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Most recent first

This is about Facebook and the way it sorts posts on your start page.
Don’t know about you, but I like the FB post ordered chronologically, most recent first. So new additions are into view at every page refresh. This setting can easily be achieved by selecting the “Most Recent” option under the “News Feed” item in the menu at the left side of the page.

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Unfortunately Facebook seems to have the habit to reset this to “Top Stories” every now and then, without asking me whether I ever wanted that.
Sometimes it takes a while before this gets noticed, if you weren’t aware of the banner ‘Viewing most recent stories’ at the top of the list and you can’t see a fresh post from a friend because is way down on the page.
It’s annoying having to change the setting back over and over again. On top of that, working with a not so responsive tablet − as I am − makes you touch the spot where the “Most Recent” option sits one time to many, which results in you hitting the “Events” option unintentionally.

To minimize the chances you’ll have to redo this setting, is always starting Facebook with the correct ordering option. You do this by a adding the sk=h_chr query parameter to every Facebook link and bookmarks. Like so:

https://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_chr

Probably this will mean something like “Sort key is home chronologically”.
If for instance you always start your browser with Facebook, set your Startup page this way. This is how that looks in Chrome:
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I’m sure you will be able to figure out it must be done in your browser. Any other link to facebook.com, like bookmarks, should be altered in the same way.

In the occasion you happen to like the “Top stories” setting, you just need to use the sk=h_nor setting instead:
https://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_nor.

Correct yourself

Nobody is perfect.
When you enter text on a post, on Facebook or any other social application, it’s almost inevitable to make a few typing errors on the way.  If you’re in a hurry or are not paying enough attention, the errors get posted along with your message. Also in many cases the Enter key,  hit by accident, is unrelenting; and your damaged post is on its way to the internet before you’ve had the chance to look it over. To top that some applications have a feature that will turn your correctly typed words into misspelled crap – this is called “Autocorrect”.
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Many jokes on the internet show screenshots of conversations gone wild due to unwanted “corrections”. It’s fun to read how the poster tries hard to make up the mistakes and puts the blame on Autocorrect. Google for “autocorrect fail” and you’ll find loads of examples of what I mean.

It’s  my advice to turn off the autocorrect feature and rely on your own language skills and refrain from hitting the post button until you’ve read it over. Enable a spell checker for the current language, if available, to point out words you may need to correct.SpellCheck

 

Starting a new sentence while typing a post, comment or reply on Facebook is tricky. Hitting the Enter key will  not start a newline, but instead submit you text to the server and close the input box. This may be the reason some people need several entries to get their message across (you will learn in a moment that this need not be). The correct way to do this is holding down the Shift key while pressing Enter.

If your post is bigger than say more than a few sentences, is’t a good idea to prepare the text in your favorite word processor, and after you’re content  copy and paste it into the social media application. If you can do this without a pause, there’s no need to save it on file (saving is not forbidden either, who knows you might want to use – part of it – later).

On Facebook, many posters discover their typos too late. In an attempt to minimize the damage some people put a comment to their own post, explaining how they intended it in the first place. Here I’ll show how to do that in a less clumsy way, hiding the initial mistakes.
Anything you put on Facebook can be edited (or deleted) afterwards, as long as you are the author.

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To manually correct your post, move your mouse pointer over the top right corner of the post (just below the thin line separating the post from the one above). This will display a small button with a pencil symbol. Click it to display a menu. Then select “Edit Post”.
If this doesn’t work while the post is shown on your homepage, try it on the timeline (your own or somebody else’s)  you posted it on.
The menu may have other options than shown here, depending on the context.
If your post is a picture, you can click it to open a window containing the picture with next to (or below) it the description you gave it and the comment/reply conversation, as well as the following buttons:
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The same nifty little edit button is present on comments and replies you’ve put on posts of others (or yourself).

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Apart from correcting errors you may also use this method to continue with a post that was submitted prematurely by hitting Enter by accident.

Remember that you are the owner of your writing and are entitled to adjust it. But the longer you wait to make a revision of your post, the more people may have read the initial faulty version.

By my knowledge there is no way to edit a post on Twitter (once the bird is out, you can’t get it back in the cage again). You only have the option to delete a tweet (i.e. kill the bird).deleteTweet