When I first set foot in Disneyland, I race to the most famous rides first—Splash Mountain, the Matterhorn, Indiana Jones, all the biggest and best. Little do I know there are just as many hidden gems and overlooked attractions that I’ve likely missed in my sprint for the headliners.

Social networks are a little like Disneyland in this regard. There’s so much to see and so much to do that some of the fun stuff is bound to slip through the cracks.

Which features of Facebook, Twitter, and the other major social networks have perhaps slipped under our noses? I went hunting for some of these little-known features and came up with over two dozen new tricks and tools to try for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Read ahead to learn all 30 little-known features (and see which ones you might already know!).

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5 Little-Known Facebook Features

1. Save links to read for later

Whenever you see a story that someone has shared in your news feed, you’ll find a “Save” option in the drop-down menu under the top, right corner. According to Facebook, the “Save” option shows up for links, places, music, books, movies, TV shows and events (but not plain-text updates or photos).

facebook save feature

“Save” also shows up on pages. Click the “…” next to the Like, Follow, and Messages buttons at the top of the page.

Where do all these saved posts and pages end up?

Facebook-saved-feature

Once you’ve saved a few, you’ll notice a new menu item in the left sidebar of your homepage. Click “Saved,” and you’ll be directed to a complete list of all the posts and pages you’ve saved, viewable in one big chunk or broken out by category.

2. Follow rather than friend

Here’s a fun one to wrap your head around: You can follow someone without friending them, and others can follow you without friending you.

Here’s how it works: When you’re on the profile page of someone who has this feature turned on, you’ll see a “Follow” button to click, along with an “Add as Friend” option.

facebook follow

When you follow someone, you see their posts in your news feed, just as you would when you become friends with someone. The big difference between friending and following is that there need not be a reciprocation from the other person. For instance, if you want to see what Jay Baer posts but Jay Baer doesn’t return your friend request, you can follow instead.

To turn on the follow feature for your own profile, go to your Facebook settings. Click on the Followers link in the left-hand menu, and change “Who Can Follow Me” from “Friends” to “Everyone.”

facebook follower settings

3. Manage Your “Posts to Page”

Other people can post to your business page by tagging your name in their updates. These posts from others land in the sidebar section below your photos. It’s some prime real estate, and if pruned correctly, it can be an asset to your page.

posts to page facebook

Check regularly for spam.

Check regularly for customer service opportunities.

Check for ways to engage with those who mention you.

And maybe you’ll even find something worth re-sharing to your main page.

4. Reorder your page sections

I mentioned in the above tip that “Posts to Page” show up underneath your photos. Well, they don’t have to if you don’t want them to.

Facebook page admins can rearrange the order of the sidebar elements. People and About always remain in the top two spots, but the remaining page sections can be dragged and dropped into any order that best suits you.

facebook reorder page

To see this option, hover over the title of any of your sidebar sections, and click the gray pencil icon to Manage.

5. Fast advanced stats for any page post

You’re likely familiar with the “X people reached” note at the bottom of all your page posts.

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Have you ever clicked on it?

Here’s what you see:

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These insights, which you could also conceivably grab from Facebook analytics, show you all sorts of cool stats like the breakdown of likes, comments, and shares, as well as how your post looks in the feed and which actions people took regarding the post.

Assorted useful features

Receive email from your Facebook email address. You can email me at kevanlee@facebook.com, and the message will come straight to my regular Gmail account. The same goes for you and your Facebook profile. Your Facebook email is your username on Facebook, plus @facebook.com.

Download everything you’ve ever done on Facebook. Go to your settings page, and click the “Download Facebook data” option at the bottom of the settings.

download facebook data

Share files via Facebook chat. When you’ve got an open chat window, click on the gear icon and choose the “Add Files…” option.

add files FB chat

Check your “other” messages. When you click through to your messages page, you’ll see the default view of your latest messages in your inbox. If you look to the top of the left sidebar, you’ll see “Inbox” and “Other.”

inbox other

Embed any Facebook post. Click the drop-down arrow in the top, right corner of any Facebook post, and choose the option to Embed.

Pin a post to the top of your page. Click the drop down arrow in the top, right corner of any of your page posts, and choose “Pin to Top.”

Feature your page owners and liked pages. In your page settings, you can manage the Featured settings to set which page owners show up on your About page and which page likes show up in your Liked Pages widget.

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Assorted whimsical features

Change your Facebook language to Pirate or Upside Down. From your settings page, go to Language and choose your weird language of preference.

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Visit facebook.com/us for a timeline with your significant other. Facebook collects all the images and moments you share together into a nice little memento based on who you’re “in a relationship with.”

Secret emoji. Here are fun tips for Facebook secret emoji.

  • (y) = thumbs-up ‘like’ symbol
  • (^^^) = a great white shark
  • :|] = a robot
  • :poop: = well, you know
  • <(“) = a penguin
  • :Putnam: = the head of former Facebook engineer, Chris Putnam who left the company in 2010

There’s also a full library of Facebook emoticons.

5 Little-Known Twitter Features

1. Create a collection of tweets

Twitter allows users to compose a custom timeline, containing only the tweets you choose to include. These collections are made possible via Tweetdeck, Twitter’s free management dashboard app.

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Add a new “Custom timeline” column to your Tweetdeck dashboard, and drag-and-drop the tweets you wish to add. This custom timeline gets its own URL on Twitter, and you can embed a timeline into a blogpost or page.

See this timeline example of a Twitter tools collection.

2. Tag people in your photos

When you add a new photo to a tweet, you can tag up to 10 people who are in the photo—and these tags won’t count against your 140 characters.

Here’s where the tagging option appears on a desktop. The feature is also on mobile.

twitter photo tags

3. Create a Twitter photo collage

As a follow-up to tagging, have you tried out Twitter’s photo collages yet? You can share up to four photos in a single tweet. When composing, upload an image and then click on the “Add more” option to keep adding pics.

add more photos twitter collage

Here’s a quick example:

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4. Manage Twitter via SMS

You can turn on tweeting via text message from your Twitter settings, and you’ll receive a custom number where you can send tweets, reply to users, favorite, retweet, follow, unfollow, and a whole lot more. Twitter’s SMS options are deep. Here are a few popular ones:

  • D [username] + message – sends that person a Direct Message that goes to their device, and saves in their web archive.
  • SET LOCATION [place name] – updates the location field in your profile. Example: set location San Francisco
  • GET [username] – retrieves the latest Twitter update posted by that person. You can also use g [username] to get a user’s latest Tweet. Examples: get goldman or g goldman.
  • FOLLOW [username]: allows you to start following a specific user, as well as receive SMS notifications. Example:FOLLOW jerry

5. Mute Feature

Rather than unfollowing someone you’d rather not hear from, you can mute the account for as long as you’d like. This can be helpful if you’re looking to manage your Twitter stream or if you want things a bit quieter while others are participating in chats or tweet bursts.

twitter mute

You can access the mute option from any tweet. Click on the “More” drop-down and choose “Mute” from the list of options. You can go back and “unmute” later by visiting the person’s profile.

5 Little-Known Google+ Features

1. Run a poll in G+

Google+ allows you to run polls. Ask a question in your Google+ post. Click on the “Poll” button.

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Enter your question at the top and add however many answer choices you want. You can also upload a photo, although that step is optional.

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Here is a filled out poll.

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Here is what the poll looks like once it’s published.

google+ poll 1

2. Save posts to empty circles for future reference

You can create a circle without anyone in it. This seems counterintuitive, but it can actually work great as a bookmarking tool or swipe file. Share posts to this empty circle for easy reference later. All posts you share to this empty circle are added to your profile page and viewable only by you.

Google+ empty circle

A neat add-on to this empty-circle feature is to add your favorite save-for-later services like Evernote or Pocket to the circle, using your custom share email from the service. Include your share email in the circle and the content you save will be automatically forwarded.

3. Share your circles with others

Go to People in the left menu, choose Your Circles, and click on the circle you want to share. Inside the actions menu is an option to “Share this circle.” You then get the option to compose a post that features this circle for others to follow.

Google+ share circle

4. Create a photo slideshow that links to your avatar

When someone clicks on your profile picture from your profile page, they’ll see an entire photo album of pictures. You can control what appears in this photo album.

In the Photos menu, scroll or search for the Profile Photos collection. Then add, edit, and arrange the photos in this set.

5. Use a GIF as your profile pic or cover photo

This one’s super simple: Just upload it!

5 Little-Known LinkedIn Features

1. Download a list of your connections

You can download into a spreadsheet—via a number of different formats—a full list of your connections, including their name, current title, current company name, and email address. Click on Connections in the top menu at LinkedIn, then click the gear icon that appears in the top, right corner of your connections page. In the advanced settings, the first option will be to Export LinkedIn Connections.

2. Display media files on your profile

You can add media like images, video, audio, slideshows, and documents to various sections on your LinkedIn profile. It’s great for adding a bit of flair to an otherwise text-heavy resume or experience.

Click to Edit Profile, then look for the media icon for each section, placed between the pencil icon and the up/down arrow.

linked in media

Another helpful tip is to reorder your profile sections. Let’s say you want your job experience to show up in front of your summary. Done.

Click the Edit Profile button on your LinkedIn home page, and look for the up/down arrow icon at the top of each section. Click, drag, and drop where you’d like it placed.

3. Message someone you’re not connected with

If you want to get in touch with someone on LinkedIn but you have yet to make the one-to-one connection, you can try this workaround. Join a common group.

Group members can message each other even without a direct connection. Click on the person’s name in the group, and  you’ll see an option to “Send message” in the drop-down under Follow.

4. Save a job search

After performing a search at LinkedIn, you have the option to save this search via any search results page. The “Save Search” link is located in the top, right corner. You can save up to 10 searches at a time, and you can set alerts about how often to be notified.

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5. Create a tickler file with LinkedIn Relationship notes

Under each connected profile sits the option to add relationship notes—how you met, reminder notices, and other important context.

linked in relationship details

The reminder notices are a particularly neat idea because you can set future and recurring alerts with each contact. If you click the recurring option, you could set up a reminder to call or follow-up with the person on a weekly, monthly, every three months, every six months, or custom basis. And all of this info in the relationship panel is kept private so that only you see.

5 Little-Known Pinterest Features

1. Set up a secret board

Create a board that only you can see, an ideal option for marketers looking to seed a board before it goes live or for individuals to save ideas for surprises, gifts, vacations, dream weddings, etc.

To add a new secret board, go to your Pinterest profile page and scroll down to the bottom. Your secret board section lives and stays down there.

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2. Rearrange the order of your boards

The order of individual pins within a board always stays the same. However, you can arrange the order of your boards how you like them. When viewing your profile, simply click and drag your boards into the order you’d like.

3. View all the latest pins from your website (or others)

If you’d like to skip the deep analytics in Pinterest and just see what’s being shared at-a-glance, you can type in the following address in your URL bar: http://www.pinterest.com/source/yourwebsite.com/. Change the “yourwebsite.com” to your blog’s address (or the blog address of a site you want to inspect).

4. Customize your cover images

If you’ve got a super eye-catching Pin that you want to feature as the cover for your board, this can be done in a snap. From your profile page, hover over the cover for your board, and a “Change Cover” button will appear. Click that button, cycle through the images from the board, and choose the one you want. Pinterest even lets you adjust the viewable portion of the image so that you can get the best look for your board.

Change Cover on Pinterest

5. Pin with a friend

Click the Edit button on any of your boards, and you’ll see a popup display with an option for “Who can add pins?” Type a name or email into the box, and a request will be sent to the pinner. They can then add pins directly to this group board.

Bonus: Apply for Rich Pins

With the right bit of code, Pinterest Pins can look really spectacular. The good news is that these so-called Rich Pins leverage some of the code you may already be using on your site for Facebook, Twitter, and Google customization. To check and see how your site’s Rich Pins might look on Pinterest, you can use the validation tool at Pinterest.

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If your site appears to validate well, you can click on the “Apply Now” link to notify Pinterest that you’d like to be included with the Rich Pins feature. T

5 Little-Known Instagram Features

1. Where to view Instagram photos online

You can view any user’s Instagram feed online at instagram.com/username. Also, you can see your home page feed by logging in at instagram.com.

If you’re interested in a slightly more optimized viewing experience, there are several sites that have incorporated Instagram’s API in a pretty way:

2. Save an image

If you’re interested in saving the original, pre-filters image you took via Instagram (and you’ve not turned on “Save Original Photos” setting), you can tap on the three-dot icon on the picture page, choose “Copy Share URL,” paste the URL into your phone’s browser, then save the image by long-pressing on the pic and choosing the save option.

Alternately, if you happen to be on a computer and find a picture you’d love to save, you can grab it via the page’s source code. For instance, in Chrome, you can right click on the image and choose “Inspect Element.” This will bring up a window containing the code of the page, and a highlighted section for the image you right-clicked. If you hover over the first link in this highlighted section, it will reveal the picture. Right-click this image link, and choose Open Link in New Tab. Then you can save the picture via the new tab.

Download a photo

3. Add a border to your image

In addition to Instagram filters, you can also add borders to your image. Via the app, choose the filter first, then tap the filter again to reveal a box icon you can tap to add a border.

4. How to make a collage

Have you ever seen a collage of pictures on Instagram and wondered how in the world people did that? Well, they didn’t use Instagram directly. These collages come from photo-editing apps where you can piece together pictures, save to your Camera Roll, then upload to Instagram.

The same goes for adding/uploading images you might make on your computer. Sync your photos on your computer to your photo folder on your mobile device, and you can add these shots directly to Instagram.

5. How to repost an Instagram photo

Again, this Instagram tip requires a bit of a workaround. Third-party apps like Photo Repost and Repost for Instagram let you view your home stream of Instagram pictures and choose the ones you wish to repost, then add an attribution overlay on top of the image (most overlays can be removed with a paid upgrade).

Web apps like Iconosquare and Webstagram let you repost also, however there’s a bit more work involved. Once you choose the image and the attribution, these apps email you the image, then you download it to your photo folder, upload it to your phone, and add it to Instagram manually.

Conclusion

Which of these little-known features did you know already? 

Which of your favorite hidden gems would you like to share?

I’d love to hear what you’ve discovered in the comments—or what you’re really into using lately! Got any other questions about how to do this or that on social media? Feel free to leave any questions in the comments here, and I’ll do my best to figure it out!

Image credits: Death to the Stock Photo

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Written by Kevan Lee

Content crafter at Buffer. You can find me online, tweeting about my writing process, or at home, second-guessing football coaches. Live simply, give generously, beat cancer.

  • Meaghan Halloran

    Hey Kevan!

    Thanks for each and every one of these tips. Very helpful!

    PS – You’re an ASOT fan?!

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Hi Meaghan! So glad you enjoyed the list! Really happy to hear these were useful for you. 🙂

      Haha, I’m afraid I might be showing my ignorance – what is ASOT? I could very well be a fan!

      • Meaghan Halloran

        Oh no! That might be my bad then. In the G+ screencap, it says that A State of Trance (ASOT) is in your circles. I thought I’d met another trance fan!

        • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

          Ah, I see! I’m thinking that might have been one of Google’s suggestions for my music circle. 🙂 I’m excited to give the show a try now thanks to your recommendation! 🙂

        • Dan Messina

          Yay trance!

  • Sarah Hodge

    Thanks Kevan! Great list, there were quite a few I didn’t know about it. Another one that you might want to include is that you can add filters to your photos on Twitter when you upload them through the app.

    (Nice use of Death to the Stock Photo!)

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Hi Sarah! Awesome tip! Gonna try this one out today. Do you have a favorite, go-to filter?

  • https://jobmob.co.il/ Jacob Share

    Facebook:
    1. My facebook power user wife discovered bookmarks recently and loves it

    2. I tell people to use Follow on Facebook as a way to research companies for job search without the company knowing. Also good for watching competitors

    3. I’ve been using “Posts to Page” regularly for spam moderation, as you suggested.

    4. Didn’t know you could reorder sections – nice!

    5. Discovered fancy page stats by accident once

    Twitter:
    1. Love tweet collections

    2. Didn’t know you could tag people in photos like on Facebook

    3. Learned about photo collages yesterday from the post here about Twitter Gallery cards

    4. This one goes back to the beginning of Twitter, I think. I wonder how many people still use Twitter via SMS? Probably more than we’d think

    5. Muting is best for ignoring tweets from people who you’d still like to DM

    Google+:
    I knew you could share circles, but the rest were all news to me. Cool!

    LinkedIn:
    1. Very important, I blogged about exporting contacts a while ago: How To Backup Your LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Twitter & Pinterest Accounts.

    2. I think I cheered out loud when I discovered the ability to add media to profiles. It makes profiles so much more alive.

    3. SHHH! You weren’t supposed to tell anyone about using Groups to contact non-contacts! If they remove this, man oh man…

    4. Saving job searches is handy, but keep in mind that all the results are public, so just like applying on a job board, you’re inviting competition and resume black holes

    5. Relationship notes is also handy, a great CRM-based addition

    Pinterest:
    1. Discovered secret boards by accident, your suggestion on how to use it is a good idea. Going to go do that right after I finish this comment.

    2. Drag and drop boards. Pretty sure I discovered this by accident.

    3. Pinterest actually sends email alerts with the link to see the latest pins from your site, although I’m not sure if it’s only for Verified users or not

    4. I don’t where I heard customizing board cover images, but I’m glad it’s there

    5. Open boards rock!

    Instagram:
    I’m not on it yet, so these are all news to me. Thanks!

    Good resource, Kevan

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Hi Jacob! Awesome comment! Thanks so much for the individual thoughts/feedback on these. 🙂 Hope I didn’t give too many secrets away! Glad you found several to be useful!

  • Jan Beytell

    Fantastic list, there were a few of the Facebook and G+ ones I didnt know about but will definitely be using.
    Thank you

  • tonydbaker

    That’s just like Jay Baer to not accept friend requests. 😉

  • @Advertlines

    Good post kevan.

    What I love about the buffer posts most is that they give hard value.

    Keep up the good work, I really enjoy your posts.

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Awesome! Thanks so much for the comment!

  • Bradley

    Thank you Kevan for the Twitter suggestions; I’m very familiar with facebook and the LinkedIn work-arounds, but not so familiar with Twitter; I love the tagging of people within photos.

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Hi Bradley! Thanks so much for the comment! Excited to hear that you found some Twitter tips worth trying. 🙂

  • Unbreakable

    Great Read! I saw some tips I didn’t know about. Thank you for sharing!

  • neto

    nice!

  • ann@travelturtle.net

    Since FB changes so fast I’m not sure if this is still applicable, but here goes: When you send a message to someone who isn’t a friend, it goes into their other folder (as you mentioned.) If you’re on your phone or using an app to read messages, you can’t usually access that other folder – which can be annoying. If you know someone sent you a msg that’s waiting in your other folder, you can go to their FB page and click to write them a message. Their message to you will show up. This has been helpful for groups I’m in. We don’t friend everyone, but sometimes need to send private messages.

    • http://monelico.com/ Monica Ramos

      Cool, thanks!

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Awesome, Ann! Thanks for sharing!

    • SOCIAL OUTLIER

      you can also pay and have the message moved to regular folder

  • http://warrenwhitlock.com/social-media-expert Warren Whitlock

    Great list. Reminding me we can always learn more about the various features on social media sites.

  • Elaine Foley

    I have FB, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram accounts. Surprisingly, I knew the most about Pinterest. I will use the save button on FB and download connections on LinkedIn. Great tips, thank for posting this info.

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Hi Elaine! Thanks! Hope you enjoy using the save button and the LinkedIn download. 🙂

    • SOCIAL OUTLIER

      a great tip is when starting a business twitter account is download all of the connections from your LinkedIn network and create a yahoo email account and import the addresses into yahoo and send invites from the yahoo to twitter if the people used the same email with linkedin you now can follow their account. I personally recommend that you add your linkedin connections to a list.

  • Guest

    You can rearrange the tabs at the top too! About the Featured Page Admins, though, I haven’t been able to use that feature in weeks. The ability to do so is still there but they do not display on our pages anymore =(

  • http://monelico.com/ Monica Ramos

    You can rearrange the tabs at the top too! However, about the Featured Page
    Admins, I haven’t been able to use that feature in weeks. The
    ability to do so is still there but they do not display on our pages
    anymore. Or maybe someone can point it out to me? Thanks =)

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Hi Monica! Great tip about the rearranged tabs! That one’s super handy!

      re: the Featured Page Admins, I think I might have found ours under a separate tab. “About,” I believe? I could be wrong on that. Curious if that might be a good place to look for you?

      • http://monelico.com/ Monica Ramos

        Thanks for responding! When you set the Featured Admins that’s where FB tells you they will be listed, but they are not there. I just figured that feature was no longer anymore.

  • GrosK

    Excellent Article – very helpful picked up a few tips which is always helpful Thanks you 🙂

  • Mark – Shotkit

    It blows my mind the amount of effort and research that must go into your posts Kevan! Thanks so much for sharing each time!!

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Hi Mark! Thanks so much for the comment! It feels great to know these are in-depth and comprehensive for you. Cheers!

  • http://www.FetchResponse.com/ Roxann Souci

    Kevin,

    I want you to know that you are my favorite blogger. Every article you write offers a wealth of information and great new ideas. You do terrific work! Thank you.

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Thanks so much, Roxann! It’s an honor to share these kinds of posts with you. I really appreciate the kind words!

  • Guest

    Great post, quite a few tricks I didn’t know.
    In the case of spammers or other annoying Google+ you’d rather not have in your circles you can also block them and (if needed) report them.

  • Maria Ramil

    Great post. You can also block or report (if relevant) spammers or other unwanted followers on Google +

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Awesome! Thanks, Maria! 🙂

  • Catherine Cornelia

    There are some Facebook features I am looking forward to trying. Follow rather than friend, advanced analytics and download my entire activity. On Pinterest the Rich pins option is exciting and LinkedIn notes with reminders. Great resource for the social media sites. Thank you!

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Awesome to hear, Catherine! Hope these are useful for you. 🙂

    • Chelsea Rafferty

      Just remember if you follow someone instead of friending you CANNOT see anything but their Public posts. Each person has the option to share publicly or with their friends list only. I have over 144 followers and 99.9% of my stuff is to my friends “only” so you can chose that option if you’d like but know depending on that persons privacy settings you might not see anything.

  • https://twitter.com/bldchris Christin Kardos

    Another helpful post. Thanks, Kevan. I’m just starting to really use Instagram and I wasn’t aware of the alternate sites for viewing. I will definitely check those out. Also, I go “Pirate” on Facebook for a day or so once or twice a year because it’s good fun. I highly recommend it. Some of the rendered comments are hysterical. 🙂

    One nice option that I think a lot of people don’t realize about Facebook pages (unless they are marketers or experienced page managers) is the ability to use Facebook as your page rather than yourself. Under the drop down where you would log out, the first option you see is “Use Facebook as” and then a list of any pages you manage. Choose the page you would like to post as and then you can interact with people and other pages as your page. This can be really helpful for thank yous to folks who have shared your content or just for growing your audience organically. *Don’t forget to switch back to using Facebook as yourself when you’re done, though……

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Hi Christin! Great tip about using Facebook pages! I can see people really finding value in that. 🙂

      Have you tried upside-down English? That one’s good fun, too!

    • SOCIAL OUTLIER

      you can use schedugr.am to schedule post via desktop for instagram

  • Kundan Bora

    Great post Kevan. Facebook save option point going to be really helpful to me.
    Google plus Poll activity and empty circle information. Going to try that for sure.:)

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Thanks, Kundan! Trying the empty circle one myself this week. It’s rather fun!

  • Andrew Gorham

    Kevan, awesome stuff as always! Amazing tidbits and I was blown away at how many of these I had no idea existed. Fantastic job!

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Hi Andrew! Thanks so much for the comment! Really happy to hear that many of these felt new to you. That’s exactly what I was aiming for! 🙂

  • http://missionallendale.wordpress.com/ Joey Espinosa

    Can you create a Twitter photo collage through Buffer?

    • SOCIAL OUTLIER

      nope but Twitter via iphone and android you can

  • http://brilliant-insane.com/ Mark Barnes

    Excellent work here, Kevan. I love the “save post” feature on FB. It baffles me that it’s such a secret. Like Twitter’s “favorite” button, “Save post” or “archive” should be an easy-to-find FB feature. Facebook’s popularity has always befuddled me. Twitter is so much more user-friendly. Thanks for the work here.

  • Guy

    Excellent G+ Poll tip – thanks!

  • Saurabh Agrawal

    I must say that not many people really know about these features. The one very important feature that was missed by the author is about scheduling post on Facebook Page.

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Great one, Saurabh! Thanks for the tip. 🙂

  • Shaiya Ong ツ

    Great share. Thanks! It is most helpful.

  • Wally Wiki

    A little known & most useful Twitter Feature is “Twitter-Chat-Rooms’.

    There are 2 types of “Twitter-Chat-Rooms’:

    The one most frequently used has a predetermined time & date to meet.

    But the most interesting & beneficial one is open 24/7 so people can drop by any time & enter act.

    The 24/7 Twitter-Chat-Room is the one I (& most of you audience) would like more information about. How do you set-up such a Room & any other details?

    Twitter as a whole is one big ‘Chat Room’ with billions of people chatting about millions of Topics/Niches. Having a “Twitter-Chat-Rooms’ would be only for people with the same Interest/Niche… much more interesting & beneficial.

    Give us a Tutorial about “24/7 Twitter-Chat-Rooms’, please.

    Thanks,

    Wally Wiki ( wally.kenimer [at] facebook.com )

  • Wally Wiki

    Does Buffer have a “24/7 Twitter-Chat-Room” ?

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Hi Wally! Thanks for the nudge about 24/7 chat rooms! I don’t believe that Buffer has one of these set up. Sounds like an interesting concept! I’ll dig into this a bit more. It’s new to me!

  • Jay Krueger

    Awesome list! Definitely worth sharing – thanks for the research.

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Cheers, Jay!

  • http://JannAlexander.com Jann Alexander

    Another incredibly informative post, thanks Kevan. Buffer always keeps us coming back for more! Must say, though, I’m disturbed by the ease of “saving” Instagram photos–in my view, that’s ripping them off. Speaking as a photographer who copyrights her images, that is. May I suggest a good future topic: How to protect one’s creative product from misuse on social media.

  • prabhat

    Thanks Kevan for sharing these features……… keep sharing keep rocking 🙂

  • http://www.thcint.com/ True Hemp Clothing Int.

    Facebook – photo matrix app is very cool. It draws pics from your profile and makes a collage of your friends.

  • cyndie

    GREAT info! Definitely putting some of these to use for my site and social media accounts.

  • http://theaspenstand.blogspot.com/ Patricia

    Hey Kevan. Lots of great information. Thanks. I’m wondering who has been able to make Facebook Features #3 Manage Your “Posts to Page” work. I’ve tried posting from my profile to a page and from my page to a page and neither show up in the sidebar of the page I’m mentioning. What am I doing wrong?

  • Gina Pernicano

    Great article, fully enjoyed reading!

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Thanks, Gina!

  • Daniella Slon

    This was great, thank you!

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Thanks, Daniella! 🙂

  • jakelam2116

    Fantastic tips — I didn’t know many of them. Thanks for a great post!

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Awesome! Thanks!

  • Nicole Barbato

    I was already pretty familiar with the Pinterest and Instagram features but I’m excited to try out some of the Facebook and Twitter ones. Great post!

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Thanks, Nicole! Hope there’re some useful ones in there for you!

  • http://commonroompc.com/ Hadas

    Custom twitter timelines just gave me some great ideas. Thanks for creating this post Kevan!

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Great to hear, Hadas! Thanks! 🙂

  • http://www.jcsocialmarketing.com Julia C. Campbell

    The Penguin and Putnam emojis didn’t work for me. Great article though – loved all these features!

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Sorry about that, Julia! I’ll need to recheck those myself. Glad to hear that there were lots of good features in this one for you. 🙂

  • http://johnrmeese.com/ John R. Meese

    Wow, Kevan, this is a fantastic resource. I knew a lot of these, but was surprised by others. I had no clue Pinterest had a “rich pin” features! I just applied for my site’s verification on that.

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Awesome, John! So happy to have shed some light on a few new ones for you! Hope the Rich Pins goes super smooth! 🙂

  • Mark Michos

    Great tips and effort, thanks Kevan!

  • Charles Cheong

    Hi Kevan, thank you for the good work! It was indeed a lot of work. I am an active user of social media and know what it is like to spend your time sharing your experience. Appreciate that.

  • http://www.c4compete.com/ Chloe Forbes-Kindlen

    Super post that’s really in depth. Thanks Kevan 😉 There are so many little features that go a miss. I particularly like the media on LinkedIn. When there is very few ways to customise your LinkedIn profile, multimedia can really help it stand out, break up large amounts of text and attract further reading.

  • violet

    Hello Kevan!
    I went on somebody’s instagram and on the right to the Follow button there was a little button with an arrow pointing downwards, which I assume is a drop down menu of some sort. I have never seen that before on instagram and I didn’t want to click it in case it did something strange. Do you have any idea what it’s for?

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Hi Violet! That’s a great one. I’m not too familiar with what it might be, but my gut is that it’d be okay to click on. I’m guessing it’s probably a sort of menu with some additional options on ways to engage and share the image?

  • http://facebook.com/shoeboxdnb Michael Ramirez

    I guess if you are really curious like me you take these features for granted and don’t realise that not many people know about them.

  • efagcollege

    Nice Post…

  • http://www.thetravelmanuel.com/ Vaughan @ The Travel Manuel

    These are my favourite kinds of posts. Shot Kev – you are rocking bru 🙂

  • http://www.business-writers.co.uk Huw Sayer

    Thank you @Kevan:disqus – what a fascinating list (once again it’s well researched) – the one I particularly like (and have now used to bookmark this post) is the empty circle option on G+ – what a gem of an idea. T

    The LinkedIn tips are good too – although I would urge people to use the messaging idea with care – it works best if you have exchanged views on the forum – you can then justifiably send a private message saying “would you like me to send a LinkedIn invitation”.

    Kind regards

    @HuwSayer:disqus

    PS: Many people still don’t know about lists on twitter – how to use them to segment your audience and how to make them public or private.

  • Kelly Atkin

    Thank you for the very insightful post. Very useful tips.
    I would also like to add the usefulness of the new option to move or copy pins to other boards on Pinterest. Saves a lot of time.

  • ErleneF

    Wow this is the best article that I have read on these media. How do I sign up for your blog. This is really Herndon brought to the average user.

  • Jay Denton

    Hi Kevan great post. How do you add your twitter address next to the comment. like. share. buttons on Facebook posts?

  • Joe

    How can someone follow me without any notification? How can I be following someone if I never requested to follow them?

  • http://www.craigbutler.ie/ Craig Butler

    Fantastic and thanks for posting

  • http://instagram.com/jennbrosnan/ Jennifer Brosnan

    I really enjoyed this article! I new the Pinterest tips however you taught me how to save an image on the mobile phone, I never thought of it that way. Do you happen to know how to put a LinkedIn account URL in the twitter bio? It would mean a lot to help me out!

    • http://LauraMSands.com/ Laura

      @jenniferbrosnan:disqus On LinkedIn, copy the link at the bottom of your profile located next to the field that says Contact Info. Then, post that link in your Twitter profile. If a follower is already signed into LinkedIn, they’ll be taken directly to your profile. If not, they’ll be asked to sign in or create a LinkedIn account first. Hope this helps.

  • Javier Rodriguez

    Hi Kevan,
    Impressive post as usual.
    May I ask you, have you found a way to download data in CSV format for FB demographics?
    The same with followers on Linkedin pages (not personal profiles).
    Is there a way to export insights from G+ or is that something to work on developers?
    Thanks!

  • Geertje

    Actually found the ‘fast stats for any page post’, just before I read this. Handy! Which features I liked most in your list: the Twitter collage, the custom timeline feature in Tweetdeck and ‘the apply for rich pins’.

    And I just discovered another feature on Facebook: if you see ‘edited’ above a post, you can check out the previous version(s) when you click on ‘edited’. Never knew! Guess sometimes it’s better to delete a fb post instead of editing it. 😉

  • https://twitter.com/rivkafreeman Rivka Freeman

    Feature the best features on: #Facebook @Twitter and #Google+

  • Jimmy Perks

    Great tips, I use it to get more followers on Instagram. But I do mass unfollows from those who unfollow me or don’t follow me back, by using fast-unfollow.com. It works quickly, up to 5000 unfollows a day. I can resume evolve my account with such speed which I need. Besides I got first 1000 unfollows for free.

  • Stanley Smith

    Great advises, thanks you for sharing! I’d like the article even better if you’d added some more useful applications. I think they’re a crucial time-saver, so i’m always looking for new ones luckily they’re released quite often. I personally use about 5+ different apps on daily basis. I can’t imagine editing without Whitagram and VSCO Cam because i don’t like instagram’s everlasting filters. Efficient management is impossible without detailed statistics, so Iconosquare.com is my choice. When it comes to following management i use fast-unfollow.com to easily get rid of up to 5000 users not following me back in one day. And finally a scheduler – latergram.me in my case – to keep posting consistently. For most of these apps there are analogues, but always inferior: they have either higher price or fewer functions. If you know some interesting apps please do suggest them to me, i’d highly appreciate that 😉

    • http://blog.bufferapp.com Kevan

      Amazing tips here, Stanley! Love all these tools (feels like a mini blog post in itself!). Iconosquare, as you mentioned, is probably the big one that comes to mind for me. Schedugr.am and Take Off (http://gettakeoff.com/) are a couple other Instagram schedulers that come to mind, though perhaps you’ve already seen these?

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  • Bryan Jackson

    I have a question regarding Twitter. Lately ive noticed that my facebook and instagram posts appear on my twitter timeline and would like that to stop; i only want what i post via twitter showing up on my twitter timeline. How do stop my facebook and instagram posts from appearing on my twitter timeline?

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  • Andy Bickford

    Hi Kevan thank you for the effort that you’ve made to do this research still I want to share more facebook emojis http://facebook-answers.blogspot.com/p/new-facebook-emoticons.html

  • Simon

    I use only ig for making extra cash, but your article inspired me to use also twitter and facebook for promotion my online store. Thanks for this. By the way, check zengram.net , if you have problems with annoying followers or can’t find followers, which would be interested in your content

  • Jeanne Wright

    No one can explain this to me.
    When you go onto a friends profile and you can see some friends photos and there is an icon of a profile person in grey or blue and changes when you touch the icon. The icon doesn’t show on the friends list. Curious to know.
    Thank you Jeanne.

  • http://www.newjupitermedia.com New Jupiter Media

    We love this post! So many great tips we didn’t know about. Question: We just tried the second Instagram tip and can’t seem to get it to work. When you get the “share URL,” it brings you to the mobile version of Instagram in your browser and doesn’t let you long-hold to save.

  • http://www.newjupitermedia.com New Jupiter Media

    To add to the tips, here’s a great Facebook trick we picked up along the way (might have been from Social Media Examiner?). If you want to share a post, but want to schedule it for later, here’s what you do: 1) Click on the time stamp on the top of the post. 2) Copy the post URL. 3) Paste it into where you would typically post an update, add your commentary, and select the blue arrow next to “publish” to schedule for later!

  • Richter

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