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Procrastinate with Facebook like a Pro

Business Technology | July 6, 2012

Facebook is an excellent way to put things off. Don’t want to read that business report? Why don’t you log onto your Facebook page? Not in the mood to put the finishing touches on that PowerPoint presentation? Now’s a good time to post regarding your upcoming family trip to Disney. But as good as you may well be at procrastinating with Facebook, chances are good that the following three tips can boost your time-wasting skills.

Filtering Friends

Do you have a Facebook friend that posts much too often? Maybe there’s not a headline that goes by that this friend doesn’t forward. Maybe this friend posts what he ate at every lunch or what she thinks of every reality show on cable TV. You need to block this friend’s posts. And you need to do it without resorting to a de-friending.

There is a function in Facebook which will allow you to unsubscribe from this friends updates. You can do this directly from your news feed – all it takes is that you hover over that friend’s update using your cursor, click the down arrow that appears in the upper-right hand corner of the update, and then select the option to “unsubscribe from status updates.”

Extending Messages, not Friendships

There is yet another way that you can send a message to folks on Facebook, even if they are not already your Facebook friend. This is dependent on if they have allowed it in their settings – if they have, then you can do this straight from their Facebook profile page. Just navigate to their page and click the “Message” button on the upper-right hand corner.

Also, were you aware that you are able to connect Facebook Chat to other services? It’s true. If you are a Hotmail user, you can link your Windows Live profile to Facebook. This lets you chat with online friends directly from your mail window. You can do the same with instant message services such as Yahoo messenger. Simply search Facebook for information on how you can connect your chat programs to the service.


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