Who you know matters. Accordingly, many social media websites provide proven solutions for expanding and cultivating one’s circle of contacts, both personally and professionally. With this in mind, presented below are tips for using Facebook, the world’s largest social media website with more than 800 million valid users, half of whom reportedly are active on a daily basis.
1. Map your friends’ locations. Visit and install My Friend Map (for free at tinyurl.com/7yrj5et) to view a zoomable map displaying where all of your Facebook friends live; that way you can quickly identify friends that live near your next travel destination and make plans to meet.
Once you have installed the applet, to use My Friend Map, select the My Friend Map icon from the Home screen’s left pane menu to launch the application. Next, click the View Friend Map button, then click the Google Map View button to display a world map containing locator pins that pinpoint your friends’ locations. Use the zoom slider to zoom in on a specific destination, then click a locator pin to display profile pictures of friends residing in that location. Finally, click each picture to display their names (as pictured below).
2. Alias name. Facebook allows you to use an alias name (such as your nickname or a company name) instead of your full name. As examples, some people use this feature to display their company name to make their Facebook page easier for customers to find, while some recent college graduates seeking jobs use this feature to display nicknames, making it harder for potential employers to find them. To use this feature:
a. Click the dropdown arrow located on the top-right menu and select Account Settings.
b. Click the edit button titled Username, then enter a new name in the Username box.
c. Enter your password in the Password box (required to complete this change).
d. Click the Save Changes button.
3. Create a poll. Facebook provides the option to create a poll for soliciting feedback on your Wall. To use this feature, click the Ask Question option located above the What’s on your mind? status box on your Facebook home page, then click Add Poll Options to create a list of responses.
4. Multipost. When writing a wall post, type the @ symbol and your friend’s name, then select his or her name from the popup list. This action will cause the post to appear on your wall and your friend’s wall.
5. Album download. Instead of saving Facebook photos to your computer one at a time, you can download an entire album (from your Facebook page or a friend’s Facebook page) using fotobounce (free) at fotobounce.com.
Note: Facebook is constantly evolving, and the menus change frequently; therefore, be aware that the specific instructions related to these tips are subject to change.