I hear of facebook getting a lot of flack because of how they manage (or purportedly don’t manage) their users’ privacy. I did this experiment a while back but haven’t had time to blog about it. The tedious task of taking screenshots and logging in and out of 3 different accounts on 2 different social networks seemed a bit too daunting. So instead of screenshots, I decided to illustrate :p feel free to recreate the scenarios yourselves though
I don’t know, maybe google has their reasons for implementing it the way they did. Which do you prefer?
If you’ve already gone to the trouble of verifying your account and getting early access to the new facebook timeline, you might want to share this awesome feature with your friends. If they’re the type that can’t be bothered to go through all the steps (or have concerns about the verification step), you can simply invite them as a developer and they too can get early access to facebook timeline.
If you want invites, find someone on your feed already talking about getting the timeline enabled and ask them to invite you. If they say they don’t know how, send them this post. They should let you know when they’ve finished #4. Then check out the section For the Invitee.
For the Inviter:
1. visit https://developers.facebook.com/apps and go to the app that you created to get verified and click on Edit Roles:
2. You can then add a new developer:
3. Type in your friend/s’ name/s
4. You should see this untill your friend accepts the developer request.
For the Invitee:
1. if your friend has finished inviting you, you’ll get this notification:
2. click on it and you’ll be taken to a page to install the developer app. Once finished, you should see a link that will ask you to confirm your developer request:
3. Once you’ve confirmed, go to the facebook homepage and you should see this notification on the top. Click Get It Now and enjoy Timeline!
I don’t think I’m stingy when it comes to buying apps but when apps do stupid things like this I get a little bit pissed. maybe I am PMS-ing but I really am quite pissed.
I bought this app a while back because I really enjoyed the game and it was 99 cents. There was a free version which only had one puzzle so I paid for it because I enjoy it. Then now it seems they have released an update which made the paid version “totally free”.
I inherited my husbands iPhone 4 so I installed it but now I have the updated version of the app shitladen with ads!
Why didn’t he update the free version or better yet publish a totally new one with the ad support?!?
I want my 99 cents back!
Ah marriage. Seems now that preparing for the wedding was the easy part. I’ve decided to take my husband’s name. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn is pretty easy and for the exception of twitter, the 2 are actually accommodating of maiden names.
Before I’m allowed to change my email address at work, I need to produce a document of my legal name change, and that requires me applying for a new passport (my passport is about to expire anyway). If you’re planning to renew a Philippine passport in Singapore, be prepared to wake up at 5 am to physically get a queue number. I’ll detail this tedious in another post, I’m getting tired just thinking about it.
For email addresses, hotmail actually makes it quite easy to make aliases for your hotmail address so if you want to change it, you’re still logging into the same inbox. More details of that here.
For Zune and Xbox gamer tags, it’s actually quite simple. I followed the instructions here and automagically, my Zune account was also migrated and it seems that so have my purchases and subscriptions. YEY! Not only that, my developer account on http://create.msdn.com is actually also migrated. YEY!
My problem now, is my windows phone. Since you set up your live id when you first turn on your phone, and this is something that you can’t change without resetting, I seem to no longer be able to make purchases on the marketplace. Even if I try buying through the zune app, it tells me I have to sign out and back in with the original live id used to set up the phone.
looks like I’ll have to wipe my phone…
Click jacking happens when you visit a website that shows you content to mislead you into interacting with it. When you do, suddenly messages/wall posts/ etc (because this usually happens on facebook) get sent with your knowledge. Sometimes it can be an embarrassing post on your own wall, and sometimes annoying post to ALL your friends’ walls (which is a pain to delete).
We’ve seen those intriguing videos being posted around our friends’ walls and usually curiosity gets the better of us, so we *click*. It leads to a page that can either be a fake video page, or a fake captcha page, or who knows what these malicious folks come up with these days. So, if you’re the really curious type, or you have friends who really do post weird videos that you’re often interested in watching yourself, make it a habit to browse these links in private, so at least you’re safe from being possibly click jacked.
2. whenever you see a link to a video that you’d like to view and it doesn’t play directly within facebook (that is, it takes you to another page or opens a new window) right click on the link and select “Copy Shortcut” (IE) or “Copy link address” (chrome)
3. To start a private session, hold Ctrl and shift then press P for IE and for chrome Ctrl+Shift+N. Your new browser windows should look like this:
4. Go to the address bar of your browser and press Ctrl+V and press enter. Already the link looks malicious, but since we’re in private and not logged into any accounts, there’s no risk of your accounts being compromised (unless you already have an in private session going on where you’re logged in)
The example above just redirects to google now so they’ve probably taken it down. But since it’s not loading a proper page, we can safely assume that that was a malicious link. At this point, I can either ignore any future posts of the friend who posted since he clearly easily falls into these things, or I can help him out by letting him know that there’s a link to a malicious site that’s been posted on his wall in case he’s not aware. And if you’re feeling extra helpful, teach them what you’ve learned about in private browsing. You can do your part to make the internet (well, maybe just facebook) a safer place.
If you’re just starting to explore facebook as a platform for marketing, you will probably won’t have 1000/25 (whatever the number is now) fans just yet. Facebook imposed a rule on vanity URLs (http://www.facebook.com/<yourbusinessname>) that pages need to have a minimum number of followers before being allowed to customize their vanity URL. More on that on this page
However, with the help of Facebook’s recently released tool to migrate your profile pages to fan pages, we can actually work around this limitation. These are the steps I took:
1. Sign up for a new account at http://facebook.com (or use one of your extra ones that you don’t use very much and haven’t set a vanity URL for yet)
2. Add some friends (yourself perhaps?), update your profile, picture, all of the basics especially verifying your email address.
3. Visit http://www.facebook.com/username to set your vanity URL. Before you can do this, you will need to verify your account via SMS. Don’t know of a work around for for this step though. Also, you can only use a phone number once.This is what you should be seeing:
Before you can set your username, you need to verify your account.
4. Once you put in your verification code, you’ll be able to choose a vanity URL. This should be your desired business page’s vanity URL. IMPORTANT: you can only set this once so choose carefully!
5. Once you find one that’s not taken and confirm your selection, you can proceed to the migration tool to migrate your profile to a fan page. This page will allow you to classify the type of page/business you want to be classified under. Remember to agree to the terms and conditions and click on “Get Started”.
6. Welcome to your new brand page complete with vanity url!
The great thing about setting your page up like this is that the page is an account in itself. When you login to facebook with the email you first used to sign up, you’ll be taken straight to the page admin.
I know i should have taken screenshots but i didn’t think it would actually work :p Try it out now before facebook catches on
Had the urge to build a new app recently when I came upon this. Since facebook doesn’t support mobiles in SG yet, I have to go with the credit card option. What’s going on? I’m not sure I want to give my cc info especially with all those click-jacking apps floating around. But now that I think about it, maybe those apps are the reason why facebook is putting this extra security measurement. Still though, I’m not comfortable with giving out CC information, too scared I’d end up with a bajillion facebook credits because I clicked a link. :/
I’m glad I created a lot of apps in the past, maybe I’ll try and recycle the ones I’m not going to use anymore…
Ever since we got a new router to replace the one that broke down, we’ve been having trouble with wifi on Macs and iPads at home. Strange cause my win7 machine seemed to be doing fine. So it turns out that we had WEP security on and after searching through forums setting it so WPA or whatever the most secure settings are actually fixes it. No more problems with the wifi. Well, the range is still a problem. Not really sure where the best place is to put the router. Right now it’s in the bedroom, but then our XBOX in the living room can’t seem to get a stable connection Bah, we don’t play that much games anymore anyway..