This is from Episode 68 of “What Does This Button Do?”
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- Tip of the Day: Multiple users on Android devices
- Beginner’s Lesson: Facebook privacy, what you need to know
- App: Files Go by Google
Here is the tenth in our series of Review Questions from our “What Does This Button Do?” show. These can’t be graded, but if you want to see the discussion of our answers to these questions, you can click the link provided. The link will take you to the time in the specific episode where we start the discussion of review questions. Since we have produced 97 episodes so far, this “Test Your Smartphone Smarts” will be an ongoing series of posts here.
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Have you tried Facebook’s new Live Streaming feature yet? It is so incredibly easy! Instead of just posting a photo of your vacation day, you just use your phone’s Facebook app and tap the button that means “Live Streaming.” Instantly, you’re able to talk to your friends and they’ll see the beautiful mountain behind you and the stream running by your feet. This only works on a phone – not a computer. Then, you just start a post like normal, but then tap the option for Live Video. You’ll need to give the video a name, then tap “Go Live.”
As soon as you end the LIVE streaming portion, the video is saved in place on your Timeline. Here is one we did on our Geeks On Tour facebook page that shows a Virtual Reality event we attended.
And, here’s one on our personal timeline that shows us on our kayaks, out in the ocean – about to go scuba diving.
Did you know that you’re not seeing everything you’ve asked for in Facebook? And, you are seeing some promotional posts that you didn’t ask for. You can get inundated if you saw everything, so Facebook watches what you click on and what you “like.” From that information they decide what are the Top Stories for you. It’s a good thing really, but sometimes you want to have control. There are several ways you can specify what you want to see:
- OK … Top Stories: This is the default. If you are looking at your Home Newsfeed, you are seeing Top Stories. Facebook figures out what news it thinks is important to you, including friends and liked company and group pages. With Top Stories view you also see a lot of sponsored posts … Ads.
- Better? … Most Recent: To set your feed to Most Recent on a computer, just click on the dropdown arrow next to “NewsFeed” in the left sidebar. On a smartphone Facebook App you need to use the 3-line menu and find the option for “Feeds” then tap on Most Recent. If you set your NewsFeed to show you Most Recent, then Facebook does not apply the Top Stories filter. It just gets all your friends’ posts and your liked pages and shows them all to you in strict chronological order. Many people tell me how much they prefer this view. Personally, I think it is too much. I think filtering some of it out is a good thing. You also still get ads in this view.
- Best! … Close Friends: For every friend you have the option to categorize them as “Close Friend.” Then you can view your newsfeed for only Close Friends. This limits your view to only posts by Close Friends – no Ads!!. But, also no posts from groups or pages – just Friends.
To add friends to your Close Friends list on a computer, you can go to their Timeline, click on the Friends button and click Close Friends.
On a phone you go to their Timeline, tap on Friends, tap Edit Friend List and then Close Friends.
Reverting to Top Stories
No matter what type of Newsfeed you specify, realize that Top Stories is the default, and it will always return to that view. It is worthwhile then, to teach Facebook what is important to you. There are two main ways to do this:
- Mark the friends whose posts you want to “See First” by visiting their Timelines and clicking the box labeled “Following” and select See First.
- Unfollow friends whose posts you don’t want to see. Since this does not Unfriend them, you can visit their Timeline manually to see their posts when you want, or re-follow them when the political season is over!
- Mark posts that you don’t want to see. In the upper right corner of every post is a drop-down arrow with your options:
The more you mark the people and things you Do and Don’t want to see, the better your “Top Stories” feed will be.
To learn more about Facebook, as well as Twitter, LinkedIn, and more … See our What Does This Button Do? Episode #78: Social Media with Abby Stokes.
And, while you’re at it, be sure to mark your friend list as visible to only you so they can’t be copied and spammed. Here’s a tutorial video for members: 398. Facebook – Keeping Friends Private
As a Facebook member, you can take advantage of the Group feature. You can join an existing group, or make your own. I belong to a few RV-related groups. One is Roadtreking, a Public group where I can keep up with our friend Mike Wendland and his community. Another group is Living the RV Dream – a very active group with 28,000+ members. If you want to get immediate feedback on any RV-related question. I noticed a post yesterday that was concerned about their dog being allowed in RV parks since it was a pit bull mix. Within 20 minutes they had a dozen responses from people with first-hand experience! That’s useful information.
The third one is LTRVD Gathering. This is a small group that was created specifically as a communication device before, during, and after a rally. What a great way to easily communicate to the whole group and give each person in the group a way to share information and ideas.
You can search for RV groups on Facebook by using the search field and typing RV, then click the option for Groups, or here’s a link to the search (you must be logged into Facebook for this link to work.)
What is the difference between a Public and a Closed Group?
If a group is public, anyone on Facebook can see the posts there, but only a member of the group can create a post. If a group is private, anyone on Facebook can see the list of people who are members of the group, but you can’t see any of the posts unless you are a member. For more details about the different types of groups see the official Facebook help page on Privacy Options for Groups.
Private Family Group
We even have a private group just for our family. We used the “Secret” designation so nobody else can find it, but Jim and I can post to this group just as easily as posting anywhere else in Facebook. We have it set so that we each get notified anytime the other posts. It’s a great place to put reminders, ideas, and links to funny things we know we would each enjoy but we don’t want to post to all our friends.
How do you become a member of a Group?
If you find a group you want to join, you should see a button for Join Group at the upper right of the page. You may have to wait for an admin to approve your membership – it could be in 5 minutes or it could be a few days depending on how active the group and its admin is. Once you are part of a group, you will be notified anytime someone posts. You can control those notifications by clicking on “Notifications” at the top of the page (on a computer) and choosing the option you want.
How do you Make a Group
Anyone on Facebook can make a group. Probably the easiest way to get started is to visit a current group that you belong to – using a computer – and click the 3-dot menu at the upper right. At the bottom of the list, you should see “Create New Group.” On a mobile device, you can tap the 3-line menu at the upper right, scroll down to the Groups section and, at the end, you will see “Create a New Group.”
Some people say their Facebook has too much on it and others tell me theirs has too little. On the ‘too much’ side, do you wish there weren’t so many ads and other promotional posts in Facebook? And, on the ‘too little’ side, do you wish you could be sure of seeing everything posted by good friends?
What if I told you there was an easy way to accomplish both of those results in one simple feature? It’s called “Close Friends” and I’ll tell you exactly how to use it with Facebook on the computer as well as Facebook on mobile devices like Android Phones and iPhones or iPads.
What’s a News Feed?
The Facebook news feed is the stream of posts that you see when you first log in to Facebook. These posts are coming from friends, pages you have “Liked,” and Facebook promotional material. It’s like opening a newspaper and reading all the news from those “Feeds.”
What’s a Friend List?
When you first start using Facebook, it assumes you have some friends who are more important to you than others and it sets up a list called “Close Friends.” You can also set up custom lists like “Summer Camp Friends” or “Work Friends.”
Using the Close Friends Feed
You can use a Friend list to limit who sees your posts. You can also use a Friend list to limit whose posts you see. If, instead of the everything News Feed, you select to see only your Close Friends feed, then you will be seeing ALL the posts from your Close Friends, and NOTHING BUT the posts from your Close Friends. See what I mean about it accomplishing two goals? To get back to your ‘everything’ News Feed, just click Home on a computer, or the News Feed icon on a mobile.
|Computer Browser||Android Phone Facebook App||iPhone Facebook App|
|View the Close Friends Feed||Click “Close Friends” on the left sidebar.||Tap the 3-line menu, then Close Friends||Tap the 3-line menu, Feed, Close Friends|
|Post to Close Friends only||Write post, click audience selector, More Options, Close Friends||Write status post, on “To” line, tap right arrow More… Close Friends||same as Android|
|Add/Remove people from Close Friends list||When viewing close friends News Feed, the people will show up at the right. Easy to “Add friends to list” or See All and click X to remove people||Can’t manage the list as a whole. Go to a friend’s timeline, tap the “Friend” indicator and then “Edit Friend List” Then Check or UNCheck Close Friends.||Same as Android|