No Doubt if you are reading this article you will likely be a Facebook user. What you may not know is that Facebook continually updates their software and algorithm with new features that are aimed at improving your user experience. These updates are often done without your knowledge.
Facebooks “top secret” algorithm learns about its users and try’s to provide content based on the users preferences. Because of this there are many ways that you can influence Facebook and ensure that your news feed is full of things that you actually want to see and read each day.
Below are a number of tips that can help you improve your user experience each time you log into the world’s favorite social network.
Facebook Tips and Tricks.
1. Try and share 3 posts from a person you know, about something that interests you. If it is a travel destination, you’ll be shown more travel photos. If it is technology then you will start to see more of that niche.
2. Write 4-5 unique posts about the same subject or topic. Do this and you will see more about that same topic on your news feed. Clever ha!
3. Switch off as many privacy settings as you are comfortable with. You should always let people have the ability to follow you, even if you do not want to friend them. By doing this; when you post and make it “public” you will start getting a new audience to your posts. Most people are too private when it comes to Facebook. If you are unaware, you can still post to only family and friends if you wish as each post has its own privacy settings.
4. It is important to keep your bio up to date. Most people make it hard for others to find them. Doing this ensures that friends and coworkers can easily find you.
5. Put all of your contacts into either “acquaintance” or “close friends” lists. This will improve your news feed dramatically. (This has been done many times and it always works).
6. If you have friends in your list who do not post to Facebook or engage with anyone, you should delete them. Why? Facebook will only show what you post to a few people at first. They will then watch what they do with it. If you have inactive friends who do not like, share, comment, or post anything, they will hurt you!
7. It is important that you comment on other posts and like or share them. This shows Facebook the kind of things that you are interested in and want to see on your feed.
8. Hide the things that you do not want to see on your feed. If you don’t want to see pictures of everyone’s lunch, or selfies then hide them. You should find that by doing this, Facebook will show you far fewer of them. To hide items from your timeline, click on the drop down on the top right of the post and select “I don’t want to see this”.
9. If people are being too noisy on your feed, unfollow them. Even people close to you. If you put them on the lists mentioned in #5 above, you will still be able to see all of their posts by clicking on the list. This will make your main feed a whole lot better.
10. You should check your events page a few times a month. Try to ensure that you decline the events that you are not interested in and accept the ones that you are. This can make the events go viral and will help everyone’s calendar, whether friends or not.
11. Check you Facebook settings each month to make sure that they have remained the same. This is really important if using mobile apps. If you have deleted the app and then reinstalled it, you will likely find that the settings have gone back to default.
12. Make sure your security features are turned on such as two-factor authentication. If you do this then it is unlikely that you will get hacked. Don’t care? I’m sure you will when you do get hacked and everyone in your friends list starts getting strange messages. Do the same for all your social sites and email too.
13. If you are trying to seek new friends, make sure you have at least 10 public posts on your profile. Make sure that the posts say something about your interests and you in general. If you are only posting food pics and selfies, don’t be upset when people won’t respond to your friend request.
14. Change your settings so that people can’t post to your profile without your approval. Most people who do that post crappy content and this can raise a red flag.
15. Try and get to at least 300 friends. People with less than that amount of friends are usually crappy at using Facebook.
16. If you are going to send a friend request to someone, make sure you remind them how you know each other. It also helps when you have mutual friends in common. This shows them that you are not just trying to spam them.
17. If you enjoy seeing content from a certain person, make sure that you visit their profile at least once per week and engage with them. Otherwise most content will not get to you. Facebook tends to only show the most popular posts from people in your list. In fact, you may only be seeing one out of ten of your friends posts, so you have to visit their profile to see more. Bet you didn’t know that ha!!
18. If you are using the Facebook mobile app you should have your location settings turned on. Not only does this make features like Nearby Friends possible, but it also shows things in your news feed that relate to your location.
19. You should mostly post directly through Facebook native tools, website and apps. People who repost from other social sites tend to be crappy at Facebook engagement. The same goes for people who use tools such as Hootsuite and Buffer.
20. Finally, treat Facebook like you would treat a meal. You wouldn’t serve pasta without a sauce right? If you only post things on your feed such as selfies, this is like pasta without the sauce! Same with those who only post about animals. You are only interested in animals? Or those annoying people who only post memes. Really? Is that the kind of thing you want to be known and remembered by? Ok; then people will likely unfriend you pretty fast. Instead, show your friends that you have a wide range of interests.
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