I’ve given instructions for Facebook on a PC and an Android phone, but you should be able to find the same features on a Mac or an iPhone. And do bear in mind that Facebook changes from time to time, so these features might appear in a different place in future – or even disappear altogether!
1. Following a post
2. Saving a link
- On a PC, that should be in the ‘Explore’ list on the left-hand side of your personal newsfeed (your personal newsfeed is what you see when you click ‘Home’ at the top of the page).
- On a phone (Android), choose the menu at the top of the screen and find ‘Saved’ in the list.
3. Sticking to group rules
Before starting to post in a group – whatever type of group it is – it’s a good idea to read the rules. Many groups have guidelines on the types of posts allowed. For example, are you allowed to advertise (either your own products and services or those of someone else)? There are often other rules about what is and isn’t acceptable.
- On a PC, the rules can often be found in the group’s description (on the right-hand side of the screen) or in the ‘About’ section (which you can access from the left-hand side).
- On a phone (Android), click on the arrow next to the group’s name and you should see more information, including the group’s rules.
And if you decide you don’t like a particular group’s rules, you can always start your own!
4. Searching in a group
- On a PC, go to the group and look for the search box on the left-hand side of the page.
- On a phone (Android), go to the group and look for the search facility right at the top.
5. Protecting your privacy
- Personal profiles on Facebook have different levels of privacy. You can easily check the privacy of a particular post by looking for the symbol underneath the poster’s name. If it’s a grey globe, the post is a public one, so the post itself and all the comments can be seen by anyone – on or off Facebook.
- The majority of pages are set to ‘public’ (as they are often used to promote a cause, a business, or a particular community, so they are looking for the largest possible audience).
- When you join a group, you need to find out whether it’s public, closed or secret. If it’s public, bear in mind that any posts or comments within the group can be seen by anyone, whether or not they have a Facebook account. I’ve written a more detailed account of this in a previous post.
6. Hiding posts
When you see the post in your newsfeed, click on the three dots in the top right-hand corner of the post to find the same drop-down menu mentioned in Tip 2 above. Simply choose ‘Hide post’. You’ll notice that there are also options to ‘Snooze’ a particular person for 30 days, or ‘Unfollow’ them completely so that you won’t see their posts at all (but you’ll still be friends). Very handy!