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We know full well that most people who use Facebook use it to mess around and generally procrastinate What Do You Use Facebook For? [You Told Us] What Do You Use Facebook For? [You Told Us] 1 billion people must be doing something on Facebook, otherwise there are a lot of inactive accounts sitting there going to waste. Luckily we have the MakeUseOf readership - an attractive, intelligent bunch if ever... Read More , instead of getting on with their real work. Yeah, sometimes we use it for some genuinely interesting conversations with friends, but there’s still a lot of time-wasting in the works. If you disagree, you’re probably one of the few disciplined people who simply ensure you don’t head to Facebook in the first place. If so, good on you. If not, read on.

So, you’ve suddenly realised you’re on Facebook again. You’ve scrolled through your home page for a good while now and started to hit refresh to see if anything new is happening. You know you’re just procrastinating and that this is pointless. Isn’t there anything better you can do? Yes – yes, there is. Facebook is such a great procrastination tool because there are dozens of ways to make your day disappear. If you’re going to hang out on Facebook wasting time, you may as well do it in the most fun ways possible. So, here’s some ideas for next time you’re bored.

Stop Hitting Refresh!

When you’re viewing your home page, the default option is to view your “Top Stories“. These are stories Facebook has decided are the most popular from all of your friends, filtered according to your Facebook EdgeRank 8 Tips To Increase EdgeRank & Exposure For Your Facebook Page Updates [Weekly Facebook Tips] 8 Tips To Increase EdgeRank & Exposure For Your Facebook Page Updates [Weekly Facebook Tips] If you run a Facebook Page, you probably noticed that there was a change in your reach since September 2012. This is because Facebook revised how its EdgeRank algorithm worked for Pages, making it a... Read More score with your various friends. What this probably means for you is that it’s not even half of what your friends are actually posting.

If you’re actually bored and want to see more, head to the sort button at the top-right of the home feed. Then choose “Most Recent” to give yourself the fire-hose of posts you’ve been dying to see.

Play Games

Facebook is awash with time-wasting games to play with your friends. So, if you’re wasting time on Facebook and failing to play Facebook’s games, you’re missing most of the fun. However, when you’re bleary and stuck in the home page cycle it’s strangely easy to forget the Facebook games even exist.

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There are so many Facebook game choices 5+ Most Popular Facebook Games You Have to Check Out 5+ Most Popular Facebook Games You Have to Check Out Read More to be made, from board-game style word games like Scrabble and Words With Friends, through popular games like Draw Something and Angry Birds Angry Birds Star Wars Silently Arrives On Facebook [Updates] Angry Birds Star Wars Silently Arrives On Facebook [Updates] Are you a fan of Angry Birds Star Wars? Even if you’re an official fan of the game's Page on Facebook, you might not yet know that the game is now available on a brand... Read More , party-style games such as karaoke, right to the ultimate time-wasters The Top Five Idle Time Facebook Games The Top Five Idle Time Facebook Games Read More like Farmville, Mafia Wars and the like.

If you have friends worldwide, there’s almost always someone awake to play with, too. Pick anything that looks okay to you and watch your day waste away to oblivion.

Search For Cool Stuff With Facebook Graph Search

Facebook Graph Search is still fairly new, so searching for interesting things Cool Things To Search For With Graph Search [Weekly Facebook Tips] Cool Things To Search For With Graph Search [Weekly Facebook Tips] Facebook Graph Search recently made a huge splash on the search scene, allowing all Facebook users to mine data that is either public or visible to them via their friends. The result is that regular... Read More can make for some fascinating enlightenment. However, there are also some searches you can run which are pretty much guaranteed to entertain you – at least the first time.

One well-loved search Facebook recommends is “Photos I have liked“, which if you’re like me will include millions of photos of your friends’ kids. If you click on the “More than 100 Photos” button that hovers over to the right, you can filter it by year, location, who is tagged, who else liked the photo or whatever you like. Basically, this search will continue to show you all the pictures you’ve loved over the years – possibly ones you haven’t seen in a while. It’s a great way to re-live great memories.

Or, use Facebook Graph search to find apps or groups to enjoy via your friends. It’s the quickest way to find a new things to waste your time with.

If you’d prefer just to get straight to things you can waste your time looking at, try searching for “Photos by pages liked by my friends” or one of the many suggested alternatives, filters or extensions to this search. After a few hours, you’ll be ready for something else to do.

Update Your Privacy Settings

If the Facebook graph searches have made you worry a bit about your privacy, maybe you could spend a little time updating your privacy settings to deal with Facebook Graph Search Prepare Your Account Privacy For Facebook Graph Search [Weekly Facebook Tips] Prepare Your Account Privacy For Facebook Graph Search [Weekly Facebook Tips] Every time Facebook releases a new feature to learn more about our friends, many people realise that their privacy settings are not adequate anymore. Their latest new feature, Facebook Graph Search, is no exception -... Read More . It’s less fun than other time-wasting activities on Facebook, but probably worth it in the long run.

Update Your Facebook Page

If you’re killing time anyway, why not take a few minutes to improve any Facebook pages or groups you help to run. There’s lots you can do to improve your page’s popularity 10 Great Ways To Improve Your Facebook Page's Popularity 10 Great Ways To Improve Your Facebook Page's Popularity Facebook pages come in all manner of different shapes and sizes. Many are pretty lame, gaining very few likes and with hardly anyone talking about them. Obviously the subject of the page is the most... Read More : brighten up the page to make it more interesting 5 Great Ideas To Make Your Facebook Fan Page Interesting 5 Great Ideas To Make Your Facebook Fan Page Interesting There are many Facebook pages around that aren't being run very effectively, mainly because the people in charge aren't sure what they can do to be more interesting to their fans. You've seen them around... Read More , add some photos to gain popularity How You Can Make Your Facebook Group Popular [Weekly Facebook Tips] How You Can Make Your Facebook Group Popular [Weekly Facebook Tips] So, you made a Facebook group but there's hardly anyone in it? Or maybe you made a group for a specific bunch of people, but can't seem to get anyone to be active within the... Read More , fix niggling annoyances The Top 4 Facebook Page Admin Annoyances Made Easy The Top 4 Facebook Page Admin Annoyances Made Easy When you're setting up a Facebook page for your business or favourite local organisation you usually think it's going to be relatively straightforward - especially if you're a technically-minded person to begin with. However, there... Read More , or set up some automation IFTTT Automation For Your Facebook Page [Weekly Facebook Tips] IFTTT Automation For Your Facebook Page [Weekly Facebook Tips] Facebook Page administrators realise that it takes time and effort to create a vibrant, useful page for fans to enjoy. While some administrators are paid for their efforts, many more are merely volunteering their time... Read More .

No – I Want To STOP Procrastinating!

Maybe this post has hit home a little and you’d actually prefer to stop yourself from procrastinating on Facebook Deal With Facebook Procrastination With These Tools And Tips Deal With Facebook Procrastination With These Tools And Tips This article is here to help us deal with Facebook procrastination. There are tools and techniques you can use to limit your time on Facebook, but the root of the issue is your behavior. I... Read More and maybe block Facebook games How To Block Only Facebook Games & Apps On Your Network How To Block Only Facebook Games & Apps On Your Network Interacting with users and customers on Facebook is almost a requirement for any business that wants to maintain a competitive advantage. What this means is that many companies are no longer blocking their employees from... Read More completely. That’s your choice, obviously. We’ll see you back on Facebook soon, I’m sure.

  1. Saikat Basu
    March 6, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Does one need a reason to procrastinate on Facebook :) But seriously, Facebook can be used for "productive" procrastination too (Facebook stalking is not one of them). One can start by cutting down the list of friends to more manageable levels. Using Facebook more for value information rather than an advertisement platform for where one is lunching is an advice that isn't always followed.

  2. Garris Rago
    March 5, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    good on me ^.^

    I've stopped using Facebook apart from messaging people for events and stuff because I just got fed up with all the rubbish that's on it!

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