We are all aware that Facebook is an excellent time killer. If you want to put off reading that business report, then you can always log into Facebook. If you’re really not feeling like finishing up that presentation, then it could be a good time to post about that quickly approaching trip to Disneyland with the family. However, there are more efficient ways to procrastinate – if that makes sense. Here are a couple of tips that we’ve compiled for you:

Filtering Friends

Have some Facebook friends that continue to clutter up your news feed? If it’s not about what they’re eating that day, then it’s about each of the articles that they’ve read – or maybe even their opinion on their favorite reality show. Without de-friending this individual, there is a way that you can get rid of the clutter.

Facebook will let you restrict your news feed to things that you want to read. All you need to do is locate an update from this prolific Facebook friend, click the arrow that will appear if you hover over that update with your cursor, then choose to “unsubscribe from status updates” in the menu that will appear.

Extending Messages, not Friendships

Another little known tip is that you can send messages to people that aren’t Facebook friends – of course, this requires that their settings allow this. To accomplish this, all you need to do is navigate to their Facebook profile page, then click on the “Message” button that will be located on the upper-right corner of their page.

Also, are you aware that you can connect Facebook Chat to other services? It’s true. If you are a Hotmail user, you can link your Windows Live profile to Facebook. This allows you to talk with online friends straight from your mail window. You can do the same with instant message services such as Yahoo messenger. Simply search Facebook for information on how you can connect your chat programs to the service.

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