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Level: Basic


Why would you want to do this? Because in some work places, Facebook is generally blocked and you may not want to go through the goofy work-arounds to update your status or post a photo to your news feed. But who blocks email? None, right. So here’s an easy way to update your FB status  from your email account.

How to: 

Step One: Get your Secrete email address

  • Go to Facebook Mobile Upload. page
  • If you are not logged in already, log in using your email address or phone number (the usual way)
  • Find your Facebook upload email address under Upload via Email.
  • Your secrete email address should be something like

Facebook upload page

Note: This is a secret email address. DO NOT share this address with anyone since they will spam you.

Step Two: Send an email to that email address

  • Log in to your email account like Gmail
  • Go to compose and send and email to your facebook secrete address.
  • Put the status update message in the Subject field and leave the message body empty. If you are uploading an image, then whatever you put in the subject field will be the image caption.

Send an email to your Facebook secrete email. Leave body empty

Step Three: Check your Facebook news feed later. It should be there.

And there it it. Facebook status update from my email account!


Level: Basic


Around last year, Google decided to add the SMS-feature to it’s widely popular Gmail product. The idea is that once two parties are chatting online via gtalk and one of them goes offline, then hopefully the conservation can seamlessly continue over SMS on the offline parties cell phone. In Uganda, Google so far supports Uganda Telecom, MTN and Orange Uganda carriers.  In this how to, i’ve tried to use pseudo values in order to conceal the right contacts of the people in my Contact Book.


Step One:

Go to settings, then click on Labs. Scroll down till you see “SMS (text messaging) in Chat” and click on the Enable radio button.

SMS (text messaging) in Chat

Step Two:

Go to contacts and find the person whom you want to send a text message. Click on the contact and a an editable form containing their details comes up. Click on “Add phone” and their their phone numbers. Remember only Uganda Telecom,  MTN and Orange Uganda are supported at the time of this writing.

Add recipient’s cell phone number


Step Three:

Go to the chat window and hover, over the contact you want to send a text message. A popup dialog box will come up. Be sure to click on the chat icon which the first or second icon.

Popup that comes when you hover over a contact in the chat sidebar

A chat window will come up on the bottom right corner of your browser informing that the contact is offline but they will receive the messages over SMS. Type in your 160 character message and hit the Enter key.

Send SMS to your offline contact

If the contact is online, click on the More option in the little chat window, then Send Text(SMS) in the menu that follows.

Chat options for online contact

The recipients phone number will be displayed to you and your free SMS credits. Gmail limits you to only 50 free text messages/month. So use wisely!




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