Get A Dark Theme For Facebook Messenger In Chrome

A while back, Facebook introduced an independant web interface for its messaging service. For anyone who uses Facebook as a messaging platform but is often distracted by the news feed that's constantly updating, the Messenger interface was very welcome. It allows you to exclusively send and receive messages, get a desktop notification for a new message, and mute alerts from a contact if you want. You can also start and follow group conversations. Facebook Messenger - Dark Theme is a Chrome extension that adds a dark theme to Facebook Messenger to help ease conversations that you might have at night, or in low light. You can easily toggle between the dark theme and the default white theme with a button embedded in Messenger's interface. Read More

How To Minimize A Video In The Facebook App

The Facebook app is updated regularly with bug and security fixes and little else to mention in its changelog. Every so often though, one of the updates is a big one that adds new features, or makes yet another change to the UI of the app. The most recent update to the app brought its design closer to iOS 9 (though it's still crashing like a drunk) and it introduced a new way to watch videos in the app. You can now minimize a video that's currently playing in the app so that it takes up just a small area at the bottom right of the app while you continue to scroll through the rest of your feed. Here's how. Read More

Privately Exchange Photos Of An Event With Your Facebook Friends

Everyone has a phone and just about every phone in existence has a camera and that means given an event, a party, or even a slightly fun lunch hour, lots of photos will be taken. You might end up with everyone having snapped photos of a fun night out or if you're trying to conserve phone battery, you will have appointed a designated photographer to take all the photos. Once the photos have been taken, Facebook is the go-to place for sharing them so everyone has a copy. If you prefer private sharing of your photos however, Facebook has you covered with its Moments app. The app is kind of old and just upgraded to version 2.0 but it's just now been made available outside the U.S. What it does is that it automatically groups photos together based on the location and time they were taken. A group of such photos is called a moment and you can share it privately with one or several Facebook friends. Here's how it works. Read More

Search & Share Direct Links To News Items From The Facebook App

Facebook's news feed is where many of us get our daily news. Mostly we get news via the Facebook page of leading news sites like BBC, The New York Times, Reddit, etc because we've subscribed to them but not all news in our feed is created equal. With Facebook and the news we get on it, there is always the risk that it's either a hoax or someone took an article by The Onion too seriously. This is why sharing news from an authentic source is always better. Facebook has one of the best link sharing features for both pages and individual profiles and in a recent update, it's added something truly amazing. When sharing news, you can now search for and add a link to a more authentic source of information all from the Facebook app. Here's how. Read More

Create Your Own Stickers To Use With Facebook Messenger [iOS]

Stickers have become exceptionally popular and are often used instead of emojis. They're cuter, more expressive, and animated. There's a fair number of apps out there that give you a rich library of awesome stickers to use. Snackshots is a new iOS app that lets you create your very own stickers, and send them over Facebook Messenger. Snackshots provides you a library of different characters that you can use.  They come in many different poses and you can add a background, and text to it, and send it to a Facebook contact. The app gives you lots of customization options; you can set the color and size of the text, choose from different fonts, and even change the color of the background you've selected. Read More

Search Imgur For Reaction GIFs From Inside Facebook Messenger

Imgur, while great for sharing images on Reddit is notorious for its very bad mobile apps. They recently released a fresh Android app and just a while before that overhauled their iOS app. The effort made on either one was unimpressive but Imgur still remains one of the biggest hoards of images available online. If you installed the app but are considering uninstalling it because it's so terrible you might want to keep it around because it lets you search for and send reaction GIFs from the Facebook Messenger app. Here's how. Read More

How To Tell If A Facebook Page Responds To Its Inbox Messages

Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter may be used for a lot of things; keeping up with friends, getting news, finding events in your area, but as time has shown Facebook pages and Twitter profiles are also a way for people to engage with their favorite brands. Simple posts about grievances are often left unanswered if a page isn't active and until a few days ago, there was no way to tell if a Facebook page even checked its inbox. There is now and here's how it works. Read More

Draw On Photos Before Sharing Them Over Facebook Messenger [iOS]

When Facebook Messenger was first released, it was seen as an attempt on Facebook's part to try and get its hands on everyone's contacts. Whether that was the case or not, Facebook Messenger, despite the harsh criticism it received when it was unveiled, has become very popular. It's now come to the point where apps are being developed to go with the Facebook Messenger app on your phone. Drawl for Messenger is a free iOS app built for just that purpose. It lets you draw on photos before you send them via Facebook Messenger. Read More

Use Facebook’s Web Based Messenger As A Desktop App

Last week, Facebook released a stand alone web interface for its popular chat service aptly called Messenger after the mobile apps that are built exclusively for the feature. The web interface can work without users needing to keep Facebook open in a separate tab. This means you can use Facebook as a chat platform and effectively avoid the distractions it has on offer. Since it's launch, developer Alexandru Rosianu has ported the web interface so that you can use it as a stand alone app on OS X, Windows, and Linux. The app is basically the same browser based version that you can now pin to the Taskbar or Dock, only now it isn't tied to your browser. Read More

Use Facebook Messenger In Your Browser Without An Add-on Or Extension

Facebook's chat feature is easily one of the most popular features of the social network. A lot of extensions for both Chrome and Firefox are available that allow you to use the messaging feature as a stand alone app instead of strictly on Facebook because it is very distracting. Facebook has now released an independent web interface dedicated solely to its chat feature titled Messenger. You sign in using your Facebook account and continue chatting. Your chat history is there and you do not need to have Facebook open in a tab. Here's a quick review of the new feature. Read More

Force Facebook To Detect Thumbnails And Links When Sharing A URL

A few months ago, I started experiencing problems with Facebook. Whenever I shared a link from a Facebook page that I owned or that I was managing, there would be instances where Facebook would not detect that I had pasted a URL in the status box. Other times, it simply wouldn't load an image to use as a thumbnail. The latter I attributed to my internet connection acting up but the problem was recurrent even though it didn't reproduce itself 100% of the time. When Facebook failed to detect a link all together despite multiple attempts, it became a problem instead of just an inconvenience. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to it and from what I can tell, this is a problem on Facebook's side. Here's how to fix it for your own Facebook pages. Read More

Search For Stickers In The Facebook Messenger App

Facebook Messenger doesn't just try and capitalize on Facebook being a popular chat platform, it also tries to set itself apart from other services in the instant messaging niche. The stickers for one are really nice and the sticker library itself is pretty huge. It's almost like having a nice GIF keyboard. Given the rather large library and the fact that the galleries aren't exactly based on a single theme, or emotion, it's hard to find the right one when you need to. Here's how you can make it easier to quickly locate the right sticker during a conversation. Read More

Get A Five Second Window To Take Back An Embarrassing Facebook Post

We've all done it at some point in our lives; whether it was in a fit of rage, the throws of passionate heartbreak, or just being plain intoxication, we've all at some point in our lives posted something on Facebook only to regret it later. It's the same with emails, tweets, and text messages and there are very few services that offer us a way to take it back, or re-think our decision. Gmail is great in that it has a delayed sending feature you can enable which waits a minute before sending the email even after you've hit the Send button. Facebook, the nucleus of our social life could do with something similar and Facebook Undo does exactly that. It's a Chrome extension that works in the background and gives you a five second countdown to reconsider posting an update after you've hit the Post button. Read More

Facebook’s Stickered App Lets You Add Stickers To Photos Live

Facebook has released a new app called Stickered for Messenger. Surprise. Surprise. The app is meant to work as a partner app for Facebook's Messenger; it allows you to add stickers to photos. The Messenger app itself will let you draw on a photo, and it will allow you to send a sticker as a message but Stickered will let you add as many stickers as you want live to your camera. The stickers feature all those available on Facebook and in the Messenger app. You can add multiple stickers, and postiion and resize them. Once a photo has been snapped, it can be shared directly to the Messenger app. Read More

Backdate Posts As Far Back As 1970 On Your Facebook Page

Not all changes or new features introduced by Facebook get a lot of attention. In fact, some of its best features are often rolled out silently to be discovered later by users when they see the option. That's not to say that Facebook doesn't properly introduce its new features to its users, but they aren't always a huge deal. One example of this is the Save feature that Facebook introduced a while back. It took a little time for users to find out about it, and it has proven to be quite useful. A new feature is currently rolling out that Facebook page owners might love; a backdate feature that lets you post at a date in the past. Facebook already allowed users to schedule posts, but it has now introduced something that does the exact opposite. Here's how it works. Read More

Relive Your Past Years On Facebook And Instagram In Photos

When Facebook celebrated 10 years of its existence, it did so with a very nice little new feature that allowed used to look back on their own past years on Facebook. Users came away with a really nice video featuring photos and status updates from your past. It was nice revisiting those memories and if you're nostalgic for something like that, give PastBook a try. It's a simple little web app that can compile events from any year between 2014 - 2003 on Facebook or Instagram. It searches through your profile and compiles events into an e-album. Needless to say the app will access all your photos if you use it to revisit your Facebook past. Read More

Facebook Launches Groups App, Lets You Add A Group To Your Home Screen

Facebook launched a new app today, Facebook Groups. Much like the Messages app, this app takes a popular Facebook feature and lets you use it in a stand alone app. The point is of course to make access easier because Facebook as a service has grown significantly complex to the point that messages and group interaction isn't convenient from your news feed. Facebook groups is a lot like the Messages app in layout. You have a home screen where all your groups are listed. You can post a status or photo to a group, get regular push notifications for any group activity, and even create a new group from the app itself. Perhaps the crown jewel in terms of features on this app is the ability to add a group to your phone's home screen. The app is available for both iOS and Android although at the time of writing, the Google Play Store link isn't working. Read More

Facebook Places Help You Find Something To Do In Any City

The number of apps developed to help people find interesting things to do, find people to do things with, or just find a good place to eat is huge and growing. The latest to take a jab at this niche is Facebook. Fortunately the company hasn't launched an app to achieve this purpose. Instead it's made use of its existing web interface and its already rich database of places to help you find restaurants, hotels, bars, cafes, public attractions, gyms, schools, theaters, and much more. A new dedicated page called Facebook Places has been launched. It asks you to enter a city and it will list all places, duly sorted into categories, for you to choose from. Read More

Understanding Facebook Friends’ Lists And Your Privacy

Facebook has become such an important part of social life that a Facebook snub can ruin friendships and relationships. There was a time when we questioned if we should add our boss or a colleague on Facebook but no one stops to ask that any more. Fortunately, Facebook gives us a pretty great way to manage our privacy without it appearing that we've snubbed anyone; lists. Lists are your way of keeping track of how you know people and managing what they can see but what are you doing when you add someone to the 'Restricted list? We take a look at Facebook lists and what they are for in this post. Read More

Facebook Adds Stickers In Comments; This Extension Gets Rid Of Them

Facebook has just rolled out a new feature; you can now use stickers in Comments. From what little exploring we've done, the feature works on posts by individuals and not yet on posts by pages. If you're wondering what these 'Stickers' are they are emoticons you can use in Facebook chat in addition to the normal smiley faces that you've grown familiar with. They feature popular characters like the Power Rangers and Pusheen. Like every new feature introduced by Facebook, we will naturally feel duty-bound to criticize this one. Thoughts like, 'What will my news feed look like now?' come to mind. Considering Facebook won't support GIFs, this is a fairly good feature. If you aren't too stoked about it though, there is a way to hide stickers from your comments: a Chrome and Firefox extension called Unsticker Me. The extension removes the cartoonish imprint and replaces it with just this text [Sticker] so you know what comment was posted by someone but don't actually have to look at it. Read More