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Neat Facebook Chat Hacks to Keep You Enjoying IM via Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Angela Randall 15-01-2013

facebook hacksFacebook chat is one of those things that’s fantastic when everything is going well, yet very annoying when something’s not right. Sadly, most people don’t have the time to navigate all of the options and set their preferences just so.


There’s also a number of useful tricks and Facebook hacks you can do with chat messages that many people just don’t realise is possible. That’s why today we’re going to quickly run through some of the most useful Facebook chat hacks for you. We’ll have you set up comfortably in no time.

Forward Facebook Chat Messages

There are a number of reasons you may need to forward chat messages, but very few people realise that it’s in fact possible. To do it, go to your Facebook Messages screen and highlight a conversation with a particular friend. In the top right, there’s a menu with a gear icon and “Actions“. Click on that and choose “Forward Messages“, then you’ll be able to choose which items of the full chat history to forward.

You can forward these to either a Facebook user or an email address.

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Filter Who Sees You Online In Facebook Chat

Chatting to friends on Facebook can be great, if they’re the friends you wanted to catch up with. If you’re always getting hassled by workmates or other acquaintances, then maybe it’s worth setting a few things up to ensure they only see you online when you actually want to chat.


You may or may not already know that it’s possible to filter who can see you online in Facebook chat. There are two ways of going about it: either with a blacklist or a whitelist. Both the blacklist and the whitelist can be made up of individuals or friends lists Using Facebook Friends Lists For Interests Or Circles [Facebook Hack Or Tip Of The Week] Is Facebook driving you crazy? Most people who use Facebook generally view the home feed in its unfiltered form, which means they're seeing updates from friends, acquaintances and pages all lumped in together and shown... Read More . So, you can choose to chat with anyone except people on list xyz. Or, you can choose to only chat to people on list abc. It’s your choice how you do it. All you need to do then is make an appropriate friends list to suit your needs.

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To make changes to your Facebook Chat settings, head to the bottom right of your Facebook Chat and click on the gear icon, choosing “Advanced Settings“. From there, you’ll be able to either enter friends you DO want to chat to or friends you DON’T want to chat to. I’ve chosen to make lists of acquaintances and people I don’t normally want to chat to, thus leaving myself open to chat with anyone else on my friends list.

You may choose to do it the other way around and only chat to your best friends.


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For more on how to set up filters for Facebook chat, check out this article to Decide Which Facebook Friends See You Online & Which Don’t, The Easy Way How to Change Which Facebook Friends Can See You Online It's possible to maintain privacy on Facebook. Here's how to decide which Facebook friends can see you online and which can't. Read More .

Hide Offline Friends In Facebook Chat

For some reason, certain friends will always show up in Facebook chat regardless of whether they’re online or not. If this bugs you, there’s a Chrome extension to fix this, which simply hides all the people who are currently offline.

Disable Read Receipts In Facebook Chat

If you don’t want your friends to know that you’ve seen a certain message, you can disable read receipts using a handy browser extension called Chat Undetected. It’s available for Firefox 5.5 Great Firefox Extensions to Make Facebook Awesome [Weekly Facebook Tips] Facebook users are continually finding themselves frustrated by settings that cannot be changed within Facebook, or simply finding that Facebook is too integrated (or not integrated enough) into the rest of their lives. The good... Read More and Chrome 8 Great Chrome Extensions For Facebook You Could Get To Like [Weekly Facebook Tips] Today's extensions will cover notification pop-ups, photo zoom tools, hiding updates you don't want to see, easy ways to clip and post to Facebook, and a neat way to clean up your Facebook so you... Read More .


Turn Off Chat By Default

To turn off Facebook chat, head to the gear icon at the bottom of Facebook Chat and choose “Turn Off Chat” from the menu (or turn it back on again using the same method). It’s also possible to turn off Facebook chat by default using the “Advanced Settings” from the same menu, then choosing “Turn Off Chat“.

Turn Off Facebook Chat Sounds

Again, all you need to do is head to the gear icon at the bottom of Facebook Chat and un-check “Chat Sounds”. No more annoying notification sounds!

Hopefully, your Facebook Chat is now very well set up and ready to make your life a pleasure rather than a pain. What else would you like to see Facebook chat do?

Related topics: Chat Client, Instant Messaging, Online Chat.

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  1. Choon Khai
    January 28, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Facebook chat used to be buggy, it pisses me off and I end up skyping with my friends. But, now it's better!

  2. Earl John Dela Cruz
    January 27, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I like the "Seen 12:00pm" feature. It lets me know whether if she disregarded me or not.

  3. Karsten Hormann
    January 16, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Thanks for pointing out the blacklist feature, I didn't realize it was an option. This will actually make me go back to having FB chat on again.

  4. Rani Karana
    January 16, 2013 at 2:08 am

    I gotta admit, facebook in general has become a more smooth and stable social network. I remember when it was still a bit unstable and always being a problem with it. Even their mobile site now is amazing!

    Great advice, by the way! :D

  5. Swanny
    January 16, 2013 at 12:56 am

    The annoying thing about the forwarded messages feature is they don't show up when someone is using a Facebook mobile app, including Messenger. It just comes up as a blank message I believe. At least in the web based chat, it'll have a link to say "XX forwarded messages".

    • Angela Alcorn
      January 16, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Well, that's a bit useless! I wonder if Facebook realise it and did it deliberately. And if so, why?

      • Swanny
        January 17, 2013 at 3:32 am

        I'd just assume that the devs haven't gotten across to unifying the features across the various forms of accessing Facebook Messages. It certainly wouldn't work in any messaging apps that can access Facebook Chat either.