The trusty Facebook app on your Android phone or iPhone has some nifty--and powerful--features up its sleeves.
Not only can you pick and choose which friends appear in your news feed, you can also save links to interesting articles, close another of your "active" Facebook sessions, put stickies on your photos and even post updates without an Internet connection.
Read on for 9 gotta-know Facebook tips for Android and iOS users, starting with...
Hide annoying friends and posts from your news feed
Is your news feed riddled with posts and photos from friends who--let's be honest now--you really don't care that much about? There's an easy way to clear out the clutter, and you can do it from the Facebook mobile app.
Just tap the little downward arrow in the top corner of the offending post, then pick an option. You can simply hide a specific post from your news feed, "unfollow" the friend who click the "Post" button (you'll still be Facebook friends, but you won't see their posts anymore), or block the source of an article in the post (meaning, for example, no more CNN.com headlines).
The iOS version of the Facebook app just added a revamped "News Feed Preferences" section that lets you tap on the faces of friends whose posts you want to see more of--or, conversely, those whose rants you'd rather skip. Just tap the More button in the bottom-right corner of the main Facebook screen, tap News Feed Preferences, then pick an option, such as Prioritize who to see first or Unfollow people to hide their posts.
These settings should be coming to the Android version of Facebook soon. In the meantime, though, Android users can still tap More (top-right corner of the screen), News Feed Preferences to see (or change their minds about) which friends, pages and groups are appearing most in their news feeds, as well as who's been "unfollowed."
Save links for later
There's not enough time in the day to read all the articles your friends are posting on Facebook. Don't feel bad, though; there's an easy way to bookmark posted stories that you really want to read...just not this second.
Tap the downward arrow in the top corner of a post with a linked article, then tap Save link.
When you've finally got some quality reading time, tap the More button, then tap Saved to see your list of saved articles.
You can also tap the little button to the right of a saved story to archive it or repost it.
Bonus tip: Facebook's Save link feature also works with posted videos, photos, placed, tunes, or just about anything else that can be linked to a post.
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