I’ve only been on the Facebook for a few weeks, but I’m loving it and am trying to migrate my friends from other networks on there too. Here are X ways (I hate top-10 posts), I dig this social network.
A way to keep track of my closest (and most distant) friends
I used to keep mailing-lists, but this way is much better. The fact that you set your schools, like in Linkedin, also makes it easy to track down long-lost high-school-buddies.
A replacement for Flickr
Flickr is great, and the Facebook interface still needs work. But I love that you can tag people in pictures and set privacy-settings for certain groups of people, e.g. family. For now it is free, but I see it going towards offering a premium version soon.
A personal weblog
I haven’t tried this yet, but it seems like a great place to write about your holidays, etc. and only have your friends read it. An alternative is Vox.
A mail and message-client
I already wrote a little about this on Kari’s recent post on Inbox Zero, but I think Facebook’s closed messaging system is a great way to combat spam and feels very intuitive. I do wish there was an api to get my messages into a mail-client.
Just like in Jaiku or Tumblr, you can add rss-feeds for your blog(s) and twitter-messages to Facebook. Just one warning. I find too many updates of friends annoying and I’m sure they feel the same way. Therefore I only link to twitter.
Facebook publishes daily poll-results, like on what demographics use Facebook and how, what people of different ages and sexes think of their appearance and intelligence, etc. Very useful, I think. You can also run your own (paid) polls and Jeremy wrote about a way to check your hotness. Alternative to the latter: hotornot.com
One necessary policy, I think:
Only accept those you know and that know you
I know it’s very easy to grow to a 1000 friends plus, however that is not the purpose of Facebook. Instead, it’s to keep you updated on what your real friends are doing and vice versa. Sticking to those you know also minimises the risk of spam-messages and annoying updates on people that you really have nothing to do with. Note, that I consider myself an extroverted introvert, so this policy may only apply to similar personalities.
Completely disagree with this policy? Check this post on growing your network to crazy proportions.
I’m sure there are many features that I don’t know yet. Discovered a cool one? Let us know in the comments.
Vincent is a sometimes-social co-author on Tech IT Easy. You can find out more about him on this blog’s initial announcement or on his site.