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6 Interesting Facebook Tricks You Might Not Know

At this point, you are all probably pretty familiar with Facebook, and some of the more common features like updating statuses, checking-in, browsing profiles, pages, and apps, and many more day to day actions.

However, most people are not aware of a number of interesting, but mostly useless, tricks and hacks, which you can perform on Facebook today.

Here are 6 of our favorite useless, but interesting, Facebook tricks and hacks for you try:

Modifying Anchor Text of a Target Page’s / Profile’s URL

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Image courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/wittykittymi/posts/10151430928688218

The Trick:

By default, Facebook allows us to tag profiles & pages using the “@” symbol on our status updates.

But with this hack, you can modify the anchor text that is used to link to your profile or page.  If you notice, this status update contains text links “THIS PAGE”, “TODAY I LEARNED” & “facts”, all linking to the URL https://www.facebook.com/todayilearn.

How to do it:

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1) To get your page’s/profile’s ID, you can go to findmyfacebookid.com & type in the URL of the page or profile you are interested in.

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2)  Once you have the numeric ID, copy this code to create the link in your updates.


Note: The code has to be in the status update TWICE, otherwise, linking won’t work.

Hence, in the above post, the exact post should be entered as:
“When was the last time you visited @@[0:[342422379172885:1:this page?]]

“LIKE” @[342422379172885:0] for awesome @@[0:[342422379172885:1:facts]]!”

Removing Your Last Name in Your Facebook Profile

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Image source: https://www.facebook.com/wittykittymi

The Trick:

As part of Facebook’s security checks, you are required to completely fill out your account details to successfully create an account. By default, Facebook requires every user to enter their full name prior to saving their profile settings.

With this trick, you will be able to bypass Facebook’s restrictions and drop your last name.

How to Do it:

1) Open Mozilla Firefox (Firefox is required for this hack to work)

2) Go to Options -> Advanced -> Network -> Settings -> Connection Settings -> Manual Proxy Configuration

3) In the HTTP Proxy Field, enter, port 8080, or use any Indonesian Proxy.

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4) On your facebook profile, go to Account settings — > Change Language to BAHASA INDONESIA

5) Remove your middle name & last name.

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Adding Animated Custom Tabs

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Image Source: https://www.facebook.com/TriviaManiaOfficial

The Trick:

Facebook doesn’t allow users to upload animated GIFs anywhere on the site, so if you wanted to have an animated GIF somewhere, you’re out of luck, unless…

There is a trick that allows anyone, who has the following resources, to bypass this limitation in uploading animated GIFs for custom tabs.

How to Do it:

1)       You must have Adobe Photoshop C5 & Quicktime Player.

2)       Select the animate GIF you want to upload.

3)       Open Adobe Photoshop CS5 and go to File > Import > Video frames to layers. In the File Name box, just enter *.* as your filename and choose your GIF image.

4)       Resize your GIF to 111 x 74 pixels to fit the custom tab image .

5)       Save your file in a PSD format. Check the save option, ‘LAYERS’

Creating Your Own Emoticon on Facebook Chat

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The Trick:

While this is not actually new, many people have no idea about this feature. Since 2011, Facebook has allowed users to chat with their friends using custom emoticons, and now you can too. Just by getting a page’s or a profile’s ID or username, Facebook will let you use their profile pictures as your chat emoticon in thumbnails…

*note this only works in the Facebook Chat and not in updates. 

How to Do it:

1)       Go to any profile, official Page, or event that you want to use as an emoticon.

2)       Look for the profile ID at the end of the URL, such as “Mcdonalds” from https://www.facebook.com/McDonalds

3)       Place that username or number in double brackets like [[Mcdonalds]]

Note: Pages with no username /vanity URL  e.g https://www.facebook.com/McDonalds have default ID numbers displayed on their URLs (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Socially-Awkward-Penguin/98438140742).  So when you cannot find  a profile or a page’s username, just refer to the numbers at the end of the URL, instead. 

4)       Enter that into a Facebook Chat or Message field.

Rage Faces IDs:

Here is a collection of a few rage faces courtesy of Reddit.

Using Profile IDs

Troll face: [[171108522930776]]
Are you f****** kidding me : [[143220739082110]]
Not bad Obama: [[169919399735055]]
Me G usta: [[211782832186415]]
Mother of God: [[142670085793927]]
Cereal Guy: [[170815706323196]]
LOL Face: [[168456309878025]]
NO Guy: [[167359756658519]]
Yao Ming: [[218595638164996]]
Derp: [[224812970902314]]
Derpina: [[192644604154319]]
Forever Alone: [[177903015598419]]
F yeah: [[105387672833401]]
Challenge accepted: [[100002727365206]]
Okay face: [[100002752520227]]
Poker face: [[129627277060203]]
Okay face: [[224812970902314]]
Socially awkward penguin: [[98438140742]]
No: [[167359756658519]]
MOG: [[142670085793927]]
Like a sir: [[168040846586189]]

Using Usernames / Vanity URL

Not Bad: [[NotBaad]]
Rage face: [[FUUUOFFICIAL]]

Making Your Profile Photo Un-clickable

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The Trick:

Not everyone really wants to have their header image clickable, but yet that’s the way Facebook header images work, or do they? Well, if you’re curious, you should give this one a try:

How to Do it:

1)       Go to your Albums – > Profile Pictures

2)       Select your current profile picture.

3)       Adjust privacy setting to “Only Me”

Selecting / Inviting All Friends

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The Trick:

Selecting & inviting all of your friends in an event can be a tedious task, especially if you have more than 1,000 friends to send invitations to.

Luckily, this trick that allows users to select/invite all of their friends in an event or an app – with just one click.

How to Do it:

1)       Open Firefox and go to your Facebook page to invite all friends to like your page.

2)       Select “All Friends” instead of “Recent Interaction” so that you can invite all friends to your page. Scroll down till all of your friends are shown in the page.

3)       Press Ctrl+Shift+K and a small window will appear at bottom.

4)       Paste the below code in it and click enter.

javascript:elms=document.getElementsByName(“checkableitems[]“);for (i=0;i < elms.length;i++){if (elms[i].type=”checkbox” )elms[i].click()};

Hacks and Tricks like the above, should always be attempted using caution. We are not aware of anyone ever getting in trouble for using the above Hacks, but in some cases they do bypass the intended functionality of Facebook, so be careful.

Which of these tricks is your favorite? If you have any Facebook tricks you would like to share, please let us know in the comments!




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Kristel Cuenta is the Social Media Manager for Kairay Media, a Social Media Marketing company. When not on Social Media sites, Kit manages a number of online MMORPG blogs to show appreciation for her online gaming passion.
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41 thoughts on “6 Interesting Facebook Tricks You Might Not Know

  1. #1 is a great tip – thanks for that!

    As far as I can see, one of the two links in the post has to have unaltered anchor text – if I try and post two with amended anchor text it won’t work.

    Is that what you’ve found?

      1. The link does not work with any of my id numbers , the one for my profile page and the one for my Fb page … I copied the exact text and tried it out just to see the links. With out modifying anything, it certanly works, but when I change the number 342422379172885, for my profile or page id, it wont work….

        “When was the last time you visited @@[0:[342422379172885:1:this page?]]

        “LIKE” @[342422379172885:0] for awesome @@[0:[342422379172885:1:facts]]!”

  2. I tried the proxy server suggestion to remove my last name, and it refused the connection. Are you sure that is working?

    1. Hi, Matt.

      There were issues in the proxy mentioned. I have edited the article & added some Indonesian proxy alternatives you can use. Let me know if that works. Thanks!

  3. The GIF trick is my favourite. I like having animated custom tabs. I can definitely see the use of modifying the anchor text. An excellent compilation of Facebook tricks. Nicely done!

  4. Hi Kristel, great post!
    Do you know whether it is possible to “anchor text” an external link as well or it goes only for internal FB links?

  5. Oh, dear, I can see a few more hours wasted on Facebook coming on while I try these out! Thanks for the tricks – one or two could be very useful…….

  6. These are really some great tips, i was just knowing how to lock profile Pictures but you told us several options how to make Facebook profile more optimized. Thanks :)

  7. The trick for creating an anchor text looks so interesting. We want to try this for our page. What do you think, Is this trigger in facebook graph search?

  8. Uber cool tricks :-) Thanks Kristel.. although there are other tricks like writing upside down lolz.. but the ones you mentioned are really cool ;-)

  9. Hi Kristel Cuenta

    Do you have any Idea about to add all members in particular group.

  10. Anchor text in Facebook posts is definitely the coolest hack I have seen. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Great points, but I’m mostly interested about the “Removing Your Last Name in Your Facebook Profile” Does it really? As what you mentioned is complicated, I’m wondering if I do the steps you have mentioned on my profile would it become as a criminal act or violation of Facebook laws?

    Would like to hear form anyone who has successfully done it before and confirm before going ahead with applying the steps Kristel has mentioned.

    I’m looking forward for an answer fro Kristel on this regard. Thanks

    1. Hi Fernando,

      It is clear that the hack is intended to bypass a mechanism that Facebook has in place to force all individuals to have a first and last name.

      According to this reference, you are REQUIRED to have your real name, https://www.facebook.com/help/112146705538576 , but I would not imagine it is something they would get very worked up over, but they could get upset about the fact that you’re doing something to circumvent their desired result.

      Again, as I mentioned, this is one of those you have to use with caution.

      Although I myself have done this as the above images show and myself, and others, have had no issues to date. Hope this helps.

  12. I really liked the trick for inserting anchor text. I’ve seen quite a few people doing that and couldn’t figure it out. What a shame it can’t be used for external pages…

  13. Hi

    I followed the directions to create the animated gif but it just stays as a static image. Is there a certain iframe app that I should use or should it work with any of them?


  14. Love #1 and will use this a lot. Curious if anyone knows a hack to put a ‘Like this Page’ button under a link that you’re posting? I noticed when I shared a gizmodo link the other day, and under the link it posts ‘Want to see more by Gizmodo?’ and a Like this Page button. Would love to find out how they’re doing this.

    1. Hi Amy,

      I believe the “LIKE this PAGE” button found below those links are only made available to news sites, or other bigger sites like Gizmodo…

  15. Hi Kristel,

    great job and already tried the anchor text / link hack .) works fine. A use of external links would be awesome but as you said it’s not working.
    Also tried the animated tab/gif but i wonder how to implement the new (animated) tab to a FB page?
    Can you be a bit more specific on how to do that please? Wolud be awesome!
    Or can anyone else help or who has tried it already and can give some advise?

    Thanks a lot guys!

  16. Wonderful article! thanks for your tips! Actually I didnt know most of them! let’s see how they look like on my profile !

  17. Hi,

    The code used to work for me until yesterday.
    @@[0:[313466842095469:1:Learn SAP BI/BW]]
    Whenever I am trying to post my profiles code or my page code, I see a “?” mark in a square box.

    Is the code still working for you?


  18. I do everything you ask to do for first name only. but it don’t works they ask for last name and can’t accept only first name
    I also acess the proxies of Indonashia but they required last name in every condition
    do you help me about it or do it for me i give you the user name or pass
    Reply me please

  19. Super topic and wonderfull informations that what i need some rricks to enjoy facebook ;) i will show that to my friends.
    Dont miss we need more topic and articles in the same category ( Facebook & Social Networks ) Add to this more tricks
    Have A Great Day Kristel Cuenta !
    John Bernardo, Morocco

  20. I need to block someone who is following me and I don’t know them – they do not show up in the blocking search engine on Facebook either any suggestions?