Thought you knew everything about Facebook, didn't you? Here is how to take your Facebook account to the next level.
Integrate Facebook information with Gmail
The Firefox add-on called Xoopit is designed to streamline browsing and sharing of files, photos, and videos with friends on other social networks via Google's Gmail service. One of Xoopit's handy features (seldom touted) let's you see who among your email contacts is a Facebook member and displays their profile photos, status updates. The Xoopit add-on also lets you update your status inside Gmail via a nifty little Xoopit box that integrates into the Gmail interface.
Personalise your Facebook URL
SocialToo allows you to create a custom domain for your Facebook profile page such as username.socialtoo.com. This allows you to share your Facebook site with other people without requiring them to search for you on Facebook to find your profile. Granted, you might have to explain to your friends that even though Facebook.com isn't in the web address it still takes you to your Facebook page. The domain is much easier to remember than an eight-digit profile ID.
Signing up with SocialToo is quick and free. You can set up your Facebook settings under 'preferences' on SocialToo's website. Just remember to choose your SocialToo username wisely.
Another way to create a custom domain for your Facebook page is go to your Profile page and copy the web address that appears in your browsers address bar. Then head over to Tiny.cc.
Now paste your Facebook profile web address in the Tiny.cc's 'Enter a long URL you want to make tiny' form field. And directly to the right you'll see a Custom option. Here you can create a custom URL that follows the convention http://tiny.cc/username.
Hack your profile photo
Want to juice up your profile photo? Check out AllFacebook.com's '5 Creative Ways To Hack Your Facebook Profile Photo'. You'll learn how to maximise your picture size to 200x600 and how to create some neat effects like making it look like you're hanging off your profile wall.
In my tests, the specifications for this effect took some careful tweaking but the payoff was worth it. If you're handy with a photo editor this will be easy for you. If you don't have Photoshop, you're going to need to get yourself a photo editing program to take advantage of this hack. There are plenty of good free photo editing programs to get the job done.
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