All over the world, Facebook has taken hold of our social lives. But Facebook has become more than just a virtual lounge for hanging out with family and friends. People can now create groups, do business, create de facto websites for their organizations, and schedule a whole calendar of events, all under the banner of that lower-case “f.”
You can also broadcast live on Facebook. Click here to learn a few insider secrets only the pros know. If you are looking for an alternative to Craigslist, Facebook now has you covered. Click here to learn how to sell your stuff on Facebook.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The real Facebook aficionados have a whole arsenal of tools at their disposal, enabling them to remember long-lost acquaintances, monitor their security, and send enormous files with the click of a button.
What are these secret Facebook functions? Read on.
1. Find out where you’re logged in
You can open Facebook on your computer, and you can open Facebook on your phone. Many users keep Facebook open all day long, jumping from device to device to check up on friends or post a picture. But often we forget exactly where we’ve logged in, and whether we ever logged out.
Luckily, you can check. Facebook lets you view all the places you’ve logged in. Better yet, you can see whether someone has logged into your account – pretending to be you.
This powerful feature is remarkably easy to find. Just to go to Settings >> Security Settings >> Where You’re Logged In, and you’ll find a list of devices that are currently accessing your Facebook account. The feature also lists login metadata, such as when and where you last checked in, plus the type of device you used. Keep in mind that cellphones sometimes show weird locations, which may refer to a cellphone tower and not necessarily to where you were standing at the time.
That said, if your login information looks a little fishy, it’s possible your account has been compromised. It’s best to lock down access before this even happens. Click here to take an extra step to secure your Facebook account.
2. Check message requests folder
One of Facebook’s most eccentric features is the “Message Request.” If your (real) friend Eddy writes to your account, but you haven’t made your relationship “Facebook official,” Eddy’s message will get sent to the Message Request folder. Many diehard Facebook users have no idea that this folder even exists, so messages may languish for months or years before they get noticed.
If you haven’t already, you should probably check this folder. Some of the messages may be spam, but who knows? You might also have received a note from your long-lost high school crush. I mentioned this folder on my national radio show and later heard from a woman who received an out-of-the-blue email from her birth mother.
To check on this secret folder, go to Messenger >> Settings >> Message Requests >> See Filtered Requests. This will reveal the messages that Facebook has dutifully hidden from you.
3. Send files using messenger
Not long ago, Messenger was just a quaint alternative to email. Facebook has bulked up this service, giving you the ability to make phone calls, hold video chats, send money, and other things.
One of those abilities: sending documents. By now, you probably know you can transmit Word docs, PDFs, photos, and even short videos by Messenger.
But fewer users are aware that you can also use Dropbox to send files. No longer tethered only to email, Dropbox has teamed up with Facebook to make sharing files even easier. For this to work, you’ll have to download the Dropbox and Messenger apps on your mobile device.
Here’s how it works:
• Open the Messenger app.
• Select the contact you would like to send the files to.
• Tap the More button. Tap Open next to the Dropbox listing.
• Select the file you want to send. Dropbox will create a link for the file and download it to your gadget temporarily. If the file is large, you must wait for the download to complete before sending.
• Once the file is downloaded and ready to send, switch back to Messenger app.
• Tap the Send option for the file. This is to confirm that you really want to send it.
Facebook recently added an end-to-end encryption privacy setting to its Messenger app. It allows you to have ‘secret conversations’ that no one else will be able to access. However, to take advantage of this feature you must turn it on, as the default setting for conversations on the Messenger app is off. Click here for more about this essential privacy setting in Facebook Messenger.