Topic / Social Networking

Facebook is changing user policies – what does it mean for you?

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Image: Tom Solari/techgeek.com.au If you haven’t checked your emails, then you would have missed that Facebook is changing its policies – its “Data Use Policy” and its “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities”. Rather than you just read the entire document, we have compress the changes into this blog post. So, what do these changes mean for you? Well, first off, you are no longer able to control who messages you […]

A Paid Social Network – Is App.net worth the $50/year price?

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Ever heard of App.net? The tech community has, and it’s built on a simple premise: being a different kind of social platform. As it’s creator Dalton Caldwell said in its video announcing the project, “our product is what we sell, not our users.” It also promises to be ad-free and will respect its developer community. Sounds like a dream service to use. But, there’s a catch – you have to […]

How to stop your friends event-spamming you on Facebook – the easy way

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For many – like me, being a university student – peopleassume that you want to see some event in the city at some random nightclub with a cheesy name. While I’m flattered, once or twice is enough – thrice or more and you’re basically spamming me. If I don’t show up, sending it to me fifteen times is not making me reconsider. And if you are tired of the event […]

Facebook email fiasco turns ugly – users report email losses, altered address books

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Image: Tom Solari/techgeek.com.au Last week, Facebook decided out of thin air that everyone should use Facebook’s own @facebook.com email address BY DEFAULT unless you changed it beforehand (and of course, didn’t ask you to change it – in true Facebook style). Well it has gone a bit deeper with complaints emerging that entire contacts have been changed without their knowledge and emails not actually going through. One user, Rachel Luxemburg from […]

Facebook is Going Public (and other stuff that you should know)

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Image: Tom Solari/techgeek.com.au Hours before Facebook finally kickstart this entire IPO process in New York, many of you are wondering what the hell is the big fuss? Unless you happen to be into technology, or just happen to work in either the financials or technology industry, you would have simply just heard it was going to go and offer its shares to the market. Well, here’s a bit of a […]

Facebook launches Timeline for Pages – auto upgrade on March 30

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Timeline is expanding! Facebook has announced that the new profile design will now be integrated to pages, meaning that companies will – like profiles – go all the way back to the past and add content easily to their very own “timeline”. The company also announced that all pages will automatically convert to the new template on March 30, but page owners have the option to preview the new pages […]

Yahoo on its last legs? Threatens Facebook with a patent lawsuit, wants royalties

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Is it Yahoo’s last stand? A report by the New York Times has revealed that the company is threatening Facebook with a patent lawsuit if it does not pay licensing fees for 10 to 20 patents it owns, which include advertising, web page personalisation, messaging and social networking. Yes, the signs of a dying company are definitely present. “Yahoo has a responsibility to its shareholders, employees and other stakeholders to […]

Psychiatrist calls on use of Facebook, Twitter to treat youth mental health

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Image: Tom Solari/techgeek.com.au While there is now a debate if Facebook and other social media websites could lead to addictions, a psychiatrist is calling for the use of such sites for treating young people suffering from mental health issues. Talking to the ABC’s AM programme, Associate Professor Jane Burns – who is also the CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre based in Melbourne – says that Facebook […]

REPORT: Facebook Timeline spreads to Pages this month

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Whether you like it or hate it, Facebook sees its future on Timeline. The new profile design is being rolled out to all users, and a new report has stated that Facebook plans to push the design onto brand pages. Ad Age says that the company will roll it to brand pages, but it will not be a carbon copy to profiles. It will still have the same design; but […]

Ex-Zynga employee exposes secrets – copying, spying, contractors treated like “second citizen employees”

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Spying on players in order to get personal data, no wonder Facebook and Zynga need each other. A former ex-Zynga staff member has opened up an IAmA Reddit post, revealing both the good and the not-so-good bits of the company. “No, this isn’t payback, or about a grudge. This is just word from someone who’s seen what this industry is capable of doing,” he writes explaining his motivation to do […]

Welcome to the So.cl – Microsoft’s social search experiment

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Can search be social? That is what Microsoft is trying to look at with its new experiment from in-house FUSE Labs. Dubbed So.cl, the new site tries to combine social mechanics with a Bing Search so people can find and share web pages. Now, you may be asking, how did I get in? I didn’t get in the ‘traditional’ way of being a student in one of the selected schools. […]

Facebook Timeline now available for all – and get ready for the users to scream hate

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Facebook’s new profile design, dubbed Timeline, will now be rolled out worldwide from today which was previously available to developers. Users can now either opt-in to the new design right now, or wait until you are prompted to by Facebook. Also announced by the social network was that Timeline will also be implemented on its mobile site – m.facebook.com – and on its Android app. The new main focus is […]

WSJ: Facebook to launch IPO between April and June

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Image: Tom Solari/techgeek.com.au Social networking giant Facebook could launch its initial public offering of its stock somewhere between April and June of next year. This is according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, who cites “people familiar with the matter” as their source. The paper notes that the company is seeking to raise US$10 billion in the IPO. In doing that, it could raise its market value […]

Google kills Buzz and Jaiku, to focus on Google+

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Google Buzz, the company’s other social network that was launched last year, and its Twitter clone Jaiku are being axed in its recent project cleanup in order to allow developers to focus on the company’s newest project Google+. “We learned a lot from products like Buzz, and are putting that learning to work every day in our vision for products like Google+,” Bradley Horowitz, Vice President for Product, said in […]


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