Facebook launches two new security feature for “Facebook Mobile”

“Facebook”- a website that takes user privacy seriously just launched two new features for those who uses Facebook from mobile. Well not the Facebook applications like “Facebook for Blackberry” and “Facebook for iPhone” but for those who uses m.facebook.com. These features are, “Mobile Social Reporting” and “Mobile Password Reset” Let’s have a look at them.

1. Mobile Social Reporting:

Social Reporting is a feature by which you can directly report something on Facebook that you don’t like and tell the person who uploaded that to remove it. This is a nice feature but people hardly takes the stuff down mostly because they do not know the person who’s reporting personally. Facebook is now testing this feature on m.facebook.com and will be available to all the profiles soon.

2. Mobile Password Reset:

Earlier if you weren’t able to login to your Facebook profile, you had to login to your Facebook profile from a PC and reset your password. But now you can reset your password straight from your phone using it’s browser. In case somebody hacked your profile or you forgot your password you can reset it using your mobile phone by entering either your e-mail or phone number or your Facebook username. Soon this feature will also be launched for all the Facebook profiles as well.

But these feature’s are not going to make any major difference in user experience. Reporting stuff hardly works on Facebook and very few people tries to reset their password from phone, first they always check from a PC that why can’t they login to their profile. πŸ˜›

Image credits: Facebook Inc.

 

 

 

Facebook adds new ‘preview’ of link in comments

Facebook just launched a new feature which is to show a preview of the link that we share in comments. It’s obviously a good feature but good for spammers as well. This ‘preview’ of the page contains in a link shows a small randomly selected picture, which makes the comment as well as the link attractive so spammers can take advantage of it by using attractive pictures in a link so that more and more users will click it.

This ‘preview’ of links is working on comments made on a profile, page or a group. All you need to do is type a link including the http:// part and hit enter. It will automatically select a image from the shared link. Check out the screen shot below.

preview facebook

You can see the additional information with the link like a pic, blog’s name and info. There’s also an option of ‘remove preview’ as you can see above. Clicking on that link will remove the preview and only link will be shared like it used to be.

View all comments is back for ‘facebook albums’

One of the most important features of Facebook albums was to see all comments of an album in one place so that you can reply all of them without opening every single pic of the album. But Facebook removed this feature just like many other important features that made Facebook albums quite boring and lesser user friendly.

But this feature of Viewing all comments is back again. Facebook launched it recently without making any official information on their blog so users are still not familiar with it. Also there’s an additional feature that you can not only view comments of pictures in your album, but also for the pics your friends have uploaded.

To check comments on the pics of your album, open an album and find the Album View and Comment View button on the top right of the page. While Comment view enables you to view all the comments of that particular album, Album view button can be used to switch back to normal album view where you can watch only the pics without comments. Check the screenshot below.

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New Feature: Suggest your Photos to Friends on Facebook

Did you notice this new feature on your Facebook profile ? You can choose to suggest your photos to friends on Facebook. Have a look at the image below.

I saw this feature today when I was just checking my privacy settings. This is under Privacy settings->Customized settings. No body is sure of the exact time when this was rolled out.

As far as I know I this feature prompts your name for tagging if the photo looks familiar to you. In short it will let people tag you in a better way.It would have been better if this feature let us stop the photo suggestions. Photo suggestions are those photos of you that appear on the right hand side of Facebook profile.

Did you also get this feature on your Facebook profile ? How did you find it ?:) Feel free to share your views here.

Facebook testing smaller fonts!

When I logged in to my Facebook account this morning I noticed small fonts. I was almost furious that who changed the settings on my computer. I even tried the ‘Ctrl +’ method to adjust it, but all in vain.

Well after tweaking a bit I realised that it is Facebook that is trying out a new feature. Facebook has switched to a smaller font for their feed to make the wall look a bit cleaner. So well let me tell Β you all please do not worry let Facebook try new things if they are trying to make it better.

As far as I think, I do not like this feature. May be I am so much used to it that I do not like it or the new small fonts strain my eyes. πŸ™‚ One good thing about the new feature is that it will let you have more feeds on your wall and the bad thing is that I really have to strain my eyes to see it.

Just for some people who cannot see the smaller fonts, I have a snap shot for you all.

Earlier it was like:

and now it is :

What do you think? should Facebook continue with it or it should change it back? Share your views with me through the comments below. πŸ™‚

Latest Update:

With so much of negative response from Facebook users all over the world, Facebook has given a one liner saying that ‘Thanks for the Feedback on the font size. We’re listening and sharing it with our teams here’. Lets see if Facebook really changes it and how soon that change is done.

Ask a question to 500 million people with Facebook Questions

Facebook recently announced a new feature on its blog. This feature is called Facebook Questions. The way it will operate is quite easy. You go on your Facebook account and ask a question to Facebook users. Your question will be answered by other Facebook users.

Below is an image of how Facebook will introduce this feature on our Facebook accounts.

What will Facebook Questions mean to Facebook?

  • It will mean simply that your questions can have a potential of 500 million people answering. This huge number means obviously there are a lot of people who are experts in various fields and can answer all kinds of questions you ask.
  • This will create a great platform for users across the world and expertise to interact in a more dynamic way. It might be interesting to see how Yahoo Answers and Google’s Aardvark will deal with the phenomenon as they also give similar services.
  • This also could open a way for sponsored answers to questions or even consulting charges for very difficult questions which might need considerable research.
  • If Facebook gets this right it will surely be a huge revenue earner for them.

Can you get Facebook Questions?

No, at the moment the feature is still in beta mode and I tried to access it but message I got was “we are still not ready for you” πŸ˜›

Keep reading Fbknol for latest happening around Facebook and its new feature. Do comment and let me know if you find the prospect of asking questions on Facebook interesting?

Twitter gets much needed ‘hover’ feature

I have always wondered what makes Twitter successful? They do not monetize their website and keep growing exponentially. They have no clear cut monetization plan out there either. That debate is probably worthy of another post sometime in the future but the fact is somewhere down the line Twitter; if it has to make money will have to keep the regular Twitter users on their website. Which means Twitter faces the task of getting people back from Twitter based applications to their website.

First we have seen the List feature and ReTweet feature. Now soon we all will see the Hovercard feature. This actually allows you to point the point over a ‘twitter id’ and you get a pop-up with info about the user. Take a look in the image below for better understanding of the this new feature.

hover_twitter

  • Now when you see a @username on Twitter; especially in terms of reTweet, you can keep the mouse over twitter id and a pop-up shows up the brief intro of the user.
  • You can choose to follow or retweet from the pop-up itself.
  • The Settings circle means you can probably even add the use to a specific list you have created. That sounds pretty handy.
  • I have not seen such a feature with any of the Twitter apps except maybe in HootSuite. So it would be a interesting development from Twitter.

I have not yet been able to use this feature with Twitter as my account has not been the lucky ones to have this feature available. Yes, you have guessed it right, they are going about it the reTweet way. Twitter will release the ‘Hover card‘ function over time to all users. So unless you are not one of the lucky ones, have patience and wait for your turn. πŸ™‚

Link: Twitter Blog

Update Twitter from Facebook Pages [How-to]

1Last time we had guided you on how to update Facebook and Orkut from Twitter with the use of a simple application. But now you can officially update Twitter from Facebook without using any application. This feature is only available for the administrators of Facebook pages of Public figures, musicians, businesses, organizations etc. That means, you can now officially update Twitter from Facebook but note this feature is available only for Facebook pages and not for Facebook profiles.

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To activate this feature all you need to do is-link your Facebook page with Twitter. Check out this pageto get a list of all your Facebook pages which you manage. This feature will also help you in deciding on what kind of updates u would like to share like status updates, links, photos, notes, events or even all of them. If you are an administrator of more than one page, then it’s not necessary to link all your pages with Twitter. You can link, unlink or change the settings anytime you want using the same page.

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Kindly note that this feature is currently not available for every admin. You may use this feature here if it is permitted for your account, else just wait for few days until they permit it for you.

LINK: http://www.facebook.com/twitter/

Facebook experiments with new a search feature for improved results

clip_image002Facebook has started to test new versions of its Search that will take a deeper into content than just profiles. The experiment is being done with just a fraction of the people on Facebook, so it is likely that you will not see the new layouts for search results and its features this soon.

Potential features:

  • The new potential features of Facebook search should be able to find content from:
    • People
    • Organizations
    • Public figures of relevance as soon as they share it on Facebook
  • You will be able to search your
    • News Feed for the most recent status updates
    • Photos
    • Links
    • Videos
    • Notes being shared by friends
    • Facebook Pages of which you’re a fan
  • You will have complete control over the content you share from privacy settings.

In a blog post, Facebook engineer Kari Lee gives an example of what one might end up getting from a search on the news out of the Iranian election:

β€œBy entering the term “Iran” in the “Search” field in the upper-right corner of any page on Facebook, I will see up-to-the-minute results from my friends and the Facebook Pages of which I’m a fan, not to mention people who have chosen to make their profile and content available to everyone. I’m able to discover what blogs and news sources my friends are following, what my friends are saying about President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, and how people in general are reacting to the election results.”

A more advanced search is for sure a welcome addition to Facebook. Even though Facebook goes slow on releasing this feature, I suppose people will be willing to wait to watch to see what might actually evolve out of the test.