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Facebook Brighten Up!

Written on July 13, 2010 by B Waldorf

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While Facebook doesn't change their usual Blue and White Layouts and the fact that other social networking sites infringe on its real-time update strange-hold, let us not forget that there are a few nifty little tricks for your reliable Facebook status.

While doesn’t change their usual blue and white layouts and the fact that other social networking sites infringe on its real-time update strange-hold, let us not forget that there are a few nifty little tricks for your reliable status.

Here is the list of great how-to’s tips that will brighten up your status update from official features to apps, easter eggs, jokes and many others. Perfect for newbies of Facebook.

1. HOW TO: Add a Dislike Option to Your Status Update

What makes Facebook likable is the “LIKE” buttons are everywhere on Facebook and everywhere on the web. But what if its more of a “DISLIKE” than of “LIKE”?

The clever Status Magic Facebook app can add a dislike button to any status updates posted via the app. And if you want to really mix it up you can actually customize the second emotion to anything, such as “love,” “hate,” “disagree” or even “LOLs.”

2. HOW TO: Pre-Schedule Status Updates

While SocialOomph, Sendible and HootSuite offer all the same things, the easiest way to schedule Facebook status updates is by using the easy, free Later Bro service.

Just sign in with Facebook Connect, select your time zone, type in what it is you’d like to say, set the calendar and clock to when you’d like to say it, and voila!

3. HOW TO: Add Symbols to Your Facebook Status

Even though there are plenty of these emoticons that work for you in Facebook Chat, just like typing this a colon and a close parenthesis which turns into a smiley yellow face. In fact, the only symbol you can create in a Facebook status update through the shortcut keys is a ♥, by typing “<3.”

To make life more fun with emoticons, users can copy and paste web-happy, universal symbols into the box.

Social network users can also access some symbols by hitting “alt” + various number combinations (on a numerical keypad). So, while smileys are yet to hit Facebook statuses, you can annoy or amuse your buddies with these symbols right now.

4. HOW TO: Turn Your Status Updates Into a Word Cloud

Let’s have fun with clouds. This way anyone’s profile can be visualize as a word cloud. The Status Analyzer 3D app will turn your chat logs into an  animated cloud.

You can share the results with others on the social networking site by posting it to your friends’ walls or by adding it to your profile.

5. HOW TO: Have Fun With Facebook’s Humorous Language Options

While you can always change your setting into more sensible alternative languages, the site offers a couple of fun linguistic Easter eggs.

You can choose to have Facebook display upside down English, or, for anyone feeling a little salty, in “pirate.” Pirate essentially turns your status into your “plank,” your attachments into “loot” and instead of “share” it offers the option to “blabber t’ yer mates.”

Sadly, anything you type in the status bar won’t be upside down, or pirate-y. But with the use of some external sites you can achieve the same effect. and are just two examples of sites that can flip your text, while the Talk Like a Pirate Day site can help you with your pirate translations.

6. HOW TO: See Your Status Update Stats

Have you ever wondered how many times you have updated your status on Facebook? The Facebook app Status Statistics, can tell you this and more.

The app analyzes your updates and gives you a tidy list of how many you’ve written, the average word count and how many times a day you post. In addition, it generates a graph that shows you what time of day or what days of the week you normally update.

Old statuses are also searchable via the app, so you can find that witty retort you made back in November 2009 without having to scroll back through your history.

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