Aside

Most of us have a love hate
relationship with Facebook.
Sure, it’s an easy way to keep
in touch with family and
friends. But Facebook is also a
major time drain and privacy
killer.
There is more to Facebook
than status updates, photos
and comments. Here are 5
little known Facebook chills and
thrills.
1. Facebook tells where you
are located
“How did you know I was
here?” The answer: it was on
your Facebook page.
Facebook is built around
sharing. You share thoughts,
photos, videos and news, but
now you can share your
location, too, with Nearby
Friends. When turned on, it
alerts you when friends are
nearby.
Nearby Friends is available in
the Android and Apple
Facebook app. It is currently
available in select areas. To
check if you have it, open your
Facebook app. Tap the icon
with the three horizontal lines
in the upper right corner,
Nearby Friends and finally, Turn
On.
From here, you can choose
who can see your location
(Note: Some versions require
you to click the gear icon in the
upper-right corner). By default,
it’s set to Friends, and
thankfully you can’t set it to
Everyone. You can, however,
choose a list of friends like
Family or a custom list you’ve
created. Click here to learn
how to create custom lists of
friends and family .
You can share your location
temporarily with someone. In
Nearby Friends, find a friend on
the list and tap the arrow icon
next to their name. Select how
long you’d like to share your
location.
2. Facebook tracks you
Facebook is part of a major
advertising network. It shares
your Facebook profile
information with other
companies and in return, gets
their information about you.
That allows the companies to
better target you with relevant
ads. This also means they’re
building a detailed profile of
your likes, dislikes and online
browsing habits.
You can stop this tracking by
visiting the Digital Advertising
Alliance, which is the network
Facebook uses, and opting out.
Click here for the instructions
and more details on how opting
out works .
You will also need to opt out of
targeted ads on your
smartphone or tablet. Click
here to learn how to find the
right settings .
3. Facebook adds fun
When you send text messages
or emails, you can include
those cute little smiley faces,
called emojis or emoticons. So,
why can’t you put emojis in
Facebook posts?
Facebook actually has more
than 400 emoticons in its
library if you know how to
create them.
These go way beyond just the
smileys and hearts. There are
emojis for professions, body
parts, food, animals, flowers,
weather, buildings, vehicles,
holidays, directions and more.
Sites like this one have
assembled your emoticons
options into a single page, so
you can find, copy and paste
the perfect image to match
what you want to say.
You can also send fun
emoticons and stickers to your
friends through Facebook chat
or comments. In the chat or
comment window, click or tap
the smiley face icon. You’ll see
some default emoticons and
stickers you can choose from.
If you want to expand your
options, there’s a sticker store
where you can download
additional sticker packs. Just
click the blue plus sign in the
upper right corner of the
sticker window.
Bonus: Stickers are fun, but
they can quickly start cluttering
up your News Feed if everyone
uses them. Hide them with this
extension for Chrome and
Firefox .
4. Facebook rats you out
If you use Facebook
messages, you’ve probably
noticed the “seen at” text that
appears when you open one.
This tells the person who sent
the message that you’ve
looked at it. For the person
sending the message, it’s a
nice way to know that you’ve
seen it, and when you saw it.
On the other hand, if you don’t
respond to the message right
away, it looks like you’re
ignoring the sender. Of course
you could shoot off a quick
response like, “I’ll get back to
you later,” or something
similar, but should you have
to?
If you use Facebook in the
Chrome browser, there’s an
extension called Facebook
Unseen that will keep Facebook
from knowing when you read a
message. On Android and
Apple, you can try the
Facebook Messenger
replacement apps Privy Chat
and Unread, respectively.
5. Facebook checks your
privacy settings
Privacy is important and
Facebook hasn’t always been
good about helping you out in
that area. That’s why its Privacy
Checkup tool was such a
welcome surprise, but a lot of
people don’t know it exists.
To find it, open Facebook and
click the lock icon in the upper-
right corner, then select
Privacy Checkup. Facebook will
help you set who can see your
posts, manage the apps you
have installed and let you
choose the visibility of your
personal information.
It’s a good start, but if you
want to lock down every single
privacy detail, be sure to read
my step-by-step guide to lock
down your Facebook profile.
On the Kim Komando Show,
the nation’s largest weekend
radio talk show, Kim takes calls
and dispenses advice on
today’s digital lifestyle, from
smartphones and tablets to
online privacy and data hacks.
For her daily tips, free
newsletters and more, visit her
website at Komando.com.
Email her at
techcomments@usatoday.com.

5 FACEBOOK TRICKS YOU NEVER KNEW EXISTED

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