How to Make Bitstrips Comics on Facebook — Or Hide Them Forever

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There’s a storm coming. It’s a storm of goofy personalized comics, and it’s going to spread like a slightly annoying wildfire through your Facebook News Feed — if it hasn’t already. We’re talking, of course, about Bitstrips.

If you don’t recognize the name, you likely recognize the pictures. Bitstrips are the shareable, customizable comics all over your Timeline, allowing even the worst artists in your friends list to create one-panel digital cartoons.

See also: 20 Things Your Most Annoying Friends Do on Facebook

If you’re looking to start making your own Bitstrips — or find a way to keep them off your News Feed forever, look no further than this guide. Read more…

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The Beginner’s Guide to the Hashtag

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If you’re a social media novice, hashtags — those short links preceded by the pound sign (#) — may seem confusing and unnecessary. But they are integral to the way we communicate online, and it’s important to know how to use them (even though some people, like Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, are not the biggest fans). Plus, they can be a lot of fun.

On Twitter, the pound sign (or hash) turns any word or group of words that directly follow it into a searchable link. This allows you to organize content and track discussion topics based on those keywords. So, if you wanted to post about the Breaking Bad finale, you would include #BreakingBad in your tweet to join the conversation. Click on a hashtag to see all the posts that mention the subject in real time Read more…

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How to Create a Shared Photo Album on Facebook

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You just got married (congratulations!), and want to see all of the wonderful wedding photos that were captured while you were busy saying “I do.” Well, you no longer need to visit the Facebook pages of each attendee to view the pictures they took. Instead, simply create a shared photo album on Facebook

On Monday, the social-network giant announced the new feature, which lets up to 50 users contribute pictures to the same album (this does not apply to albums for Pages)

How do you set up a shared album? It’s actually quite simple, and only requires a few extra steps.

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Facebook Facelift Craze Makes for Pricey Profile Pictures

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That Facebook profile picture is crucial. At the very least, it’s your image, a semi-public glimpse into who you are. It can also be a branding tool or a peek at what potential employers can expect. And of course, as the first Facebook iteration had it, the profile picture can serve as a subjective indicator: hot or not.

For some (or arguably all) of the above reasons, keeping up appearances is a social media consideration. Obviously, you choose how you represent yourself. And perhaps for that very reason, profile pictures on the free social network are getting more complicated — and much pricier — in India. Read more…

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How to Lock Down Facebook Privacy

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Facebook privacy settings are complex and, to make things more difficult, they change on a regular basis.

We explored how to lock down your Facebook account’s privacy settings, for both your public profile and under the hood. Follow this simple step-by-step process to make sure you’re not sharing anything outside your comfort zone

Taking some time to lock down your Facebook privacy settings is a good idea. When Facebook makes future changes, it will be easier to keep on top of what’s new. Take a look below for our privacy walkthrough Read more…

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How to Embed Your Instagram Video

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Now that Facebook has unveiled video on Instagram, creating videos is an easy process. It makes good on Instagram’s intention: bring simplicity to the video experience.

It’s hard not to see Instagram video as a response to Vine, Twitter’s uber-successful video sharing tool. And although Instagram’s video feature improves upon Vine, it’s also lacking a core part of the Vine experience

Namely, the ability to embed your videos elsewhere.

This isn’t a huge surprise. Instagram never made it particularly easy to embed or syndicate photos. The app supports the oEmbed standard, which means that services such as Embedly and web apps such as WordPress can display Instagram photos inline or in other apps. But there is no easy “embed” button for end-users. Read more…

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How (and Why) to Create a ‘Restricted’ List on Facebook

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We have all had to accept Facebook friend requests from people we’d rather not share intimate details of our day-to-day lives with, whether that’s your boss, a slightly creepy acquaintance, or even your mom

Did you know you could set up a “restricted” list on Facebook that prevents list members from seeing content you deliberately make public?

We had a look at how to create and manage such a list so that you can stay Facebook friends with someone without letting them see every single little activity you get up to

Head to the Facebook profile page of the person you want to add to your restricted list. Click on the “Friends” drop-down box that appears at the bottom right of their cover photo. Select the option “Add to another list.” Read more…

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How to Delete Your Creeper Facebook Search History

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Remember that time you did a Facebook search of your partner’s ex? And before that, when you had a huge crush on your sweetie, you’d check his or her profile page slightly too often. Oh, and recall that other time when you had a leeettle too much wine and looked up The One That Got Away?

Facebook does

The social network stores every single term you enter in the search box. Although the privacy setting for this data is set to “only you,” you may feel uncomfortable having that info hanging around. If so, it’s a simple process to delete it and clear your creeper Facebook search history

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How to Turn Facebook Profile Pics Into Emoticons

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A cute little trick on Facebook Chat lets you create tiny emoticons from Facebook profile pictures

We show you how in our simple walkthrough above. Take a look — then, share your favorite Facebook tips and tricks in the comments.

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How to See What Your Facebook Profile Looks Like to Others

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Would you like to know what your Facebook profile looks like to other people?

Whether it’s a job recruiter or a potential date checking out your online presence, it’s a useful exercise to view just what you’re putting out there via Facebook

Take a look through our walkthrough to see what your public Facebook profile looks like. Let us know in the comments if you’re happy with what your profile says about you

1. View As

Head to your profile page and click on the cog icon that appears at the bottom right of your cover photo. Select the “View As” option Read more…

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