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Sonar Finds Your Friends Of Friends In Nearby Venues (+250 Invites) [iPhone/Android]

Android

Sonar Finds Your Friends Of Friends In Nearby Venues (+250 Invites) [iPhone/Android]

Have you ever wondered what possible real-life use you could have for geo-based social applications things like Foursquare? I mean, besides when you’re not just going out and telling your mates that you’re having more fun than them. It seems the folks at Sonar did think of a great way to use Foursquare and the like – and it’s really worth taking a look at.

22-03-2012
Sonar Finds Your Friends Of Friends In Nearby Venues (+250 Invites) [iPhone/Android]
What Is Your Social Network Of Choice, & Why? [You Tell Us]

Internet

What Is Your Social Network Of Choice, & Why? [You Tell Us]

Last week we turned MakeUseOf over to you in order to gauge opinion on a relevant topic. We asked you a question, and you answered in a multitude of interesting ways. We have read and replied, cogitated and compiled, and ended up with an understanding of what you think of the subject at hand. The subject at hand was social networking; which has become a dominant force on the Internet in recent years.

21-03-2012
What Is Your Social Network Of Choice, & Why? [You Tell Us]
7 Reasons To Embrace Online Culture [INFOGRAPHIC]

Internet

7 Reasons To Embrace Online Culture [INFOGRAPHIC]

Everyone and everything is now on the web, and if not, then they should be. More and more of our lives are becoming inter-connected with one another, whether we are doing our banking online, buying birthday presents for mum, or chatting to someone on the other side of the world. The Internet rules the Earth and it’s here to stay. Which makes my mum nervous as she probably imagines a nuclear apocalypse every time my dad boots up his laptop.

19-03-2012
7 Reasons To Embrace Online Culture [INFOGRAPHIC]
Why Pinterest Could Point To the End Of Twitter (Opinion)

Internet

Why Pinterest Could Point To the End Of Twitter (Opinion)

Are you aware of just how Pinterest can change the current landscape of the Internet? Traditional social bookmarking services such as Digg and the dominant method of sharing links, Twitter, are both at risk from the polished presentation and simple features of Pinterest. In fact, Twitter could be seriously at risk from this new service.

16-03-2012
Why Pinterest Could Point To the End Of Twitter (Opinion)
ROUNDUP: 5 Must-Know Critical Facebook Privacy Tips

Internet

ROUNDUP: 5 Must-Know Critical Facebook Privacy Tips

MakeUseOf has published countless articles on Facebook privacy and security settings. Facebook continuously updates and changes privacy settings and options. For this post I have revisited previous stories to collect the best tips and and update instructions to reflect current options. If you have lost track, this is your chance to catch up and bring your Facebook privacy settings up to speed.

13-03-2012
ROUNDUP: 5 Must-Know Critical Facebook Privacy Tips
Too Many Apps? How To Revoke App Permissions From Multiple Websites In 2 Minutes

Internet

Too Many Apps? How To Revoke App Permissions From Multiple Websites In 2 Minutes

The online world offers many privacy concerns. We all know we should not post private things on Facebook, we mustn’t write down our e-mail address in conspicuous places, and we really should pay attention, as much as we can, to how big companies like Google use our private information. Yes, we all know these things. The problem with these privacy concerns is that there’s something really vague about them.

06-03-2012
Too Many Apps? How To Revoke App Permissions From Multiple Websites In 2 Minutes
5 Things I Like and 5 Things I Hate About Google Plus

Internet

5 Things I Like and 5 Things I Hate About Google Plus

When Google + finally came out, I actually avoided using it for up to a year. Not only was I skeptical, but I’ve been an initial user of a social network before, and it’s absolutely no fun. Once I signed up, I was able to find my way around in due course, but I discovered that there were a few things about Google Plus that I really liked, and a few things that I didn’t like at all.

02-03-2012
5 Things I Like and 5 Things I Hate About Google Plus
Concerned About Privacy? Opt Out Of Facebook App Permissions With fPrivacy [Chrome]

Browsers

Concerned About Privacy? Opt Out Of Facebook App Permissions With fPrivacy [Chrome]

I hate it when apps ask for permission to access my friends list, access my birthdate, and worse of all, post on Facebook as me. If you feel the same way Facebook apps and permissions, and were wishing for a way to control these permissions somewhat, even if just to feel like you’ve done something to protect your privacy, fPrivacy for Chrome could be your new best friend.

02-03-2012
Concerned About Privacy? Opt Out Of Facebook App Permissions With fPrivacy [Chrome]
Hack Your Day And Stay Motivated With Pinterest

Internet

Hack Your Day And Stay Motivated With Pinterest

Pinterest is an online pinboard which allows you to share images by ‘pining’ them to your profile. I am sure you will while away a few hours playing around creating pretty image boards or pinboards. I did too, but then I also realized that Pinterest can also be used like a vision board for personal development and productivity. Here are a few ideas.

01-03-2012
Hack Your Day And Stay Motivated With Pinterest
5 Facebook Notifications That I Can’t Stand

Internet

5 Facebook Notifications That I Can’t Stand

We recently talked about an easy way to clear up email notifications, but that doesn’t mean Facebook notifications themselves aren’t still a problem. These notifications are great when they actually pertain to you and are relevant to what is currently going on in your life, but sometimes they simply don’t. It gets really annoying, and yes… this is all silly.

21-02-2012
5 Facebook Notifications That I Can’t Stand
How To Revert To The Old Version Of Tweetdeck If You Don’t Like The New Version

Windows

How To Revert To The Old Version Of Tweetdeck If You Don’t Like The New Version

Capable of supporting multiple accounts, Tweetdeck was arguably the best Twitter app for Windows, but the new version has failed to live up to the legacy, largely due to problems signing in. As a result there are many users looking for alternatives – but fortunately it doesn’t take much effort to revert to the “classic” Tweetdeck and carry on using the software as before.

17-02-2012
How To Revert To The Old Version Of Tweetdeck If You Don’t Like The New Version
Mobile Seesmic – The Best Way To Access Facebook & Twitter [Android]

Android

Mobile Seesmic – The Best Way To Access Facebook & Twitter [Android]

The one thing that I’ve always struggled with is finding a really good mobile app that gives me the level of interaction with Facebook that I have when I’m sitting at home on the PC. I’ve been using the official mobile Facebook app for quite a while, but I find that it’s somewhat slow on the Android, and the most recent version has started crashing on me. However, recently I came across the mobile Seesmic app.

16-02-2012
Mobile Seesmic – The Best Way To Access Facebook & Twitter [Android]
What Is The Imbecilic Art Of Vaguebooking?

Internet

What Is The Imbecilic Art Of Vaguebooking?

You may not have heard of the term Vaguebooking, but I can guarantee you will have seen at least one example of it in action. Certainly if you’re active on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or any one of the numerous other social networks open to us all. In fact, you probably see it on a daily basis. If you have those kinds of virtual friends. There was a time when people kept diaries in order to express their innermost thoughts and feelings.

15-02-2012
What Is The Imbecilic Art Of Vaguebooking?
10 Websites Where Cool Computer Geeks Reside

Internet

10 Websites Where Cool Computer Geeks Reside

Geeks were once ridiculed and reviled. Or perhaps that was just at my school. Either way, as first computers hit the mainstream, and then the Internet entered into our lives in a big way, geeks became the people to know. In fact, they started being considered cool. The Internet is now awash with places for these geeks to hang out, and they do so in increasing numbers.

08-02-2012
10 Websites Where Cool Computer Geeks Reside
Why Twitter’s TweetDeck Is Worth A Second Look

Internet

Why Twitter’s TweetDeck Is Worth A Second Look

In the last few months, Twitter has become my favorite social networking hangout, mainly because I find it less time consuming than Facebook and Tumblr, and I can certainly update it quicker than I can any of my typically abandoned blog sites. Most of last year I have been using YoruFukurou and a few iPhone apps as my Twitter clients, but now I’m giving the multi-platform TweetDeck a try again.

04-02-2012
Why Twitter’s TweetDeck Is Worth A Second Look
7 Twitter Photo Sharing Tips to Spread Your Photographic Masterpieces

Internet

7 Twitter Photo Sharing Tips to Spread Your Photographic Masterpieces

In mid-2011, Twitter announced its photo sharing feature. It was major news because it put Twitter at loggerheads with the existing third-party Twitter photo sharing services like TwitPic , yfrog, and Instagram. But we users weren’t really bothered about the behind the scenes bad blood for it gave us a more convenient way of sharing photos from within Twitter itself.

31-01-2012
7 Twitter Photo Sharing Tips to Spread Your Photographic Masterpieces
6 Fun Fake Facebook Walls & How to Create Your Own

Web Culture

6 Fun Fake Facebook Walls & How to Create Your Own

Facebook is the leading social network. As such it is a prime target for practical jokes and pranks. However, creating fake profiles and conversations on Facebook is rather tedious. With a bit of skill, imagination and the right tools, you can easily create your own custom wall posts and fake profiles. Have a look at what is possible and how to make it happen.

31-01-2012
6 Fun Fake Facebook Walls & How to Create Your Own
3 Social Media Campaigns That Worked Their Magic On Me

Internet

3 Social Media Campaigns That Worked Their Magic On Me

What kind of socially devoid person Facebook-likes Nike or Coca Cola just to get some marketing spiel pseudo-status messages fill up their Facebook homepage? Surely this new social marketing fad is just a bunch of stale baloney? Well, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is some merit to it after all, so I present to you 3 social media campaigns that got me, hook, line and sinker.

29-01-2012
3 Social Media Campaigns That Worked Their Magic On Me
The 5 Most Popular Stand-Up Comedians On Facebook

Internet

The 5 Most Popular Stand-Up Comedians On Facebook

It’s easy to find yourself aimlessly browsing Facebook looking for ex-lovers and long-lost school friends or former work colleagues, when really you should be telling the world about the stuff you really like. Facebook features fan pages – official and fan-run – for many entertainers. Among the most popular are stand-up comedians, some of whom have over 6 million fans on the social networking site alone.

27-01-2012
The 5 Most Popular Stand-Up Comedians On Facebook
Try Free Group Texting and Events With Capsule

Internet

Try Free Group Texting and Events With Capsule

What do you do when you want to invite a decent amount of people to a private event? Do you post out invites? Ring everyone? Probably not. Most people these days would probably say they used Facebook. But what if your friends include people who hate Facebook or just don’t use it? Or what if you’re that person? What do you use then? Well, we have a solution for you.

27-01-2012
Try Free Group Texting and Events With Capsule
The Top 5 Privacy Tips For Facebook Timeline Applications

Internet

The Top 5 Privacy Tips For Facebook Timeline Applications

If you’re a Facebook user, you’ve probably recently started to use the Facebook timeline on your user page. You’ve probably also noticed changes such as the ticker feed and new behaviours of open graph applications like Spotify. Well, Facebook has very recently opened up their timeline applications so that many more applications can do the things Spotify can do, such as sending data to your timeline, news feed and ticker.

26-01-2012
The Top 5 Privacy Tips For Facebook Timeline Applications
Klout – Networking To Increase Your Online “Influence” Score

Internet

Klout – Networking To Increase Your Online “Influence” Score

I wasn’t a fan of Klout when I first heard about it. Even after I signed up and actively started to delve through what Klout is and does, I was underwhelmed. Actually, I’d go as far as to say I hated Klout and all it stood for. And hate is a very strong word that I use sparingly in my life. However, months later, I find myself drawn in to using (or at least checking) Klout on a regular basis.

26-01-2012
Klout – Networking To Increase Your Online “Influence” Score
Create Your Own Unique & Personal Timeline Covers For Facebook With CoverCanvas

Internet

Create Your Own Unique & Personal Timeline Covers For Facebook With CoverCanvas

A lot of bad things have been said about Facebook over the years, many of them justified. But there is one thing about Facebook that even the most zealous critic can’t ignore – it makes people more creative. What do I mean by that? Well, can you imagine yourself designing something like your Timeline page just right before Facebook came along?

24-01-2012
Create Your Own Unique & Personal Timeline Covers For Facebook With CoverCanvas