Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with both close and distant friends but, as your number of friends increase you will start to miss out on updates or see too many updates from someone you aren’t very interested in. This dilutes the value of Facebook both as a personal network builder and marketing tool. So, here is where lists come in…
Creating lists for your friends and categorising them helps makes sense of the chaos. (Friends can be added to multiple lists too.) These lists can then be used to view New Feeds and send out information and updates.
Categorising friends may seem like a lot of work initially but in the long run it will help organise Facebook for you. Among other things, it will allow you to send group mails and most importantly set-up you privacy well. Do it, you’ll be glad you did it : )
Create your lists based on how you would like to group your friends and how you know them or interact with them. For Example – As a gamer I have created atleast two lists for games – e.g. Frontierville and Friends on Frontierville. On one list I have friends who play the game too. On the other, people I do not know at all but who are friends I play games with on Facebook.
Why do you need these lists? Here’s why.
Viewing Updates from Friends by List
What if I told you that you can choose to view updates from just school friends, or college friends, or work friends, or even your marketing circle? You can do that, here’s how.
1. Click on ‘Most Recent’ above your News Feed on Facebook Home.
2. In the drop down menu, click on ‘Choose Another’ to see more Lists.
3. Choose the list you would like to view.
I love this method to see group updates or game updates.
Marking Status Updates viewable only to specific Lists
You can even mark each status update to be viewable only by specific people or not. This helps send out targeted messages not only for marketing but also when some information you are sharing is private or hidden from some.
Now onto creating those all important ‘Lists’. Here’s how to create them -
1. Click on the ‘Account’ tab on the right-top-corner of the page.
2. Choose and click on ‘Edit Friends’
3. Click on the ‘Create a List’ button
4. In the pop-up type the name of the list
5. Select friends for the list. (You can do this later too.)
6. Create as many lists as you need following the same process from Step 3 onwards.
You can also add friends after the list has been created.
Creating Lists is a tedious process the first time its done and the more friends you have the more time and effort it takes. So start early and maintain the lists as you go. You’ll be glad you did this as your Facebook group gets bigger.
How do you categorise/group friends? Do you have any special lists?
November 15, 2010 4 Comments
Privacy settings on Facebook are important and I cannot stress this enough. No matter whether it’s for games or work or marketing, setting you privacy right can avoid some embarrassing moments. Especially with family and boss!
Facebook by default sets all Privacy Settings to Public. i.e. viewable by everyone. That means, if you have never visited your Privacy Setting page and customised it, anyone and everyone in the world can see all your information. If you’re someone who has no data on Facebook then great, don’t worry about it! But, if you have personal data, you better get cracking on customising it.
So how do you set your privacy right?
- Click on the ‘Account’ tab on the right-top-corner of the page.
- Choose and click on ‘Privacy Settings’
- Choose Your Privacy Settings. Spend some time on this page checking through your information. It’ll definitely be worth your time.
Click on ‘Customise settings’ to control who views your posts or shares. If you have created ‘Lists’ for your friends, doing this would be easier. Read my article Creating Lists on Facebook for more on Lists.
- This page has three main sections – Things I share, Things others share, Contact Information. Click on the drop down next to each sub-section and select the ‘Custom’ option.
- In the pop-up that appears you can select who should see this type of data and who shouldn’t. You can also specify certain people by name or by list.
Remember to add your ‘game list’ in the ‘Hide this from’ section for all sub-sections so your data is safe from gamers and strangers.
- Set-up your custom settings for all the sub-sections.
- Once you’re done. Click on the ‘Preview My Profile’ button (towards the top of the page) and check to see what information is visible and if you are comfortable with the world seeing that.
- It is a good idea to go through the settings for the following on your privacy page too -
9. You can read more on ‘Controlling How You Share’ here – http://bit.ly/aLOD6s
Now that you’re done with your privacy settings, take a look at your account settings too.
- Click on the ‘Account’ tab on the right-top-corner of the page.
- Choose and click on ‘Account Settings’
- Almost all of this page is pretty simple. Go through each detail on each tab and make changes as needed.
If you’ve set-up your Account Settings, Privacy settings and Application Settings right, you’re in safe hands on Facebook. Well, not completely as Facebook can still access and use all your data but atleast you’ve reduced the chances of the abuse of your data.
And not to forget those embarrassing moments when your boss or family see photos and posts that they shouldn’t have. Have you had any embarrassing moments on Facebook?
**Bonus Tip – Use the little ‘Lock’ icon below the status message box to control each posts visibility by people and lists.
October 1, 2010 5 Comments
This week had me thinking quite a bit about what to cook… Finally my tummy made the choice
Akki Roti (Rice Roti)
3 cups rice flour
1 cup cooked rice (optional)
1 big onion
2 medium size chillies
Fist full of coriander leaves
½ tsp Jeera (cumin) powder
Salt to taste
Textured cloth napkin or handtowel
Finely chop onion, chilles and coriander.
Mix the rice flour and rice in a bowl. Add chopped onions, chilles and coriander. Add jeera powder and salt to taste.
Knead the mixture into dough. Add water slowly as not much water will be required. The dough should be soft but not sticky.
Adding rice is a trick I learnt from Mom. Cooked rice (especially when a bit old) acts as a gluing agent and gives the roti its own texture too.
Wet the textured cloth napkin or handtowel so that it is moist but not dripping. Place a ball of the dough on this and pat flat to required thickness with your fingers. Keep dipping your hands in water to make sure the dough doesn’t stick to your fingers.
Heat a girdle (tava) and add a few drops of ghee before gently but firmly flipping the roti (with cloth) onto the tava. Now slowly lift away the cloth and cover the girdle to cook the roti on a slow flame. Flip roti, add some ghee and cook until both sides are golden.
Older generations pat the roti out right on the pan. I find the cloth method easier and it lets me thin out the roti quite a bit too.
The roti’s take a while to cook so you may want to use two pans. Be careful to not over-fry as then they become very crisp.
Serve hot with pudi, chutney, pickle or curry. Serves two hungry people
August 22, 2010 4 Comments
Chenthil’s been away this week in Alleppey leading a Photography On The Move workshop and of course that meant a lot of quick simple food (simple = roti, curd & pickle) for me. Since he’s returning tomorrow I thought I’d try something special for him. Try it and tell what you think of it… or just ask him (@ChenthilMohan)
Spicy Meaty Cheesy Cutlets
2 green chillies
4 garlic cloves
1 inch ginger piece
1 tsp jeera powder (cumin)
½ tsp red chilly powder
½ tsp ginger garlic paste (optional)
1 cup powdered poha (beaten rice)
Salt to taste
½ cup boiled mince meat
Boil potatoes with a little salt. Peel and mash after cooling.
Grind onions, garlic, green chillies and ginger to fine paste.
Mix mashed potatoes and onion paste in a bowl with jeera power, red chilly powder, ginger garlic paste and mince meat. Once mixed well add the powdered poha to thicken the mixture. Add salt to taste.
Make four pieces out of each cheese slice and make big lemon size balls of the potato mixture.
Flatten each ball; add the cheese slice and fold sides in until cheese is covered uniformly. Flip the cutlet in flour and keep aside. Repeat for all balls.
Shallow fry the cutlets in oil until golden brown.
Serve hot with mint sauce or tomato sauce.
Update: - Potatoes don’t always work well for holding in molten cheese. Using eggs or maida as a wrap will keep the cutlet well together. Beat eggs and flip the cutlets in it before frying or make a thin maida batter and dip cutlets in this before frying.
August 15, 2010 No Comments
I hate cooking! Well, not really… I hate cooking regular food. My favourite dish in the world is Dal and Chaval (rice) but I hate cooking it and its varieties every day. I haven’t cooked in a while and have started to miss the kitchen now, so I decided to give the hubby a break and cook once a week (magnanimous isn’t it )
The challenge is to enjoy cooking in the true sense – feel the textures, savour the aromas and get all excited to see the outcome. To hold me down to my resolution, I’m posting it up here. As we go along I will share my experience and recipes too!
I’ve had a bad sensitive tooth this whole week and haven’t eaten much. I just kept getting tired of chewing in only one side of the mouth. I really did get tired! So this week’s recipe is…
Sweet & Spicy Carrot Soup with Bread Sticks
5 Peeled Carrots
1 dry red chilly (or chilly flakes would do)
3 cloves Garlic
½ tsp. Ginger Garlic paste
1 tbsp. Butter
1 pinch Jeera
1 Maggie Magic soup cube
Pepper (corns and powder)
1 cup Milk
1 pinch Rock salt
Salt to taste
1 Bread loaf
Boil carrots and tomato in three cups of water with ginger garlic paste and a little salt. (two whistles should do it)
After the veggies cool, remove skin of tomato and blend the carrots & tomato to a puree. (save stock)
Grind almonds to a fine powder, add the chilly and grind again. Finally add garlic and grind again, it should form a paste. Do not add water while grinding.
Heat the butter (adding a few drops of oil before you add the butter will prevent it from burning), put in a pinch of jeera and a few pepper corns. Add the almond paste to the butter and sort well.
When you get the aroma of roasted almonds with a twinge of chilly, add the carrot-tomato puree.
Mix it well and sort for a bit. Add the remaining stock and the soup cube. Let the mixture cook for 5 minutes. The colour will lighten a bit.
Add pepper powder to taste with a pinch of rock salt. Add 1 cup milk and salt to taste. Let the soup simmer for 10 minutes.
Serve hot and garnish with celery or coriander.
For bread sticks – cut strips from bread slices. (I find it easier and cleaner to cut the slices before roasting.) Roast the slices in an open pan on slow flame. This takes a while but gives a great crispy texture.
August 8, 2010 1 Comment