Social networking these days means staying in touch with friends and contacts anywhere, any time. We’re used to tweeting or sharing snaps from our iPhones, But Mountain Lion now integrates social networking, making it easier than ever to share pictures or web pages via Flickr or Vimeo, post to Twitter and more. Here we’ll focus on Facebook, but the principle are the same for the other social networks supported.
Once you have Facebook configured in Mountain Lion, you can sign in once and have access to all your services integrated into your Mac experience.Your Facebook friends are added to your Contacts, complete with their profile photos, and any changes they might make to their details on Facebook are updated automatically in your contacts. Your Facebook notification come straight to you in OS X’s Notification Centre. You can post to Facebook without needing to sign in, because you are already there! You can share photos, web pages and all kinds of other content directly from the Share button, which appears in a wide range of apps: simply select Facebook from the list, add a quick note, click post and it’s done.
You can share your location with your Facebook posts by clicking the location indicator at the foot of the Facebook Share Sheet. As long as Location Services is switched on and you’ve given Facebook access to it, you’ll share exactly where you were when you click Post. You can also choose to share each post with a different group, rather than all your Friends, by selecting a group from the drop-down list at the top-left of the Facebook Share Sheet.
If you opt to share one of your photos to Facebook, you can select the album that you want to put it in. You’ll get this option in the drop-down list to the top-right of the Facebook Share Sheet. if you don’t provide a selection here, your post goes by default on your wall.
In the guides here, we’ll explain how to link your Facebook account, then show you some of the options this gives you in range of apps.
How To Connect Your Facebook Account
- Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Open System Preferences. Under Internet and Wireless, select Mail, Contacts and Calendars. This is where you store your various online account for emails, appointments and social networking. Click the + at the bottom of the left-hand pane.
- Choose Facebook > In the right-hand pane you’ll see a range of online services that integrate directly with Mountain Lion. Choose Facebook from the list, then enter your Facebook username and password. When you’re done, click Next to continue the process.
- Permission Summary > Mountain Lion provides you with a summary of the permission that you’ll be granting, including access to your Facebook contacts, the ability to post updates and photos and working with apps. When you’re done, click Sign In to finish.
How To Use Facebook Features Within mountain Lion
- Contacts > Mountain Lion access all your Facebook contacts and imports them into your local Contacts so you can use them from any application on your Mac. Click Details at any time to check that your Facebook sign-in is correct and you’re ready to go.
- Update Photos > You can also import contact photos from your friends Facebook avatar by selecting Facebook under “Mail, COntacts and Calendars” and then Get Profile Photo. Click Update Contacts to download the pictures to your address book.
- Share a page > now you’re set up, sharing a web page via Facebook is easy. In Safari, browse to the web page you want to share. Click the Share button at the left of the address bar and you’ll see a drop-down list of sharing option. Select Facebook from the list to share the page.
- Add a Message > Choosing Facebook opens up a new Facebook window. Use the drop-down list to select who you want to share this page with; the default is all your friends, but you can off course choose a particular friend. Now enter a brief message or comment, then click Post.
- Use Location Services > You can automatically add your location to a post too. In the bottom-left you’ll see an arrowhead, indicating Location Services. If it’s not yet set up, click it and you’ll be taken to the Privacy options to configure the service with Facebook.
- Privacy options > Here you can select the applications that you want to have access to your location information. Ensure that Facebook is ticked, then return to your post and click Location, followed by Post. For other privacy options visit the Facebook website
- Post a Photo > Sharing a Photo via Facebook is just as sharing a web page. Find the picture you want to share, then right-click on it and select Share → Facebook. Now simply choose the people you want to share it with, and add a brief message.
- Add To Your Wall > In the top-right of the window, there’s a drop-down list that enables you to choose where you want to post the item. select a whole photo album, or Wall to add it to your Facebook wall. Click Post to publish it to your network of friends.