You’ll now be able to tell your friends that you dislike something they’ve posted on Facebook, although doing so won’t just be a matter of clicking a simple thumbs-down icon. Instead, as TechCrunch reports, Facebook is unveiling a full bar of emoji next to its iconic Like button that includes faces for laughing, happiness, surprise, sadness and anger, as well as an option to tell someone you “love” their post. This way, you’ll be able to be more nuanced in your less-than-positive reactions than just telling someone you dislike something. More →
Look, you can admit it. You’re a Facebook stalker. You want to see what everyone else is up to, but you don’t want to show people 487 new pictures of your baby every 12 minutes. You don’t want your high school friends you haven’t seen in 20 years knowing that you just checked in at McDonald’s to score a $0.50 coupon on a Big Mac. You don’t want your grandmother to know that you’re out at club at 3:00 a.m. doing tequila shots with a bunch of people you’ve never met.
It’s OK. We’re not here to judge. In fact, we’re here to help. In just a few simple steps, you can make yourself completely invisible on Facebook and stalk people as much as you’d like without having to worry that they might be stalking you back. More →
Privacy-related hoaxes and scams are a recurring theme on Facebook, and many users probably don’t know what to look for in order to avoid them. One of the most recent privacy hoaxes even asked users to pay a small sum of money so that they could make sure their profile stays private on Facebook.
None of that is true. Paying someone to keep your data private won’t work. What will work is configuring your privacy settings properly. Oh, and yes, John Oliver has figured out the best way to protect your Facebook privacy. More →
Facebook announced on Wednesday that it’s making some significant changes to its mobile apps, most of them concerning your personal profile. For the first time, the company will let people use videos instead of profile pictures on iPhone and Android, to give them an even better way to show off their online identities. The new features are currently being tested by a number of users in the U.K. and California, and will be rolled out to all Facebook mobile users in the near future. More →
Facebook and Google seem like they’re in a contest to see which can come up with the creepiest ways to keep track of its user base. Geek.com has spotted a new patent that was awarded to Facebook earlier this year that describes technology that can identify individual users’ phones based on unique camera lens defects that show up on the pictures they upload onto the web. More →
Facebook’s mobile apps are some of the most popular apps in the world, used by hundreds of millions of people from all walks of life. The main Facebook app is obviously its most popular one, but other apps like Messenger and Instagram also have huge user bases. But did you know that Facebook has an app that almost no one uses by comparison? This particular app is unpopular by design, because it’s not open to the public. Instead, it’s intended for use only by famous people — but you’re about to get a rare inside look at this mysterious app. More →
It was big news earlier this week when Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook has finally begun working on buttons other than ‘like’ — including the oft-requested ‘dislike’ — but there are a whole range of emotions we still won’t be able to communicate, even if Facebook adds more than one button to its social network.
Thankfully, Conan has a few ideas to make Facebook more expressive than ever.
People, people… try to remain calm. Stop reloading that web page while peeking over your shoulder to make sure your boss isn’t watching. Stop closing that iPhone or Android app and reopening it endlessly, hoping to see fresh updates pop up on your screen. It’s not just you… Facebook is down.
The company hasn’t said anything at this point, but the outage began around 2:00 p.m. EDT and if history has taught us anything, the site should be back up any minute. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of cat videos and baby pictures for your browsing enjoyment once it comes back up.
Sit tight — we’re in this together. More →
What can Facebook tell about you just from the things you “Like” on your page? Quite a lot, actually. The University of Cambridge’s Psychometrics Centre has put together a handy online tool that will use your Facebook Likes to draw an outline of your overall personality. While the tool didn’t get every detail of my life right — I am, in fact, married and not single, for instance — I was still impressed by how accurate it was. More →
Have you ever uploaded an image to Facebook and noticed that it doesn’t look as good on your timeline as it does on your hard drive? There’s a reason for that: Facebook saves space on its servers by compressing the photos you upload, which will affect a picture’s overall quality. This is a particularly bad problem for photos you’ve downloaded from elsewhere on the web that have likely already gone through at least one compression so far. Lifehacker, however, has provided us with a helpful list of tips for beating the Facebook compression system and posting photos that look almost as good as new. More →
Facebook’s mobile Messenger app is arguably one of the most used messaging apps out there, being available to both registered and unregistered Facebook users. The app offers VoIP and video calls on top of regular instant messaging, and a slew of other features. Facebook, however, is not done pimping out Messenger, and the company has created its own virtual assistant that’s supposed to take on competitors, including Siri, Google Now and Cortana, but with a huge twist.
And no, the fact that it’s called M has nothing to do with James Bond’s boss, who happens to be the head of the MI6. More →