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How to make your Facebook profile more professional

Use the social-networking site for more than just fun

Believe it or not, Facebook's more than just a bit of fun. Sure, it's a way to stay in touch with friends, laugh at drunken photos and maybe waste some time playing games. However, there are other applications can add a hint of professionalism to your profile. Here's our four favourite.

Facebook's just a bit of fun right? A way to stay in touch with friends, laugh at drunken photos and maybe waste some time playing games? Farmville, anyone?

However, believe it or not, other applications can add a hint of professionalism to your profile.

You can include your LinkedIn profile, add your blog feed, include a Twitter tab and more.

Each of these applications requires that you allow it access to your profile.

To edit each application's individual settings, choose 'Application Settings' from the 'Account' drop-down menu.

From here, you can control who is able to see the application from your profile, if you want to bookmark it and whether you give the application permission to publish recent activity to your wall.

You may also choose to add the application to the tabs on your profile for easy access.

Note that some applications may not support tabs, and some may automatically add the tab to your profile as part of the setup.

To add an app to a tab, click the ‘+' tab on your profile page's navigation and select the application.

Here are my four picks for professionally-focused Facebook apps.

Extended Info

This application won the 2007 Red Bull Flight Experience award for the most users since the Facebook Platform Launch in May, 2007.

Instead of just having you fill out the usual fields such as activities, interests and favourite music, Extended Info lets you think up additional fields for your profile.

Add a professional spin to your profile and include fields such as: currently reading, career goals or proudest workplace accomplishment.

Check out this list of the most popular field titles.

My LinkedIn

To add the My LinkedIn app to your profile, the site asks you to enter your LinkedIn Public Profile URL.

You can find this by logging into your LinkedIn account, choosing 'view profile' and looking for the URL next to 'public profile'.
This application does not automatically add a tab to your profile, so follow the directions above to do so.

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