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Lately there have been more and more focus on exactly what the Facebook and Messenger apps are doing on your phone. And the revelations have been quite an eye opener for a lot of people. There is no logical reason for Facebook reading your phone contacts list, your text messages or any other content on your phone.

Especially Android users have been affected by this, because on the Iphone there are more restrictions.

However, I’m going to show you how you can use Facebook and Messenger on your phone without having to worry about the Facebook corporation accessing anything on your phone:

  1. If you have the Facebook and Messenger apps installed on your phone, uninstall them now
  2. Open your phone’s web browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera Mini etc)
  3. Go to this adress: https://mbasic.facebook.com/
  4. Log in to your Facebook account. If your web browser asks you for permission to give you notifications, you can safely accept.
  5. You will now see the basic version of Facebook:
    FB Basic
  6. Click on the browser’s menu button and choose Add to homescreen:
    How to Geek
  7. An icon will now be placed on your home screen on your phone:
    Icons
  8. Use this icon to open and browse Facebook.

That’s it. Now you can use Facebook and Messenger without having to worry about giving away your data or information about your cell phone contacts and text messages.

Be warned thought, that the basic version of Facebook is just that: Basic. Most of the functionality will be there, but it’s a bit more cumbersome to use. But after a while, you get used to it.

 

In the following days I will post a series of postings showing you how to secure your Facebook account in the best possible way. Each tip will take you less than two minutes to follow. 

I’m sure you have used Facebook to log in to apps an web sites. I am also sure you have used the “comment with your Facebook profile” in comments sections and similar. And of course, you might have played Farmville, taken Nametests questionnaires and so on.

Here’s how to go through the list of your apps to see exactly who and what you have given access to your profile data:

  1. Go to the pulldown menu up in the right corner of Facebook:
    Settings menu
  2. Choose Settings:
    Settings menu choice
  3. A new page will open up. There is a menu to the left. Find the one called Apps:
    Apps
  4. Click on it and a new page will open up where you will see all apps where you use Facebook to log on:
  5. Hold your mouse pointer over one of the app icons, and these two new smaller icons will appear:
    Edit App
  6. Clik on the pencil to see what exactly you give this app access to (warning: You might be shocked):
    Permissions
  7. If you scroll down in the list, you can also see that you give this app permission to do on your Facebook account (warning: This might scare you even more)
  8. To remove permissions, click on the blue check mark to the right, so that it turns white:
    Check box
  9. Click the Save button and you will be taken back to the app list.
  10. You can now do the same with the other apps, or you can simply remove the app completely. Do this by clicking on the x-icon:
    Remov app
  11. You will now be asked to confirm that you want to remove it. You may also be given the opportunity to select a checkbox saying that you want to delete everything you’ve ever posted on Facebook with this app. My recommendation is that you do this! Then click Remove.
  12. Congratulations. You have now taken control of your apps (if you do this with your entire app lists).

 

Some of my real life and Facebook friends, as well as relatives of them, have died. A while after their funeral, you suddenly see that Facebook is telling you that it’s the dead person’s birthday. And then a lot of people who don’t know that this person has passed on are posting birthday greetings. It’s awkward, and can also be hurtful for the dead person’s family and friends.

However, there is a way to prevent this from happening. You can actually decide who should manage your Facebook profile when you die. This person (you can choose more than one) will then be able to do things such as pin a post on your timeline, respond to new friend requests and update your profile picture. They won’t be able to post as you or see your messages.

How to set this up

  1. Go to the pull down menu in the upper right corner and choose Settings:
    Settings menu choice
  2. A new page will open up. At the bottom of the options list under General Account Settings you see a choice called Manage account. Click on the Edit link:
    General Settings
  3. You will see a form called Your Legacy Contact:
    Legacy Contact
  4. Click on the field called Choose a friend and start typing the name of the Facebook contact you want to make your legacy contact. When the person appears in the list, click on her. You will then see this form:
    Legacy contact form

  5. You can edit the message that you want to send to the contact that you’ve added as your legacy contact. If you don’t want to send the legacy contact a message, just click Not Now. They will still be added as your legacy contact, and you will receive an email about it. However, I will strongly advice that you contact your legacy contact about this!

And that’s it. You now have a legacy contact who will take care of your Facebook profile when you die.

Delete the account if you die

If you don’t want to add a legacy contact, but want Facebook to delete your account when you die, you will find a link underneath the form that says Request account deletion:

Deactivate account

 

If you click on that link, this pops up:

Legacy confirm

 

What will happen now is that when you die, and Facebook gets a confirmation from your family, or others, that you indeed are dead, they will delete your account.

Too morbid? No, this is something you should consider about all your online accounts. Who will clean up after you?

What do you think about this functionality and this tip? Is there anything about Facebook you would like a tip about? Leave a comment below!

Have you ever read a blog posting from a someone, with photos and a nice summary of something they’ve experienced? Or read something that they wanted to share or discuss? And then thought: “Gee, I want to to that.”

But then you’ve realised that you don’t want all the hassle of setting up a blog, dealing with design, maybe a domain and a lot of administration? Well, there’s no need to be jealous of your blogging friends anymore. You can become a blogger in less than 2 minutes! Because you already have a ready to use blog tool: Facebook!

Where can you find it?

It’s a bit of a hidden feature if you don’t know about it. Sure, sometimes you will see a Facebook posting in your news feed from one of your friends that opens in a bigger window when you click on it, and which contains a title, a photo and formatted text. But surprisingly few use this function.

In the web browser you find the notes at the adress www.facebook.com/notes . To find notes (notater på norsk) on the cell phone, search for notes in the search field on in the Facebook app. The notes app will show up and you can click on it:

Notes on mobile

 

No matter what of these two options you choose, you will now get to a page that lists all the notes of your friends. These notes are like blog postings:

Facebook notes

 

Like your Facebook news stream, they are not listed chronologically. I haven’t found any way to sort them like that, if you do know any solution, feel free to leave a comment below.

To read a note, you either click on it’s title or the See more link. As you can see, a note can look like any normal blog posting:

A Facebook blog posting

 

To close the notes you just hit the Esc button on your keyboard, or the x in the upper right corner.

How to create your own

So, would you like to write your own? That’s easy!

You can create your own notes on both the mobile app as well as in the web browser. This recipe is for the web browser, but the principle is the same for both, even if there are fewer options for the cell phone app.

At the top of the facebook.com/notes page you find this button:

Write a note

 

Click on it, and the form for creating a note opens up:

Note form

 

You can now add a top photo (please do, it makes it much more inviting to read your note) and a title. And then you can start writing in the main rich text field.

To the left of the rich text field you have two icons. The right icon let’s you choose various types of formatting like headings, lists and quotations:

Formatting

You can also add photos by clicking on the plus sign:

Add photos

At bottom left of the note form, you have a button called Delete. Click on that if you don’t want to save or publish the note.

At the bottom right of the form you have the following buttons:

Audience: This is the button to the left. Here is where you choose your audience. Do you want only your friends to see this (or a subset of them) or do you want this note to be public for all to see? If you want to start a blog with a big readership, choosing Public is the way to go.

Save: Click on this if you need to save the note, but you don’t want to publish right now. Click on the x in the upper right corner to close the note.

Publish: Click on this when you are ready to publish it.

See all your notes and drafts

In the upper right corner on the www.facebook.com/notes page you will find two menu items:

Drafts and notes

 

My notes: This will give you a view of all your published notes. You can use this to go back to them if you want to edit them or delete them.

My drafts: This will give you a view of all your unpublished notes. You can use this to go back and finish them and publish them.

That’s it! Happy blogging!

PS! Facebook has a complete manual on how to use notes, in case you get stuck or have problems.

Did you like this tip, or have any feedback on it? Leave a comment below!

 

Here is How You Block Nametests

February 24th, 2018 | Posted by elfworld in Facebook | Social Media - (12 Comments)

UPDATE 08.12.2018: This no longer works. There’s another way you have to do this now. I will create a blog posting about that soon.

Since my last posting about what Nametest (and such quizzes and tests) do to the profile of your friends, I’ve gotten a lot of private messages asking me how to block them.

First I have to point out something: The data that the company behind nametests, namely Social Sweethearts (now that’s an ironic name for ya), already has collected about you and your friends is not gonna be affected by this move. They already have it. However, this can prevent them for gathering even more data about you in the future (you do add more and more data as time goes by).

I’m sure you have some “friends” who insists on still taking these tests, even if you have pointed out that they are helping to violate privacy of their Facebook contacts (probably defending themselves with “there will always be threats and viruses, and this is just for fun,” not realising the reason there will always be threats and viruses are because of people like them).

These are good steps to take to prevent your data from being snapped up by unwanted third parties.. These tips can also be used for any other app your friends use that you don’t feel comfortable with. So I hope this is useful for you.

Note: These tricks won’t stop you from seeing that your friends post the annoying results of their annoying tests. If you don’t want to see those postings at all you either have to unfriend those friends, or install FB Purity. The latter makes it possible for you to clean up your news feed to look just like you want it to.

These instructions are done in a web browser on a computer. The menus will be different in the mobile app, but the principle will be the same.

Block information that you don’t want apps to see

  1. Go to to the pull down menu in the upper right corner of Facebook and click on it:
    Pull down menu
  2. In the menu that appears, click on Settings:
    FB settings
  3. A new page will open up. There is a menu on the left side. Click on the menu item called Apps:
    Apps menu choice
  4. Yet another page will open up. Find the section called Apps others use:
    Apps others use
  5. Click on the Edit button. This screen will appear:
    Checkboxes
  6. Make sure that you uncheck all the check boxes, so that it looks just like the picture above (click on a check box to uncheck it). When you are finished, hit Save.

Set other public information to be private

Note that all public data you have on Facebook profile  will still be available to these apps. You can however change it so that only you can see the information about your self such as gender, relationship status and so on:

  1. Open your Facebook profile
  2. On your cover photo is a  button called Update Info:
    Update info
  3. Click on it and a new page opens up.
  4. In the left side menu you see several categories for information about yourself. Click on the category where the information you want to change privacy settings for is located. In this example I’m choosing Contact and Basic Info:
    Information categories
  5. I’ve decided that I want to change the privacy settings about my cell phone:
    Mobile phone
  6. When I hover the mouse button over this setting, I get a link called Edit on the right:
    Edit
  7. When I click on it I can now edit the information. In the upper right corner there will be an icon signifying how public this information is:
    Edit menu
  8. I click on the globe and get a menu where I can choose who I want to see this information. Since I don’t want any of my friends’ apps to see it, I choose Only Me:
    Only me
  9. Then I hit Save.

You can go through all your information in this way, and control exactly who should be able to see what. If you set Only me your friend’s apps won’t be able to go through it.

Make your  friends list private

If you don’t want the apps to read your friends list, you can prevent that in the following way:

  1. Open your Facebook profile
  2. On your cover photo is a  button called Update Info:
    Update info
  3. Click on it and a new page opens up.
  4. In the left side menu you see several categories for information about yourself. Click on Contact and Basic Info:
    Information categories
  5. A new page opens up. Scroll down to the Friends section and klikk on the pencil on the far right and choose Edit privacy:
    Friends settings
  6. You can set the privacy level for who can see your friend list, who should be able to see people, pages and lists you follow and who should able to see your followers. Behind each of these you have a pull down menu where you can set the privacy settings. Click on each of them and set them to Only me:
    Friends pricavy
  7. When all are set to this, click Done.

Now your friends list should be safe from those pesky apps.

Go nuclear!

If you want to block these apps completely, you have another step you can take. You can go to the section called Apps, Websites and Plug-ins:

Block all apps

If you click Edit, you are given the choice of turning off access for all services like this. Be warned, however, that the following will happen:

  • You will not be able to log into websites or applications using Facebook.
  • You will not be able to log in to mobile games or applications using Facebook.
  • Your friends won’t be able to interact and share with you using apps and websites.
  • Apps you’ve logged in to (with Facebook or anonymously) will be removed.

What if You’ve already started using Nametests?

What if you’ve already used Nametests and thereby given it access to your own profile, as well as those for your friends. How do you remove it?

  1. Go to the Apps menu:
    Apps menu choice
  2. At the top of the page you see this:
    Logged in with FB
  3. Find nametests.com in the list of apps and clik on the x to the right of it to delete it:
  4. When you are asked if you want to delete it, confirm.

So it’s up to you how well you want to protect yourself. The best way is to inform your friends what apps like Nametests do (and there’s so much we don’t know what Nametests do with your data) that they shouldn’t use them. If they refuse, you can always unfriend them, but that could create social awkward situations…

Did you find this useful? Leave a comment in the or send me a message. And I appreciate it if you share this posting.

Tests

In the past two weeks a lot of my Facebook contacts have been posting this “What Would I Look Like as a Movie star” results from a test taken via the Nametests app. DO NOT TAKE THESE TESTS!

Consider this. A person says the following to you: “Give me access to all your personal information, your photos, the contact information about all your friends and everything you write or say in the future, and I will tell you what celebrity you look like.”

What would you say? My guess is: Fuck off!

However, when people are given the same choice on Facebook, they say: “Yes, let me know what celebrity I look like!”

Do people really think Nametests (that’s the perpetrator for this test) make tests like this out of the kindness of their hearts? When you give Nametests access to your Facebook profile, you have to accept several pages of terms, that are written in such a difficult lawyer language that you really don’t understand what you are saying yest to. But hey, it’s all for fun, right?

Wrong! You are giving them access to not only your information, but also the information of your friends. They immediately start searching through your friends list on Facebook, gathering whatever information they can that your friends haven’t locked securely away. This is most likely sold to spammers who will use the information to things I’m sure your friends wouldn’t like.

So why do you take that risk just because you want to take a silly test?

What you’re really doing is this: you’re “purchasing” a test about you, and “pay” by allowing them access to your friend list and Facebook wall—including all your past, current and future posts.

So what if you’ve already used Nametests? Is it too late? No, you can remove it by going to your Security Settings in Facebook, find the lists of apps you have given access to your account and then remove Nametests and all other apps you’ve given similar access. Get rid of them, now!

Rule of thumb: If an app asks you for access to your Facebook account, with a lot of legal mumbo jumbo language, do no install it! Simple as that. Send me a photo instead, and I will tell you what celebrity you look like. And I won’t even ask for any of your or your Facebook friends’ personal information.

There are two types of status postings you can just ignore, even if they try to tell you that you are a bad person for not sharing them.

I bet 5 of my friends won’t…

Batman memeI’m sure you’ve seen these lots of times. One of your friends has copied the text of a status update from someone else and pasted it. They are usually about cancer or depression. After a long text describing the illness you get this at the bottom:

“I’m going to make a bet, without being pessimistic, that out of my Facebook friends that less than 5 will take the time to put this on their wall to help raise awareness of and for those who have [insert illness here]. You just have to copy it from my wall and paste it to yours ”

So, not only content with shouting out that “hey, look what good person I am for doing this,” they also prey upon the conscience of their friends. I mean, who wants to appear to be a bad person not caring about the suffering of others, right?

Wrong! The next time someone post this, just ignore it. You are doing the world (and your newsfeed) a service. And you are a better person than the one who tried to guilt you into sharing.

The only thing you are telling the world by posting it is that not only are you a person who thinks posting a status update about an illness will help fight it. If you really want to make a difference for people with [insert illness here] donate money to organisations working with said infliction. Or volunteer for these organisations. If you want to post and brag about it, that’s fine. But do it without telling everybody how great you are and how awful they are for not doing it.

Actually, posting something like this is the least effective way to fight cancer, depression or what have you. Stop it!

I want to teach my students how fast a photo spreads

Teacher's posterI’m sure you’ve seen this one a lot, especially lately. A well meaning teacher says she wants to teach the kids of her class how fast a photo is spread on the internet. So they post a photo of a sign with this message, and tell everyone to share it. And since you think it’s important that the kids learn how to be careful on the internet, you do just that. DON’T!

First of all, this meme has been going on for over 8 years now (and a lot of times the poster is fake and it’s just someone having fun, and not a teacher). There are hundred teachers who have done it, so there’s no need to do it anymore. We know how fast a photo can spread.

My suggestion is this: Instead of posting your own meme, teach your kids how to google it. They can then use google, find the articles telling how fast a photo spreads, and then learn that they should be careful with photos on the internet. They also learn that they don’t need to spam others with things like this.

Another reason why you shouldn’t spam the newsfeed of your friends with this is that this has been done so much now that people are tired of it. It’s become spam! So most people have started to ignore it. So the more who post these, the more they will be ignored, and then you teach the children that photos are NOT spread as fast as their teacher claims.

So stop sharing these photos as well.

Now, if someone could just teach the parents about being careful with photos on the internet, we might get somewhere…

 

UPDATE: I’ve been told that on a lot of mobile apps, what I’ve described here is still not happening. I think it will eventually happen, it’s just that the change isn’t rolled out yet for you. However, the See All-link is not present in the mobile app if the change hasn’t been rolled out for your yet.

Facebook is slowly rolling out a new algorithm for how it will give you notifications. Every time you post something, and someone comments on it or likes it, you get a notification. If you have commented something, and others comment on it, likes your comment or replies to it, you also get a notification. There are also other notifications, like if you manage a Facebook page, if someone posts something on a page or event you like and so on.

The notifications are shown in the form of a small red circle, with a number telling you how many unread notifications you have, which is displayed in the globe on your Facebook web page and Iphone/Ipad app, or over the bell icon on your Android mobile app. You will also see this red circle with the number over the Facebook icon on your mobile phone or pad.

When you click on the globe, you see a list of the notifications and can choose the ones you want to open:

Notifications

 

Thus far this has been pretty straight forward. Notifications have appeared chronologically, and you’ve seen them all. Not anymore. Facebook is in the process of rolling out a big change.

From now on Facebook will prioritise what notifications they think are important to you. They do this based on your Facebook activities, who and what you interact with and who and what you follow (as far as I know). This means that there will be notifications you might not see, because Facebook have deemed them as not being important to you.

Personally, I find this incredibly annoying. I haven’t been affected by this change yet, but we all will be. Therefore I will now show you how you can see all your notifications.

Below the list of new notifications, you have a little link called See All:

See all notifications

 

Click on this, and you will now see all notifications, in glorious chronological order:

All notifications

 

PS! If you have turned off specific notifications, they will naturally not be listed here. Nor will you be notified about them.

Aren’t there times when you where you are itching to post a scatching status posting about something or someone? But you can’t do it, because you don’t want any persons involved to read your posting.

Luckily Facebook has a function not many people know about that lets you do just that: Post something and then tell what people should not be allowed to read neither the posting itself, or any likes or comments either.

This is how you do it:

Write your posting:

Status posting

 

To the left of the Post button you have a pulldown menu:

Visibility button

 

Click on this button:

Pulldown menu

 

Go to Friends except… and click on it. This screen pops up (I have anonymized people in my list, but you will see your friends’ profile photos, names and workplace):

Friends list

 

In the top of my list I have the two last persons I blocked from seeing a posting. You can see that they are active, because of the red circle behind their names. If I do want them to see this posting, I simply click on the red icon, so that it becomes white:

Uncheck

Now the person in the top of the list will not be included in this exception list.

To choose a person that should not see this new posting, you simply search for their name in the search field:

Search field

 

Type as many letters as needed in the search field until you see the name of the person listed. Then simply click on the circle to the right of their name:

Check name

 

After clicking on it, it will turn red:

Checked

 

If there are other people you want to hide this posting from, simply search for them as well and click on the circle icon behind their names.

When you have found all the names you simply click on the button Save Changes.

However, it can be a good idea to review the list of people you want to block. To do so, click on the little x to the right inside the search field:

Close search

 

Now you can see the list of all the people you have blocked for this posting:

List of blocked people

As you can see I have two people whom I want to block from seeing this posting. The person I removed from the block list is still listed among the others that I’ve chosen, but as we can see the icon behind the name is white, which means he won’t be blocked.

Click Save Changes. You will now return to this screen:

Chosen

 

As you can see on the pulldown button, this posting will now be shown to all friends, except the ones you just chose. You can even see the names of people it should be hidden for it you click on  the pulldown arrow in the button:

Friends except

 

If you change this to Public or Friends, the people you just picked will still see the posting, like everybody else. You choice has to stay on Friends except…

However, the next time you choose Friends except…, all the people you just added to this list will still be listed here. So if you want any of them to see the posting the next time you choose Friends except…, you have to actively remove them from the list.

So that’s how you hide a posting from selected individuals. Neat, eh?

I’m sure you many times have replied to a comment someone has made on a posting on Facebook. But the well formed and well placed comment that you are so satisfied with suddenly becomes a small nightmare. You are constant bothered by notifications when people comment on the original posting.

Well, I got news for you. Because you have most likely done the same thing. And by that I mean you have probably replied to a comment in the wrong way more than once.

This is how you comment on postings on Facebook.

Here we have a posting on Facebook, with comments:

Hugh Hefner

This is the point where a lot of people get this wrong. If you want to comment on the original posting, you do it like this:

First comment

Now everybody who has commented on the original posting will get a notification that I’ve posted a new comment. And that’s how Facebook works.

However, very often people are not replying to the original posting. Instead, they are replying to one of the comments. And that’s where things go wrong.

Do not type your reply as a new comment like this:

Wrong reply

What will happen? Well, everybody who has commented on the original posting will now get a notification that someone else has commented. And everybody will be confused about who you are replying to.

Some of you try to remedy that by tagging the person who made the comment you’re replying to. Like this:

No tagging

Do not do this. Everybody who have commented on the original posting will now get a notification that someone else has commented. And that is not what you are doing. You are replying to one specific comment. In addition, the person you tagged will get two notifications. One telling him that he has been tagged, and another telling him that someone has replied to the original posting.

So how do you reply to a comment, instead of the original posting? Simple. You click Reply under the comment:

Reply

Now, type your reply in this comment field instead:

New reply

Hit Enter, or the Post button your Facebook app, and your reply will now be directly beneath that comment:

Posted reply

Now, only the person who wrote that particular comment will be notified, and not everybody else who have written comments on the original posting. This is also a way to get a discussion thread going.

If someone now wants to reply to your reply, they click on Reply beneath your reply:

Reply to reply

Their reply now will be displayed just beneath yours.

What happens when others make a reply to the original comment? It will be listed under the comment, beneath your reply. And here’s the nice part: Only you and any others who have replied to the comment will be notified about it!

This means that those who made their own comments on the original posting will not be notified. This makes Facebook cleaner and much more enjoyable for everyone. Here’s what a nice discussion should look like on Facebook:

Discussion thread

As you can see someone commented on my posting, I then replied to that comment, and then 6 other people replied to that reply. Notice the grey line to the left that tells you that all these replies belong to the original comment. And at the bottom of the picture, you have two new comments. But those are comments to the original posting, which is not a part of the discussion thread belonging to the first comment.

So now you now you know how to reply and comment on Facebook!