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How to Use Facebook's Homepage

Facebook Homepage and Its Streaming MiniBlog

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The new mini blog feature on the Facebook homepage is something right out of Twitter. This page stream on the Facebook homepage is in real time, so you can keep in touch with your friends continuously while you're on Facebook. The streaming Facebook homepage is making Facebook a much more interactive place to be.

How Does It Work?

Just go to your Facebook homepage. At the top of the Facebook homepage you'll see a box that says,"What's on your mind". Whenever you type something into the "What's on your mind" box on the Facebook homepage, all your friends will be able to read what you have to say from their Facebook homepage instantly. Conversely, every time one of your Facebook friends type something into the "What's on your mind" box on their Facebook homepage, you'll be able to read it on your Facebook homepage.

It's that easy! It even refreshes by itself.

There's more. You can leave notes on your friend's notes. If you read something on your Facebook homepage that makes you have a thought, you can post your thought and tag it onto their note. This way everyone can read your thought from their Facebook homepage. This can turn into a whole conversation.

What Can Be Posted?

More than just notes can be added to the Facebook homepage. You can add links to other websites, photos and video. You can also ask people to look at one of your favorite causes, post a birthday wish or post to one of your Facebook walls right from the Facebook homepage. There are icons for all of these under the text box on the Facebook homepage.

The Upside

Obviously, being able to be more interactive with your Facebook friends right from your Facebook homepage is a definite upside. I'm really learning a lot about my Facebook friends. When they have something important to share with me, I know about it immediately on my Facebook homepage. They can add links in their notes too, then I can click on the links and find out more about what they're talking about.

The Downside

The downside to the Facebook homepage, at least for me, is that I'm realizing that I have too many friends. I've let too many people sign up as my friends. I know some of you think you can never have too many friends, but in my opinion, if you can't keep up with them all, then you have too many.

The other downside is Facebook addiction. At least I won't have to go to Twitter or Plurk to get my posting fix anymore. I just need to go to my Facebook homepage.

Can It Be Customized

Yes! This Facebook homepage going to solve some problems. Since I don't want to be updated whenever everyone on my list posts to their Facebook homepage, I can choose who I want updates on and who I don't. Just click the 'x' in the box of the note from the people you don't want to see and watch them melt away.

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