Have you looked through all the help files and settings on your favorite Social Media Channels? Probably not, or if you did back when you signed up there were probably so many things it was a little mind boggling.
There are really great features that you may have overlooked or were going to check out but may have forgotten about entirely.
Here are a few of the myriad of forgotten features on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram; with a couple of bonus tips for LinkedIn.
Check them out, see which of the 30+ I’ve listed you may have forgotten about or which ones have gone entirely unnoticed.
Forgotten Facebook Features
Save links for later reading
When looking at stories in your newsfeed, you’ll find options under the drop-down menu in the upper right corner. One of these is the “Save” option, which According to Facebook, is for links, places, music, books, movies, TV shows and events. Not included are photos or plain text updates.
“Save” also shows up on pages. Select “Save Link” from the drop-down button in the upper right of the story or save a Page, for later review, by selecting “Save” from the more (“…”) option on the top right corner next to Like, Share.
Check the left menu panel under News Feed to locate your Saved items.
To Friend or Follow?
Did you know you can follow someone without friending them?
Here’s how it works: If the person has this feature turned on you’ll see a “Follow” button to click, along with an “Add Friend” option.
Following someone means you will see their posts in your news feed, just as you would if you were friends. What’s the difference? They don’t need to accept your friend request.
Simply go to your Facebook settings, and then turn on the follow feature in your profile. From the left menu, select Followers, and change the settings from “Friends” to “Everybody”. If you need further assistance, check out Facebooks Help page.
Post to Page Timeline
Did you know others can post to your page? By tagging your name in an update these posts show up in the sidebar on your page.
Be sure to watch what is being posted, you may find customer service opportunities, be able to engage with others when someone mentions you and don’t forget to watch for spam. Who knows, you may find something you want to re-share.
Sidebar Element Order
You can rearrange the order of the sidebar elements on your page. The top spots are reserved for People and About, but other sections can be dragged and dropped into any order you choose.
The pencil icon will appear when you hover over any section in the menu.
Advanced stats for any post
Have you ever noticed the “# people reached” link at the bottom of your posts?
Have you ever clicked on it?
These insights show you all sorts of cool stats like the breakdown of likes, comments, and shares.
Other forgotten useful features
Did you know you have a Facebook eMail Address? You can email me at [email protected], and the message will come straight to my regular eMail account. Your Facebook email is your username on Facebook, plus @facebook.com.
Download a copy of your Facebook data! From your settings page, you can click the “Download a copy” link at the bottom.
Did you know you can attach a file to a Facebook Message? When you’ve got an open message window open, click on the gear icon and choose the “Add Files…” option.
Surprise Messages from Others. When clicking your message page, you’ll see the default view of your latest inbox view. Notice on the top menu “Inbox” and “Other” if there is a number beside it you have unread messages from someone on Facebook.
Do you want a specific message to appear at the top of your Business Page timeline? You can Pin a post to the top. Click the drop down arrow in the top, right corner of any of your page posts, and choose “Pin to Top.”
Looking for fun emoji to use? Check these out.
- (y) = thumbs-up ‘like’ symbol
- (^^^) = a great white shark
- :|] = a robot
- <3 = a heart
- <(“) = a penguin
Here is a full library of Facebook emoticons.
Forgotten Twitter Features
Creating collections via Tweetdeck
Collections are made possible using Twitter’s own Tweetdeck, a free management dashboard tool. You can create custom timelines, containing what you want to see, for multiple accounts.
Who’s in this photo?
When you add a new photo to a tweet, you can tag up to 10 people who are in the photo — and these tags won’t count against your 140 characters.
Here’s where the tagging option appears on a desktop. The feature is also on mobile.
Photo Collages and Twitter Images
You can include up to 4 images when composing a tweet. Simply click on the “Media” link to make a photo collage.
Here is a quick example of what a collage will look like:
Twitter for Mobile
You can perform certain actions, like following a user or marking a friend’s update as a favorite, by using designated Twitter commands via SMS. There are various SMS options on Twitter should you want to read more.
Here are a few popular ones:
- D [username] + message — sends that person a Direct Message that goes to their device, and saves in their web archive.
- WHOIS [username] — retrieves the profile information for any public user on Twitter. Example whois jack or w jack, for short.
- FOLLOW [username]: allows you to start following a specific user, as well as receive SMS notifications. Example: FOLLOW jerry or F jerry for short.
Should you want to manage your Twitter stream you can mute them rather than unfollowing someone. This can be helpful if you want things a bit quieter while others are participating in chats or tweet bursts.
Access from any tweet, click on the “…” (more) drop-down and choose “Mute” from the list. You can “unmute” a person, at a later time, by visiting their profile.
Pin to Tweet to Top of Profile
You can pin any tweet to the top of your Twitter feed by selecting “Pin to your profile page” from the “…” (more) link under the tweet.
Forgotten Google+ Features
Posting a G+ Poll
You can run a poll from a Google+ post. Click on the “Poll” button then ask your question in the body of the post, set multiple answers choices and add an optional photo.
Once published here is what your poll will look like.
Create an Empty Circle to save posts for future reference
Create a circle without anyone in it. This works great as a bookmarking tool or swipe file. Share posts to this empty circle then easily reference them later. All posts are added to your profile page and private, viewable only by you.
This also works great for your favorite services like Evernote or Pocket or email service. When you include your share email in the circle content saved will be automatically forwarded to you.
Linking a slideshow to your profile photo
You can control what appears when someone clicks on your profile photo. In the Photos menu, look for the Profile Photos collection, then add, edit, and arrange the photos.
Did you know you can also set a GIF as your profile or cover photo?
Forgotten Pinterest Features
Set up a secret board
Ideal for individuals planning vacations, dream weddings and surprise parties. A secret board is also great for seeding a new board before publishing for marketing purposes.
To create a secret board, click to create a new board and select secret in the options window.
Rearrange the order of your boards
You can arrange the order of your boards to your preference. Simply click and drag your boards into the order you’d like when on your profile page.
Note: The order of individual pins within a board cannot be changed.
See what has been pinned from your website (or others)
If you are interested in seeing what has been shared from your website or another website, you can type the following URL and add your domain name.
Type in: http://www.pinterest.com/source/domainname.com/.
Change the “domainname.com” to your blog’s address (or the blog address of a site you want to check).
Customize your cover images
Want your board to have a specific cover image? Click the “Edit” button at the bottom of the board then select “Change” cover. Scroll through the images and select the one you want to appear. You can even move the image around to get the best look on your board.
Collaborate with friends
When you click the Edit button at the bottom of your board, you’ll have the option to set others up as collaborators. Type in a name or email address and an email invitation will be sent. Anyone you set can then add pins directly to your group board.
Forgotten Instagram Features
Where to view Instagram photos online
You can view any user’s Instagram feed online at instagram.com/username. Also, you can see your home page feed by logging in at instagram.com.
Add a border to your image
In addition to Instagram filters, you can also add borders to your image. Via the app, choose the filter first, and then tap the filter again to reveal a box icon you can tap to add a border.
Instagram 3rd Party Helpers
How to create a collage
Have you noticed the creative collages other people post and wondered how they do that? Check out these apps which will help get your creative juices going.
Layout from Instagram
See an image, photo or quote you want to repost?
Again, this Instagram tip requires a Third-party app. Here are a few you can check out.
Repost to Instagram
Choose from your home stream or images you have favorited. Many apps have a paid version which will allow you to remove attribution overlays on the photos. Play nice and give attribution in the description using @username and hashtags where appropriate.
Bonus: LinkedIn Tips
Download a list of your connections
Download your contacts into a spreadsheet. Various formats, such as CSV are available. You’ll get a full list of your connections, including their name, current title, current company name, and email address.
Click on “Connections” on the top menu at LinkedIn, and then click the gear icon that appears in the top, right corner of your connections page. In the Advanced Settings panel select “Export LinkedIn Connections”.
Message someone you’re not connected with on LinkedIn
If you want to get in touch with someone on LinkedIn but you have yet to make the one-to-one connection, you can try this workaround. Look in their profile at the groups they belong to, and then join a common group.
Group members can message each other even without a direct connection. Locate the person in the group members section, and you’ll see an option to “Send message” in the box to the right of their photo.
Create a Relationship notes and reminders
Under each connected profile sits the option to add relationship notes — how you met, reminder notices, and other important context.
The reminder notices are a particularly helpful because you can set alerts for any contact. If you click the recurring option, you could set up a reminder to call or follow-up with the person on a weekly, monthly or custom basis. The relationship panel is private so only you see what you have set.
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