Facebook changes angered online community

It was Wednesday when the world’s largest social network, Facebook underwent changes.  Then a few hours after that, raging online users started complaining and posted sentiments in their status bars and Twitter. Some of which were a fan page named “Petition against the new Facebook homepage” and a “#NewFacebook” hashtag over twitter. But Facebook users are known for complaining fiercely about changes to the service but then adapting and sticking with the online community later on.

Some online users even stated that Facebook’s changes was a move to level the competition with Google+ and Twitter.

Among Facebook’s changes are the following:
a. New “News Feed” that streams updates from friends now gives priority to important posts
b. Larger Images for photos shared in the website
c. A “Ticker” chat column was added for real-time conversations. It also allows people to engage in text chats focused on freshly uploaded images or other posts.

In the past weeks, Facebook’s strategy was to  focus on its members’ sharing control with what information and to whom it will be shared. The first act of Facebook on this new focus was a Twitter-style feed with the  addition of “Subscribe” buttons that let people hear from people who aren’t friends at the network, and share insights with strangers. Facebook also gave control to its members the option to select what kinds of updates from friends make it into their personal news feeds.

Other speculation about the upcoming Facebook changes are the launch of a platform for online music services such as Rdio and Spotify and also stories from professional news outfits.

Facts about Google, Facebook and Twitter

Three of the most popular and common sites are Google, Facebook and Twitter. Google is the most popular search engine and has as many reliable applications and features while Facebook and twitter are defining what some see as the “social” era of the Internet, in which connections made among people replace algorithm-driven searches. And its policies, more than any others, seem to be driving the definition of privacy in this new age.

Google is one of the most recognized company in the world, billions of people use Google as their source of information, making the owners of the company billionaires.

Facts about google.com

  1. The owners were Sergey Brin and Larry Page who were declared by the Forbe’s Magazine as the 24th richest billionaires in the world with estimated net worth of 19.8 billion and their net worth is increasing every year.
  2. The Google name was taken from Googol which refers to the number 1 followed by one hundred zeroes.
  3. The company started as a research project at Stanford University.
  4. Google receives requests of information all over the world, including Antartica.
  5. Google has more 20,000 employees worldwide who are known as Googlers and their headquarters are called Googleplex.
  6. Google employees are also equity holders.
  7. The first Google “Doodles” is a man burning behind the Google logo, this is first used by the owners, Brin and Page to remind their employees that they are out of town in Burning Man festival in Nevada and they couldn’t work problems.
  8. The first memory storage of Google was only 40GB and it is only protected by LEGOs, they use LEGO because it perfectly fits their storage, the Logo of Google was also inspired by these toys.
  9. According to Merriam-Webster and oxford dictionary, Google is an official word, it is a verb which means search using the internet or manipulate a search engine. It is a slang term now used in everyday life.
  10. Google allows employees to bring dogs in the company as long as the breed of your canine pet is not aggressive, has too many fur and can’t hurt people, cats are not allowed in the company.
  11. Google is one of the first to use spelling checker, you can see that “Did you mean….?” feature. That feature gave also the breakthrough of that company.
  12. When you are an employee of Google and you have a new idea, you can work on it even consuming 20% your working time, the Google owners entertain new ideas from their employee.
  13. More than 600 million of people visit Google daily.
  14. Google owns other popular sites like Youtube and Blogger.

Many of us are facebook addicts and fanatics. We open your facebook everyday looking for the latest happening from your real friends, crushes and fantasies. Colleagues and others. This famous social networking site has become a part of many people’s lives and will continue to become one.

Facts about facebook.com

  1. Mark Zuckerberg, one of the founder of the said site is a college drop-out.
  2. Mark, intended Facebook for Harvard students only.
  3. Facebook is banned China, Vietnam and Syria.
  4. 55 year-old and above woman from United states are one of the fastest growing Facebook users in the world.
  5. Philippines is ranked 8th in terms of Facebook usage, more than 10.8 million users.
  6. In terms of everyday traffic, facebook is ranked number 2 in the world. Of course, Google is still number 1.
  7. In 2009, New Oxford American Dictionary’s word of the year was “unfriend” to cope with this phenomenon.
  8. Facebook is worth more than $7billion USD.
  9. There are employers who search their applicant’s facebook account and will try to look for something that they may need.
  10. The first name of Facebook is Facemash.
  11. If Facebook is a country, it will become the 5th most populous country in the world.
  12. An average user spends 5 hours per day just browsing their wall, clicking like buttons and commenting on someone’s status.
  13. Forbes stated the owner of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire.
  14. Peter Thiel, the co-founder of Paypal was the first person to invest in the site. He invested $500,000.00 in June 2004.
  15. Before Facebook became a phenomenon, the owner, Mark Zuckerberg faced multiple lawsuits claiming he stole someone’s idea.
  16. Mark Zuckerberg, is a victim of his own privacy policy when some of his shirtless photos have gone public.
  17. Burger King created a Fanpage called ” WHOPPER Sacrifice” rewarded facebook users “Angry whopper” for publicly deleting friends. Many agreed.
  18. Poker has the most number of fans in Facebook.
  19. The company who created Farmville earned more than $200 million. Farmville has a support that is outsourced here in the Philippines.
  20. There are more than 60 million status updates daily.
  21. More than 150 million are accessing facebook using their mobile phone. Facebook mobile is a huge success.
  22. Psychologists introduced a new disorder called FAD (Facebook addiction disorder).
  23. A burglar opened his Facebook account using his victim’s computer but forgot to log it off. He was apprehended after.

Twitter is one of the most popular website of all time with more than 50 million users, definitely twitter is a trend. Here are some interesting facts about twitter.

Facts about twitter.com

  1. Twitter was founded 2006.
  2. The original name was twttr with green balloon-like logo spelling of the name. The first twit on twitter was done by one of the developers, his name was Jack Dorsey and he twitted “just setting up my twttr.”
  3. March 12, 2011 is the record where the most number of created account in a single day. The total accounts created were 572,000.
  4. The first person to have 1 million twitter followers was Hollywood actor, Ashton Kutcher.
  5. The person who has the most number of twitter followers was Lady Gaga (First to have 10 million).
  6. The first Filipino to have 1 million twitter follow was actress, Anne Curtis, she received her 1 millionth follower same day as the royal wedding.
  7. 50% of tweets are created through mobile devices.
  8. 55% of twitter users are women.
  9. If Twitter was a country, it is the 12th most populous.
  10. To date, according to alexa, twitter is 9th in terms of everyday visitors.
  11. 65 million tweets are created everyday, that was 750 tweets per seconds.
  12. Philippine local artists became controversial because of their tweets. These includes Angelica Panganiban, Manny Pacquiao, Leah Salonga and many more.
  13. You can only post up to 140 characters only.
  14. An average twitter user has 27 followers.
  15. Mostly of the twitter users follow only the company where they patronize a product.
  16. Last Decenber 2009, the main page of twitter said “This Web Site has been hacked by the Iranian cyber army.” But, with less than 24 hours, everything went back to normal.
  17. Companies like Dell, Microsoft and others admitted that they increased sale after making a twitter account.
  18. Twitter’s search engine processes 600 million queries per day.

Skype feature in Facebook

Skype feature i Facebook

Skype feature in Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg revealed the new feature of Facebook, the most popular social networking site on earth, in cooperation with Skype, the instant messaging and voice chat provider. He showed the new feature during an event in the headquarter of Facebook in Palo Alto.

“We think this is awesome because we’re using the best technology that’s out there for doing video chat with the best social infrastructure that’s out there,” said Mark Zuckerberg.

The new Skype feature comes with enhanced group text chat which allows for multi-person interactions and a camera icon that can be clicked on for instant one-on-one video calls with friends.

Is this the response of Facebook with the Google+ Hangout feature? Maybe, Mark Zuckerberg was threatening with the Google+ that was launched just last week. However, he said that it was planned to add Skype feature way before Google launches its social networking site and Microsoft plans to buy the Skype.

“There is this clear arc where the world generally believes (social networking) is going to be everywhere,” Zuckerberg said. “In a matter of time it will be billions, whether it is us or somebody else doing it.”

Mark Zuckerberg most followed in Google +

Mark Zuckerberg most followed in Google +

Mark Zuckerberg most followed in Google +

Mark Zuckerberg most followed on Google +

It is embarrassing for the CEO, Larry Page, and co-founder, Sergey Brin, of Google that Mark Zuckerberg the CEO of Facebook is the most followed user on Google+. It is according to Google+ statistics counter today.

Mark Zuckerberg has 21,213 followers compared to the Google CEO at 14,798. It is also becoming awkward knowing that Google had launch the Google + as a new social network that aims to take over the Facebook.

Google + has five basic components:

Circles allow the users to group their contact such as ‘friends’, ‘work’ or ‘family’. This feature lets you share your post with the certain groups that you wanted.

Sparks act like news feed in Facebook. It shows the relevant updates in your account.

Hangouts feature is live group video chat that aim to encourage spontaneous meeting with up to 10 contacts.

Instant Uploads, users can upload their phone pictures or video in a private album. From that album the users can decide whether with whom she/he wants to share

Huddle is a group texting feature. This feature lets you have a group chat through your phone.

Facebook recorded 21,759,280 Filipino users which is about 23% of the total population of Philippines. Being one of the top countries that uses Facebook last January 2011, will Google be successful in shifting the interest of Filipinos from Facebook to Google +.

Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion!

Yesterday’s announcement from CNN that Microsoft has bought Skype for $8.5 billion. It is a huge business news for Skype’s 600 million users. What could be the purchase mean and benefit for the users’ experience?

For other people who doesn’t use Skype but have Microsoft computers, phone, video games will definitely see some changes in their system.

A mixed reactions for users has been professes through their Twitter accounts wondering what could Microsoft to with Skype. Here are the 5 of the leading speculations:

  1. Integrate it with the Xbox
    Roughly 10 million Microsoft users already have cameras attached to their devices. That’s the number of Xbox Kinect systems sold since the motion-sensing game system was released last year.
    It seems like a no-brainer that Microsoft would integrate Skype’s advanced chat technologies with that, as well as with its Xbox LIVE service.
    The Xbox 360 already has a chat function. But gamers have largely been unimpressed, opting for other consoles like the PlayStation for multi-player games that require real-time communication.
    Similarly, Skype already has TV-compatible webcams and software, but it’s hardly been a high-profile feature. Putting Skype on the Xbox could push both products forward.
  2. Improve the Windows Phone
    Let’s be honest: Windows Mobile phones aren’t selling like the iPhone or the growing cascade of phones running Google’s Android system.
    The Windows Phone 7 system really hasn’t had an answer for the iPhone’s FaceTime app or Google Talk’s newly added video. Now it will, with the best-in-breed video and voice chat app at its disposal.
  3. Show up at your office meeting
    One of the reasons Microsoft was considered to be high on Skype was so Google and Cisco Systems, both rumored to be interested, wouldn’t get their hands on it.
    In terms of workplace communication, the latter may be more important than the former. Cisco is the first name people think of when office video conferencing and teleconferencing are mentioned.
    But Microsoft has made inroads with its Lync system, and adding Skype’s software would move it one step further.
    Oh yeah … and it just so happens that Skype CEO Tony Bates is a former Cisco executive, as are other members of the Skype team.
    Microsoft’s Office 365, which will include an online-only option, is expected to be released later this year. The suite of workplace tools will include Lync.
  4. Appear on Facebook
    Yes, Facebook was rumored to be one of the tech titans in the running to buy Skype. The social media giant’s interest seems a clear indication that Mark Zuckerberg and Co. would like to beef up Facebook Chat with video.
    It was just a passing reference. But on Tuesday, Ballmer mentioned “social” as one of the possible uses for a Microsoft-owned Skype.
    Microsoft actually owns a piece of Facebook, having bought in for $240 million in 2007. And the two have worked together on projects since then. (Skype now also lets users integrate their news feeds and friends lists.)
    Getting a product in front of Facebook’s 600 million or so users would be huge.
  5. Bring some juice back to Hotmail
    By virtue of its ties to Microsoft, Hotmail still has tons of users worldwide. But do you know anybody who’s excited about it?
    For the past year or two, Microsoft has been punching up Hotmail, an e-mail service that has lost considerable cool points in the wake of Gmail’s rise.

Alter Space the First Social Network Application, Proudly Pinoy Made

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

Introducing Alter Space, the newest and first ever Filipino-developed game application for the leading social networking site, Facebook.com, created by AboitizPower Corporation.

AboitizPower Corporation is a publicly-owned holding company in the Philippines that recently offers Cleanergy which talks about clean and renewable power source and primarily the reduction of carbon footprints to have sustainable and cleaner energy solutions that connotes a vision of living a healthier life for a better future.

In the Philippines, there are currently 18,124, 220 Filipinos on Facebook and among all of this, 54 percent of social networking site users cite gaming as the reason they log on.

Alter Space is made to educate public and let them participate in the struggle of reducing carbon footprint to have in mind the concept of responsibility of source management through personal activities, within or outside the house.

Alter Space is very simple and it’s not complicated to play as other games are. You just need to start the game by creating your own planet, and to level-up; Player only need to take a good care not only his own home but the whole planet and to remain happy while building an eco-friendly world. Just like in reality, global warning, climate change and other natural disasters are expected to happen if we are not going to change our lifestyle for the better.

By pointing your mouse cursor to every appliance, you can see a trivia and tips regarding to what object you are pointing of and how to minimize your energy consumption presented at the bottom part of your screen.

ALTER SPACE

ALTER SPACE

You can visit and play at the park place and do recreational pinoy activities like stargazing, cycling, swing, and slide or stay at home and play game called sungka. Filipino culture is really in the game as it also lets you shop for food like tapsilog, hotsilog, lumpia, adobo, buko juice and etc.

From time to time, you will receive a series of tasks that you have to accomplish within the given amount of time, and you have to do these tasks while still keeping the carbon footprint low.

To unlock other additional stores and amusements you need to have certain currentcy for this. Earn a lot of money called “currentcy” through Alter Space mini games such as Solar Plant, where in you need to catch sun by using solar panel but you need to avoid other falling objects to touch your solar panel. Another one is Geothermal Plant that makes you earn currentcy by hitting steam smoke from the geothermal tubes. And Hydrothermal Plant, whereby setting a waterway connection from one side to another side using waterpipes can help you have currentcy. All of these three mini games are under the pressure of time and distractions.

Using currentcy, you can also populate your home with appliances. You will get asked whether to upgrade an appliance or not or as what the task requires you to do so. Upgrading an appliance can give a plus point on your happiness scale while adding up to the carbon footprint scale. So it’s your hands decision if what would you like the game to be.

When you reach the level five, you need to do the final task together with 4 friends of yours by building APS or Alternative Power Source and you can win cool prices such as Ipad, paper fan, shirts and other memorabilia, after you finish the final task.

So that’s it! Start spreading the news about this global awareness game and meet new friends.

Pinoy Quits Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – Days ago, creative web technologist Joseph Dee and systems designer Matthew Milan of Toronto, Canada asked Facebook users to dump the social networking service, citing privacy concerns.

They created a website, which declared May 31 as “Quit Facebook Day” and provided alternatives to the popular social networking site, such as Twitter or Flickr.

“If you agree that Facebook doesn’t respect you, your personal data or the future of the web, you may want to join us,” the website read.

Some Pinoys won’t give up Facebook

In the Philippines, it seems that Facebook is also a hard habit to break.

Abs-cbnNEWS.com posted the question “Would issues about Facebook’s privacy policies make you quit Facebook?” in its official Facebook page on Monday morning, and to date, only 3 members (out of more than 20 users who gave their comments) said “yes.”

Most of them said it’s the Facebook user’s responsibility to be careful about what they post, and to hide things that they don’t want other people to see.

“No, the problem here is not Facebook. People should really pore over and go around to learn more about the privacy settings, madali lang naman (it’s just easy),” said Famela Bayawa.

“No, because I do believe if you’re wise enough, no matter how tight the security of Facebook is, you would not put important or very sensitive items in your account,” added Danilo Cruz.

George W. Bush joins Facebook, Mixed reactions on some users

US president George W. Bush  is apparently the latest world leader to do social networking, by joining the continually online community of Facebook, but has left many people wanting more personal interaction and opinions.

The profile George W. Bush was created on Facebook around 9:30pm yesterday. Some say that the profile is not valid but fake, nevertheless it almost had 58,000 likes and still growing within the first 15 hours of its existence.

These are some posts and comments:

“Although I couldn’t disagree more with your ideology and I think your presidency did great damage to this country, I have to commend you for being so respectfully silent once you left office, as is customary,” wrote Facebook user Janet Burke.

“Sir, although I disagreed with some of your decisions, I want you to know that I understand you had a lot on your plate,” commented Terry Smith.

Some other world readers who only recently began to utilize social media include Bill Gates and the Dalai Lama, they both joined Twitter last year.

African- American Spiderman?

Comedian and actor Donald Glover has started a viral campaign to get him an audition for the role of Peter Parker in the new Spider-Man film. Glover has taken to the social marketing streets and is already seeing a lot of support. Get the details after the break.

The actor started the campaign yesterday after someone on Twitter let him know about an io9 article that suggested races other than “white” should be considered for the confirmed reboot to the wildly successful franchise. The comments were flooded with nominations for Glover. He apparently loves the character, and just wants an audition, as he mentions in a recent tweet.

Some people are mistaken. I don’t want to just be given the role. I want to be able to audition. I truly love Spider-Man.

Speaking of Twitter, Glover is using the hashtag tool to rally up support and create a trending topic, using “#donald4spiderman”. A Facebook group has even been created by one fan, and it already has over two thousand members. Check out the page for some great edited Spiderman photos that range from believable to hilarious. Personally, I find Glover hilarious and fun to watch, but it’s hard for me to see him in that role. What do you think?

Facebook told to set up warning system after new sex scam

SINGAPORE–A major computer security firm urged Facebook on Tuesday to set up an early-warning system after hundreds of thousands of users were hit by a new wave of fake sex-video attacks.

British-based virus fighter Sophos warned users of the world’s biggest social networking site to be on guard against any posting entitled “distracting beach babes”, which contains a movie thumbnail of a bikini-clad woman.

In a press statement, Sophos said the malicious posts appear as if they are coming from Facebook users’ friends, but it urged recipients not to click on the thumbnail.

By clicking on it, users are taken to a rogue Facebook application informing them that they do not have the right player software installed, Sophos said.

It tricks users into installing adware, a software package that automatically plays, displays or downloads advertisements to their computer, and the video link is spread further across the network.

Sophos said that “hundreds of thousands” of Facebook users were believed to have received the posts over the past weekend.

It followed a similar scam that spread on Facebook the week before involving a fake posting tagged as the “sexiest video ever”.

“It’s time for Facebook to set up an early warning system on their network, through which they can warn their almost 500 million users about breaking threats as they happen,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

“A simple message appearing on all users’ screens warning them of the outbreak would have helped in halting the attack,” he said.

“Unless something is done, it won’t be surprising if there is another widespread attack this coming weekend, affecting thousands more users.”

The social networking site is already under fire for revealing users’ information too freely on the Internet.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Monday that the website “missed the mark” with its complex privacy controls and would reveal simpler features in the coming weeks.

Reference: Inquirer