Facebook: Writing Notes

by Ron on June 22, 2009


There are so many features in Facebook, it’s hard to know them all and one I discovered just this morning was the Notes feature, which was what people used for the incredibly successful 25 Random Things campaign. You can use it to leave notes on just about anything. What’s great is that it leaves you the room to write longer original pieces than you might write on your Wall or Status, so you can use it as a blog of sorts. What’s more you can tag people via the note (which is the method of passing of 25 random things) and you can add pictures and set your security, so you can make the note private, just for your friends, just for some friends or for anyone.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Click Applications at the bottom of your window and select Notes. The Notes page opens with any Notes written recently by your friends.
  2. You can view notes you’ve written or notes about you (or tagged with your name) by clicking the appropriate links at the top of the Notes page. To add a new note, click the Add New Note button at the top right of the Notes page. A blank Notes page opens.
  3. Enter the title for your note and type the contents of your note. You can format the note using HTML code. Click the link below the Note box to get a list of HTML codes. (We can write an HTML primer in a future post.)
  4. Select any pictures you want to include in the post either by choosing a picture you have uploaded to Facebook or clicking the Browse button and selecting a picture stored on your computer or network.
  5. Select your appropriate Security settings. If you want a note to be private, be sure to click the Who Can See This? drop-down, select Customize, then select Only Me AND select None of my Networks from the Network drop-down list.

Try working with Notes to write longer pieces on Facebook, share information with your friends or simply write reminders.

Photo courtesy of  Jacob Botter on Flickr.

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1 Christine Pilch June 22, 2009 at 8:55 am

Thanks for the tip about privacy settings for Facebook notes. I never noticed that before, and I went back and changed a couple of mine.

2 Ron June 22, 2009 at 8:58 am

Glad you found it helpful. So much in Facebook, it’s hard to know it all.

3 rob in madrid January 9, 2010 at 6:52 am

But how do you write longer notes, mine limits me to 420 characters but I see often much longer notes (for example Edward Hugh) else where


4 rob in madrid January 9, 2010 at 8:22 am

Forget my question, figured it out, was posting to my wall not creating an actual note!

5 Jiang Nan October 28, 2010 at 6:52 am

I cannot see any function for writing note in HTML mode; can use only some given format.

6 Ron October 28, 2010 at 7:09 am

I wrote this post some time ago and the entire process has changed. You are right they removed this link to HTML codes, but you can still use HTML codes within the Note and they work. I just did an experiment using a standard link code and it worked fine.


7 Jiang Nan October 28, 2010 at 8:20 am

Thanks! Perhaps the developers were afraid of malwares using HTML codes so they disabled some of these code. I’ve just visited the Note help site within FB domain and found some allowed HTML codes. Not many but enough, I think. Nice day!

8 Charlotte Burris January 9, 2011 at 12:45 am

I still don’t get how to get into the body section of the “My Notes”. ICANN never get the keyboard to appear so I can make note. I am using an I Pad. I am in need of some help. I would like to start a sort of a journal, using Notes titling it 2011 Notes of Charlotte. So far I can’ t write a body??? Thanks if you have any ideas.

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