Years ago letters and phone calls were the main medium for communication but now social networking sites have taken their role, because communication through social networking sites is easy and cheap. And now it’s hard to find a person who doesn’t have an account in at least one social networking site because social networking sites makes people connected, in an easy and cheap manner. And the number of frequent social media users is increasing minute by minute, the real and simple evidence for that is the latest achievement made by Facebook, Facebook has reached one million active users last month. So it’s clear that even if we are busy with our daily activities and routines, we need and thus finds time to spend in our social media accounts. But many are really busy and so don’t find time, even to put their hands on the mouse for some clicks so for them it’s better to use the keyboard shortcuts to use their social networking profiles. Like the shortcuts for applications, social networking sites too have keyboard shortcuts to perform essential operations. So here are some shortcuts that can be used in the popular social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google +.
The Facebook keyboard shortcuts works depending on the browser so that there are differences as browser changes. The changes to be made are the following;
- In Internet Explorer, press ENTER after each combination.
- In Mozilla Firefox, press SHIFT before each combination.
- In Mozilla Firefox (Mac), press CTRL before each combination instead of SHIFT key.
The following are the keyboard shortcuts for Facebook;
|Alt + 0||Facebook Help Center|
|Alt + 1||Opens Home Page|
|Alt + 2||Opens Timeline|
|Alt + 3||Shows Friend Requests|
|Alt + 4||Opens Message Inbox|
|Alt + 5||Shows All Notifications|
|Alt + 6||Opens Account Settings|
|Alt + 7||Opens Privacy Settings|
|Alt + 8||Opens Facebook Profile Page|
|Alt + 9||Opens FB’s Terms of Services|
|Alt + /||Site Search|
|Alt + M||Create New Message|
Since Twitter keyboard shortcuts are independent of browser, they are easy to use and so not confusing.
|L||Closes all Open Tweets|
|M||New Direct Message|
|Enter||Open Tweet Details|
Unlike others Google plus lacks shortcuts, here are the available ones and these may only work depending on the situations.
|Enter||Start New Comment|
|Enter + Tab||End Comment|
|Shift + Space||Scroll Up|
|@ or +||Tag a Person|
|J||Next Item in Stream|
|K||Previous Item in Stream|
|Q||Search People For Chat|
Since updates are made to each network every now and then, this list of keyboard shortcuts for most popular social networking sites may not be complete, so keep in touch to receive latest news.