So you think you know everything about your favorite social media networks
Sure, you use your favorite social media networks every day. You may even operate your business primarily through social media. But how much do you really know about the features available to users of the three most popular social networking sites: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. What you don’t know may surprise you. Check these less known features of your favourite social media
Facebook features you may have overlooked
- Have you ever seen a post on Facebook that piqued your interest, but you were just too busy at the time to follow the link? Then, when you try to find it on your newsfeed later, it somehow inexplicably disappears. Did you know that Facebook has a built-in feature that allows you to save these links so that they can be viewed at your convenience? Just click on the drop-down box in the top, right corner of the post and choose the “Save” option. You can also save pages by clicking the “…”, which appears near the “Like” button on any page. To get back to the things you’ve saved, simply look for the “Saved” link on the left sidebar of your profile page.
- If you want to be a serious stalker, Facebook gives you the only tool you need- the option to follow other users, regardless of whether they have accepted you as a friend or not. The best part is that their posts will still show up in your newsfeed, just as if you were friends. Say goodbye to that pesky privacy feature that requires you to add someone as a friend before you can view what they post. If this thought creeps you out too much, you can edit the follow option for your own profile by going to your Facebook settings, selecting “Followers” from the menu on the left, and changing the “Who Can Follow Me” option to something that you’re more comfortable with.
- You have probably already noticed the handy “X people reached” box that now appears after each of your posts to your Facebook page. But, have you ever tried to click on it? If you have, then you already know that the link leads you to a fairly useful list of insights and statistics, including shares, likes, comments, and more for each post. This information can be quite valuable when you are conducting research on increasing your page’s organic reach.
Bonus: You can download your entire Facebook history from your settings page by choosing the “Download Facebook data” option at the bottom.
I can do what on Twitter?
- Sure, you knew that you could tag people in photos on Facebook. But, did you know that Twitter offers this function as well? When you upload a photo to Twitter, you will see a “Who’s in this photo?” link at the bottom, right of your post. Clicking this link will allow you to tag up to 10 people. What’s really sweet about this feature is that these tags don’t take up any of your 140 characters.
- You can do nearly everything on Twitter via SMS. In your Twitter settings, you will find the feature that allows you to turn on the tweeting through text messages function. Activating this function allows you to reply, re-tweet, follow, send tweets, and much more, all through texts sent from your mobile phone, utilizing a custom number that will be assigned to you by Twitter.
- We all have that one annoying friend. Unfortunately, these people usually aren’t any more tolerable on social media networks. However, you may not necessarily want to delete these friends. Thankfully, Twitter allows you to effectively mute these people by clicking the “More” drop-down menu on any of the user’s tweets and selecting “Mute”. If you happen to change your mind, just go to the user’s profile and follow the same steps to “Unmute” him or her.
Bonus: By adding and arranging photos in the Profile Photo section of your Photos menu, you can create a photo slideshow that links to your profile picture on your Twitter profile page.
Are you getting the most out of Pinterest?
- If you would like to pin things that you don’t want others to see, like surprise party plans or anniversary gift ideas, Pinterest allows you to create secret boards. These boards are visible to only you. To set up a secret board, scroll to the very bottom of your Pinterest profile page. There, you will find the link to create your secret board.
- When there is a particular website or blog that we enjoy, oftentimes we may pin content from this site for future reference. Likewise, if you have embedded the option to pin your website or blog’s content, Pinterest gives you the option to see, all at once, what content visitors are sharing from your site. Simply type the following link into your browser’s address bar: http://www.pinterest.com/source/yourwebsite.com/. Be sure to replace the “yourwebsite.com” section with your site’s actual web address.
- For more eye-catching boards that can help increase traffic to your profile, Pinterest allows users to quickly and easily create custom cover images for every board. Once you are on your Pinterest profile, you can hover over any of your boards to bring up the “Change Cover” option. When you click the “Change Cover” button, you will be able to browse through all of the images from that particular board and choose the one you would like to use as your cover image. You can even edit the portion of the image that will be displayed, thus giving you the flexibility to create the best possible cover images for your Pinterest boards.
Bonus: If you don’t like the way your boards are arranged, all you have to do is go to your Pinterest profile, click on the board you want to move, drag it to the desired position, and drop it there. Repeat this process until your boards are rearranged to your liking.
Did we leave out any of the most awesome features on these social media networks? Let us know!