Personalize Your Facebook Profile

It would be nice if you could wish someone a happy birthday, talk about your amazing date last night, or even celebrate your morning cup of coffee with a little more than a one-sentence blurb on Facebook, wouldn’t it?

You may have seen clever little “pictures” made up of some recognizable keyboard symbols, along with other characters you may not know, and probably wondered how it’s done. Whether you’re new to Facebook or just getting bored and frustrated with it, here’s some help.

A comprehensive list of these symbols is the first place to start. Find favorites and bookmark them or keep them handy (your “Notes” section, located near the top of your profile page, may be a good option; if you don’t publish the draft, you can keep it accessible each time you open Facebook, or open it in a new tab so you can copy and paste what you need).

The formatting in most Facebook entry fields leaves very little room to personalize your information. However, with a little creativity, you can add some personal touches to a few of the fields that still provide you with space to flex your creative muscles. For example, the “About You” and “Favorite Quotations” sections of the profile page include ample room to post your most beloved lines from books, song lyrics, or even special dedications, along with any notes you wish to publish. You may then elect to allow all Facebook users to see this, or alter your preferences so that it may only be viewed by certain people.

In these areas, you can easily insert ASCII Symbols, Facebook Symbols or lineart made from a combination of both (at least, you can at the time of this article’s publication; Facebook changes the look of their page layouts on a frequent basis).

Find out how to use these symbols and get a list of designs here.

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3 responses to “Personalize Your Facebook Profile

  1. Being able to really make a profile page pop was the only thing that MySpace had on Facebook. I like your idea on making the fb pages a little more individualized. :O)

    My A-Z Blogging “P” post is right here: http://www.word-nerd-speaks.com/2011/04/pierre-pradervand-gentle-art-of.html

  2. That list of symbols is so helpful!

  3. I’ve been wondering how to do that stuff, but was too lazy to Google it!