2 useful features of Facebook 1.5 you should check out while waiting for Facebook 1.6

All those Facebook fans out there on BlackBerry devices, here are 2 very useful features of Facebook 1.5 you should check out (if you haven’t) while waiting for RIM to release next version of Facebook – 1.6.

last week hot tip about the release of Facebook 1.6 on May 28th on most BlackBerry Blogs could not materialize and was a big disappointment for facebook users including me but anyway following 2 features will draw your attention if you haven’t gone that far on Facebook 1.5 @ BlackBerry smartphone.

1. Synchronizing Facebook Friends to BlackBerry Contacts
2. Link a Facebook friend to an existing contact

1. Synchronizing Facebook Friends to BlackBerry Contacts

Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 1.5 allows you to connect friends’ profile pictures, Facebook name, and company name to existing BlackBerry contact in the Contacts application.  Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones periodically updates the caller ID pictures of your synchronized friends with their latest profile pictures.

Complete the following steps to enable this feature:

  1. Open the Facebook application.
  2. Select the Menu key.
  3. Select Options.
  4. Select the BlackBerry Contacts application check box.

Note: Enabling this feature will periodically send copies of your BlackBerry smartphone Contacts to Facebook servers to match and connect with your Facebook Friends.  Profile pictures and information about you and your Facebook Friends will also be periodically sent from Facebook to your BlackBerry Contact list and Calendar.

2. Link a Facebook friend to an existing contact

Facebook  1.5 is designed to allow users to create a link between a Facebook friend and that friend’s existing contact information in the Contacts application on the BlackBerry smartphone. Once the friend is linked, the BlackBerry smartphone user can highlight the contact in the Contacts application, display the menu, and select Facebook. The following options are available:

  • Send Message
  • Write on Wall
  • Poke

To link a Facebook friend to an existing contact in the Contacts application, complete the following steps:

  1. In Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones, click Friends.
  2. Select the friend to be linked.
  3. Display the menu, and click Connect to BlackBerry Contact.
    Facebook Connect
  4. Click Select Contact.
    Facebook Connect-2
  5. In the Select Address list, click the contact that you want to add.

To remove the link between the Facebook friend and the contact, complete the following steps:

  1. In Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones, click Friends.
  2. Select the friend.
  3. Display the menu, and click Disconnect from BlackBerry Contact.
    Facebook Disconnect

Following are handy Facebook shortcuts for your quick reference.

In the notification list

  • To view status updates, press S.
  • To view your friend list, press F.
  • To send a friend request, press V.
  • To write on a friend’s Wall, press W.
  • To send a message to a friend, press M.
  • To send a poke to a friend, press P.
  • To upload a picture, press U.

In a notification

  • To view the next notification in the list, press N.
  • To view the previous notification in the list, press P.

Facebook 1.6 is coming with lot of exiting new features.

  • Feed support – view and comment on friends status updates and highlights
  • Profile and wall viewing- view and comment on friends’ profiles and wall updates
  • Improved photo viewing – view and comment on pictures
  • Additional language support

So any guess when do you think RIM will release Facebook 1.6? Next week, next month or next quarter?

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