Facebook has some curious and little-known functions that can be useful when using the social network. Among the hidden resources, there is a world map that shows all the live videos displayed on the platform, a hidden message box and a page that displays details about the virtual relationship with your partner or friends.
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Mark Zuckerberg's social network also allows you to write blog posts, create a campaign to raise funds for NGOs and even view the profiles of politicians in your city. Here is a list of ten hidden Facebook features. All functions are available in the web version of the social network, and some of them also work in the iPhone (iOS) and Android application.
Facebook has hidden but useful functions, check it out in the following list Photo: Melissa Cruz / TechTudo
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1. Hidden messages in Messenger
Facebook hides messages from strangers in hidden folder in Messenger Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
The Messenger message box has a folder of hidden messages, sent by people who are not on your friends list, which can cause the loss of important conversations, since chats of this nature do not send notifications. To access the folder, simply press the conversations icon and select the Message Requests option. In the same section, you can also see the option View filtered messages, which combines other messages from distant contacts.
2. Photos that friends liked
Facebook allows you to see photos that you and your friends liked through the search Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
The search engine can show the photos that you or your friends recently liked on Facebook. To view the list, just type photos liked by (photos liked by, in English) in the search field. The system itself will show suggestions for people to select, but you can type in the name of a specific friend to snoop on what he's been enjoying. It is still possible to restrict the search by period, typing the year, month or week in English, using the terms from 2018, this month or this week.
Facebook map shows all live broadcasts in the world Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
Facebook has a world map showing all the live streams that are in progress. The user can browse the map and watch videos from anywhere in the world, they are signaled on the map by blue dots. To access, the user must go to the Explore section, in the side menu, and select the option Live videos. It is also possible to view the map at facebook.com/live.
4. Run a fundraising campaign
Facebook users can create fundraising campaigns Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
A tool allows you to create a campaign to raise money on Facebook. The user can request the donations in question for themselves or for the benefit of an entity, such as NGOs or charities. It is possible to create campaigns with various themes, such as Animals, Education, Environment, Personal Emergency, among others. For now, the creation of campaigns is not yet available in Brazil. To see international campaigns, visit facebook.com/fundraisers.
5. See your city's policies
Facebook Citizen Portal shows politicians from your city Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
The Portal do Cidado section, located in the Explore side menu, shows the political representatives of the city and state registered in the user's profile. The list shows the acting councilors and mayor, in addition to state and federal deputies, both current and elected in the latest elections. The tool also shows government service pages, such as secretaries and police. Through the page, the user will be able to contact the city representatives more easily. It is also possible to access the Citizens' Portal at facebook.com/townhall.
Facebook's Notes tool creates posts with texts and photos in blog format Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
A type of publication allows you to create posts in a blog format, with long texts and images between paragraphs. Creating a "Note" post is easy and does not require knowledge of HTML. To do this, simply access your profile, select the More option and then Notes. The posts will also be made available on your timeline. To view your friends' notes, visit facebook.com/notes.
7. View details about your relationship
Facebook has a page that shows the history of friendship on the social network Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
Facebook provides a kind of report with all the virtual relationship between you and a friend or boyfriend. To do this, access the profile of the person you want, touch the three little dots of options on the cover photo of them, and select the option View friendship. A special page will show you all the events and photos that you have together, in addition to mutual friends and the anniversary of friendship on the social network.
8. Organize the feed with interesting content
Personalize the Facebook News Feed Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
Users can customize the news feed so that they only view topics of interest. Accessing the Preferences setting, located in the options arrow on the home page, it is possible to determine the people who will appear first, remove people from the feed and select pages with interesting content.
9. See who's snooping your account
Facebook shows devices your account is logged in Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
A security setting shows all devices where your Facebook account is logged, also showing the location and time of use. This allows the user to find out if someone has hacked into their account or is eavesdropping on their personal information. Using the same page, it is possible to log off remotely and remove account access by unknown devices. To access, go to Settings, then Security and login.
10. Edit ad settings
Facebook allows you to set up advertisements to see interesting advertisements Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
Facebook allows you to customize the advertising ads that will be displayed when using the social network. The goal is to make the banners show products and services that really interest you, and not just pollute the feed. To inform your preferences, go to Settings, then press Ads.
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