6 Tips And Tweaks To Make Your Facebook Experience Better

Facebook is by far the largest social network on the web, and while Mark Zuckerberg has made plenty of great calls in its design, the site — and the way people use it — isn’t as streamlined as it could be. These 20 tips, tricks, and tools will give help take your Facebook experience to the next level.

1. Appear offline to certain friends
By opening your Facebook chat window, clicking the settings icon in the upper right corner, and then navigating to “Advanced Settings,” you can customize your chat experience by appearing offline to certain people on your friends list.

2. Easily hide app notifications for a cleaner experience
By going into your account settings, then navigating to the “Notifications” tab on the left side of the page, you can browse the applications that have permission to populate your news feed.

3. Upload photos in high resolution
Sometimes you’ll find that a gorgeous photo you wanted to share with your friends appears tiny and blurry after adding it to your social network profile. Remedy this by going into your Facebook albums and, before uploading a photo, click the “High Quality” box.

4. Download your entire Facebook history
Under your Account Settings page, a small link will appear at the very bottom of the options list. Click “Download a copy of your Facebook data” to begin the process of securing your entire archive.

5. FB Purity
With this Firefox plug-in, you can hide any type of notification you wish, including birthdays, relationship updates, tagged photos, links, and much more. You can make your social experience as simple as you wish.

6. Facebook auto-logout 
This handy Firefox add-on will automatically sign you out of your Facebook windows if you’ve been inactive for too long, ensuring that nobody can snoop your info.

Which of these Facebook tweaks would be of great use to you? Do you like the current features of Facebook? Feel free to share your feedback with us!

Source: Yahoo News

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How To Teach Your Mind To Remember Everything

While there are lots of different tricks for remembering better, all of the techniques used in memory contests ultimately come down to a concept that psychologists refer to as elaborative encoding. And it’s well illustrated by a strange kind of forgetfulness that psychologists have dubbed the “Baker/baker paradox:”

A researcher shows two people the same photograph of a face and tells one of them that the guy is a baker and the other that his last name is Baker. A couple of days later, the researcher shows the same two subjects the same photograph and asks for the accompanying word. The person who was told the man’s profession is much more likely to remember it than the person who was given his surname. Why should that be?

When you hear that the man in the photo is a baker, that fact gets embedded in a whole network of ideas about what it means to be a baker: He cooks bread, he wears a big white hat, he smells good when he comes home from work. The name Baker, on the other hand, is tethered only to a memory of the person’s face. That link is tenuous, and should it dissolve, the name will float off irretrievably into the netherworld of lost memories.

It’s about taking information that is lacking in context, lacking in meaning and figuring out a way to transform it so that it makes sense in the light of all the other things that you have floating around in your mind. If you want to make something memorable, you first have to make it meaningful.

What technique do you use to remember important details? Share them with us!

Source: CNN

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