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The Top 5 Privacy Tips For Facebook Timeline Applications

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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

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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

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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
The Secret And Time Saving Benefits Of Using Twitterfeed

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The Secret And Time Saving Benefits Of Using Twitterfeed

With social networking services threatening to eat up all of our time, finding a solution that can help to manage all of your vital announcements and updates without overwhelming your time (and perhaps your state of mind) seems to be increasingly important.
Over the past couple of years the free TwitterFeed service has been developed to allow users the ability to automatically update Twitter, Statusnet, Hellotxt, Facebook, and LinkedIn

18-01-2012
The Secret And Time Saving Benefits Of Using Twitterfeed
Facebook’s New Service Lets You Listen To Music With Friends [News]

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Facebook’s New Service Lets You Listen To Music With Friends [News]

Music is becoming more and more social, right? Well, the folks at Facebook obviously think so. Facebook has just announced a new service which allows users to listen to music with your friends and do so in perfect synchronization. For now, the service only works with Spotify and Rdio, but more services should be added soon. So how does it work?

18-01-2012
Facebook’s New Service Lets You Listen To Music With Friends [News]
Why Google+ Will Not Overtake Facebook, Not In 2 Years, Not Ever [Opinion]

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Why Google+ Will Not Overtake Facebook, Not In 2 Years, Not Ever [Opinion]

Before I begin let me just state that I am not against innovation, and I really do like Google+, usually even more than Facebook. But just because we like something better, doesn’t mean it’s going to win. Here is why, in my opinion, Facebook will stick around for a long long time to come.

16-01-2012
Why Google+ Will Not Overtake Facebook, Not In 2 Years, Not Ever [Opinion]
Secretly Check Out Your Reddit-Using Friends with Reddit Investigator

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Secretly Check Out Your Reddit-Using Friends with Reddit Investigator

A few of us here on MakeUseOf like Reddit, and apparently so do quite a few other people out on the Internet. Some of those people like it so much that they even create their own web apps and phone apps to use the site in much more creative ways. Once again, we have another unusual way to use Reddit, and this time, it comes in the easy-to-digest form of the Reddit Investigator.

10-01-2012
Secretly Check Out Your Reddit-Using Friends with Reddit Investigator
Facebook Messenger For Windows Leaks & Then Released Officially [News]

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Facebook Messenger For Windows Leaks & Then Released Officially [News]

Facebook Messenger for Windows, which has apparently been in the oven for some time, has leaked to the web earlier this week. Facebook’s way to deal with this crisis was to officially release the app for download without further delay. Available for Windows 7 only at this time, it is a way for you to stay connected to Facebook chat, updates and news ticker, without having to leave your browser open.

31-12-2011
Facebook Messenger For Windows Leaks & Then Released Officially [News]
Google+ Receives Stream Control, Improved Notifications & More [News]

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Google+ Receives Stream Control, Improved Notifications & More [News]

The holidays are here, and that means a lot of people are spending time on social networking sites spreading holiday cheer – and desperately trying to avoid relatives. If Google+ is your network of choice, you’ll likely notice that they’ve added a couple new features. Perhaps the most important is the new “volume control” added to your streams.

23-12-2011
Google+ Receives Stream Control, Improved Notifications & More [News]
Favo.rs: A Site For Getting & Granting Favors

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Favo.rs: A Site For Getting & Granting Favors

One advantage of the Internet is that you can build relationships with a wide range of people from various demographics that you may never physically meet. Social network sites like Twitter and Facebook are worldwide Internet forums in which we can get news and information in a short amount of time. Now another community-based site called Favo.rs has come out of Beta release.

21-12-2011
Favo.rs: A Site For Getting & Granting Favors
Facebook Timeline Now Available To All [News]

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Facebook Timeline Now Available To All [News]

Facebook profiles around the world are due for a facelift as the social networking giant rolls out its new Timeline feature to anybody who wants it. The new profiles are set to be the biggest shake-up the service has seen since the Like button was introduced, changing the way users view and interact with profiles.

21-12-2011
Facebook Timeline Now Available To All [News]
4 Ways the Mobile Phone Culture Has Ruined the World

Web Culture

4 Ways the Mobile Phone Culture Has Ruined the World

Sometimes even the coolest inventions in the world bring negative impacts, and although it doesn’t take away from how great these inventions are, it is our irresponsibility that puts a bad mark on them. So let’s take a look at how mobile phone culture has ruined the world.

19-12-2011
4 Ways the Mobile Phone Culture Has Ruined the World
Video Uploading Service Twitvid Changes Nearly Everything [News]

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Video Uploading Service Twitvid Changes Nearly Everything [News]

Twitter has decided to take their video sharing service, known as Twitvid, and take it in a completely new direction. Now, instead of just being a repository for users to upload videos, like Twitpic, it is a complete video sharing platform. Instead of just posting videos you have created, you can share videos from anywhere on the web, such as YouTube, Vimeo and Twitvid, but they hope to expand the service soon.

16-12-2011
Video Uploading Service Twitvid Changes Nearly Everything [News]
Facebook Releases Top Trends, Memes & Pages List For 2011 [News]

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Facebook Releases Top Trends, Memes & Pages List For 2011 [News]

The end of the year is the list lover’s favorite time. The year is ending, and many networks and websites are publishing their top (something) lists for 2011. We just finished reading Twitter’s top stories list, and now Facebook has released their 2011 Memology – the very top trends and memes on Facebook during 2011.

14-12-2011
Facebook Releases Top Trends, Memes & Pages List For 2011 [News]
Twitter Launches Major Redesign On All Platforms And Clients [News]

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Twitter Launches Major Redesign On All Platforms And Clients [News]

Twitter has announced the beginning of another major redesign project, which will encompass the Twitter website, all of Twitter’s mobile apps and the desktop client, TweetDeck. The update brings four new tabs: Home, Connect, Discover and Me.

10-12-2011
Twitter Launches Major Redesign On All Platforms And Clients [News]
StumbleUpon Gets Visually Appealing Makeover [News]

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StumbleUpon Gets Visually Appealing Makeover [News]

According to the online media research site, GigaOM, StumbleUpon has surpassed Facebook as “the biggest traffic driver among social media websites in the US”. StumbleUpon has always been one of the go-to sites for discovering new and interesting stuff on the Web, and recently the site has done a significant makeover that gives it a lot more visual appeal.

09-12-2011
StumbleUpon Gets Visually Appealing Makeover [News]
Google+ iPhone App Gets An Update With Search & Improved Photo Uploading [News]

iPhone and iPad

Google+ iPhone App Gets An Update With Search & Improved Photo Uploading [News]

Google+ for iPhone has received a nice little update. This update helps bring in some features that were previously only available on the computer version of the social network. The major feature included in this update is the ability to search. You can use the search to find people or specific posts. The new search box will appear right at the top of the screen, making it easy to get access to and use.

07-12-2011
Google+ iPhone App Gets An Update With Search & Improved Photo Uploading [News]
5 Websites To Tell You Where The Next ”Flash Mob” Is Going To Take Place Or To Organize One Yourself

Web Culture

5 Websites To Tell You Where The Next ”Flash Mob” Is Going To Take Place Or To Organize One Yourself

When it comes to a social trend, most of don’t like to left out. Flash mobs are the latest hysterical rage. Though they appear to be unplanned, they are in fact orchestrated with the help of mobile and social media. Facebook and Twitter help to spread the word to the world.

02-12-2011
5 Websites To Tell You Where The Next ”Flash Mob” Is Going To Take Place Or To Organize One Yourself
Create a Really Useful Personal Information Dashboard Page With Google Sites

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Create a Really Useful Personal Information Dashboard Page With Google Sites

Creating webpages used to be such a tedious process. Aside from the hassle with deciding where to publicly host the page, you needed to learn HTML and then figure out how to program the page so that it didn’t look like some amateur threw it together. These days, there are countless websites that will let you create a webpage in mere minutes, without any knowledge of HTML whatsoever.

30-11-2011
Create a Really Useful Personal Information Dashboard Page With Google Sites
Google Versus Facebook On Privacy & Security [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Google Versus Facebook On Privacy & Security [INFOGRAPHIC]

It’s the classic ongoing battle which has been raging relentlessly without a ceasefire since the birth of social networking – how much privacy and security (if any) do you actually have on these sites? And who wins in these areas (if anyone)? The two top dogs currently slugging it out for the number one spot are Google and Facebook. Each have things going for them and things going against them.

17-11-2011
Google Versus Facebook On Privacy & Security [INFOGRAPHIC]
10 Occupy Movement Websites You Have To Check Out

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10 Occupy Movement Websites You Have To Check Out

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then the odds are pretty good that you’ve heard a little bit about the “Occupy” protests that started in New York City on Wall Street and then spread like wildfire across the country and across the globe. There are actually some very cool “Occupy” websites that have launched since the protests began in October, and I wanted to share a few of them with you.

11-11-2011
10 Occupy Movement Websites You Have To Check Out
6 Things The Internet Has Taught Me About Etiquette [Opinion]

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6 Things The Internet Has Taught Me About Etiquette [Opinion]

Over the years, I’ve learned that the Internet has its own sets of rules and etiquette much like any other culture. Granted, I have also learned something else about the Internet – it’s very cynical in nature. Here are six things I’ve learned about the Internet, and granted, I used Reddit for my image sources. However, this could likely apply to YouTube and even Facebook.

08-11-2011
6 Things The Internet Has Taught Me About Etiquette [Opinion]