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

Message Multiple People On Facebook Without Adding Them To A Group [Chrome]

Facebook has long supported group messaging. If a group is created with the right people in it and for a specific purpose it's a fantastic way to communicate with multiple people at one. If it's created by someone who just needs to get a message out to multiple people as fast as possible it's little more than an annoying notification for everyone involved. Thankfully you can leave a conversation but if you're the one sending the message and would like to avoid going the group message route while still using Facebook Messenger, MessengerMerge is a Chrome extension that can help you do just that. It lets you send a message to 16 people at once without needing to add them to a group. Read More

How To Create A Facebook Messenger Bot Without Coding [Guide]

Facebook's Messenger chat bots are a new way for Facebook pages and apps to interact with users. They were introduced only a month ago and many chat bots have been created since. These chat bots are incredibly easy to set up requiring very little coding skills. The only thing you need to do is set up an API, something that's fairly basic. If you're a small business owner lacking the funds and the skills to do this, you can use Botsify. It's a web service that lets you set up a chat bot for your Facebook page for free. It's very easy to use and requires absolutely no coding skills whatsoever. All you need is thirty minutes and this post to walk you through the process. Read More

How To Set Facebook Messenger Chat Color Using A HEX Code Or Color Picker

In March 2016 Facebook introduced a few new features to its Messenger app for the web and smartphones. The new features offered some customization options for chat conversations that let you set a different color for the chat bubbles, change the default emoji shortcut from the 'Like' emoji to anything else, and add a nickname for whoever you're chatting with. The color selection for chat conversations is very limited though and mostly lighter colors are offered. You can pick one of them but you can't enter a custom color. Mauf is a Chrome extension that lets you do just that. It lets you set a chat conversation color via a color picker or a HEX code. The change i.e., the new color is visible on the web and mobile phone apps for Messenger. Read More

Send Stickers And Gifs In Facebook Messenger With A Text Command [Chrome]

Facebook Messenger has supported GIFs and stickers for a long time now. The support spans all platforms that Messenger is available for. On both smartphones and the web app, you can search for and insert both stickers and GIFs into a conversation. Smartphones have the added advantage of being able to use third-party keyboards that are built specifically for inserting GIFs. xaoke is a Chrome extension that lets you send a GIF or a sticker via a text command inside Messenger. The GIFs are sent via Giphy. Read More

What Is A Facebook Messenger Bot?

At Facebook's F8 Developers Conference, Messenger Bots were announced. These bots are being developed by media corporations and retailers alike and very quickly so which raises the question as to what a Messenger bot is and how it's useful to so many different types of companies. Even more important to know is what these bots mean for the average user, whether or not they will always be safe or can they present a potential threat if they are developed by anyone with malicious intent. Here's a the answer to all that and more. Read More

How To Add Any URL To Your Facebook Saved Items List

Two years ago Facebook introduced a 'Save' feature that allowed users to bookmark or save for later content they found on the network. It let you save links, images, books, movies, pages, and music and mimicked Pocket to a great extent. It was however limited to only saving content shared on Facebook. If you found a link outside Facebook, you couldn't add it to your list of Saved items. That's changed as of two days ago; Facebook has released a bookmarklet that you can add to your bookmarks bar and use it to send any link on the web to your Facebook 'Saved' list. Read More

How To Delete Your Facebook Password Stored By Windows 10

Social media has become such an important part of people's lives that operating systems, both desktop and mobile, have integrated popular services like Facebook and Twitter right inside them. When done right, as they are on Android, iOS, and OS X, they aren't a problem. Windows 10 does it differently, very differently. It might surprise you to learn that even if you aren't signed into the Facebook app, and Edge hasn't stored your login credentials, Windows 10 might still have your username and password stored. When you sign into an app, such as Deezer, via your Facebook account, Windows 10 will auto-fill both the username and password fields for you if does indeed have it stored. Here's how you can permanently remove it from your system and a look at where it came from. Read More

Find Out How Many People Were Upset By A Facebook Post

Facebook has changed the Like button so that it can be used to express a wider range of emotions. The new emotions that we can express towards a post are love, amazement, sadness, laughter, and of course anger. To the ordinary user this is just a better way to express how they feel about sad news but if you're sitting on the other side i.e., pushing content to Facebook it's a pretty good tool to see how the content you push is being received. Some content might just spread because it's anger inducing while the other might be exceptionally popular because it's a picture of a kitten. Facebook has always let you see how many likes a post has received and with this new addition, it lets you see how many people had one of the six supported reactions. Read More

What Does The Lightning Icon On A Facebook Post Mean?

Many of us routinely read on our phones and Facebook is one of the more popular places where people get their daily dose of news and opinion pieces. The platform is so popular that it isn't possible for an online publication to exist and not have a Facebook page. If you read on your phone, and frequently find articles to read in your Facebook feed, you might have noticed that some articles have a small lightning icon on them. The first thing that comes to mind here is that perhaps the post is tending but that isn't what the icon means. The icon represents posts that are Instant Articles. Read More

Permanently Hide The Facebook Page Posts That Your Friends Share

Facebook pages can be very informative and they can be very annoying too. You have to weed out the bad ones and a good Facebook page can quickly, and very easily, turn into a bad one. On a personal level, you can simply unfollow a page and you no longer have to look at the rage inducing or mind numbing content it shares but what do you do if your friends share it? You can unfollow a friend but then all their activity, the stuff you might want to keep up with, will stop appearing in your feed. The answer is to block the annoying pages they share content from and you'll never have to look at it again. Here's how. Read More