Facebook is awesome. But the sheer amount of information it pushes towards you all the time can be overwhelming. How do you sift through them to find the gems?
A few apps and sites are already doing that job for you. Some of the specialized tools are made by Facebook itself to help you find stuff easily. Others are made by fans who just want to get to content without jumping through hoops.
Whatever the motivation behind developing these apps and sites, you have to admit, they are super cool. These are some of the best uses of all the information Facebook knows about you.
1. Facebook Events (Web, iOS, Android): Find Interesting Events and Socialize With Friends
Events has been a major part of Facebook for a long time, but recently, Facebook released a special app for it. The new Events app tracks all the things happening around you.
The app will tell you about recent events announced by Pages you like, as well as those your friends are likely to attend. If you just want to find something to do, you can browse other events based on time, location, or interests. A simple map makes it easy to pan-and-scan to browse events.
The Events app also has a neat calendar built in, so you can quickly find out when you are free and manage your Facebook calendar.
Download — Events from Facebook for iOS (Free) or for Android (Coming Soon)
2. Facebook Places (Web, Mobile): Discover Awesome Places in Any City
Facebook Places is perhaps the most overlooked feature in the entire social network. It’s a nifty way to find somewhere to go in any city, no matter what you’re in the mood for.
Users often check-in at locations on Facebook, as well as rate and comment about them. This means Facebook has a ton of data. Places takes all that data and makes it meaningful for you.
You’ll find recommendations for where to go, based on landmark spots. These are divided by eat, drink, sightseeing, hotels, and shopping. Then there will be listings of upcoming major events in that city. Finally, you can see which places in the city your friends have been to.
The “Popular Nearby” feature shows hotspots around the city, as long as you are willing to travel a bit. It’s one of the neat ways Facebook can improve your vacation.
3. Teeny Recipes (Web): Quick Video Recipes, Tagged and Searchable
In the recent past, you must have come across some delicious short videos on Facebook. Buzzfeed has been making sped-up recipe videos, which go viral and probably appear on your timeline.
It is always difficult to find these videos later, when you actually are in the kitchen. Until now! The new Teeny Recipes website gathers all of these quick, tasty tips in one place, and tags them perfectly. Click a tag to browse all recipes in that, or search for something.
Since Facebook videos can be embedded now, you don’t even need to log into the social network to see these. It’s a searchable, browseable archive of quick food videos.
4. Lamebook (Web): For the Best and Worst of Facebook’s People
If you don’t have a sense of humor about the world around you, you won’t be able to make it far. Lamebook is a repository of the funniest posts on Facebook, whether intentional or not.
From epic fails and asinine comments to simple puns and witty one-liners, Lamebook has it all. Readers submit new content all the time, so it is updated every day with new content.
If you don’t feel like going chronologically, click the “Random Post” button under any post. There are even categories to browse, like WTFights, personal problems, relationships, lamesters, and more. It’s one of the funniest sites on the internet, and much easier than having to hunt for these yourself.
5. Hickery (Web): Generate a YouTube Playlist Based on Your Music Likes
Over the years on Facebook, you have hit the Like button on the official Pages of your favorite musicians. You’ve probably also shared a few songs yourself. Well, how about an automated playlist based on all these likes?
Hickery is a smart app that plugs into your profile, understands your musical tastes, and generates a playlist. It’s a YouTube playlist of music videos, and it’s surprisingly accurate.
The default playlist you’ll get on Hickery is a generic rubbish one. Forget about that. Click on your name in the top-right corner, then click “My Profile” to see the smart playlist we’re talking about. If you see from the screenshot above, that’s the playlist it generated based on the band Pages I like, which are Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pearl Jam, The Beatles, and Dave Matthews Band. It’s perfect.
How Do You Wish to Sort Your Data?
Facebook has taken some steps recently to customize and sort your news feed. But it’s not perfect and is still missing some crucial features. For example, you can’t get links shared by multiple friends, or only links from reputed news sources.
How do you wish you could sort your Facebook data to find the things you’re looking for?