Facebook Testing Profile Completion Meter Like LinkedIn

If you haven’t completely filled all the information on Facebook, then you will soon see a profile completion percentage bar in the About tab of your profile. Facebook is testing out a new feature that asks user to provide their current city in the info section right under their profile picture, and also displays a profile completion meter.

The Facebook profile completion meter feature was first spotted by Inside Facebook, has shared the following screen shot of the profile completion meter appears:

Facebook Profile Completion Meter

The profile completion meter is placed in the top right corner of the About tab on a user’s profile page/Timeline. This new feature is similar to the profile completion percentages on LinkedIn and Google+. If the meter shows a low percentage, it indicates that you have provided very less information. That is, the more information a user provides, the larger is the percentage.

At this point of time, Facebook does not provide users with any suggestions on which areas to fill in, however, filling in basic details such as birthday, gender, religion, languages, and interests, as well as contact information such as phone numbers and address, will help you increase the profile completion meter.

However, we believe that in the future when Facebook actually releases this feature for all users, it would ask users to fill in specific details or provide guidance on what information to fill in first.

This feature is currently being tested, and there are possibilities that you may never see this feature come into existence. This only happens if Facebook isn’t satisfied with its test results. The only reason why Facebook wants its users to completely fill their profile is advertising. Every bit of user information helps Facebook to target the right audience with right set of advertisements, which basically means more money for Facebook.

Linkedin Unveils New Profile Design Making It Easier to Engage and Connect Better

In a live event in Mountain View called “Meet The New LinkedIn”, the company discussed its directions and announced some new features for its site. CEO Jeff Weiner discussed the history of LinkedIn, how it is being used today, and how it serves as a social networking site for professionals, with integrations of several social features.

Along with that, Jeff Weiner also announced and unveiled a new design for the site, making LinkedIn even more easy to use for users to edit their profile and connect with colleagues and friends in their professional network.

Before we get into a detailed review of the new design, here are some interesting stats that Deep Nishar, LinkedIn’s senior VP of products and user experience, shared about the growth of LinkedIn since January 2009:

  • Membership has grown from 32 million to 175 million users
  • Monthly unique visitors has grown from 12 million to 135 million
  • Use of mobile apps has increased from 10 percent to 23 percent

The new LinkedIn profile design is interactive and graphic oriented, which is quite easier for a user to make a powerful first impression and showcase the skills and accomplishments in a better way. In the top section, you’ll notice a new “Improve Your Profile” button, which is a replacement for the text messages you see like, “Hey, add your college”, etc.

Additionally, the new visual design shows you insights about the people and companies in your network. These insights help the user to expand their network by discovering new people outside their network and quickly establish common ground to make more meaningful connections.

The new layout has a right sidebar, showcasing some stats about the user like the “People You May Know” feature. The “Profile Strength” is graphically represented showcasing how well he/she is connected with other people.

To promote engagement and interactions with a user’s network, LinkedIn has now added the ‘your recent activity’ to the top of all profiles, which enables you to stay updated with what’s going on within your connections.

Here’s what it looks like when you visit someone else’s profile:

LinkedIn New Profile Design

If you’re very excited about the new LinkedIn design and want to be the first in your connections to get the new design, you can request for an invite here. However, these profile pages will be rolled out over the next few months, according to the company.

Facebook Message in Spanish with Video Link Leads to Malware

A new malware attack on Facebook has been reported, which pretends to be a notification about a Facebook friend’s “sexy” video, and leads the user to downloading of a malware file that is designed to steal information from the user’s computer, and also tricks antivirus scanners into believing that the file is safe.

This was first identified and intercepted by security research firm SophosLabs. According to the case study, the malware attack seems to be launched by some Indonesian and Spanish hackers by taking into the consideration of the languages used in the Facebook message.

The message containing a link to a bogus site, reads as follows:

Miiiii lindoooo!!! ahahahaha este videoo no se lo muestrezzz a nadiesss =$$$$ ziii ?? es solo para tiii!! porque ? yoooo te amoooo muxiiiisisisisizimoooo!!! me gusto muxo tu videooo te requiero montonezzzz!!!! porfiz cuando estez en. ….. . …..” Leer mas

Este video fue clasificado Prohibido para menores de 18 años .

The translation of the above message in English:

Lindoooo miiiii! ahahahaha this videoo muestrezzz not what to nadiesss = $ $ $ $ ZIII?? tiii is for! because? yoooo muxiiiisisisisizimoooo amoooo you! I liked your videooo thee therefore muxo montonezzzz!! porfiz when estez on. ….. . ….. “Read more

This video was ranked No one under 18.

Facebook Phishing Video Email

Users who click on the link are taken to a website that attempts to get them to download a file called Video_Multimedia.exe, which, according to Sophos, is actually Troj/Agent-YGD malware.

It is also reported that the hacker has used Facebook’s logo and styling to make the email message appear exactly like a Facebook message. If you have received any such email or message on Facebook, it is recommended that you delete it immediately without clicking any links.

To avoid being infected with malware such user is encouraged to:

  • Ignore unsolicited mail messages
  • Do not try to play video attachments in the body of the emails.
  • Validate the email domain and verify that the links correspond to the original domain.
  • Make sure you have an updated antivirus solution installed on your computer.

It is always recommended that you avoid clicking on scam messages. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

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Facebook Expands Antivirus Marketplace to Mobile Along with Seven New Partners

Earlier in April this year, Facebook, in an attempt to increase the existing level of protection for its huge user base, introduced the Antivirus Marketplace app to keep them safe and away from possible threats and malware attacks, and help share virus free content throughout the Facebook network. This offered free downloads and six-month licenses of security software from Microsoft, McAfee, Trend Micro, Sophos, and Symantec.

Nearly six months after the launch, the social networking giant has announced today that it is offering free antivirus software downloads for mobile users also, as Facebook has reportedly grown its mobile users to 543 million in June, 2012.

Along with the expansion of the Antivirus Marketplace to mobile users, Facebook has announced seven new partners including Avast, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky Lab, Panda, Total Defense, and Webroot.

According to Facebook, nearly 30 million users have visited the AV Marketplace since its launch almost six months ago. Facebook is continuing its effort to make the social networking site a safer place to share and connect with friends.

In a post on its Facebook Security page, Facebook stated:

Our new anti-virus partners bring with them both the latest software and comprehensive intelligence. As with our existing partners, these eight companies will help protect Facebook’s community of more than 1 billion users by improving our URL blacklist system. This system scans trillions of clicks per day, and before each click, the system consults the databases of all our AV Marketplace partners to make sure the website you are about to visit is safe. This means that whenever you click a link on our site, you are protected both by Facebook and 13 of the industry leaders in computer security. We will be cooperating with these partners more in the future, and look forward to announcing new tools soon.

Fcebook Mobile Anitvirus Marketplace

With the new additions to Antivirus Marketplace app along with the expansion to mobile devices, it not only allows the users to download the free trials of the anti-virus software, but also helps Facebook to augment its blacklist database.

In August, Facebook announced the launch of [email protected], with which users can report any phishing or malicious links they have received from their friends, or unknown sources. This would enable the Facebook to investigate and request for browser blacklisting.

Beware of “Twitter Video Facebook App” and Fake DMs

A new Facebook scam app has been doing the rounds lately on the social networking site Facebook and Twitter, by asking users to login to a fake Twitter page in order to watch a video that could leave them surprised. The app sends out Direct Messages to all the followers of that Twitter account containing a bogus message and a link to the Facebook app page.

The Direct Message sent to includes the message “lol ur famous now” along with the link to the Facebook app page.  Alternate messages sent include, “oh dear, what have you been up to,” “what are you doing in this fb vid?,” “wow ur busted in this video,” and so on.

Here is a list of all the DMs that users have received:

  • hey this person is making up offensive things that are about youTwitter DM Spam
  • what are you doing in this viddeoo ROFL
  • hey this user is making up shocking things that are about you
  • what are you doing with him n this video
  • wat r u doing with him in this vidd  ROFL
  • you didnt tell me you had a video
  • the link i sent before was messed up!
  • wow your busted in this video!
  • whatt are you doing in this fb vid ?
  • precisely what could you be doing on this video clip omg weird
  • hey this user is making up dreadful posts that are about you
  • lol ur famous now
  • hey someone is writing cruel things that are about you

Clicking the link would bring end-users to the following app page with the title “Twitter Video: You must be logged into Twitter to use this app.”

Twitter Video Facebook App

Please be aware that this is a fake Twitter page that is designed to look exactly like a genuine Twitter login page. If you provide your login details here and click on Sign In, you will either end up on an error page, or you will be shown a fake YouTube video player with a list of online survey questions. The page will prompt you to answer the online survey questions first before you can watch the video. However, even after you take up the online survey, there will be no video shown; instead you will be redirected to another bogus page.

Additionally, your login details are sent to the owner of the Facebook app page, who in turn uses it to login to your Twitter account and send Direct Messages to all your followers. If you have accidentally entered your login details, it is recommended that you immediately change your account password, and unlink apps that you might have not given the permission to be associated with your Twitter account.

Alternatively, if you think you’ve found a spam profile, you can follow these steps to report it to Twitter:

  • Visit the spam account’s profile.
  • Click the person icon. This brings up a drop-down Actions menu (see image below).
  • Click on Report @username for spam.

There are a number of scam messages spreading on Twitter and Facebook, and it advised to be careful before clicking any links. Some of the phishing attacks on Twitter have spread through DM messages like “You Seen What This Person is Saying About You Terrible Things” and “Somebody is Saying Real Bad Rumors About You“.

h/t @nileshgr 

Facebook Testing New Navigation Bar Layout

We have always seen Facebook testing out new features and design changes, and eventually implementing them on the site to make it default across the network regardless of whether users like it or not. Recently, a new change in the Facebook navigation bar (the top blue bar) was noticed by Art Director, Jeremy Carson, with the search box pushed close to the Facebook logo, and the icons for messages, notifications and friend request were pushed to the right-hand side, next to the profile image.

Earlier today, Inside Facebook posted the following screenshot of the top navigation bar shared by Jeremy:

Facebook Testing a Navigation Bar Layout

You also notice that the current “Home” button on the right-side has been removed, which means that users have only one way to go back to the homepage and that is by clicking on the Facebook logo on the left.

Current navigation bar:

Facebook Testing a Navigation Bar Layout

TechCrunch suggests that “Facebook wants to put more focus on the right-hand side of the site, which is the place that houses birthdays, engagement or marriage updates, gifts, and of course, advertising”

Many users have already found the new navigation bar very similar to that of Google Plus navigation bar, with notification and profile option positioned on the right-hand side.

Recently, Facebook announced “Sponsored Results” search ads, and also increased the size of the search bar with an introduced to “top hit” result in the typeahead in August. Back in July, Facebook was testing the “search the Web” feature, but released it as “Search for people, places, and things,” to the search box in June.

A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed the tests to The Next Web stating, “This is just a test, we have nothing more to share at this time.”

Look What This Girl Wore at the Beach Video Facebook Scam

A new scam message is reported to be speeding on Facebook, luring users to click on a video link that reveals about the outfit a girl wore at the beach. Before you get too excited and open the link, be warned that this is a scam message, and opening it will result in the automatic download of malware program, which could harm your computer.

The Facebook scam is spreading with the flowing message, title, and thumbnail as shown below:

Look what this girl is wearing at the beach in front of thousands of people (or) Look What This Girl Wore at the Beach

During the summer holidays, this girl took the opportunity to do something unheard of! I bet no one can do the same

Look what this girl wore at the beach

Clicking the link will take you to a site where you’ll find a video player that looks exactly like YouTube. However, this is a fake player, and upon clicking it, a pop-up box opens up asking you to take up an online survey before you can view the video.

After having completed the survey, you will redirected to another site, where a rogue browser extension will be installed on your system. This program is designed to Like-Jack your Facebook account, which “likes” and shares the same scam message with your friends without your knowledge. A similar version of this scam was reported earlier, however, it only had a bogus video player on the site.

Scammers generally create such scam messages to entice users and trick them to “like” or share messages on Facebook.

It is always recommended that you avoid clicking on scam messages. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

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Native Facebook App for Android in Final Testing Phase

It has been a disastrous year for Facebook, and it certainly hasn’t found any luck at all. As Facebook stock continues to disappoint and hurt its investors, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is trying his best to set things right for the company.

With the recent milestone of over one billion members on Facebook, Zuckerberg has got his attention towards mobile users, and is planning to take a huge advantage of it. Facebook in its second quarter 2012 highlighted that the site had over 543 million mobile MAUs (as of June 30, 2012), an increase of 67% year-over-year.

Last month, during the TechCrunch Disrupt, when Arrington enquired about mobile web, Zuckerberg stated that, “the biggest mistake that we made, as a company, is betting too much on HTML5 as opposed to native.”

The fact remains that the current HTML5 based Android Facebook app stinks big time. According to an anonymous tipster at Engadget, it is now known that Facebook is scrapping the current HTML5 based app and will release a new native Android version of the application.

Also Read: Facebook for Android is Still Unstable; Zuckerberg Forcing Employees To Use Android Phones

Facebook Android App

The new native Facebook app for Android is currently in its final phase of testing, and the initial release of the app can take around two weeks’ time. That is, we can expect the app to be released by the end of this month at the latest.

The current HTML5 app is considerably slow and lacks user-friendly features. The number of Android users who use Facebook on a daily basis is hard to imagine (relatively large). At the moment, Android users can only be excited and talk about a new and better dedicated app. Just like the faster iOS Facebook app, the new Facebook app for Android will be developed in native code, which should result in a smoother, faster user-friendly experience, and yes, less crashing.


Try Facebook Photo Syncing Feature on Facebook for Android App

Word has it that Facebook is testing out a new feature called as “Photo Syncing” for users of its Facebook for Android app. The new feature will automatically sync all the photos that you take with your Android phone to your Facebook account and saves them somewhere in private. Yes, if you can remember, Google+ first offered the functionality. Now, Facebook is copying adding the same feature to its Android app.

Once all your photos are synced, you can go to your Facebook account and then decide which pictures you would like to share with your friends. According to the Help page on Facebook, “With photo syncing, you can store your mobile photos privately, and choose which ones to share. Each new photo you take with your phone goes to a private section of your Facebook Photos.

Facebook Photo Sync

To use Facebook Photo Syncing feature, simply update to the latest version of Facebook for Android on your phone. Once done, navigate to your Timeline and tap on Photos. There, you fill see the “Sync” button at the bottom your phone’s screen.

Once you have synced all your camera photos, go back to your Timeline and tap on Photos. Now, open the “Synced From Phone” folder at the top of your photos section, and select the photos that you want to share with your friends. You can choose how many photos you’d like to sync, and privately store up to 2GB of photos.

The Photo Syncing feature will sync your photos as soon as you take them. However, Facebook states that the feature is optimized to take into consideration to a number of factors, such as your battery level and sync settings. In your syncing settings, you can choose to sync over Wi-Fi and your cellular network, sync or over Wi-Fi only, or turn syncing off entirely.

[ h/t to Robert Scoble ]

Facebook Scam Alert – Check Who is Spying Your Facebook Profile

A new variant of the “Who viewed my Facebook profile” scam has surfaced the social networking giant Facebook. This scam is very similar to those which we have reported earlier – OMG! My Profile Has Been Viewed 97 Times Just Today, See Who Has Viewed Your Profile, and Facebook Profile Viewer – Who Viewed Your Profile.

The latest scam — who is spying your facebook profile —  is spreading as follows:

OmG!! I Cannot imagine that you can now see who is been spying at your profile for real! You can easily check who is spying on you at-> [link]

Facebook Scam Alert - Check Who is Spying Your Profile

Clicking the scam will take you to the Facebook app installation page, where you are asked to grant permissions to the rogue app to post updates on your behalf and also access your information on Facebook. Providing access will put your Facebook account at high risk as scammers might try to hack it and steal all your information.

It is highly recommended that you avoid clicking on such spam messages on Facebook. It is also advised that you remove any apps that you have accidently given permission to access your Facebook information.

Here is a list of previously reported similar scam messages spreading on Facebook, and please make sure that you avoid them if you come across on your news feed:

Facebook has announced the launch of [email protected], an email address available to the public to report phishing attempts against Facebook. You can report such scam messages to Facebook, the security team from Facebook will delete the message entirely from Facebook.

It has always been a challenge on how to identify and avoid scams on Facebook. Here is a post providing you with some tips on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Additionally, you can bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.