Please upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face

On 20th March 2018, I received this message from Facebook:

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“Please upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face. We’ll check it and then permanently delete it from our servers”. I could not continue on to Facebook until I uploaded my photo. It was the same whether viewing Facebook on my desktop on via the Facebook app on my mobile or iPad. Yes, I tried all! Fearing that it may be a scam of some sort, I even deleted the Facebook app from my phone and installed it again but when I clicked on Facebook, I received the same message again. So, I had no choice but to upload my photo.

After, I uploaded my photo, I received the following message:

“You can’t use Facebook at the moment. We are reviewing the photo that you sent us on 20 March 2018. We’re always looking out for your security, so until then you won’t be able to use Facebook.”

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Oh dear. I wouldn’t have minded very much if just my personal profile was affected as I don’t really post on it very much. However, I have several Facebook pages and I run 4 Facebook groups as admin.

I learned quite a few lessons from this but before I move on to the lessons or tips, I will share how long it took for me to get back my genuine Facebook account. I read that it was supposed to take 72 hours but searching online, I found various answers from 2 days, 6 days to one month even. Some even reported this issue coming back repeatedly. I hope this does not happen to me. I was shutoff from my Facebook account on 20th March 2018. I got back my account on 24 March 2018.


1. I read some comments online about their precious photos being gone when they are locked out of Facebook. That’s true because when you are locked out, you cannot access anything. You simply disappear without a trace. All your photos, posts and even your comments in groups disappears. Poof! Just like that. So, don’t put all your precious memories on Facebook. It may be gone just like that if there are any issues with your account. Always have a backup.

2. The second tip is for persons who run a business page. It is a good idea to appoint a trusted person as a backup admin. When you are locked out of your personal profile, you cannot get into Facebook. This means that you also cannot get to your Facebook Page. Previously I had been locked out of Facebook before when they requested for my photo id (that’s another story), so I had appointed another admin for my Page and therefore I could still access my Page via my friend’s account.

3. The third tip is for persons who run a Facebook group and a Facebook page. When you lose your Facebook account, you also lose your Facebook group since you cannot get into Facebook at all. Now, if you had previously linked your Facebook page to your group, your Facebook page would be an extra admin for your Facebook group and if you had done Tip 2 of appointing someone else as your Page admin, you would still be able to admin your Facebook group as usual by using your friend’s Facebook account temporarily. This is important because if you are the sole admin of a group and you lose your Facebook and access to your group, it will mean that your group has no admin now and anyone can take over as admin. You don’t want that to happen to a group you had spent a lot of time building up.

With all of the above tips in place, I was not too frazzled when I lost my personal Facebook profile. I was still able to run my page and group as usual. The only set back was I had an upcoming event. I had posted details of that event in my FB group using my personal profile. When I lost my profile, my posts disappeared. I didn’t realize that at first because, as a Facebook page admin of my group, I could see my posts, but my members could not! I didn’t know till they sent me screenshots of my missing post.

So, I quickly sent them email notifications instead of private messages and tagging them on FB as I normally do. While at it, I learned how to send emails to all the contacts on my Google Forms with one click. I also learned how to embed Google map in the email. So losing my Facebook profile for a while turned out to be a blessing in disguise as I learned some new skills.

I hope this post helps some of you who may be searching for information on this topic. I was searching too and all I could find were negative posts that made it seem so much worse than it actually turned out to be.

One other thing, just before I got my account back, I got impatient and sent out an email to I’m not sure if that helped to get back my account or it was just a matter of time.


How To Make Your Facebook Group Grow

Anyone can start a Facebook Group but learning how to maintain it and keep it growing requires a little bit more effort. This post will give you tips on how to make your Facebook group grow.

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Creating A Facebook Group Is Easy

Creating A Facebook Group is easy. Anyone can do it. All you need to do is click the “Create Group” button which is located on the left side of your Facebook home page. You can then give your group a name, add members and select the privacy settings for your group. That’s it! You’ve created a Facebook Group.

How do you make your Facebook group grow? How do you attract new members to your FB group? To answer this question, we will first have to look at the reason why you are setting up the group in the first place. We will also look at the privacy settings for your group. Finally, we will move on to the tips on how to make your Facebook group grow. Continue reading →

Halloween Countdown Clocks For Your Blog

Where To Get Halloween Countdown Clocks For Your BlogI was looking all over online for Halloween Countdown Clocks to put on my blogs. Finally I found one which I really like.  It is from Countdown Clocks dot com.

I like the fact that you can customize the countdown clock according to your liking. There are a few images you can choose from. I usually like those cute cartoon or clipart type not the scary kind since they are for my parenting blog.

You can further customize it by choosing the color, typing your own words and finally adding in the dates.  After you’re done, all you need to do is to copy the code and paste it in your blog post or sidebar whichever you prefer.

Apart from Halloween, you can get other Countdown clocks from this site including Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter or more personal dates like weddings, birthdays, pregnancy and graduation. Looks like I’m going to be bookmarking this one.

So here it is, my countdown clock for this Halloween 2015. Do you like it?

What Does It Mean When Someone Types F In A Facebook Group

F is For Follow

F is For Follow

Have you ever been in a Facebook discussion thread only to see a lot of Fs in it? So, what does it mean when someone types F in a Facebook group? It merely means they want to remain notified for further posts in a particular thread or they want to follow the discussion by members on a particular topic.

Some members type F or f or follow or following to be kept in the loop for the discussion. However, this practice is rather distracting and annoying to other members who are following the discussion especially if one is following the discussion on their mobiles. Imagine your phone beeping every few moments, you check your notification only to be greeted by a string of Fs.

Some suggest typing “Thank you” or “Thanks” but there really isn’t a need to do so, not when there is an easy way to turn notifications on or off for a discussion or for the group as a whole.

Here is how to get notified of discussion in a Facebook group setting.

Option 1. To turn on notification for the group as a whole

Edit Notifications

How To Edit Notifications In A Facebook Group Using Desktop PC

You can choose to be notified of “All Posts” or just “Friends’ Post”. Once a group is over 250  members notification is automatically set for “Friends’ Post” only, so you will have to edit your notification settings if you want to see more.

You can read the following from Facebook Help page for the steps.

How Do I Edit My Notification Settings For A Group (Using Desktop PC)

How Do I Edit My Notification Settings For A Group (Using iPhone or iPad App, Android App or smartphone or tablet via browser)

Option 2. To turn on notifications for a specific discussion or thread within a group

Turn On Notifications

How To Turn Notifications On Or Off For A Discussion Thread In A FB Group Using Desktop PC

Click on the arrow next to the discussion  and turn notification on. This will keep you in the loop for discussion on that particular thread. There is no need to type F, or f or follow or following or whatever in order to follow that thread. The above is what you see in a browser on a desktop pc.

Read the following Facebook Help for instructions. What Does It Mean To Turn Notifications On Or Off In A Group

The above images are from accessing FB from a desktop PC. Please read the following extra notes if you are using a mobile smartphone or tablet.

How To Turn On Notifications For Individual FB Post In A Group Using Mobile Devices

How To Turn On Notifications If You Are Accessing FB On A Mobile Or Smartphone Using The FB App

Since the screen is smaller, to do Option 1 i.e. to edit notification for the whole group, first click on the right arrow at the bottom of  the FB Group Cover, this takes you to the About page of the group. You will then be able to “Edit Notification Settings”.

The picture below shows you the steps required to edit notification for a FB group while using the FB  app on mobile phones and smartphones.

How To Edit Notifications For A FB Group Using The FB App On Smartphone Or Mobile

How To Edit Notifications For A FB Group Using The FB App On Smartphone Or Mobile

Option 2 to turn notification on or off for individual post is the same. Click on the little down arrow next to the post. you may have to click on the arrow beside the post twice, the first time takes you to the individual post if you are not already on it and the second time to turn notifications on or off.

The image below shows the location of the arrow (1). You may have to click on this two times. Then you will see the screen to Get or Stop Notifications.

How To Get Notifications For Individual Posts In Groups Using FB App

How To Get Notifications For Individual Posts In Groups Using FB App

How To Turn On Notifications If you Are Accessing FB On A Mobile Or Smartphone FromA Browser Like Safari

Option 1 is the same as described for editing notifications using FB mobile app. In option 2, you will have to click on the individual post first before  you can click on “Get Notifications” for that post. In order to go to the individual post, click on the timestamp or date right below the post. The picture below show the extra steps for getting notifications when you are viewing FB on a browser using your mobile phone. First you have to click on the Time as shown on arrow 1 to go to the individual post. Then, when you are on the individual post view, you can toggle between “Get Notifications” or “Stop Notifications” as shown on arrow 2.

Get Notifications From Individual Posts On Mobile via browser

How to Get Notifications From Individual Posts On Mobile or Smartphone via browser

How To Turn On Notifications If You Are Accessing FB On A Tablet Computer From A Browser Like Safari.

Option 1 and 2 is the same as for Desktop PC.

Typing F may be an easy way for you to follow just one post instead of all posts but it is not very nice for the rest of the members following the same thread. So please follow the steps above. That, I think is a basic FB etiquette. Please be nice to other members when you are in a group.

Do you know that some FB  groups actually ban the use of Fs?

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