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

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Using Facebook Mobile

After you've activated at least one cellphone and tweaked your mobile settings, you're ready to use Facebook Mobile. The following sections show you how.

Surfing Facebook from Your Phone

To view and interact with a scaled-down version of Facebook specially designed for cellphones, point your cellphone to the Web site http://m.facebook.com and log in with your regular Facebook login and password. (Exactly how you get to the site depends on the cellphone you're using; check your phone's manual for instructions.)

Note

If you own an iPhone, head to the iPhone-optimized version of Facebook at http://iphone.facebook.com.

You can do almost as much on the mobile version of Facebook as you can on the regular version. But the kinds of things you probably want to do (and the things that are easiest to do using the hunt-and-peck method most people employ when using phones as personal computers) include:

  • Viewing and changing your status

  • Checking the status of your friends

  • Searching for people

  • Tracking your upcoming events

  • Viewing your news feed

  • Seeing recent group activity

Interacting with Facebook via Text Message

Many of the quick, basic things you do on Facebook—updating your status, for example, or sending someone a message—can be accomplished more easily by sending a short text message from you cellphone than by using your phone's screen to browse and interact with the Facebook Mobile Web site.

To text message Facebook, send a message to 32665 (that's FBOOK for folks who prefer ...

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