Emoticons and Other Facebook Tricks
By Kaye Nemec
In almost seven years, Facebook has captured over 600 million users and that number continues to grow. The ‘powers that be’ are constantly changing, updating and tweaking Facebook. While most people wait to see the new and exciting features from each update, you can read on for a few features you can try the next time you log in.
Surround your text with stars to get bold text in the chat box. For example: *Hi! How are you?* will show up as Hi! How are you?
Surround your text with underscores to get underlined text in the chat box. For example: _I’m doing well. How are you doing?_ will show up as I’m doing well. How are you doing
There are several different shapes you can use when chatting.
<(“) = penguin
(^^^) = shark
<3 = heart
:putnam: = man’s head/face
The list of smiley faces you can use in chat is lengthy, but here are a few unique options:
8-) = glasses
:-* = lips
8-| = sunglasses
O:) = angel
:|] = robot
Use alt + any combination of numbers on the number pad to add characters to your status, chat and posts. For example:
Alt+14 = ♫
Alt+13 = ♪
Alt+3 = ♥
Alt+5 = ♣
Alt+36 = $
When you’re friends with co-workers or family members, there may come a time when your one-of-a-kind status might not be something that one of these ‘friends’ would appreciate. Here’s how to select who gets to read your status and who doesn’t.
- On your profile page click in the ‘status box.’
- Click on the pad lock icon so a drop down menu appears.
- Choose ‘customize.’
- In the ‘These People’ box select ‘specific people’ and type in who you would like to be able to see your status. Or, if there are just a few people you’d like it hidden from, simply fill in the ‘Hide this from these people’ box and click ‘Save Setting.’
Linking to Other Profiles
Interested in linking to someone’s name in your status? Simply type @Joe Smith and a drop down menu will appear. Once Joe’s name appears and you click on it, it will show up as a blue hyperlink in your status, but the @ sign will disappear.
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