complete guide on everything you need to know -- including first steps and privacy changes -- to help ease the transition.

Tips for Facebook Timeline Apps: Beware What You Share

Facebook hopes this new class of apps will keep you on its site longer, but you can expect something else, too: a lot more noise in your Ticker and News Feed and an influx of over-sharing. Here's a look at the settings you need to know.

3 Things You'll Hate About Facebook's Timeline

CIO.com's Kristin Burnham switched to Facebook's Timeline two months ago--and she isn't a fan. Here's what she's learned about the new design.

Kristin Burnham covers consumer Web and social technologies for CIO.com. She writes frequently on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google. You can follow her on Twitter: @kmburnham.

Copyright © 2013 IDG Communications, Inc.

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