Back in April, SEJ published a popular piece titled 6 Interesting Facebook Tricks You Might Not Know. Given that I’m always looking for new tricks and hacks for using Facebook, I thought I would add a few of my favorites in this follow-up post.
1. Download an Entire Facebook Photo Album
Your brother has just uploaded 500 adorable pictures of his new baby daughter, and you’d like to save them to your computer. How do you do it? One picture at a time! Currently, this is the only way Facebook gives us to download photos.
PhotoLive to the rescue! This handy little extension allows you to quickly and easily download entire photo albums from Facebook to your desktop.
How to Do It
- Go to PhotoLive and download the extension (please note, while it’s completely free, it does require registration including credit card information, although you will not be charged).
- Once it’s installed, you will see a button at the top of your Facebook page whenever you view a photo album. Clicking on it will download the album as a zip file to your computer.
It’s as simple as that!
2. Mute a Conversation
If you’ve ever been roped into a group conversation on Facebook, you’ll appreciate this one. By default, Facebook will send you notifications on your phone and Facebook page whenever a new response is posted.
Particularly if you’re being messaged as part of a large group, the notifications can get pretty annoying.
An easy way to ‘opt out’ of ongoing conversations is to simply ‘mute’ them. This will continue to allow you access to the conversation, however you won’t receive notifications of new comments.
How to Do It
- Go into the offending message, and click on the Actions tab at the top right corner of the screen.
- Click on Mute Conversation, and all notifications will cease.
If you’re part of a group conversation, you can also choose to leave the conversation, however this would mean you lose access to future replies. By muting the conversation, you can continue to read new replies at your leisure.
3. Disable Read Receipt
Everyone has a friend or client who messages them just a little too much on Facebook. And by default, as soon as you’ve read their message, they will see a note that the message has been read. This puts the pressure on you to respond to the message quickly, or risk appearing rude.
While Facebook doesn’t allow you to turn off read receipts, there are third-party apps that allow you to set up this feature, allowing you to go undetected on Facebook messages or chats.
The Facebook Unseen add-on for Chrome ensures no one can see whether or not you’ve read their messages, giving you an added layer of privacy and flexibility.
How to Do It
1. Download Facebook Unseen
2. Once it’s installed, you should see the Facebook Unseen icon in your browser:
3. Click on the icon to be sure it’s enabled. When it’s working, you should see the following message:
4. Talk Like A Pirate
You can set Facebook to be in any language you choose – including Pirate! Go to settings, then language, then click on the drop down menu. Change it from your language to English (Pirate).
Now, you can talk like a pirate to your heart’s content.
5. Post an Upside Down Status Update
This one is a bit silly, but can be a fun way to confuse your friends. Go to Flip Text and type in the status update you want to post. The site will flip your words upside down, then you simply copy and paste.
And there you have it. Five tricks that will help you have a little more privacy and fun on Facebook. What other tips or hacks do you love? Share in the comments below!
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