Seriously Facebook, if we were to keep account of all the hours we’ve spent on you, we’d probably collectively delete you from our phones.
Oh wait, who are we kidding? We’d probably just go back to scrolling through our Facebook feed anyway. But we can help you waste less time on it by making your mobile Facebook surfing that much more efficient - just check out the following tips.
Choosing filters during photo upload
Fact: you’ve taken that photo and you’re all too eager to post it on Facebook. But just as you’ve spent nearly five minutes thinking of a witty caption and are about to tap that “Post” button, you notice that the photo could do with a touch of filter. Great. That means you’ve got to copy that whole caption and do the whole shebang again. Fortunately, you that's not actually the case.
How: It’s really quite simple. Just upload a photo in Facebook, and you’ll see a little bar sliding across the image. Now, swipe left or right on the image to select your filters, ranging from vintage to black and white.
Now, if you don’t see this working for you, don’t fret. This would seem to be a feature that’s slowly rolling out. For now, we’ve only seen this on iOS, and even then, not all iOS devices are created equal and have this feature yet.
Sidebar status update
Oh hello, super-localised secretly-released feature. Facebook's down with local lingo and habits. You can now change your status in the sidebar, or keep tabs on your friends in a whole new creepy way. It's been compared to an away message, like back in the days of MSN Messenger, to explain your absence or the delay in your reply.
How: Swipe to the left from your news feed, then you can update your status by typing it in or choose from a bunch of options like watching TV or sleeping.
It won't show up in the News Feed or your Timeline, just in the sidebar. You can also tweak the privacy settings to choose which friends can see your sidebar status updates, so think of it as a little curated club of people you care the most about.