You use Facebook every day. Admit it – you do. You didn’t click on this article if you’re one of those people who “deleted Facebook”.
Want some Facebook tips only power users know? Keep reading to discover 5 Facebook power features you’ve probably never heard of.
5) Check if Someone is Logging into your Account
Facebook tracks your account activity. Typically, if someone signs in from an unfamiliar location, then Facebook will block it. However, some activity can still slip through if someone knows your password and other credentials.
To check your account activity, go to your settings page, then look under the Security heading. Find the “Where You’re Logged In” section, which details all your active Facebook log-ins from desktop or mobile devices. This data is surprisingly detailed, and tells you about the location, browser, and device used to sign into Facebook. If you see an unfamiliar device or location on this list, then you’ve got a problem.
4) Check your Facebook Relationship with Someone
Facebook has a neat feature that’s either going to be really cool or really sad for you – depending on how single you are. If your relationship status is “in a relationship” with someone else, then you can visit https://www.facebook.com/us to discover your complete Facebook history with that person.
Some people find it creepy. Other people find it cute. Sadly, if you’re not in a relationship with someone, the link above will just redirect you to your regular page’s relationship settings – just another reminder that you’re single.
3) Save Links for Later
Did you see something cool on Facebook – but you’re browsing at work or someplace where watching the Top 10 Best Beach Volleyball Plays of All time would be inappropriate? You can actually save a link for later.
To do that, just click the little arrow in the top right corner of any post on Facebook. Then, click Save link from the pull-down menu. This sends the update to your Saved folder.
Your Saved folder doesn’t exist until you save something for the first time. Once you’ve done that, you’ll see a “saved” icon in the left-hand favorites bar. All your saved stories will be found here.
2) Download your Complete Facebook History
For many people, their Facebook accounts are over 10 years old now. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had Facebook from the early years of high school through college and now into adulthood – so that’s some significant life changes over the years.
If I ever want to reminisce about the stupid status updates I posted in grade 11, I can do that by downloading a company of all my Facebook activity. It’s surprisingly easy to do.
Just go to Settings > General and then look for the link that says Download a copy of your Facebook data.
1) Check your Facebook Friendship with Anyone (Or Any Two Friends or Pages)
This is one of the coolest Facebook power user features. You may have noticed that when a friend posts something on another friend’s wall, you can click a button to get a detailed history of their friendship (you click the arrow on the post and then click More Options > See friendship).
That’s cool – but you can actually access this unique page at any time by typing a special URL into your browser while being logged into Facebook. That URL looks like this:
www.facebook.com/[first name][last name]?and=[first name][last name]
Facebook has actually made this easier over the years. When you enter the above formula into the address bar, you’ll be redirected to:
So you can also type in that URL to get what you need.
Replace the names with the names of your friends, then check out your history with your friends or between two friends. You can also do this with two public figures. PCMag.com did it, for whatever reason, with Ted Cruz and David Letterman (and revealed their pages had no interaction with each other).
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