24th January 2012

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Facebook Timeline is Coming

All of you Timeline holdouts: the holding out ends soon. “Over the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline,” says Facebook. And by “will get,” they mean “must use.” Here we go!

Luckily, anyone who hasn’t already switched over to the megascrapbook will have a seven day grace period to ease into it before their new, beautified, history-flush profile goes live. Take that time. Drink some tea. Have a hot soak. Breathe—because luckily, Timeline is pretty great. This is like being forced to wear nicer clothes. I’m predicting an all-time low in global OMG I HATE THIS Facebook redesign cheek-puffing. [Facebook via AllThingsD]

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Source: Gizmodo

21st January 2012

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The Facebook Bed

For those so obsessed with social networking, behold the Facebook bed.

This concept by Croatian designer Tomislav Zvonarić is only in model form right now, but his creative vision mixes comfort with functionality.

The “F”-shaped bed touts a Facebook-logoed pillow and a comforter with familiar icons, such as Facebook’s birthday notification image. The logo also appears three times on the bed itself — one on each side, as well on the flat part of the upper curvature of the “F.”

A work area is also built into the space, allowing users to check Facebook updates on their computer while sitting in the upper section of the letter. Other amenities include a keyboard holder, a shelf for a mouse and a slight indentation for a computer screen. In addition, a chair — with a red-colored cover, also featuring a Facebook logo — is nestled into the upper part of the “F.”

The exact size of the model (as seen in the picture) is unknown as of now. If Zvonarić tried to actually produce and sell the beds, it would likely have to be approved by Facebook.

As Facebook continues to pick up popularity — in fact, it’s on target to reach a billion users by August — more businesses are looking to somehow capitalize on the trend.

Earlier this week, it was announced that a nightclub in Brazil called “Facebook” would be coming to the town of Epitaciolândia, near the Bolivian border in the Brazilian Amazon.

“The Facebook concept is about sharing ideas, adventures, friendships, parties and photos with your friends,” the club’s 30-year-old founder Humbert Camacho told The Guardian. “So what we wanted to do was to build a nightclub with this concept, where people could come and share things with their friends, spend a cool night, sharing pictures, experiences and have fun.”

Are you surprised products and businesses are capitalizing on the Facebook brand? And most importantly, would you ever sleep in a bed like this?

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Source: Mashable

20th January 2012

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Unfriend Everyone

You have too many Facebook friends. You’re following too many people on Twitter. You’re connected to too many people who don’t care too much about you. Get rid of them. Get rid of all of them.

If you’re a standard internet citizen, you’ve been accumulating social detritus for about half a decade—or whenever you decided to hop onto Facebook. You and your elementary, high school, and estranged college friends all found each other. Click! Friends. Why not? It was still a novelty back then—the gimmick of staring at photos of and information about people who stopped mattering a long time ago was warm and thrilling. That was years ago, and yet there they still sit. They plop on your News Feed, they tweet sour nothings into a void you’re witness to, and they take up space.

"I can just ignore them."

No you can’t. Every time you stare at a name or look at a link, a tiny piece of your brain is being wasted. It’s time to clean up shop.

Wipe Facebook

Dropping a neutron bomb on your friends list might be difficult. It’s a good thing to have a lot of friends, right? You’ve got an excuse for each and every fauxquaintance, like a hoarder clutching a 1989 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

But one you gain momentum, you’ll realize that most of the people you know on Facebook are pointless. Time to start applying filters.

Have you ever met this person?
If not, you can probably delete—unless it’s some foreign relative, a telecommuting coworker, or something similarly practical. Otherwise, scrap.

Have you seen or spoken to this person recently?
The HEY WE JUST MET LET’S BE FRIENDS instinct runs strong and deep throughout the internet—it’s customary among many circles to friend someone you’ve met the next day, or sometimes even that very night. But why? If it’s a friend of a friend of a friend, or a date who went nowhere, you’ll probably never see them again. And if you’ll probably never see them again, why should they be on any list at all? Dump ‘em.

Have you had sex with this person?
You might again someday. Do not unfriend.

Do you hope to someday have sex with this person?
Keep ‘em. You never know.

Are they so bad they’re actually good?
Some faux friends are so idiotic or over the top that even if they make a mockery of our notion of friendship, they’re worth keeping around for other reasons. Like your cousin’s friend Wayne, so dumb he can’t stop posting pictures of his lawn and links to Taco Bell tweets. He’s fascinating in his own way. Study him.

Nuke Twitter

Twitter is probably more prone to accumulating crud, because you don’t even need the social pretense. But just like Facebook, your list can easily get out of control, putting a strain on our finite human brains—so let’s flush what we don’t need. Out, damned spot!

Do you remember why you followed this person in the first place?
Who are you? Why are you here? Did you write something witty a long time ago? Is that why I followed you? Have we ever met? If you find yourself contemplating any of this, odds are the answer is no, and this person can go.

Do you get news from them?
Even if you don’t know (or do but actively despise!) someone, they can still be a great source of information. If you’re not learning something from a random name you’re following, cut them out.

Do they tweet too much?
One good Twitter user can ruin twenty decent ones if they’re spraying you with a fire hose of words every five minutes. Tweet hyperactivity makes a mess of your timeline, drowning out the rest of the worthwhile crowd.

Do they tweet too little?
There’s always the one hit wonder account. They had a hit—a crazy one-liner, a fascinating link—and then they crept back into obscurity. Let them sit in their cave—delete them!

When in doubt…

Err on the antisocial side. If you’re not sure whether to keep someone in your fake digital social life or not, remind yourself that it’s a fake digital social life and trim the fat. The people who actually matter will never be on the chopping block to begin with. Chop chop. Chop.

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Source: Gizmodo

9th January 2012

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HOW TO: Get Facebook Business Cards For Free

Posted by Shaan Haider

Facebook is now offering the free Facebook Business Cards to its user with the help of the MOO Cards. These Facebook Business Cards are available for the 200,000 users and it is based on the “First Come, First Serve" basis.

But how to get your Facebook Business Cards? To get your Facebook Business Card, just follow the instruction given below.

1. First of all, you need the Facebook Timeline profile to be activated. If you are not having the Facebook Timeline profile yet then, activate it first.

2. Visit your profile then click on the About link.

3. Now look for the Contact Info section. Hover the mouse over the business card icon and then click on the Print Cards.

4. You will be redirected to the MOO Cards website. Design your card and order for free.

5. Share it with your friends, so that they get the free Facebook Business Cards as well.

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