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7 secret Facebook features only known by the pros

7 secret Facebook features only known by the pros

Facebook is filled with features that seem to keep rolling out every day. They constantly introduce new and useful services that keep the site from getting stale.

From sharing live videos to news, from shopping to playing games to reminders of your past events, Facebook is a valuable social tool for millions and millions of users.

But you might not realize there are certain features that will make your Facebook usage even better and fun. These seven not-so-well-known features may change how you use this popular social media site forever.

1. Save posts for later viewing

Your Facebook Newsfeed will always be filled with links to articles and videos that will be interesting to you. There are times, though, you will not have the time to click through and read or watch through the posts.

Fortunately, Facebook has the "Save for Later" feature that will let you access any post at a later time.

To do this, click the little upside-down arrow in the upper-right corner of a post. A window with the "Save post" option will appear. Click that and the post will be automatically archived to your Saved items.

To access this Saved items section on the web version of Facebook, just click on the "Saved" link on the left Facebook toolbar. For mobile app users, click on your profile settings section (the icon with the three horizontal lines), you should see your "Saved" section in here as well.

2. Create your own 360 Photos

In case you didn't know, 360 "virtual reality" photos and videos are starting to get popular on the web. You may even have seen them on your Facebook newsfeed, marveling on how this new technology magically tracks your own movement.

No one knows if this is going to be a short-lived fad but you could actually create your own 360 photos now.

It's actually pretty simple. Just take a "panorama" photo with your smartphone and upload it to Facebook. Facebook will then automatically detect it as a panoramic shot and will post it as a viewable 360 "virtual reality" photo.

3. Make Facebook speak like a pirate

You could argue that this is a pretty useless "secret" feature. Well, it is, but admittedly, it is quite fun.

To turn your Facebook language into Pirate Speak, making simple terms like "Search" into the more colorful "Scour fer Mateys" or "News Feed" into "Home Port," just click on the right upside-down arrow on the upper-right corner of your Facebook menu bar (this only works for the web version of Facebook), click on Settings, then look for "Language" on the left menu.

On this Language Settings page, click on the "What language do you want to use Facebook in" and select "English (Pirate)." To undo the changes, just follow the same steps and re-select your preferred language.

4. Birthday Cam

One feature that Facebook got right is Birthday reminders. If you're the kind of person who keeps forgetting your friends' and loved ones' birthdays then this feature will save you from grief and from breaking someone else's heart.

On iOS, Facebook is taking the birthday greeting a step further by letting you post a personal 15-second video birthday greeting on a celebrant's Timeline/Wall.

To do this, just head over to a friend's Timeline/Wall on their birthday and the option will be available near the top.

5. Transfer files to Messenger

Here is a handy little tool for Facebook Messenger web users. You could upload files from your computer to a Messenger chat box directly.

To do this, just click on the gear icon on any Facebook Messenger chat box and choose the option "Add Files...". Once the transfer is complete, the file should appear as a clickable link in the Facebook Messenger chat session.

6. Turn your profile pic into an animated GIF

If you want to have a bit more fun with your profile pic, try this option. Using the Facebook Mobile app, select your picture and tap "Take a new profile video." You can then upload a short video or a looped clip you've made.

7. Select profiles and pages you don't want to miss updates from

Does it ever feel like you only see posts from a handful of people, but miss posts from people you're really interested in following? There's an easy way to fix that.

Go to the Settings menu in the Facebook Mobile app. Tap "More" and then "News Feed Preferences." You can then mark certain profiles with little stars to tell Facebook that you'd like to see content from them.

Psst... Like Kim's page on Facebook and be sure to use this trick so that you don't miss any of the important content shared there such as security alerts, helpful tips, behind-the-scenes clips from the show, giveaways and more.

To see some of these Facebook tricks in action, check out our video below:

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