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Facebook Changed Your Email

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And you probably didn’t even know it.

Remember long, long ago, when Facebook launched a Facebook email system and then nobody used it? That’s fine—it was always just an option you were more than welcome to completely ignore. And we did, because we already had Gmail and work inboxes, and didn’t need yet another. If our friends wanted to email us, they could just head to our profiles and have options.

Not today! If you go to your profile (or anyone else’s), you’ll see the @facebook.com email account listed—which just forwards to your Facebook messages inbox—and none of your others. They’ve all been hidden in a ham-handed attempt to make the Facebook inbox relevant.

Luckily it’s easy to change it back.

Go to your Timeline. Click about, under your contact info. Scroll down to “Contact Info” and hit edit. Switch all of the crossed out circle symbols to a full circle for each inbox you want visible on your profile. If you don’t want @facebook.com to show up, switch it from a full circle (“Shown on Timeline”) to crossed out (“Hidden from Timeline”).

And just hit “Save” when you’re done.

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New Facebook scam

Beware of the links you click for Facebook.

A new and extremely viral clickjacking scam has been spotted targeting curious Facebook users.

It hooks them with links to titillating, disgusting or “amazing” videos that their friends apparently “liked”, but once they click on the link, they are redirected to a splash page where they are asked to jump through some hoops in order to watch the video:

Unfortunately, their clicks are hijacked to “like” the video without their knowledge and to post the same bait message on their own Walls, while they are redirected to a page seemingly containing that and other interesting videos.

The scam is perpetuated using JavaScript.

The scammers effect the clickjacking and redirection by using a number of JavaScripts, and land the user on one of around 300 similar pages that contain the video and a bucketful of link ads.

As scams go, this one seems pretty effective given the diversity of interest-piquing video baits. The scammers earn their money from the owners of the aforementioned sites, who earn a small amount of money for each click on an ad that captures the victims’ fancy.

“The JavaScript code is obfuscated and packed, this makes the entire debugging more difficult, but during the research I have identified several domains connected to this scam,” says Kaspersky Lab Expert David Jacoby. “It also seems that they use redirectors to prevent URL/Domain blacklisting, and there are also several different scams on each server.”

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Social Networking the most important technology of 2011

That would be social networking in general, not one aspect that is the most important technology of the past year.

From the “Arab Spring” to BYOD, social networking was clearly the most important “technology” of 2011. I’m not talking specifically about any one platform. Sure, Twitter is important if you want to keep tabs on the latest movements of people important in your life. Facebook is perfect for lurking around and leering at people’s (more or less) personal lives. LinkedIn has become the de facto standard for business-based networking. We’ve all heard the stories about Wikileaks, Anonymous, and how technology seems to play a role in building up and breaking down political figures of the day.

I’m talking about all of the related technologies that make social networking possible. Social networking as we currently know it wouldn’t exist without virtualization, HTML5, and all of those  “as a service” offerings such as Amazon’s EC2. And don’t forget all of those mobile devices, including the shiny, new and ever-so compelling Android or iPad you just got for Christmas. All of these cloud-based technologies are behind social networking.

So, while I could have just written about one technology or device is the technology of 2011, that wouldn’t reflect the current zeitgeist. Right now, social networking is the technology of the year. It’s not any one implementation of virtualization (sorry VMWare). It’s not any one SaaS or PaaS implementation.

So how does that affect one’s career path in IT?  As with any aspect you should have focus.

For your career, focus on the individual pieces that make social networking possible. Are you interested in becoming a virtualization guru? Then learn about how virtualization makes social networking possible. Interested in what Cisco is developing to make voice, video and data more efficient? Then focus on how these things are implemented in the cloud and in regards to social networking.

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How To Add a Google+ Tab/Stream to Facebook Page

So you’re interested in adding your public stream on Google+ to your Facebook Page.  The question is how to go about doing it.

Here’s one way:

You have to add an application into your Facebook page which will create an another tab for showing your Google+ stream into that page. You can also select your Google+ stream inside your page as landing tab by editing the feature of your Facebook page. By adding Google+ Tab into your Facebook page you could gain some more audience for your Google+ Profile or Google+ Page.

Go to the source for step by step instructions.  This process also works for Google+ Pages.

*** Since Google+ has been launched Pages so you can also use your Google+ Page ID Number instead of your Google+ Profile ID Number if you want to show your Google+ Page stream to your Facebook page.

Is this beneficial or do you think utilizing an RSS feed to post directly to the wall of the page would be better?  Keep in mind that the Google+ Tab can be made your default landing page by following these instructions.

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The “Why” For Having a Google+ Business Page

Not long ago, Google+ allowed for the creation of “pages”.  So now you’re on the fence as to whether you want another business page to update.  Here’s some reasoning why you want your business/organization on Google+.

The idea behind the Google business page is that it acts a lot like business pages already found on Facebook. It’s a place for you to explain what your business is all about. You can talk about what you do and how you do it. If you have a brick and mortar business, you can talk about your local area, and how your local business enriches that area. If your business is online, you can share and connect with your clients on your Google+ business page just as you would with a fan page on Facebook. I like to think of your Google business page (and Facebook page, et cetera) as a little mini-website. Condense the most important stuff from your regular website, and that’s exactly what you should be sharing on your Google business page.

When you connect to Google for businesses and create your first page, you gain access to the entire network of people currently using Google+. When you consider how many users Google+ has after only a few months, and how it’s continued to grow since then, that’s a huge number of potential new customers! In all likelihood, many of them haven’t heard of your business before, and at least a few of them will be using Google for businesses to find a company that does exactly what you do! When you create your Google business page, you’ll be able to connect with these people, start a conversation with and the a potential relationship is fostered.

But having access to the entire network of Google+ users isn’t the biggest benefit, at least for small businesses.

The largest benefit to having a Google+ branded business presence is the direct connection to Google’s search results. Try this…type a + sign before a big brand name in the Google search box and guess what? If the business has a branded Google+ page, the branded page will show up immediately.  The more that Google shows your page through other Google searches, the higher your visibility. For many small businesses and their search engine optimization marketing strategies, this could be a HUGE game changer.

Go to the source to see why you should maintain that Facebook page as well.

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Facebook Timeline is here!

Another change by Facebook has taken place.

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Timeline gives you an easy way to rediscover the things you shared, and collect your most important moments. It also lets you share new experiences, like the music you listen to or the miles you run.

Starting today, timeline is now available everywhere. Here are some tips to help you get started.

7-day review period

When you upgrade to timeline, you’ll have seven days to review everything that appears on your timeline before anyone else can see it. You can also choose to publish your timeline at any time during the review period. If you decide to wait, your timeline will go live automatically after seven days. Your new timeline will replace your profile, but all your stories and photos will still be there.

If you want to see how your timeline appears to other people, click the gear menu at the top of your timeline, and select “View As.” You can choose to see how your timeline appears to a specific friend or the public.

Feature or hide stories

As you explore your timeline, you may see stories that you want to feature, like your graduation or the day you bought your first car. There might also be stuff that you want to remove or hide from your timeline.

To feature something on your timeline, roll over the story and click the star to expand it to two columns. Or you can click the pencil to hide, delete or edit a post.

Head over to the Facebook blog to learn more about Timeline.

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Princeton Wins College Hackathon

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An interesting competition put on by Facebook.

Overcoming stiff competition from MIT and Waterloo, Princeton won this year’s Facebook College Hackathon finals. Over the past few months, Facebook conducted run-off competitions at fourteen colleges across the United States and Canada, and this Friday held the finals at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto. The Princeton team was the only one comprised mainly of women, and their winning project Color Me Bold allowed users to submit a photo of an outfit and receive instant, algorithmic fashion suggestions for how to improve its color scheme.

My personal favorite was MIT’s 2toBrowse, a Chrome extension that allowed two people on separate computers to both control active cursors and collaboratively browse the web. One users installs the extension, receives a special URL, and another can click it to instantly begin browsing together without having to download anything. The extension could help people teach their parents how to use a specific website, allow customer service departments to walk customers through solutions to problems, or provide entertainment.

Other high quality projects included Georgia Tech’s Skoole, an on-campus peer-to-peer SMS-based textbook exchange, and a cloud-hosted security system from the University of Illinois team that lets users access their personal browser settings and files from public computers using the proximity of their mobile phone as the key. Waterloo produced the most technical project, a JavaScript MapReduce distributed computing library.

The College Hackathon, also known as the Camp Hackathon, serves as a powerful recruiting tool for Facebook. By finding top young engineers and bringing them to the headquarters, Facebook increases the chance they’ll want to work for the company once they graduate — or drop-out like Facebook’s founders.

Go to the source to see some awesome video of the Facebook Hackathon.

 

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Hackers to expand cybercrime activity

After a successful 2011 by those who exploit cybersecurity for a living, consumers and businesses need to be mindful of these potential security issues in 2012 according to security software provider Cenzic.

Top Cybersecurity Issues and Themes for 2012

1. Social Networking Threats Social networking security threats will continue to persist, but login information won’t be the target for hackers. Instead, hackers will use social networks like Facebook to mine the data of company employees. Using this information, cybercriminals will devise more sophisticated phishing attacks in order to infiltrate corporate environments to steal private data.

2. Mobile Threats Digital wallets will gain greater acceptance in 2012, making them a bigger target for hackers. Most mobile phones have built-in safeguards against data theft, but improvement is needed in the way mobile-payment information is transmitted from mobile phones to the Web. The expansion of mobile apps with potential security flaws will also lead to increased risk.

3. Cloud Threats Cloud technology has transformed from a buzzword into reality. As the growth rate continues in 2012, hackers will focus on companies storing data in the cloud. Organizations that hand off customer data to cloud providers will find themselves most at risk.

4. Cybercrime Policy For Victims Companies will face additional scrutiny from legislature designed to make disclosures around cybercrime a priority. New laws will be made to give businesses strict guidelines for disclosing when they have been hacked, the type of data stolen, and what their customers need to do to protect themselves.

5. Hacktivists Mature More hacker groups like Anonymous will begin to ally themselves to political causes. As protesters march for and against causes in the real world, hackers will form “digital marches” that cause chaos for their opposing parties.

These are just five area of concern.  What additional  ways do you think hackers  will “take advantage of” to gain access to business and consumer information?

 

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Top 10 Social Web Products 2011

Interesting list for 2011 from ReadWriteWeb.

Almost every Web product these days has some kind of social element. But to make this list, the product has to have social networking or community building as a core part of its offering. So without further ado, here are our top 10 Social Web products of 2011:

1. Google+

Up till 2011, Google wasn’t known for its social networking prowess. Unless you count Orkut, a social network product that became a phenomenon…in Brazil only. At the end of June 2011 that all changed, with the worldwide launch of (in our opinion) the best social network product of the year: Google+.

Initially Google+ launched to a chorus of media outlets shouting “Facebook killer.” However, it soon became apparent that Google+ was going to be most useful to Google as the social component of its entire online product suite: including Google search, Google Reader and YouTube. Although it’s a more than useful standalone social network, too.

2. Facebook

Facebook not only continued its impressive growth over 2011, but released a number of innovative new features. Some of those announcements were spurred on by the arrival of Google+. But the important thing is that not only did Facebook respond quickly, they changed things up with a radical new design and an entirely new form of sharing media.

3. Twitter

Twitter was overshadowed a bit this year by Facebook and Google+, but it remains a force to be reckoned with as a mainstream social network. In September, it announced it had 100 million active users. It also got closely integrated into Apple’s iOS 5, which among other things enabled users to tweet directly from Apple apps like Camera, Maps, Photos and Safari.

Perhaps the feature that most epitomized Twitter’s continued growth as a mainstream tool was its usage with TV.

4. Tumblr

Tumblr is another social media product to have experienced huge growth over 2011. During the past year, Tumblr has grown from just over 100 million visits per month to over 350 million now (according to Quantcast). Tumblr gets over 12.5 billion page views per month, over 8 times more than WordPress.com. Although we should note that WordPress.com still gets more visits and it too has grown a lot over 2011.

Just as important as the user growth, is how Tumblr has brought the curation of content to the mainstream. Plus it’s having a big impact on journalism, with old and new media brands alike using Tumblr to provide curation to their readers.

5. Reddit

The Web of course is not just about reaching a mainstream audience – as Facebook, Twitter and others in our list have done. There are tens of thousands of social networks that appeal to a niche audience. Reddit is one example, although it has also shown strong growth by diversifying from its core tech-focused audience.

Go to the source to see which social web products were deemed to be in the top 10.  Do you agree with the rankings?  Considering Google has resorted to TV advertising for Google+ …

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