Facebook can be addictive. If you’re away from a computer and feel the need to check in on your Facebook friends, update your status, or upload that photo you just took with your cellphone (nearly half of all Facebook members do), you can use Facebook Mobile on your cellphone to stay in the loop. If you like, you can even use your cellphone (along with a new Facebook application called Places) to “check in” to your favorite haunts—cafés, bookstores, restaurants, and so on—so that you can easily meet up with your online friends in real life. Whether you travel a lot or just like to stay connected when you’re between work and home, Facebook Mobile is a handy way to keep up with your Facebook friends without a computer.
Facebook Mobile is an application (see Chapter 13) that lets you use your Internet-ready cellphone to:
Interact with Facebook on your phone’s teeny-tiny screen. Facebook’s Mobile Web feature (Using Facebook Mobile) lets you use the browser on your cellphone to see a scaled-down version of the Facebook website. Using your phone’s keypad, you can do things like update your status, find out what your friends are doing, look up people’s phone numbers, and keep tabs on the Events you’ve signed up for.
If you own a BlackBerry, an iPhone, or another popular “smartphone,” there’s likely a specially designed Facebook application you can use to access Facebook directly from your phone (rather than a scaled-down version of the ...