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Facebook: The Missing Manual by E. A. Vander Veer

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Exchanging Files

It doesn't matter whether you're talking team meetings, sales conferences, or product launches: All business interactions generate documents. Brochures, diagrams, attendee lists, action items, reports, recommendations, flow charts—the list goes on and on. Fortunately, one of the things Facebook excels at is letting you exchange documents painlessly and privately.

Note

Privacy, of course, is relative. No free site will ever guard your data as carefully as you would. See Chapter 13 for the whole scoop on Facebook privacy. The bottom line: Don't use Facebook to send confidential info.

Facebook's built-in Photos application lets you upload and share image files with your co-workers. And the built-in Posted Items application lets you share just about anything else, from audio and video clips to files and documents stored on the Web. Read on to learn how, or see Facebook Applications: An Overview to learn about applications.

Sharing Pictures

You can use Facebook's Photos application to upload and share picture files. The files you upload have to be in one of these three Internet-friendly formats: .jpg; .png (with some restrictions—Creating and Filling a Picture Album); and .gif (but not animated .gifs).

Tip

If you're not sure what format a picture file is in, here's how to find out: Locate the file on your computer and right-click it (Ctrl-click on a Mac); then select Properties (Get Info) from the pop-up menu that appears. The info box you see lists the file's format.

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