Rumors are ripe that Facebook does have some intent towards owning instant messenger WhatsApp. Now before Facebook does so it has decided to open up its Facebook messenger service to the non-Facebook users to make its messaging service popular. This is the first time Facebook has launched any of its services for non-members. Now any non-Facebook user can download its messaging service by just using his/her name and phone number. This new feature was first rolled out for Facebook’s Messenger app for Android. This new ability to log in is expected to come to the Facebook Messenger app on other platforms as well. Facebook has made this possible as the messeger app is used for chatting and has less to do with public features such as news feed. It is also expected that similar log in ability may be extended to Facebook Camera app.
A complaint has been lodged with the cyber crime cell of Mumbai regarding two fake Facebook accounts created in the names of Raj Thackery’s two children Urvashi and Amit. No case has been registered yet. “The matter is being investigated by the Cyber Crime Cell,” Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police Himanshu Roy told The Hindu. These accounts has been created to post offensive remarks and comments about Babasaheb Ambedkar and Bal Thackeray. A request has been sent by Mumbai crime branch to Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) about the fake account so that IP address of the internet could be traced. The accounts had been noticed by MNS members who had brought them to the notice of Thackeray.
Has the privacy on Facebook gone for toss? The recent Facebook policy changes which give access to the company to share users data with recently acquired photo-application instagram has not gone well with users. The policy also eliminates the user voting system and has restricted email within the social network. Two privacy advocacy groups have urged the Facebook to withdraw the policy which saw the light on Wednesday “Facebook’s proposed changes implicate the user privacy and terms of a recent settlement with the Federal Trade Commission,” the groups said in a letter to Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zucerberg that was published on their websites on Monday. By sharing information with Instagram, the letter said, Facebook could combine user profiles, ending its practice of keeping user information on the two services separate. Facebook has still not commented about it. This April Facebook came to terms with privacy charges with the U.S. [+more]
What has set the panic bell ringing on the social media website Facebook? It is the message regarding the privacy of your content. The message has gone viral on the Facebook and says: “Facebook is now a publicly owned company anything that you as a user share on the site is public property and therefore open to commercial use”. Here’s the message posted below for your benefit: In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berne Convention). It is clear that the message is a hoax as Facebook going public means that they are not abiding with their copyright agreement. CBS News points out the fact ” Facebook members own the intellectual property (IP) that is uploaded to the social network, but depending on their [+more]
After spending one year developing it, Facebook finally unveiled its latest app offering, Social Jobs. The app was created in collaboration with the Department of Labor and other government agencies where unemployed and underemployed Americans could hunt for job opportunities. Social Jobs consolidates job listings from various online job portals like Jobvite and Monster, and even lets recruiters post job opportunities directly onto Facebook. As of now, the app claims to have over 1.7 million jobs listed, and counting. This app aims to pave the way to leverage social media as an effective tool in the hiring cycle. Users can search for jobs by entering their location and profession using a simple interface and the search results are displayed in the form of tabs that take users to different job sites where they can learn more. It’s a bit difficult than just displaying a single page of results that would [+more]
Looks like the time is rising for Facebook. According to a statement by Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday morning, the social networking site has reached the milestone of over one billion people as active users. Here is the link- http://newsroom.fb.com/News/One-Billion-People-on-Facebook-1c9.aspx Zuckerberg wrote, “If you’re reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you. Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life.” He further talked of his commitment and added, “I am committed to working every day to make Facebook better for you, and hopefully together one day we will be able to connect the rest of the world too.” The social networking site is surely busy these days. Facebook is working on to come up with latest ways to boost revenue from ads in the mobile network. The balance sheet provided on [+more]
There is a sheer joy in sharing each and every happening of your life with friends and who would understand it better than Facebook. To recreate that camaraderie Facebook yesterday added some amazing chat features to its messenger app for iPhone5 and iOS6. The latest and updated messenger app will now wet you swipe left so that you can get instant access to your favorite Facebook buddies. What we like most about the app is the cute chat bubble features which evoke the memories of IM applications and Apple’s iMessage. Facebook has come up with this update to comply with the needs of Facebook chat addicts. Last month the social network giant refurbished the app for the iOS with a slew of speed improvements. It has also made some improvements its Andriod version, now the Andriod Facebook app users can type the message and text in the single interface.Sadly, this [+more]
Facebook has launched a brand new feature in the name Gifts, where you can send and receive real-world products as gifts. Interestingly, you don’t need to give their contact details to Facebook. That will be taken care of by Facebook and your gift will be delivered. How? Your gift will appear as wrapped surprise on your friend’s Timeline or inbox. When they open this gift, the recipient will be able to choose the size, color or flavor according yo their choice. They will also enter a shipping address to receive the gift. While the Gift notifications have virtual cards, the gift packaging will be Facebook branded with a special paper, wrapping, stickers, and a hard-copy notecard. Facebook will be including high-quality, hand-picked, and appropriate for people as well as pets. They’ll have gifts for all occasions. Facebook acquired Lee Linden’s 16-person startup Karma four months ago. This was a [+more]
In a blog post by the online social networking site and microblogging service- Twitter, the firm made an announcement of introducing a new email newsletter, which will offer users suggestions about following people they already know such as classmates, friends or colleagues. As per written in the blog, Twitter says, This weekly email highlights a handful of people you may know who use Twitter. You can choose to follow any of the suggested people and you can find more people you may know on twitter.com. Suggestions are based on signals like who your friends follow and the contact information imported by people you know. For example, if several people you know follow someone, you may also know them and want to follow them too. There’s no telling who you might find on Twitter, so open this weekly message for an ongoing source of great accounts to follow. However, those who [+more]
Facebook keeps on changing its privacy norms to offer users the best services. But certain speculations have come round the corner claiming that the social networking site has made private messages of millions of users, public on its Timeline feature. The report was first published in Metro, a French newspaper and was later picked up by other tech sites. Well, on being looked into the matter, the rumors seem to be untrue. Facebook cleared its stake, went back and checked the messages. The social giant said that the much-talked about Timeline messages are actually old wall posts, and even if there’s private information, these messages have been there the entire time. Facebook said the confusion could have been created as there was no option to like or comment on a single wall post before 2009. However, this denial by Facebook has not been accepted by some users, who claim that the [+more]