Category Archives: How To

How to find the URL to a Facebook Post

I wanted to share a quick screenshot with a viewer on YouTube, and come to think of it, I didn’t know where to put it. My Facebook Page sprang to mind, since it’s not doing much of anything, so I pasted it there with the intention of sharing a link to the post.

However, every available share option on Facebook doesn’t give yo a direct URL. It’s all meant to stay “within the platform” and all, and direct URLs are not something they’d like to you discover easily. It’s Facebook after all, the people from the Cambridge Analytics scandal in 2018.

So how do we find that URL to a post? Let me show you. Hover over the time of the post, in the item that says “just now” or “4 days ago”. That’s actually a powerful menu. Right-click on it to reveal it (courtesy of your browser).

One of the options you’ll see is “copy link location”, which will give you the direct URL you can share anywhere so people can view the post.

And that’s it – you’ll end up with a hugely long URL like this one: https://www.facebook.com/wpguru.tv/photos/a.342467492449157/2796419980387217/?type=3&tn=-R, but it’ll work just fine.

Note that the post you’re sharing needs to be public for everyone to see it, otherwise people will only see a “login to Facebook” screen. Not everybody has Facebook (anymore), nor is this a guarantee for logged-in users to see the post.

Hope this helps!

How to revoke active Discord Invites

Discord invitations can either be set to expire automatically after a given amount of time, or they can be set to “never expire”. The latter ones are great if you give the link to select users only, however sometimes you might just want to disable them manually.

Here’s how to do that in Discord for Desktop (Windows and Mac).

Right-click on your server’s title and choose Server Settings. I mean the strap at the top above all the channels, not the server icon on the left hand side.

In here, on the sidebar at the bottom left, find the Invites section, under User Management.

This will show you a list of your currently active invites. Hover over the one you’d like to revoke and click the little red X icon in the top right corner.

That’s it! Once removed, the invitation link is no longer valid, and users trying to join your server that way will receive a message.

Beginners Guide to Improving Your Audio

This is a guest post by DreamLab Studio, who kindly shared this information on our Discord Server. This is an expanded edition I thought would be great for everyone. Enjoy!

So you have decided you want to start creating your own content to share online. Perhaps you want to make YouTube videos, create a podcast, or maybe start live streaming. One problem you may run into is working with Audio. You may think it’s going to be the easiest thing to deal with, after all humans have been recording audio since 1877 thanks to Thomas Edison.

Unfortunately audio is something that can be pretty tricky to work with and more importantly viewers are willing to put up with poor quality video much more than they will with poor audio. As an example, check out this video from RainDanceCanada:

I’m not an audio expert but I have learned a bit over the years that I hope will help you record better quality audio and make the learning experience easier and more enjoyable.

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How to create a read-only channel in Discord

Some of the simplest things to do often turn out to be the hardest ones – only because we have no idea how to do them properly. One of those tasks is setting up a simple read-only channel on Discord.

What I mean by that is a channel that you and perhaps an admin can post in (like a welcome or rules channel), readable by everybody, nut you don’t want anyone to be able to leave reactions or post messages in it. I’m fairly new to Discord, and while many features appear very intuitive, this one neither of us could work out for the longest time. Looks like I’ve finally found out how to do this, so let me share it with you before I forget.

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Screensharing and Video Calls in Discord

We had a blast last night trying to setup our first screensharing/conference call through Discord. We’re so used to Skype and FaceTime that these habits have made it a little difficult for us to grab the concept of getting started with Discord calls.

Before we forget how it works, I thought I’d better take some notes. Here’s how we made it happen.

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Roles and Permissions in Discord

We just started using that Discord thing everyone is talking about. It’s really easy to setup your own server, but with such great powers come great responsibilities.

We wanted to run a private invitation-only server and see how it would work for our team, but an obvious caveat was that everyone who had joined could send invitations to others willy nilly. It was not really obvious for me to fix this, until I did some digging. Here’s how to remove the default invitation setting from @everyone, and a brief explanations for new Discord Server Owners.

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How to change your user name on Mixer

Although we can use a Microsoft ID to login to Mixer.com, when we do so for the first time, the system assigns a random (rather funny) user name to us. It’s usually not what you want to be called in the chat.

Thankfully there’s an easy way to change this, and here’s how.

Click on that little icon at the top. It’s usually a little blue man icon (I’ve already changed mine). This opens up a menu, at the bottom of which you find an Account option. Click that.

Now you’ll be presented with a number of boxes, one of which will be the Change Username box. It’s not that obvious, but after entering your new name, you have to click on the white change username instruction – which turns out to be a button. It’s vital that you click it.

To make your changes take immediately, you’ll have to logout of Mixer, then log back in. As soon as you do, your new user name will appear in the chat.

How to reactivate Easy YouTube Video Downloader for Firefox

There’s a really useful Firefox plugin called the Easy YouTube Video Downloader by Dishita. Here’s the direct link on the Firefox Add-Ons Directory. Once installed, it allows you to download MP4 and MP3 versions of any video on YouTube. That’s super handy if one my streams is not recorded properly at my end. Let me tell you, it’s always good to have a local backup of things!

With the free version we can download MP3 files in 128Kbps and MP4 files in 720p. Higher resolutions are available with the Pro Version, for which you can make a voluntary donation. It’ll work immediately after you’ve made a payment, by clicking a link provided to you via email.

Trouble is, every once in a while (usually after a Firefox update), the Pro Version reverts back to the Free Version, and you’re stuck without all your paid for Pro Features. How do we get them back without paying again?

I’ve just found out – and I thought I’d remind us all how this works.

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How Quality Options work in YouTube, Twitch and Mixer streams

When we watch a video online, we usually get an option to pick a quality/resolution at the bottom right of the player. It’s often represented by a little gear icon that lets us choose either “auto” or a specific format like 480p or 720p.

But when we watch a live stream, those options might vary or be completely absent.

In this article I’ll discuss why that is and how different services deal with Quality Options in Live Streams.

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How to find your Followers on Twitch (2020)

Twitch never had a simple menu item to access a list of your followers. This has changed in the May 2020 update they’ve been rolling out recently, and I’ll show you where to find it. After all, if you’ve had a nice conversation with somebody, and you’d like to see when they’re live next, you may want to follow a follower.

Sadly this list is no longer public, so it’ll only work with the channel you’re logged in as. You won’t be able to see the followers of other channels as far as I know. Thanks to Rubiz for this tip!

Head over to your Dashboard (i.e. https://dashboard.twitch.tv), then open the hamburger menu at the top left. Select on Preferences – Channel.

This brings up a super long list of options. At the very bottom you’ll find an option called Followers, which will show you the list we know and love of who follows you.

Note that you can currently follow/friend/whisper directly from that page, but the direct link to your follower’s channel is not working. Instead it links to dashboard.twitch.tv/u/you/follower rather than twitch.tv/follower. They’re probably working on in (or don’t know about it), so it might change in the future. It’s easy to amend the URL though, as you know.

I hope this helps! If you have any other tips, please leave a comment below 🙂

Old Solution (April 2019)

When I wrote this article last year, it was as easy to amend any user’s URL to find a list of followers on any channel. Sadly this approach no longer works, but I’ll just leave it here for posterity.

Here’s the URL hack:

where user is your user name. You may need to be logged in for this list to come up properly. For example, you can see who’s following me on Twitch like this:

But as I said, it no longer works as of May 2020.