Monday, 28 March 2011


Facebook Application for Smartphones

  • Monday, 28 March 2011
  • Tommy MIA

  • There are special mobile phone apps available for a number of popular smartphones—including iPhone, BlackBerry,  Android, Sidekick, and more. You can download these apps to your phone for a mobile Facebook interface that’s custom designed for your specific device. To find out more about these apps, head to the home page for the Facebook Mobile app and choose your phone from the list.

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    The Facebook Footer description?

  • Tommy MIA

  • Running along the bottom of every Facebook page is a horizontal list of links called the footer. It’s easy to overlook, but it has some useful resources.
    n The Language link (next to the copyright statement) opens a dialog that lets you change which language you view Facebook in. (I use this to brush up on my French sometimes.)
    n About takes you to the About Facebook page, which rounds up press information, hiring announcements, and other company-related info.
    n Advertising links to information and tools for advertisers. (See the Advertising and Promoting on Facebook chapter.)
    n Developers links to resources for creating Facebook applications.
    n Careers provides info about professional opportunities at Facebook.
    n Privacy gives you handy access to Facebook’s privacy guide.
    n Terms displays Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.
    n Help links to the Facebook Help Center, which also gives you access to Getting Started tips and Safety information.

    A few of the many choices in the Language dialog. Click the triangle next to English to reveal some fun subordinate choices, including  irate English and Upside Down English.

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    A to Z Brief History of Facebook

  • Tommy MIA

  • Facebook’s rise to prominence on the Internet has been meteoric. At the time of this writing, Facebook has more than 500 million members around the world and is still growing by leaps and bounds. Launched in February 2004 by Mark  Zuckerberg, then a student at Harvard University, Facebook took its name from the printed directories known as “face books” that students were given to help match their classmates’ names with their faces. (The various controversies about
    Facebook’s beginnings, and ensuing court battles, have been covered thoroughly by other books and at least one blockbuster film, so I won’t rehash those here.)  The original idea for Facebook was to build an online, interactive version of a traditional face book, which would allow students to create, personalize, and update their own profiles. Another key idea was that Facebook’s members would use their real names, and their identities would be verified by virtue of the fact that their profiles were linked to school-issued e-mail addresses. Unlike MySpace and other popular networking Web sites, no pseudonyms, aliases, or fake names would be allowed on Facebook, thus making its members accountable for how they
    behaved. Facebook’s membership was originally limited to Harvard, but the site proved so popular there that it was
    quickly expanded to other universities and colleges, and  then high schools, and then workplaces. The biggest turning point, however, came in September 2006 when Facebook dropped the requirement for a school- or work-issued e-mail account, effectively opening its doors to anyone older than 13 with a working e-mail address. By July 2007, nearly half of Facebook’s
    users were 35 and older, as parents and grandparents joined teenagers and college kids on its rolls. These days, according to Internet marketing research company comScore, Facebook has the most site traffic of any social media site in the world.

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    The Blue Bar of social networking site facebook

  • Tommy MIA
  • Running across the top of every page on Facebook is the same bright blue bar, cleverly known as “the blue bar.” It will be your faithful companion for all your journeys on Facebook, more loyal than Tonto, Robin, or even
    Dr. Bunsen Honeydew’s faithful lab assistant, Beaker.

    The left side of the blue bar

                                                                                                                         The right side of the blue bar

    The three icons in the blue bar, from left to right: Friend Requests, Messages, and Notifications. All three light up with numbers in little red balloons to let you know how many new friend requests, messages, or notifications you’ve received since the last time you checked. Click on them to open their pop-up menus for more details.

    The links in the blue bar help you navigate your way around Facebook.

    n Facebook and Home take you to your Home page on Facebook.
    n Click on the Friend Requests icon to open a pop-up menu that shows you the most recent friend requests and friend suggestions you’ve received.
    n Click on the Messages icon to open a pop-up menu that shows you summaries of the newest messages you’ve received in your Inbox.
    n Click on the Notifications icon to see your latest notifications—short messages that let you know when something has happened that Facebook thinks you should know about, such as a friend writing on your Wall or commenting on something you’ve posted.
    n Toward the middle of the blue bar is Facebook’s search field. You can use this to find all sorts of things on Facebook: people, Groups, Events, Pages, apps, and more. You can even use it to search for results on the web.
    n Profile takes you to your Profile page.
    n Clicking on Account opens a menu that lets you access your account settings, privacy settings, and other account management tools. It’s also where you’ll find the command to log out of Facebook when you need to.

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    What’s an Facebook Application?

  • Tommy MIA

  • What’s an Application?
    Facebook applications let you do
    all kinds of fun things, from playing
    games to sending offbeat greetings
    to your friends. Often referred to as
    “apps” for short, applications are
    simply programs designed to run on
    Facebook. See the Applications and
    Other Add-Ons chapter for complete
    info on Facebook’s applications—
    what they are and how to use them.
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    What Can You Do on Facebook?

  • Tommy MIA

  • In upcoming chapters, we’ll look at the various ways you can use Facebook:

    n Reconnecting with old friends and making brand new ones
    n Keeping track of what your friends are saying, thinking, and doing
    n Sharing info with friends by posting notes, links, photos, and videos
    n Using applications to play games with friends around the world; spread the word about charities and political causes; recommend books, movies, and music; and much more
    n Inviting your friends to parties, performances, book groups, meetings, and any other kind of get-together you can dream up
    n Creating Groups and Pages to connect with others who have similar interests—and spread the word about creative projects and business endeavors I’ll also give you tips and strategies for dealing with common problems and concerns about Facebook:
    n How to protect your privacy and enjoy Facebook safely
    n How to evaluate friend requests from complete strangers
    n How to decide which apps are trustworthy and which ones to give the brush-off
    n How to avoid unintentionally annoying the bejabbers out of your Facebook friends
    n How to reduce the chances that your Facebook obsession will get you in hot water at work But for now, let’s start at the beginning, with a guided tour of Facebook’s most prominent features.

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    The Anatomy of Facebook

  • Tommy MIA

  • Until you actually join Facebook and play with it a little, it can be hard to figure out what’s so appealing about it. Some stories in the media make it sound like the hottest hipster fad since the invention of the black turtleneck, while others portray it as a cross between an opium den and a shark-infested lagoon. So you put off signing up for a while, wondering: What could possess otherwise sane people to sit hunched over their computers all day, posting photos, playing word games, and sending each other imaginary cupcakes or pictures of cute animals? What could possibly make a website so addictive that its members refer to it as “crack book”? To me, the answer is simple: Facebook does a better job of connecting you with your friends, and keeping you in touch with each other, than any invention since Alexander Graham Bell first crank-called Watson. You can think of Facebook as the online dashboard for your social life: a centralized display that gives you up-to-the minute data on what your friends are up to, what’s on their minds, and what they’re planning for the weekend. But there are a couple of other levels to its appeal, too. In addition to strengthening social connections, Facebook gives you a set of power- full and versatile tools for sharing news, information, and ideas—not just with your own friends, but with the larger social network they connect to. In a sense, Facebook is like having your own personal broadcast network. That’s the real reason why, with more than half a billion members and still growing, Facebook has rapidly become the new town square—the place where people gather to discuss the news of the day and spread the word about everything from new music, books, and movies to grass-roots political causes. And finally, Facebook’s sharing tools give you an inexpensive yet highly effective way to promote whatever creative, professional, or business projects you may have cooking. If you’ve got a band, a theater company, a coffeehouse, a graphic design business, or anything else you want to promote, this book will tell you how to set up official Facebook Pages to find fans and customers, and use Facebook’s promotional features to get the word out to the kinds of people who are most likely to be interested in what you have to offer.

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