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5 Facebook secrets you should be using

5 Facebook secrets you should be using
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The number is simply astounding. In the second quarter of 2016, Facebook had more than 1.7 billion active monthly users. And it’s a safe bet that many of them do not know these five secrets.

1. Erase your search history

Maybe you were just mildly curious but the evidence is still there. If you have ever looked up an ex, this will show up in your Facebook search history. So will any groups, photos, posts and anything else you've tried to find.

Fortunately, you can erase your Facebook search history. To do this, log in to your Facebook account, click on the upside-down triangle in the top-right corner and click Activity Log. The Activity Log is where Facebook tracks your actions within the site.

Note: The Activity Log stores a lot of data about your past activity. Use these tips to clean it up and prevent things from coming back to haunt you.

In the left column of the Activity Log, under "Photos, Likes and Comments," click More. Then scroll down and click the "Search" link.

You’ll see a list of your Facebook searches, organized by date. You can clear searches individually by clicking the crossed-circle icon on the right and selecting Delete.

You'll be asked to verify that you'd like to take this action. Once you click Remove Post, the search will be deleted from your history.

To clear every search without the hassle of sifting through years of individual entries, click the "Clear Searches" link located at the top-right of the list.

Unfortunately, Facebook doesn't let you completely turn off its search history feature. You'll have to remember to manually clear your searches every now and then.

2. Play chess

You've seen those Facebook game requests for Candy Crush and Farmville, but did you know there's also a way to challenge your friends to a game of chess? It's fun! You have to try it.

The game is played in the Facebook Messenger app. Start by choosing the friend you'd like to challenge. Open a new message, or insert the game into a conversation you already have going. Type "@fbchess play" to get started.

A chessboard will be inserted into your conversation feed. Typically, whoever initiates the game will be assigned the color white, and will have the first move. However, you can assign colors by typing "@fbchess play black" or "@fbchess play white" (enter your friend's name here).

Although the gameplay isn't as simple as some online chess games, moving your pieces around the board is still easy to do. At the bottom and top of the board, you'll see the letters A through H assigned to the grid. On the right- and left-hand side of the board, you'll see the numbers one through eight.

To move, just combine the letters and numbers with a piece command. Typing @fbchess Pe4, for example, will move your Pawn to square E4. A list of more advanced commands, such as moving your Bishops and Knights can be found by typing @fbchess help. And, if you ever happen to make a mistake, you can correct it by typing @fbchess undo.

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