20 Facebook Tips And Tricks You Should Know – Part II

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20 Facebook Tips And Tricks You Should Know – Part II

20 Facebook Tips And Tricks You Should Know – Part II

Posted: 28 Jan 2014 07:01 AM PST

This year Facebook would have been in the social network scene for a decade. It has expanded to be the mainstream social network everyone is on, offering a wide range of options like Facebook fan pages, hashtags, and products like Facebook Page Insights, Facebook Home, a Camera app for iOS, Facebook covers (which some brands use to the fullest extend for branding), Facebook search and more.

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If you have read our first batch of Facebook tips and tricks you should know, you’d probably love this follow up of another 20 tips to help you get the best from Facebook. Know of more interesting tips to share? Let us know in the comments.

1. Connect To Multiple Facebook Accounts

You probably noticed that you can’t login to more than one account on Facebook. However, if you use Chrome, there is a built-in profile feature that allows you to create a new user profile on your browser.

  1. Click on the Navicon on the top right of your Chrome browser. Go to Settings.
  2. Go to Users, and click on Add new user.
  3. Choose your Profile Picture and give a name for that user.
  4. Click on Create and a new Window will be opened.
  5. You can now login to your Facebook account as per user profile and easily switch between users at the top right corner (see below).

This is available on Firefox as well.

Connect To Multiple Facebook Account

2. Sync Facebook Calendar With Google Calendar

If you use both Facebook Calendar and Google Calendar to manage your everyday activities, you will need some time to manage both. Why not have your Facebook Events including birthday to sync with Google Calendar so that you don’t have to do it manually? Here’s how you can.

  1. Login to Facebook and click on Events.
  2. Go to the Calendar tab and click the Settings button on the top right then choose Export.
  3. You will see "export your friends birthdays" and "upcoming events" in a hyperlink; choose either one and copy the link address. Let’s say you pick birthdays first.
  4. Now, go to your Google Calendar page, look for Other Calendars on the left side of the page and click on the down arrow button then choose Add by URL.
  5. Paste the link you just copied in the URL box and click on Add Calendar.

Repeat step 3 onwards with the events link to completely transfer all your events from the Facebook calendar to your Google calendar.

Sync Facebook Calendar With Google Calendar

3. Accept All Friend Requests At Once

If you have a lot of pending friend requests list, you might find its tiring to accept all the requests one at a time. Apparently there is a way to accept all at once using a JavaScript code.

  1. At your friend requests page, make sure to have all the requests loaded by scrolling down the page until the end.
  2. Next, copy this JavaScript code:
    javascript:for( i = 1;i<document.getElementsByName("actions[accept]").length;i++){document.getElementsByName("actions[accept]")[i].click();}void(0); and paste it in the address bar of your friend requests page.
  3. Make sure to manually add javascript: at the front of the code once you have pasted it in the address bar because some browsers will automatically remove that line.
  4. Press Enter and watch the magic happens.

Accept All Friend Requests At Once

4. Create Special "Via" Status (With Logo)

Normally when we update our Facebook status with our smartphone, the status will also include via "your device name" at the bottom of the status update. Instead of this being just for devices, you can change it to anything you can think of.

Just follow the instructions here to customize the "via" status of your Facebook post. this.

Create Your Own Post 'Via' status With Logo

5. Stop Facebook From Tracking You

Yes, Facebook tracks whatever you do on the main site or on sites that use Facebook Connect. That is why you are being served ads that are relevant to information you have recently searched for. Creepy, isn’t it?

There is a way to regain some form of privacy for yourself, with a Chrome plugin called Facebook Disconnect. Facebook Disconnect uses JavaScript to disable Facebook component link traffic from being accessed by third-party sites. Once installed, this plugin works without further tinkering.

Stop Facebook From Tracking You

6. Photo Zoom For Facebook

With Photo Zoom you can view any photo updates on Facebook in a larger size on your timeline simply by hovering your mouse over it. Get the Chrome extension here.

Photo Zoom for Facebook

7. Hide Last Name On Facebook

Facebook needs you to declare your first and last name, that’s two names, but if you want to have your account bear only one name (or just your first name), you can. Indonesians can register an account with only one name since many of them actually go with just one name. So for you to have a single name like Neo here, check out the instructions below.

  1. Login to your Facebook account.
  2. Grab any Indonesian proxy from this list here then change your proxy on your browser.
  3. On Chrome for PC head to Settings > Show advanced settings > under Network, click on Change proxy settings > click on Lan Settings and tick "Use Proxy Server for your LAN".
  4. Fill in the address box with the proxy, and the port box accordingly. For example, if your proxy is, "" goes into the address box and "8080" is the port.
  5. Tick on Bypass Proxy Server For Local Addresses. Press OK.
  6. Now, go to your Facebook Account settings page, change the language to "Bahasa Indonesia" and save changes.
  7. Remove your Facebook last name and save changes again.
  8. Once you have complete everything, revert to your original language.

Hide Last Name on Facebook

8. Create Fake Facebook Status Conversation

Have you ever read about how World War II transpired on Facebook and the drama Avengers wreaked on Facebook? Well, those conversations are made possible with The Wall Machine. It’s a tool that allows you to forge status updates, comments, likes, recent activity, relationship update, and event attendance, with fake accounts and profile pictures as well.

Create Fake Facebook Conversation

9. Turn Off Facebook Notification Sounds

So you congratulated a friend on a wedding or new baby, or sent a get well soon note to a sickly friend, and now the Facebook notifications won’t stop coming. You have forgotten that Facebook notifications come with sounds and wish you could turn it off. Here’s how to stop it from making noise.

  1. Head over to Facebook Account Settings > go to Notifications tab
  2. At the top, untick "Play a sound when each new notification is received" and Save Changes.

Turn Off Facebook Notification Sounds

10. Joint Facebook Profile and Cover Image

Want to have your own creative Facebook covers? How about one of those where the profile picture is part of the cover photo? Use Tricked Out Timeline website to create your very own joined Facebook profile and cover image. There are 4 effects that you can choose starting from Merge Profile & Cover photo, Missing Jigsaw Piece, Tear Off The Bottom Edge, and Profile Picture Zoom.

Joint Facebook Profile and Cover Image

11. Download Facebook History

Do you know that you can download your entire Facebook history and have it all compiled in a zip file? Go to the Facebook Account Settings page, under the General tab, near the bottom is a link to "Download a copy of your Facebook data". The archive includes almost everything from photos to your chat history but if you want a detailed breakdown read here.

Download Facebook History

12. Use Profile Picture As Emoticons

Did you know that you can turn your friend’s profile pictures into emoticons and use them in a Facebook chat? Here’s how to set it up.

  1. First, visit the page of your friend you want to tag as an emoticon.
  2. Then look for their Facebook username or their Profile ID from the address bar link. For example you want to get hongkiatcom from "https://www.facebook.com/hongkiatcom".
  3. In any Facebook chat, when you type [[hongkiatcom]], brackets included, the profile picture will show during the chat.
  4. You can do this more than once in the same chat, and your friend(s) will not be notified when you use their profile picture as an emoticon in your chats.

Use Profile Picture As Emoticons

13. Invite All Friends To A Facebook Event

Instead of inviting your friends one by one to your Event or Facebook page, why not have them invited all at once? It is as easy as copy pasting a JavaScript code.

  1. Go to your Event Facebook page and click on Invite friends.
  2. Scroll down your friend list until the end to ensure you have loaded all the friends you want to invite.
  3. On Chrome, press CTRL + SHIFT + J (Windows) or CMD + Opt + J (Mac).
  4. Copy and paste this javascript:elms=document.getElementsByName("checkableitems[]");for (i=0;i<elms.length;i++){if (elms[i].type="checkbox" )elms[i].click()} followed by an Enter in the console space. You will then see all your friends name automatically ticked.

invite All Friends to a Facebook Event

14. Download Facebook Videos

Unlike Google+, Facebook does not include a feature to download the videos you see on the social network. Well, there is a really easy way to download your own copy. Simply go to this page, and paste that specific Facebook video URL to download the video.

Download Facebook Videos

15. Enhance Your Facebook Experience With Social Fixer

Want to customize Facebook to look exactly the way you want? Get rid of ads, change it to a previous layout, hide already read posts, force news feeds to "recent stories first" and a whole lot more with Social Fixer plugin.

Enhance Your Facebook Experience With Social Fixer

16. Display Animated Gifs On Status Update With A Play Button

Why aren’t animated gifs on Facebook yet? With giphy gifs it already is. Just find a gif that you want from giphy.com then share the link at your Facebook page.

Display Animated Gifs On Status Update With A Play Button

17. Login To Facebook With Your Username or Phone Numbers

You know you need your email address to login to your Facebook but did you know you can also gain access with your username or phone number as well? If you don’t have a username yet, visit this link to create one.

Login Facebook With Your Username or Phone Numbers

18. Share Facebook Statuses With Profile Pictures and Names Blurred out

Want to share a Facebook status but want to blur out profile pictures and sensitive names? Use Status Snapper for the job since it will automatically blur out the user name and profile image. The image wil also be automatically uploaded to imgur.

Share Facebook Statuses With Profile Picture and Name Blur out

19. removing Bitstrips From Your News Feed

A viral app that you probably have seen at least once in your Facebook News feed is Bitstrips. Through Bitstrips you can create your own comics starring you or any of your friends. Its a fun idea, but to some Facebook user, Bitstrips is probably taking way to much space on their feeds. If you want to eradicate Bitstrips from your feed, we got your back.

What is Bitstrips & How to remove them From Your News Feed

20. Facebook Keyboard Shortcuts

So there are keyboard shortcuts on Google+, and also on YouTube, it’s no surprise that Facebook has their own set of keyboard shortcuts as well. Here are some Facebook keyboard shortcuts that you can use while browsing Facebook on Chrome for Mac.

Shortcuts Descriptions
Ctrl + Opt + 0 Help
Ctrl + Opt + 1 Home
Ctrl + Opt + 2 Timeline
Ctrl + Opt + 3 Friends
Ctrl + Opt + 4 Inbox
Ctrl + Opt + 5 Notifications
Ctrl + Opt + 6 Account Settings
Ctrl + Opt + 7 Privacy
Ctrl + Opt + 8 About
Ctrl + Opt + 9 Terms
Ctrl + Opt + m New Message
c Comment on a story in News Feed
j and k Scroll between News Feed stories
i Like or unlike a selected story
q Search for a friend to chat with
p Focus on the text box when making a post
/ Search
Ctrl + g Search conversations
Ctrl + q Show/hide keyboard shortcuts
Ctrl + Delete Archive/unarchive conversations
Ctrl + c Mark as spam
Ctrl + c Start a new message
Ctrl + i Go to inbox
Ctrl + u Go to other

Check out all our other posts related to Facebook here.


20 Ultra Light and Elegant Fonts for Web Designers

Posted: 28 Jan 2014 05:01 AM PST

Along with color and layout selections, choosing the right font is essential for producing pretty much any good design work. However, looking for the right fonts for use in design projects is often a challenging task for many designers.

We have previously featured a showcase of 100 must-have free fronts you can get, but if that’s not enough for you, we have got more selections for you to choose from in this post – all free, of course. So, just scroll down and enjoy the following collection of 20 free, light, and elegant fonts. As these are all space-saving fonts, they are ideal for use in minimalistic or flat design projects.

Please click on the links provided to download any of them.

AAARGH by Tup Wanders

Sequi – FREE Typeface by João Andrade

Egg Font by Vivien Bertin

Alex Brush by TypeSETit

SkarpaLT by AgaSilva

Lovers Quarrel by TypeSETit

Aroma Font by Laura Pol

Europe Underground Light by Måns Grebäck

Font Project Marmal by Monika Kusheva

Decar Free Font by Fontfabric Type Foundry

Caviar Dreams by Lauren Thompson

Josefin Sans by Typemade

Print Clearly by Blue Vinyl Fonts

DK Sleepy Time by David Kerkhoff

Locksmith Display by Kenji Enos

GatsbyFLF by Casady & Greene

Nixie One by Jovanny Lemonad

Wire One by Cyreal Type Foundry

Existence Light by Yeah Noah

CAC Champagne by American Greetings Corporation


Here are more free fonts compilation post we have published in the past:


Manage Your Group Work Online With Groupiful

Posted: 28 Jan 2014 02:01 AM PST

While it’s often said that if you want something done right you have to do it yourself, there’s a lot of benefits to be had in working together with others. However, sometimes coordinating and organizing group work can be a bit of a hassle. Having to coordinate group work, tasks, files and events across different platforms and services can result in a headache. Help is at hand, though, with Groupiful.

Groupiful Intro

Groupiful is a web application that makes managing and organizing group work a whole lot easier. Groupiful combines a clean, easy-to-use interface with the ability to create and share notes, events, tasks and files.

In addition, it allows you to communicate with group members using a post and comment system that should be familiar to anybody who’s used Facebook before.

Getting Started With Groupiful

First off, you need to register. Groupiful doesn’t support logging in with a Google or Facebook account, so you’ll have to set up a new account specifically for Groupiful. The registration process is simple enough though, just enter a username, email and password, verify the provided email address and you’re good to go.

When you log in for the first time, you’ll be taken to your Dashboard. This is where you access groups and get a quick overview of the Notes, Assigned Tasks, Events and Recent Files from all the groups you’re a part of.

Groupiful Dashboard

To create a group, click on My Groups in the top bar and then click on Create a Group. You’ll be taken to the Create a Group screen. Here you can set the name of the group and a short description, as well as set the group’s privacy and group members’ default role.

Creating A Group

To invite people, first select the group you want to add members to. Then click on the Manage link in the top bar. This will take you to the group management interface.

Group Management

To add members, click on the Members icon in the list on the left. This will take you to a list of all the active members in the group. You’ll see some links at the top of the list. Click on Invite. Here, you can either enter the email addresses of the people you want to invite, or grab an invitation link that you can send to them via IM or chat.

Inviting Members

Groupiful Features

Groupiful has a number of handy features that will undoubtedly help you better organize and manage your groups. Within these groups, you can create and assign tasks to members, post notes, create events and upload files. All of these are accessed through the previously mentioned group management interface.

Clicking on one of the Notes, Files, Tasks or Events icons in the left-hand navigation buttons will take you to a list of items for that particular category. You can edit and delete items directly from the list. The list also shows different information depending on which category you’re viewing.

Note And Task Lists

To add a new item, click the New link that’s right above the list. Clicking it will take you to another screen where you can add a new note, event or task, or upload a new file. Here’s what adding a new note looks like:

Creating A New Note

In addition to these features, Groupiful also lets members of a group communicate with each other within the app itself. Groupiful has a Posts feature that keeps members updated on new (or updated) notes, tasks, events and files, as well as allowing members to post ideas or thoughts. Other members can comment on and discuss these posts or updates.

Posts And Comments


As with a lot of apps of this type, Groupiful has a number of pricing tiers for groups. There are four tiers which differ in terms of maximum members per group as well as available storage space:

  • The Starter tier is free, but only lets you have 10 members in a group, with a maximum of 100MB file storage.
  • The Team tier costs $5 a month, allowing up to 25 members and 500MB worth of files.
  • The Business tier costs $15 a month, with a maximum of 50 members and 2GB worth of files.
  • The Corporate tier costs $30 a month and supports up to 100 members with a total of 5GB of storage space.

One thing to note is that these plans apply on a per group basis.


All in all, Groupiful is a very useful web app for those looking to manage, organize and coordinate group work. While it may not be as feature-rich as enterprise CRM services like Salesforce, Groupiful’s feature set is more than adequate for smaller teams and non-enterprise situations.

If you often work with smaller teams and need a way to conveniently organise and coordinate group work, give Groupiful a go.


Who Should Care More About Your Design: You Or Your Client?

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 11:01 PM PST

The question of who ought to care more about a commercial design project is a surprisingly divisive one. Many designers stress that it’s the client’s needs and desires which should come first, no matter what. Other designers insist that the time and energy that goes into creating a design should never be wasted on a project that one only feels lukewarm about.

Today, we’re going to find out who’s right, who’s wrong, and whether it should even be a question at all.

You, The Designer

There’s no question that design is a very personal, individualistic profession. Ever since the Renaissance, the world has firmly embraced the idea of the individual artist, as opposed to the collective nature of art and design found in earlier cultures.

People hire designers as much for their personal flair and aesthetic sense as they do for their problem-solving skills.

As the designer, your name is attached to everything you produce, and your reputation as a competent professional is tested each time one of your designs goes public. Some designers’ aesthetic sense is more highly valued than others’ of course, and there is a hierarchy within the design world that largely determines who gets the choicest work.

Pride And Joy

In my own work, every design that leaves my hard drive is like a precious jewel, special and unique. I trust my clients to cherish them all as much as I do. Does that make me a self-important egomaniac? No (well, I don’t think so, anyway). It means I only accept projects that will allow me to invest that level of pride into.

If a project is outside my niche, or is uninteresting to me, or the client engages in business practices I don’t agree with, I will turn it down. This has the effect of creating a self-fulfilling cycle: the choosier I am with my projects, the more often I get offered projects I absolutely love.

How? The work I end up producing and putting in my portfolio is a more accurate reflection of my style and values, which sends a very clear message to potential clients. In other words, my body of work filters out most of the project offers that are not the best fit for it.

Client Control

Ultimately, it is the client who has the final say over whether your original design vision gets to see the light of day. This is only fair; after all, it’s their business and livelihood which your design is going to be representing. There are ways to negotiate with clients and get them to “see reason” when they ask for changes you don’t agree with.

But if you dedicate yourself to only accepting jobs you’re passionate about, you can greatly curtail the number of times you and your client don’t see eye to eye.

If you and your client are on the same page from the beginning, and she respects you and your contribution to her business, any changes she requests shouldn’t come as a shock to you. It’s only the clients whom you haven’t built up a proper relationship with whose changes enrage you and leave you feeling homicidal toward them. It’s okay; we’ve all been there.

Mutual Excitement

Your enthusiasm about what you do will attract the attention of clients who will be just as enthusiastic. They’ll take one look at your work and something will “click” in their heads that you are the perfect person to solve their problem. Your commitment to serving people just like them, to providing personalized solutions to the problems unique to their niche, will be obvious.

The ideal designer-client relationship is always win-win. You win by getting to add to your portfolio another piece of work you’re proud of, and your client wins by getting the perfect solution that allows them to increase their revenue, traffic, sales, or any other metric you and your client have concentrated on.

Value Is Not Money

It’s been said that, when a customer achieves true satisfaction, price is almost irrelevant. If someone has a real problem, they will go to any lengths to solve it, and the solution will be so valuable to them that they won’t even stop to consider how much it costs.

Value is always more important than money. If you were marooned on a deserted island and you were starving, having a pile of cash isn’t going to do you any good. Even if it’s thousands of dollars, you’d happily trade it all for a sandwich or a plate of curry.

This isn’t a license to fleece your clients, but a call to provide as much value as possible to each person you do business with. The increase in pay will happen naturally.

In Conclusion

So, to wrap up, let’s go back to our original question. Who should care more about your design: you or your client? I think it’s clear from what we’ve covered here that the answer is: both. Finding people you’re happy to serve and provide solutions for will inevitably create raving fan clients who will be just as happy to spread the word about your awesomeness.



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