Add a succinct page link to a Facebook comment or update?
Like to reference your friends - with links to their own Facebook profiles - in your comments and Wall postings, but hate that the default on Facebook is their first + last name? Turns out there's a neat way you can sidestep that and still leave those helpful links intact...
This is something I've noticed time and again, when I want to reference friends -- or fan pages -- in my Wall posts / Facebook status updates or simply want to list a friend or two on a comment I'm leaving on someone else's update, it's all well and good to know about typing "@" followed by the first few letters of their name, but what if you don't want John Q. Public but just "John" there?
Rather by accident, I stumbled across how to solve that, and while it's not an amazing hack or complicated key sequence, it's good to know and easy to demonstrate.
To show you, I'll start with a Facebook comment that I'm leaving on my own earlier Wall status update, but since it's in response to a number of comments from my friends, i want to tag a specific person in this message and, as you'd expect, feel it'd be overly formal to have their full first and last name.
Here I am starting the comment...
I type in the "@" symbol followed by the first few letters of their name, and the system automatically pops up a list of possible matches:
I click on the correct match, Gary Moskoff, and it fills in their full name, with link, in the comment field:
Useful, but too formal for my tastes. To fix it (and here's the tip) simply use the backspace key and you'll find that the highlighted link text actually shrinks as you go:
Notice here that even though the first letter of his last name is still shown, the comment link system has already backed up to just highlight his first name. Perfect, really!
Once I've gotten back to just his first name, I continue typing my message and the result is exactly as I'd hope:
There ya go, a simple and darn useful input trick for your future Facebook posts!
More Useful Facebook Help Articles:
✔ How can I block event invites on Facebook?
I have a friend who keeps inviting me to webinars where he pitches his make-money programs. I really like the guy, but hate...✔ Shortcut for blocking games on Facebook?
I saw your article from a while back about blocking Coasterville notifications on Facebook and was wondering if you had a shortcut or...✔ Update Facebook profile picture without notifying friends?
Hey Dave! Whenever I change my profile picture on Facebook all my friends are notified of this change. Not good. How do I...✔ How do I permanently block CoasterVille on Facebook?
My brother is really into Facebook games and the latest that he seems obsessed with is called CoasterVille. I think it's all about...✔ Disable audio notification sound in Facebook?
This is something new: When I'm logged in to Facebook I now get an annoying audio beep every time someone posts something new...
Let's stay in touch!
Sign up for my weekly AskDaveTaylor Newsletter and you'll receive even more tech and gadget help right to your inbox, along with exclusive news and industry updates. It's good stuff. I promise!
I do have a comment, now that you mention it!
Check This Out Too...
Look for Answers
All Our Categories
Apple iPad Help
Articles and Reviews
Auctions and Online Shopping
Blogs and Blogging
Building Web Site Traffic
Business and Management
Computer and Internet Basics
d) None of the Above
Google Gmail Help
Google Plus Help
Industry News and Trade Shows
iPhone and Cell Phone Help
iPod, Sony PSP and MP3 Player Help
Kindle Fire Help
Mac OS X Help
Pay Per Click (PPC) Advertising
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Shell Script Programming
Tech Support Video Help
The Writing Business
Twitter, LinkedIn and Social Network Help
Unix and Linux Help
Video Game Tips and Help
Windows PC Help
Find Me on Google+
ADT on G+