Twitter Removes ‘via’ Stamp, No Longer Display the Client Name

You can no more show off your favourite Twitter client on Twitter’s website as the social networking company has decided to no longer display the client name from which you have posted your tweets.

If you had observed closely, every tweet that loads up on your timeline had a little information stamp called ‘via’ that displayed the name of the client from which the user had tweeted. For instance, if it was done using a smartphone app like UberSocial, it would show at the bottom of the tweet as “via UberSocial.” Now, Twitter has removed this feature, and this has disappointed several developers.

In effect, Twitter has already disabled this for several tweeting clients, ensuring that their name no longer appears on the Tweet. This unexpected change was first noticed by IFTTT Platform Lead John Sheehan on App.net, and was followed up the The Next Web.

Twitter is more concerned about the reading experience and wants users to use first-party clients rather that third-party clients like Tweetbot, or Seesmic.

Twitter

This change from Twitter doesn’t stop users from using third-party clients, however, at a developer’s point of view, this is really disappointing. Not only the developers, but user also relied on this little feature to showcase that the tweet was sent from their favorite Twitter client.

One of the many reasons why Twitter introduced the ‘via’ stamp in first place was to generate interest between developers to develop clients for Twitter and increase Twitter posts and interactions easily. In a way, these little Twitter clients has made the social network so popular today, and Twitter here seems to be playing a dirty game. Users may not be affected much due to this change, but developers are the ones who will be affected hugely. And the only reason why this particular change has made into news is because of the woes of developers.

Earlier this month, Tumblr had faced problems over Twitter’s new API rules. Twitter revoked the friend-finding privilege from Tumblr, and it was the worst that Tumblr could expect. In a statement the company said that Twitter isn’t playing fair, and this move from Twitter is very upsetting.

Instagram too faced similar such problems, and removed the find friends feature from its service after Twitter revoked the API. With this, Twitter is making sure that app developers get less visibility on the website.

Following the new API rules, yesterday,  Tapbots pulled the alpha version of Tweetbot for Mac, reports Tuaw.

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

Facebook’s mobile application is better known as an ‘awfully slow’ app, and if you’re one among those half billion people using it, you already know that there are no better words to describe the application.

Thankfully iOS users can now breathe a sigh of relief as the social networking giant has finally released a tweaked version of Facebook for iOS app that is completely rewritten from scratch making it work 2x faster, with quicker launch of updates and faster loading of photo. Android users were expecting a similar update, however, to their misfortune the company just released yet another small update, which only aroused more frustrations and worries.

Many Android users complained stating that the app seemingly crashed several times after the latest update, and yes, I completely agree with those complaints as I’ve been facing the same problem a multiple times since I updated it last night.

Mark Zuckerberg announced the release of Facebook 5.0 for iOS in a post on Facebook, and when asked about the Android update, he said that it was not completely rewritten as the iOS application and was just another regular update with new features included.

Zuck on Facebook for Android

The new features added to latest Facebook for Android update includes the ability to easily create events from the app, share photos faster with a new upload process, and emoji to messages. But the app is still buggy and crashes more often than before.

Zuckerberg himself isn’t pleased with how the development of the Android for Facebook app is going on, and the CEO believes that the only way to set things right is by forcing the designers and developers to use the Android version, so they realize how ‘subpar’ and worthless the app is, when compared to the iOS application.

That being said, I don’t seem to understand on what’s stopping Facebook app developers from releasing a similar update for Android as the iOS? Do they really need that push from the CEO to get them use the app forcibly so as they completely understand the woes of Android users? Or, are they completely ignoring it?

Are you an Android user using the official Facebook app on your phone or tablet? Have you faced any problems after the update? How do you feel knowing that iPhone users are getting a better and faster social networking experience on their smart devices?

Google+ Starts to Rollout Pre-approved Custom URLs for Profiles and Pages

The most awaited Google+ feature is the vanity or custom URL for profiles and pages. It was reported last week that Google started to roll out Google Plus custom URLs to a selected number of celebrities and major brands, but today the social network has announced that is expanding this facility to a thousand more brands and profiles, including verified users.

The company has already pre-approved custom URL for brands like Toyota, Delta and celebrities like Britney Spears.

Google Product Manager Saurabh Sharma posted the following to Google+:

Today we’re rolling out custom URLs to thousands more verified (and well-known) brands and individuals. If you’re part of this expanded roll out, you’ll be prompted to claim your preapproved URL via email and/or when you visit your profile or page.

We’re making these changes over the next few days, and we’ll be offering custom URLs to many more profiles and pages in the future. We appreciate your patience in the interim, and we look forward to hearing your feedback!

Google+ Custom URL

If you’re one among those thousand profiles or pages that Google has chosen, you can expect to see a notification at the top of the screen when you go to Plus.Google.com. You will also receive an email from the Google Plus team stating that the social network has pre-approved a custom Google+ URL for you, which you need to approve it by clicking the “Claim URL” button. You can also go to your Plus profile and click the “Edit” button, and the prompt will be shown there.

Google+ Vanity URL

If the pre-approved URL assigned by Google doesn’t seem to please you, then you can request for a different one by clicking on the link that is provided in the email. Although it is not clear on what options you are provided with if you request for a different URL. Possibilities are that you will be allowed to pick from a URL from a list of pre-selected alternatives. Or, perhaps you can request Google for the exact URL that you want and wait for it to be approved.

Note: Google+ custom URLs are not case sensitive. That is, for instance, Google.com/+joelfernandes is same as Google.com/+JoelFernandes

If you’re looking to get a custom Google+ URL for your profile, then it is recommended that you keep checking your profile frequently for any updates or notifications. Also, keep an eye on your emails as you might be getting an email soon. It should also be noted that once the URL is selected, you cannot change it.

Facebook Redesigns Messages with Two-panel View

The social media giant Facebook continues to try and implement new changes to its site, as it has announced a new design for Facebook Messages. The goal that Facebook probably has in mind is to turn Facebook Messages into a full-fledged email client, looking forward to compete with the existing popular email services like Gmail.

The new Facebook Messages redesign has a two-panel layout, and looks very much similar to Apple’s Mail on the iPad. On the left side, you have the smaller panel that lists out your recent messages in your Facebook inbox.

The larger panel is placed on the right-hand side and is used to view conversations exchanged between your friends. Clicking individual messages on the left panel will open the entire conversations that you’ve had with your friends on the right panel. As usual, the reply box is placed at the bottom of the page and includes options for adding attachments that helps “bring conversations to life” by adding multiple photos and emoticons.

Facebook Messages Redesigned with Two-panel View

The new change also brings in a simplified search tool that is placed right above the left panel, allowing users to find messages or conversations by name or simply a keyword. The navigations have also been improved as the company has added new keyboard commands specifically for Messages.

To access the full list of available shortcuts, press “Alt + Q” on a PC or “Control + Q” on a Mac (Mac users take note: do not press Command-Q by mistake as this will quit your web browser).

Facebook in a post announced the new layout design:

Today we’re introducing improved features and a new look for Facebook Messages. The new side-by-side layout lets you click your most recent message on the left to see the whole conversation on the right. You can also bring conversations to life with multiple photos and emoticons. Now you can search by a sender’s name or keyword from the main messages view. And for easier navigation, we’ve added keyboard commands. To see the full list of available shortcuts, type Alt Q on a PC or Control Q on a Mac.

Facebook says the update will roll out to a small percentage starting today and will be available to all users in the next couple weeks. Back in June, Facebook forcibly switched to its @facebook.com email address to all its users without even notifying users about the change.

Twitter Blocks ‘Find Friends’ Service from Tumblr

When you sign up for a site like Tumblr, the first thing that you do after the registration process is find your friends from your existing social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter. However, the option to find your Twitter friends is no more to be supported on Tumblr. And yes, this is disappointing.

The popular social networking site Twitter has decided to revoke the friend-finding privilege from Tumblr, and this is perhaps the worst that Tumblr could expect. In a statement the company said that this move from Twitter is very upsetting even after being one of Twitter’s first partners.

Both Twitter and Tumblr have confirmed the removal. Tumblr issued the following statement to TheNextWeb:

To our dismay, Twitter has restricted our users’ ability to “Find Twitter Friends” on Tumblr. Given our history of embracing their platform, this is especially upsetting. Our syndication feature is responsible for hundreds of millions of tweets, and we eagerly enabled Twitter Cards across 70 million blogs and 30 billion posts as one of Twitter’s first partners. While we’re delighted by the response to our integrations with Facebook and Gmail, we are truly disappointed by Twitter’s decision.

The removal of friend-finding from Tumblr was noticed by Matt Buchanan, who tweeted “before” and “after” screenshots of the website’s “Find people you know” page:

Twitter Blocks 'Find Friends' API from Tumblr

Last month, Twitter delivered a similar blow to Instagram by disabling the “Find Twitter Friends” feature. Twitter, at that time, in repose to Instagram’s removal stated that “We understand that there’s great value associated with Twitter’s follow graph data, and we can confirm that it is no longer available within Instagram.”

Some Twitter employees appear disappointed with the decision. Immediately after the news broke out, Nick Bilton of The New York Times’ tweeted, “I don’t think people understand that Twitter is a start-up that has to make money, not a non-profit-up.” In reply to this, Twitter engineer Alex Choi replied, “I wholeheartedly agree, but this @tumblr business just stinks.

Nikon Announces First Android-powered Point-and-shoot Camera – Coolpix S800c

The rise and popularity of smartphone cameras has relatively brought down the demand for compact and point-and-shoot cameras, leaving camera makers with one option less in the camera market. However, Nikon doesn’t seem to let go that option of compact cameras, and hence has come up with a camera that is powered by Android.

And who said that Android was only made for smartphones? At least Nikon doesn’t think so, as the multinational company competing with Canon, has taken a new leap by announcing its first Android powered point-and-shoot camera, the Coolpix S800c, which is being marketed as a “social imaging device”.

Nikon Coolpix S800c

The Nikon Coolpix S800c is powered by Android Gingerbread and features a 16 megapixel sensor. It includes the usual 10x optical zoom covering from a wide-angle of 25-250mm. The lens is bolstered with Nikon’s VR optical image stabilization for blur-free photos and stable HD video, even while handheld.

The most prominent feature is the 3.5-inch OLED touch screen on the rear end, enabling the camera user to use Android apps and browse the Web. This means that the camera supports built-in Wi-Fi, and also includes a GPS.

The Wi-Fi and GPS addition is nothing new. In recent years, several camera makers have enabled Wi-Fi capabilities, which is an effort to improve the falling growth of cameras and also to compete with smartphones.

Nikon Coolpix S800c

The new Nikon S800c provides access to applications for games, productivity and email, including Nikon’s photo storage and sharing site, my Picturetown. Users will also able to watch video downloaded from Google Play right on their camera.

The lightweight Android powered camera weighs just 6.5 ounces and measures 1.1-inch in thickness. Nikon plans to launch the S800c in the U.S. in September with a $349 price tag. The camera is now available for pre-order, in either black or white.

According to the statistics shared by Flickr, the most popular cameras in the Flickr Community is the Apple iPhone 4S, which just overtook the Apple iPhone 4, and includes high end professional cameras below them.

In the Point and Shoot category, Canon PowerShot S95 tops the list, however, with the release of Nikon’s S800c compact camera powered by Android, we can expect the camera to overtake and take the top place in the near future.

You can view some of the sample image shared by Nikon here.

Nikon Coolpix S800c Full Specifications:

  • Type: Compact Digital Camera
  • Effective Pixels: 16.0 million
  • Image Sensor: CMOS
  • Sensor Size: 1/2.3 in.
  • Total Pixels: 16.79 million (approx.)
  • Lens: 10x optical Zoom, NIKKOR ED glass lens
  • Lens Focal Length: 4.5-45.0mm
  • Lens f/-number: f/3.2-5.8
  • Lens Construction: 8 elements in 8 groups
  • Lens Zoom: 10x
  • Digital Zoom: Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 1000mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
  • Vibration Reduction: Combination of Lens-shift and Electronic VR (still pictures)
  • Autofocus (AF): Contrast-detect TTL AF
  • Autofocus (AF) Focus-area selection: Auto (9-area automatic selection), Center, Face priority, Subject tracking
  • Focus Range: [W]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity, [T]: Approx. 3 ft. 4 in. (1 m.) to infinity, Macro close-up mode: Approx. 4 in. (10 cm.) to infinity
  • Focus Lock: Yes
  • Monitor Size: 3.5 in. diagonal
  • Monitor Type: OLED (touch panel) with Anti-reflection coating, Touch screen control
  • Wi-Fi Functionality: Yes
  • GPS: Yes (Built-in)
  • ISO Sensitivity: ISO 125-3200, ISO 3200 (available when using Auto mode)

There is No “WhatsApp for Facebook” App; Ignore Any Requests

WhatsApp Messenger is one of the most popular cross-platform mobile messaging apps that enable users to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. The popular app is available on all smartphones including Windows Phone, Nokia, and BlackBerry.

The application has its official Facebook page, however, it does not have any Facebook app as such that enables users to exchange messages from within Facebook. In the absence of this, scammers on Internet and Facebook have taken advantage of it and have created a number of bogus Facebook apps in the name of WhatsApp:

WhatsApp for Facebook App

According to Robin Wauters of TheNextWeb, “Now I’m an old man and I don’t really understand this Facebook thing, but I’m pretty sure there aren’t supposed to be this many WhatsApp Facebook apps on its platform in the first place.”

Well, just like Robin, there could be thousand other Facebook users who are muddled on whether a “WhatsApp for Facebook” app actually exists or not. Or, they could also be wondering on which app out of those hundred is legit. Users, be warned that none of these Facebook apps are legit, and there is no WhatsApp for Facebook app at all.

A few Facebook users have notified me about a WhatsApp request sent to them from a Facebook friend, which had links pointing to a bogus site. Upon clicking the link, users were taken to a fake Facebook WhatsApp app page, and were asked to grant permission to an app to access information and post updates on their behalf.

If users grant permission to the app, depending on the user’s location, they are redirected to different pages. For instance, users located in the United States, Australia, and Great Britain are redirected to a fake Starbucks gift card page.
WhatsApp Android

If you receive any such invites or request, simply ignore them. Also, make sure you inform the person who sent you the request to remove the app from his/her profile immediately. In case you have mistakenly installed the Facebook app, it is highly recommended
that you go to your Facebook Account settings and delete the app immediately.

How to Identify Fake Facebook Apps?

The first thing that you need to do is to check if the company or service provider has a Facebook app or not. Visiting the developer’s official website will give you a fair knowledge on whether the developer has created a Facebook app or not.

Secondly, most of the fake apps on Facebook have a suspicious name. For instance, notice the capital ‘A’ in ‘WhatsApp,’ yet many of those fake apps has been named with the lowercase ‘a’, which clearly indicates that they’re a fake.

WhatsApp is a mobile messaging company and doesn’t actually have a Facebook app. The company has also issued a statement on its website, saying, “This has nothing to do with WhatsApp, so please ignore the message… We don’t know if the app can cause any damage, but just to be on the safe side: don’t grant the request.”

We have reported many such similar scams running on Facebook. Facebook currently has over 950 million users visiting per month, and the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scam messages. Although it is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook, we have provided some tips on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

Free Woolworths Voucher Worth $500 Facebook Scam

A new scam message has surfaced the social networking giant Facebook, claiming to giveaway free Woolworths voucher. The message is a typical survey scam, which asks for your personal and contact information in order to claim the “gift.”

The message is spreading as follows:

Claim your Free $500 Woolworths Voucher. Only a few left.

Get Free Woolworths Voucher

This is a bogus message, and currently there is no such official Woolworths promotion running. Clicking the link provided in the message will take you to a page where you are asked to “like” and “share” the message with your friends. You will then be redirected to an online survey page, where you are asked to enter your contact information such as your email id and mobile phone number.

The scammers are misusing the details entered by selling them to third-party services. Many users, who have fallen for this scam trick, ended up entering their mobile number. Scammers are now bombarding the users with several calls and text messages.

It is recommended that you DO NOT click on such links or scam messages on Facebook. If you come across this scam message, please delete/remove the scam from your Facebook news feed immediately. Alternately, you can report the scam to Facebook Security.

Also, 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.

Facebook currently has over 950 million users visiting per month, and the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scam messages. Although it is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook, we have provided some tips on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

Free iTunes Card Codes Facebook Scam

There seems to be a new scam message spreading on Facebook, and this time it is the iTunes users who have been targeted. The new scam message spreading on Facebook promises users with free iTunes card codes, which they can redeem it after completion of certain steps. However, this is a fake promotion, and there is no such iTunes card codes given away for free.

The message is spreading as follows:

Get your free iTunes card pin codes here for free! Supplies are limited so get yours before we run out! [Link]

Free iTunes Codes Facebook

Clicking the message link will take you to a bogus web page, where you are provided with instructions on how to get “download” an iTunes gift card code. In the first step, you are asked to share the page on Facebook with friends. In the second step, you are asked to share the same page on any other social media tools listed on the page. Finally, you are asked to post an update on your Facebook wall stating that you have received a free card code for iTunes.

None of the above steps will get you a free iTunes gift code. You are only spamming your friends news feed by spreading this false message. It is recommended that you DO NOT click on the message link, or share it with your friends.

A similar scam that we reported was the Get Costco Gift Card for FREE! (Limited time only). Make sure you avoid such scam messages. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

I suggest you to remove the scam from your news feed by clicking on the “X” mark on the top-right corner of the post. Alternatively you can report the scam to the Facebook Security team.

Please note that scams like this use multiple domain and different web pages. You may see variations in the landing pages, but they are all the same.

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.

Facebook Will Permanently Remove Your Deleted Photos in 30 Days

Sharing photos with friends on social media sites like Facebook is certainly a fun feature, however, whether to share or not personal/sensitive photos on the site is something Facebook users are always concerned about. The worst part comes when you’ve deleted a photo that you no longer want anyone to view it, but it still exists somewhere and can be viewed with the direct link to the photo.

This issue with Facebook has been there for a while. Three years back Ars Technica’s Jacqui Cheng questioned Facebook on why deleted photos were still accessible although they were deleted from the user’s account, or photo album.

Facebook

Well, Facebook did admit that it was facing certain problems and were figuring out a way to delete photos immediately after the user has deleted from his account. However, it seems like the issue has now been solved, and Facebook says that it will now delete photos from its servers within 30 days of getting a request. That is, the CDN links (direct photo links) will expire after a time period of 30 days after deletion.

Facebook spokesperson Frederic Wolens confirmed to Ars Technica that this was a result of Facebook’s new photo deletion policy and storage systems:

“As a result of work on our policies and infrastructure, we have instituted a ‘max-age’ of 30 days for our CDN links. However, in some cases the content will expire on the CDN much more quickly, based on a number of factors.”

He added, “As you know, the photos stop being shown to other users on Facebook immediately when the photo is first deleted by the user. The 30-day window only applies to the cached images on the CDN.”

It’s a big relief for all those worried Facebook users.  However, precaution is better than cure. So, it’s always good to be careful of what you’re posting in the first place, particularly when it comes to Facebook.