How To Go Live On Facebook From Your Desktop And Phone

You can broadcast live from your Facebook account. This feature has been around for about a year but only for smartphone users. Facebook pages had the option to go live from the desktop but ordinary users didn't. Facebook has now expanded the Go Live feature so that everyone can go  live from their desktop. The feature works from your news feed and profile. If you've ever gone live from your phone, the learning curve will be a small one. The major advantage of being able to go live on Facebook from your desktop is that you can connect with an external, better quality, camera. Here's how you can go live on Facebook. Read More

How To Turn Off Tabbed Posts On Facebook

Facebook has added a new feature to its web interface; tabbed posts. A tabbed post is basically a pop-up that appears on Facebook. The pop-up shows you a post that you're following. It appears whenever there is new activity on the post. You do not have to click the notification for the new activity to get the tab to appear. It appends next to the chat window and you can close or minimize it. The tabbed post makes it so you can check out and respond to new activity on a post without leaving your news feed. The feature is enabled automatically and you might not like it much. Here's how you can turn off tabbed posts on Facebook. Read More

How To Upload Files To Dropbox From Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger bots were insanely popular when they were first announced. News and media pages were quick to create a dedicated Messenger bot for their page and website. Quite a few other services joined in. The aim was to let users interact with a service from inside the Messenger app. A user didn't have to leave the app to get directions, restaurant recommendations, or transit times. The hype has died down but every once in a while, someone develops a truly awesome Messenger bot that's worth writing home about. Alfredo is a Messenger bot that lets you upload files to Dropbox from Facebook Messenger. It works on both the web interface and the mobile apps. Read More

How To Share A Facebook Messenger Day Story

Facebook is copying Snapchat stories and integrating the feature into every single app it owns. This is happening and there is no stopping it. Just weeks ago, a Whatsapp update brought Snapchat-story like statuses to the messaging app. Now the Facebook Messenger is in the process of getting a similar feature. This new feature is called Messenger Day. It is a slideshow of images and videos that you can share with your friends, or select friends. The slideshow disappears after 24 hours. You can see who has viewed your 'My Day' slideshow and control who can, and can't, see it. Here's how to share photos to your Messenger Day story. Read More

How To Use Picture In Picture Mode For Videos On Facebook

Facebook is the second most popular place where people watch videos. The number one spot is held by YouTube. This is a fact Facebook is well aware of and it constantly pushes video content to users. Videos on Facebook autoplay, and as of last year you can also cast a video to a Chromecast and other TV sticks. Facebook is now slowly rolling out a new feature whereby videos will auto-play with sound. There's also a neat picture in picture mode for videos on Facebook that lets you 'minimize' a video to a small corner of your screen and continue scrolling your feed. The video will continue to play, with sound. YouTube has this exact same thing. Here's how you can enter picture in picture mode for videos on Facebook. Read More

How To Turn Off Auto-Sound For Videos On Facebook

A while back, Facebook made it so that videos in your news feed would play automatically. It was awful. Thankfully, Facebook gave users a way to turn off auto-play for videos. It was a terrible idea to have videos play automatically and now Facebook is going to one-up that idea. A new feature is rolling out to users that will auto-play videos with sound. Before this feature was added, users had to tap a video to get sound. Now, videos will play automatically with sound. It will be awful. Thankfully, users have the option to turn off auto-sound for videos on Facebook. Here's how. Read More

Set Out Of Office Reply For Messages Sent To Your Facebook Page

Facebook introduced bots last year and a lot of pages quickly created them to always appear online. If you feel a bot doesn't do the trick for your particular type of page then you should try using automated responses instead. Facebook pages have a built-in feature for setting automatic replies. You can set one for when someone first messages your page, or for when you are away. Here's how to set up an automatic response to messages sent to your Facebook page. Read More

See What Objects Facebook Has Identified In Your Photos

Facebook has built-in face recognition that works on the photos you upload and share. When you upload a photo, the face recognition suggests which friends you should tag in it. Facebook doesn't just recognize the people in photos; it also recognizes objects in your photos. The photos we upload to Facebook aren't all selfies; food and cats are also popular subjects in our photos. Facebook can and does recognize these things and duly adds tags to it that we can't see. If you want to check out what objects Facebook has identified in photos, you need the Show Facebook Computer Vision Tags extension for Chrome. Read More

How To Enable Notifications For A Facebook Post Without Leaving A Comment

When you leave a comment on a Facebook post, you start receiving notifications for all new comments on the post. If the post in question is a major life event announcement, the new comments and their notifications quickly become annoying. The good news is that you can turn them off. For posts that you do want to follow and get updates for, you normally have to leave a comment on them. There is however a better way to enable notifications for a Facebook post without leaving a comment. Here's how. Read More

How To Enable Or Disable Profile Picture Login For The Facebook App

When was the last time you actually signed into Facebook? The social network is such an essential part of our lives that we habitually leave our accounts signed in on trusted computers. For those who try to take a break, Facebook does everything it can to make it easier to come back. The Facebook mobile apps have a Profile Picture login feature that lets you log in to the Facebook app by just tapping on your profile picture. This feature is meant to be used when you log out of the app or uninstall it, and need to log in again. It isn't automatically enabled and you have to give Facebook explicit permission to enable it. If you have enabled it and are having second thoughts, disabling it is easy enough. Here's how. Read More

How To Replace The Facebook Messenger Emoji With The System Emoji

Facebook Messenger has its own rendition of emojis. When you use either the iOS or the Android app, Facebook Messenger replaces the standard system emoji with its own rendition. You get the exact same set of emoji that you would get but when you send them, they look different. If you don't like Facebook Messenger's own rendition of the emoji, you can turn them Off from the app's settings. Here's how. Read More

How To Cast A Video From Facebook To Chromecast

YouTube is where some of the best videos live but Facebook is where lower quality bootlegged versions of them are uploaded. Jokes and copyright infringement aside, Facebook has a lot of video content. It might pale in comparison to YouTube but that still doesn't mean you can rule it out as a place to watch videos. Lots of pages run solely by sharing videos and some pages like Mental Floss are actually fun to watch. If you've got a Chromecast hooked up at home, you can even cast a Facebook video to your Chromecast. Here's how. Read More

How To Stop Whatsapp Sharing Data With Facebook

Facebook bought Whatsapp a few years ago. Facebook is known for changing, often revamping itself and anything and everything in its portfolio. Just take a look at the changes Instagram has gone through if you need an example. Uncharacteristically, Facebook left Whatsapps alone for the most part. Some new features were introduced but none that tied the app in as a Facebook-owned product. The change, inevitable as it was, has finally come. Whatsapp will now start sharing your data with Facebook to serve better ads. Before you hurry to uninstall the app though, you should know there's a very simple way to disable this. The news that Whatsapp will be sharing data has been publicized so much, the fact you can opt out of it has more or less been lost. Here's how to opt out. Read More

How To Identify And Highlight An Ad In Your Facebook News Feed

Facebook earns revenue from ads and users, people in general, don't like ads. Users push back with ad-blockers which cut into Facebook's revenues. Facebook has now started pushing back against ad-blockers making it so they don't work anymore. Facebook is also working on making ads indistinguishable from regular posts. What this will ultimately result in is content appearing in your News Feed that you think was shared by a friend or a page you follow, when it is in fact an ad. This is more or less Season 19 of South Park with the 'hidden ads' in action. Facebook Ad Highlighter is a Chrome extension that highlights these clever ads in your News Feed and helps you tell the difference between a real post and something that is being pushed on to you because you fit a certain demographic. Read More

How To Create And Share Memes From Inside Facebook Messenger

Memes, GIFs, and emoticons are widely used in chat conversations. Where most chat apps have emoticons and GIFs covered, memes are a different story. Facebook Messenger lets you search for GIFs and has an entire library of stickers for your conversation. If you're looking for a way to quickly create a meme inside Facebook Messenger, MemeGenerator Bot is Facebook Messenger Bot that will do just that. The bot not only finds the meme you need but also lets you add custom text to it. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Hide Your Facebook Updates From Your Timeline Before Posting Them

When you post an update on Facebook, it appears in your friends' News Feed as well as on your timeline. Anyone who follows you will see the update and anyone who visits your profile will see it as well, provided your privacy settings allow them to. If you're wondering what the difference between the News Feed and the Timeline is, the News Feed is everything you post. It's news about you that is delivered to your followers. The Timeline is a chronological set of important events in your life. This doesn't include all your posts but will normally include the ones your friends engage with the most and any major life events you add. Facebook has now rolled out a feature that lets you exempt an update from appearing in your Timeline before you post it. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Turn Off Live Video Notifications On Facebook

Facebook live videos turned the social network into a platform for live streaming. It's a limited feature but people, brands, and companies all seem to be willing to give it a try. Anyone can stream a live video; Facebook pages and profiles alike. Every time a Page or a friend you follow on Facebook begins to stream live, you receive a notification so you can watch it. Facebook also gives you notifications for live streams it thinks you'll be interested in. The thing is that live videos aren't a refined feature and there's only so much you can get out of it that many people tire of watching them and that's when the notifications start to get annoying. The good news is, Facebook has a setting to turn these notifications Off. Here's where it is. Read More

How To Upload A 360° Photo To Facebook

Facebook has long supported 360° videos and it's no secret that the company is vested in virtual reality. With 360° videos, you couldn't get in on the action much unless you had the right device to record one. Most users were left to watch them while not being able to record their own. Facebook has just rolled out 360° photos which lets you get in on some of the action. The feature takes photos captured as panoramas and uploads them in a 360° view-able format. Your friends can pan around the image like they can with videos and look around. Previously, Facebook treated panoramic photos like it did all others. Here's how to upload one. Read More

Get Food & Restaurant Recommendations Inside Facebook Messenger

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but deciding what to have for lunch can take over thirty minutes. If you're eating with a group of people this can take longer. If you're often unable to decide what or where to eat whether by yourself or with friends, you might want to give Where a try. It's a Facebook Messenger bot that helps you decide what to eat and where to have with by giving you suggestions all inside Facebook Messenger. Read More

How To Track Your Flight With A Facebook Messenger Bot

Facebook Messenger bots may sound like a temporary fad and for some they might be little more than a different way to get news but these bots refuse to be pigeon holed into a single function. A Facebook Messenger bot can do just about anything you tell it to do. A while back we reviewed an excellent bot called Jarvis that you could use to set reminders that showed you just how versatile they can be. App in the air is a Facebook Messenger bot that can track a flight, give travelling tips such as the availability of WiFi at a particular airport, and tell you if you some of your carry on items will be confiscated by the TSA. Read More