Ah, Facebook. You either love it or hate it, right?

Well, now there’s another reason to love it. Microsoft OneNote now has its very own fan page on Facebook, which means you now have an easier way to get free tips about your favorite program, share ideas about the ways you use OneNote, and get answers to OneNote-related questions that you’ve always wanted to ask.

The nice thing about joining the OneNote fan page is that it integrates nicely with Facebook’s existing news feed and notification system. You can choose to see Help & How-to tips in your Facebook news feed automatically or read them only when you want to. Similarly, if you post something on the fan page, you can choose to be notified whenever someone responds to you.

Here’s a quick walkthrough of how the Microsoft OneNote fan page on Facebook works:
 

Join the OneNote fan page (it’s free!)

If you already have a Facebook account, sign in, and then follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Microsoft-OneNote/109445870147.
     
  2. Near the top of the page, click the Become a Fan button.
     
     
    Click 'Become a fan' to join our page!

 

Browse through OneNote wall posts

Once you’ve joined the Microsoft OneNote fan page on Facebook, you can begin browsing for posts right away.

To switch the default view to the page wall, click the Wall tab on the top navigation bar near the OneNote logo:
 

Click the Wall tab to begin browsing posts


You can now see all of the wall posts by the administrator and by other OneNote users just like you. Wall posts are shown in chronological order and the newest posts appear near the top of the page.

Don’t be shy and join the conversation! Reply to an existing wall post that interests you, or make your own post to start a new discussion or to share something with the other members.
   

Hide automatic OneNote fan page updates

Depending on when you join the OneNote fan page, you’ll probably see automatic updates in your Facebook news feed within a few days. If you like seeing these updates, you don’t need to do anything else. Check out the ones that sound interesting and ignore the ones that you don’t care about on any particular day.

If you don’t want automatic OneNote fan page updates to appear in your news feed, you can easily disable them by following these steps:

  1. While signed in to your Facebook account, go to the Facebook home page at http://www.facebook.com/.
     
  2. Scroll through your Facebook news feed (the center column of your home page) and find any one of the OneNote fan page updates that have appeared.
     
  3. Move the mouse pointer over the OneNote post until you see a Hide link show up near the right side of the post.
     
  4. When you move the mouse pointer over the Hide link, it becomes a button. Click it.
     
  5. On the mini-menu that appears below the Hide button, click Hide Microsoft OneNote.
     

Facebook will briefly display a yellow confirmation box, informing you that OneNote updates will now be hidden from view.

Here’s a brief animation that shows the steps in the previous procedure:
 

Hiding OneNote fan page updates from your Facebook stream
 

Tip  While OneNote fan page updates are hidden from view in your Facebook news feed, you can still visit the Microsoft OneNote fan page at any time by entering Microsoft OneNote into the Search box near the top of any Facebook page and then clicking the search result. It’s a fast way to return to the fan page whenever you want to check for updates on your own.
 

Restore hidden OneNote fan page updates

If you previously disabled OneNote fan page updates from your Facebook news feed and you’ve changed your mind about seeing automatic updates, you can easily restore them by following these steps:

    1. While signed in to your Facebook account, go to the Facebook home page at http://www.facebook.com/.
       
    2. Scroll to the very end of your Facebook news feed (the center column of your home page) until you see the navigation bar in the page footer:
      The bottom navigation bar in the Facebook stream
       
    3. Click the Edit Options link.
       
    4. Near the top of the Hidden from News Feed popup dialog box, click the Pages link.
       
    5. Scroll down until you see Microsoft OneNote, and then click the Add to News Feed button.
       

When you have completed these steps, you will once again see automatic Microsoft OneNote fan page notifications in your Facebook news feed.
 

Interact with others — share what you know!

Remember, don’t be shy and participate by posting replies and your own info on the fan page wall! It’s just a conversation with like-minded people who enjoy and rely on OneNote in similar ways as you.

While it’s okay to lurk for a while and watch for tips that can help you out in your daily work, please do consider sharing some of your own tips with others by posting a reply to someone else’s question or by making a wall post that shares interesting OneNote tips and techniques that you’ve discovered. For example, did you devise your own filing system with OneNote? Share it! Have you discovered a great way to use OneNote for research? Tell the other fans! It’s a great way to get feedback about ideas and undocumented ways of using OneNote.

Of course, I encourage my valued readers to do the same right here on my OneNote blog. ;)  Your comments are always welcome and appreciated, so please let me know if you found this information useful.