You can do more than just type in a status update. This article in the Facebook Basics series covers posting; including how to hide friends and sort your news feed. Expand your sharing experience with these simple tips.
The Wall is a place for you and your friends to share status updates, photos, videos, websites, etc. By default, the only people’s Walls you can write on are your own and your friends’.
You can post from your News Feed home page or your Profile page which is also known as your Wall. Posts are created at the top of the Wall by adding content to the Sharebox. Your posts can consist of writing a status update, asking a question, uploading a photo/s, posting a link, or uploading a video.
To post to specific friend write your message on their Profile page Wall; this is accessed by clicking on their photo/link.
Who sees these posts depends on your privacy settings. You can manage status updates privacy on a case to case basis by clicking on the lock beside the Share button.
See Rick’s tip on Lists to see how to share a status update with a specific group of friends.
Responding to Posts
- Like: Be selective when clicking Like as it automatically shares the post with your friends on their News Feed.
- Comment: Comments will also show up on your friends’ News Feed.
- Share: This is now basically the same function as Like and is being phased out.
Hiding Friends and Apps on Your News Feed
Hover over the friend you would like to hide and an X will appear. Click on the X, it will say remove but do it anyway. Choose from the options to hide the post, hide the friend, or mark as spam.
If a friend is posting an app update, such as my personal irritation Farmville, clicking on the X present the hide all by app option.
If you want to unhide friends or apps you can access the Edit Options link in the left corner of the blue box on the bottom of your News Feed home page or in the Most Recent dropdown list.
Sorting Your News Feed
Select the Most Recent link and click the arrow to access a dropdown list of sorting options. Choose one of your lists to populate the wall with list members most recent posts. Note that by default only two lists are shown, click Choose another… to access all your lists. Learn more about lists in Rick’s Tip.