Thought you knew everything about Facebook, didn't you? Here is how to take your Facebook account to the next level.
Upload mobile photos or videos straight to your profile
Just took a great picture or video with your mobile phone and want to post it on your profile right away? Set up your profile settings to allow mobile uploads.
Go to the Mobile tab under your Facebook account tab and set up your phone to send photos to your Facebook page directly from you mobile phone. A word of caution if you set up Facebook to do this. Take heed of your Facebook mobile settings and adjust them properly.
When Facebook Mobile is activated you also let Facebook send text messages to your phone for those sending you friend requests, email messages, wall posts, and status updates. That could become an astonishing text message bill if you're not careful. This feature is only currently available in the UK as well as the US and Canada.
Tweet your status
This is one of my personal favorites. Adding the Twitter Facebook application to your Facebook profile gives you the option to turn your Tweets into your Facebook status updates. Not only that, but Twitter is smart enough filter out @replies so that personal messages don't end up on your profile.
Use these third-party apps
There are many Facebook third-party apps that help you keep tabs on your Facebook friends. Some are barebones, while others give you more in-depth information. Here are the ones I like the best.
Digsby (Windows Only)
Digsby is a nifty little Facebook app that sits in your PC's system tray and can pull in Facebook Chat and other IM accounts, email alerts and Facebook updates from your network of friends.
Facebook Desktop Client (Windows Only)
This app delivers notifications like friend requests, wall posts, view messages and get status updates.
This widget adds your Facebook information right on your Windows Vista desktop sidebar. With this little app you can change your status, see your friends' statuses, groups, notifications, albums and events.
Facebook Dashboard Widget (Mac)
Similar to Windows Facebook Desktop, this widget will notify you of friend requests, messages, pokes and group and event invites.
Facebook Exporter for iPhoto (Mac)
If you don't plan on buying iLife '09, but loved the idea of posting photos directly from iPhoto then this plug-in is for you. Pick or create a new album, tag your friends and add captions right from iPhoto and then send your work straight to your Facebook profile.
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