7 things you didn’t know you could do on Facebook
Not all of Facebook’s features and tricks are as obvious as others.
Check out these hidden shortcuts and design options that can help spruce
up your page.
By now, brands have been using Facebook in their social media marketing
strategy for years. Although the network seems old hat, it is also
filled with untapped potential. Think you know everything there is to
know about Facebook?
Here are a few things you might not have known you could do:
1. Text to “like.”
Facebook gives your fans the ability to “like” your page through text
message. All you need to do is text “Like [insert your page username
here]” to FBOOK (32665). Users will not only automatically like your
Facebook page, but they will also get notifications from your brand
(which they can opt out of).
2. Post embedding.
Facebook allows you to embed a post on your blog or website. Users can
also like your page directly from the embedded post. Click the arrow on
the top right corner of the post to find the embedding code.
3. Edit links.
When you post a link to your Facebook page, the link auto-generates
underneath with a title, photo, and description. All of these are
editable. Change the thumbnail by using the arrows. When your mouse
hovers over the title and description, they become yellow. Click on the
text while yellow and change it to say whatever you want.
4. Schedule posts.
Instead of going through a third party such as HootSuite or BufferApp,
you have the option to schedule posts directly through Facebook. When
entering a status update you can schedule posts by clicking on the clock
in the bottom left corner. The target lets you geo-target posts to
different locations, and the pin enables you to add a location to your
5. Re-position photos.
When you post a photo on your page, Facebook will automatically center
it to fit the space. If your photo is slightly larger or smaller than
Facebook allows, then your photo may show up off-centered or cut off.
After posting, you are given the opportunity to re-position the photo so
it looks exactly the way you want. Click on the arrow in the top right
6. Search for anyone.
Facebook no longer lets users hide from search within the platform.
Every Facebook user is now available to be found via Facebook search.
Profiles can still be hidden from Web searches, however. Check your
privacy settings to confirm your search reach.
7. Edit comments and posts.
Ever posted something and 30 seconds later realized it included a typo?
Don’t worry about deleting it and fixing it before anyone notices.
Facebook allows you to edit the post after publishing. Use the magical
arrow in the top right corner to edit all comments and posts after they
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Knowledge is power. Knowing your tools inside and out will help you use
them more effectively—and Facebook is one of your largest tools in the
social media marketing toolbox; it is important to master all of its
Cara Friedman is the senior director of marketing at Likeable Media. A version of this story originally appeared on the company's blog.
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