A brief guide to screengrabbing etiquette

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When someone sends you a ridiculous text or you see a hilarious Facebook conversation, it's always tempting to share it with the world

However, just in case it does go viral, it's important to protect the privacy of the people involved.

Below, we provide a brief etiquette of screengrabbing, including a peek at a free online tool that will help you blur out identifying information and images

Common sense rules

It's not rocket science to know what you should and shouldn't share. You know the person, or people, involved and can presumably gauge what their reaction might be if you shared something they thought was private. Read more...

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How to decide who inherits your Facebook account

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Facebook introduced a new legacy contact feature in the U.S. on Thursday — allowing users to choose who can manage their accounts once they've died — and it's something we should all think about activating

While no one wants to think about his or her own death, this kind of option is going to become increasingly common as we share more of our lives online. Facebook follows Google in providing this type of posthumous functionality, and we expect other sites to follow suit

As Facebook says, "When a person passes away, their account can become a memorial of their life, friendships and experiences." While you might initially cringe at such an option, remember: It could provide comfort to your friends and family. Read more...

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How to stop videos from auto-playing on Facebook

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Facebook says the videos that play automatically in your News Feed make for "an easier way to watch," but it's highly unlikely you want every native video in your stream coming to life.

If automatically playing videos drive you insane, we can help. With only a few simple tweaks in your settings, it's easy to keep clips static as you scroll through your feed.

Have a look through our easy-to-follow walkthrough below to learn how to turn off auto-playing videos — on both web and mobile

On the web

Click on the down arrow icon at the top-right of your Facebook homepage. Scroll down the menu, and click "Settings." Read more...

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9 things you need to quit crowdsourcing on Facebook

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Zuck might have got away with crowdsourcing his New Year's resolution on Facebook, but us mere mortals have to be a bit more careful when it comes to soliciting our online buddies

To avoid boring your friends to tears, looking lazy or desperate, or even worse, putting your security at risk, we suggest following our guidelines on what not to crowdsource.

Have a read through our list of don'ts below, and stop yourself from making the same mistakes.

1. What to eat

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"I just don't know what to have for breakfast / brunch / lunch / afternoon tea / dinner /…" Believe us when we say no one cares about your gastronomic dilemma. Just make a decision and stop boring us half to death with your culinary quandaries Read more...

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How to save Facebook content for later

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We've all seen a link to a really interesting article on Facebook and not had the time to read it. We've wanted to watch a video someone shared, but suffered from a crappy connection.

There is a cool solution: saving content on Facebook so you can take a look it when you've got the time and sufficient bandwidth. As only you can see the content you save, think of it as storage for your guilty pleasures, like cat Vines

Have a look through our simple instructions below to start saving interesting bits and bobs on Facebook. Let us know what other Facebook tricks you'd like to learn — we could tackle it in a future post. Read more...

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5 ways to take control of your Facebook News Feed

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Whether it's never-ending posts from annoying "friends" with verbal diarrhea, or repetitive links to stupid survey sites, the truth is that sometimes spending time on Facebook is more irritating than productive

The bad news is that Facebook's algorithms to determine what appears in your News Feed are a closely guarded secret. The social media giant simply says, "The stories that show in your News Feed are influenced by your connections and activity on Facebook."

But there is hope — you have the power to tweak a few settings under the hood.

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What’s Really the Difference Between Facebook Pages, Groups and Profiles?

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With several overlapping features, Facebook's Pages, groups and profiles leave many users confused

Together, these three functions help us stay connected, but each has its own purpose and works for different types of content. Whether you want to stay in touch with friends, promote your brand or meet others with the same hobbies, we can help you determine which tool will most effectively meet your needs

Below, we highlight the differences between Facebook Pages, groups and profiles to help you understand when and how to use each one Read more...

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8 Essential Tips to Survive a Breakup Without Deleting Facebook

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No matter how it went down, breaking up is tough. And let's be real, Facebook doesn't make the emotional aftermath any easier

The social network, which often preserves the digital remains of relationships, has given the post-breakup blues a whole new meaning. During the healing process, many tend to deactivate and delete their accounts to get over their heartbreak faster

But for those who want to pick themselves up and move on without entirely eliminating Facebook from their lives, we're here to help. Below, we've rounded up eight expert tips to help you survive a breakup without deactivating or deleting Facebook. Read more...

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10 Dos and Don’ts for Back-to-School Social Media Etiquette

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Back-to-school season is almost in full swing, and with it comes a new set of social media rules

In the age of social network overload, it's easy to forget that one little social media blunder can come back to haunt you. As you meet new people this fall semester, you'll want to navigate the social media world responsibly, and keep your online reputation as clean as possible.

Here are 10 social media etiquette tips to start the school year off right

1. Don't add everyone in the 'Class of 2018' group.

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Join your school's official class group on Facebook. But don't friend request everyone who is a part of the group

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MBA Grads May Still Need to Learn the Rules of Social Media

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Congratulations, Class of 2014! You navigated your way through accounting and calculus, macroeconomics and marketing — but have you mastered the algorithm necessary to be a "social professional?"

Social professional may sound like an ironic hashtag, but it has come to describe a serious business requirement. Nearly all of the companies surveyed for a 2013 Jobvite report said they used social media in their recruiting. Perhaps more importantly, recruiters are making hiring decisions based on social media. The same Jobvite survey found that 42% of recruiters had reconsidered a candidate (for better or for worse) based on a social profile. Ahead, find a social professional crash course that you shouldn't venture into the corporate world without having passed. Read more...

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