5 handy Facebook tricks and hacks that you may have never heard about 6 years ago

5 handy Facebook tricks and hacks that you may have never heard about

Some of these you will know, others you might not...

The chances are that clicked into this article off either Facebook or Twitter, such is the extent that the social media sites have invaded our everyday lives.


Facebook is particularly popular with 1.49 billion people using the site every month... yes, you read that figure correctly.

While others may say that Facebook is on the wane and it doesn't attract the youth as much as it did in the past, it is still the most popular social networking site in the world today.

But how much do you actually know about the site itself? Do you consider yourself somewhat of an expert on the dark arts and skills of Facebook?

This guide of handy little Facebook hacks and tips could change your life... no wait, it won't change your life, but it could make using Facebook that little bit sleeker and smoother, like your face after you use your manly man moisturiser... for men.

How to block game invites and requests on Facebook...

One annoying feature of Facebook is the regular notifications you get from friends who invite you to play Farmville or Candy Crush.



But there's a straight forward way of turning off those notifications so you won't be fooled into thinking it's an actual real  notification when in fact it's just someone inviting you to see their high score on Candy Crush.

  1. Firstly, log into Facebook and click on the apps section.
  2. Next, click on the games section and go to the activity bar.
  3. In the invites column press 'Ignore all' and you should be greeted with something like this.capture-20150826-103605
  4. Now you can decide to ignore just that single game invite, or invites from the whole game or the invites from that particular friend who keeps sending you them.

Save Facebook posts and read them later...

Ok, this isn't exactly a new feature or indeed a hack, but it's a really handy feature that means you won't miss a single interesting post on your timeline because you don't have time to read it.

Picture the scene, you're rushing into a business meeting, but you don't have time to read one of the many great articles on the JOE.ie Facebook page. Don't worry your busy little heart, all you need to do is click on down arrow with every post and select the Save option.



Change the theme on your Facebook for a new look...

Are you getting bored with the same old blue and white Facebook screen? Do you miss the old days of Bebo when you could 'change your skin'?

Well, now you can do this on Facebook as well and we think it looks pretty darn cool if we're honest.


All you have to do is:

  1. Install Stylish on Chrome from the Chrome Web Store (the add-on is available for Firefox as well)
  2. Go to your Facebook page and click on the button that appears next to the Url.
  3. Then you can pick and change the theme you want, such as our V for Vendetta effort below which we think looks class.

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Automatically post birthday messages to your friends on Facebook...


Ok, this probably isn't a high priority on a lot of your lists because if you're only wishing someone a happy birthday on Facebook, you probably don't know them that well anyway.

But there is a handy little add-on that will allow you to schedule birthday messages to your Facebook friends in advance just in case you forget.

Firstly, visit BirthdayFB.com and connect your Facebook. It will require some permissions so if you're finicky about that stuff, maybe this isn't for you.

Once you've done that, you can see all of your friends upcoming birthdays and schedule real heartfelt birthday greetings such as the one below.



Add some different fonts to your Whatspp and Messenger...

This one is only for the Android users amongst our readers unfortunately but if you know a way for doing it on iPhone, feel free to share it with us.

Download Cool Fonts for Whatsapp & SMS which does exactly what it says on the tin, it gives you cool fonts for WhatsApp (which is owned by Facebook) and it also allows you to use it on Facebook statuses and the like.


You'll be the coolest/biggest loser on your street with your fancy new font. We think it would go down well in all GAA team WhatsApp groups.