Facebook Testing New Notification Feature for Photo “Likes,” Comments [Updated]

The social networking giant Facebook seems to be testing out a new photo notification feature on its site, with a small thumbnail image appearing on the right side of the notification box, whenever a user “likes” a photo.

The new feature will give users an preview of what the user has actually “liked” instead of click-opening the photo as a whole in the Facebook photo viewer.

The feature was shared by Facebook user Akash Jain, and has managed to share a screen shot on his Timeline:

Facebook Photo Thumbnail Notification

From the looks of it, Facebook seems to be providing users a thumbnail preview of what photo the user/s has/have “liked,” and the notification appears in the notification box on top.

Recently, Facebook announced a new look and feel for its photo layout, with a change that gives users a new photo viewing experience, and making photos appear larger and easier to interact with.


Looks like Facebook has started to release this new photo “like” notification feature to an increasing number of users. This morning, I started seeing the new feature on my notification list, and a few other friends in my list also confirmed that they’re seeing this new feature:

Facebook Photo "Like" Notification

The feature not only shows a small thumbnail image preview for photo “likes,” but also for new comments that have been added on a photo. The thumbnail preview of the photo is shown within the notification box itself. This is a very useful feature that Facebook is implementing.


Get Free SimCity Diamond (900 per account) Facebook Scam

A new scam message is caught spreading on the social networking giant Facebook, where users are tricked into clicking a bogus link in order to win free SimCity Diamonds.

The new scam message is spreading with the following message and title:

Why pay for SimCity Diamond when you can get it for free? Now claim your 900 SimCity Diamond for free! A Playfish Inc. limited time promotion only.

Hey friends, visit the site below to get 900 SimCity Diamond for Free! Hurry up and claim yours before the giveaway is over! [link]

Free SimCity Diamond Scam

On the clicking the title link, users will be taken to a .tk bogus web site, where you will be asked to “like” and “share” the same message with your friends on Facebook in order to claim the free diamonds. However, doing so will only spam your friends’ news feed, and will not fetch you any SimCity Diamonds.

After you have liked and shared the post, you will be redirected to another bogus site where you will be asked for your contact information, such as your email id, phone number, and address. The scammers misuse the entered details by selling them to third-party services.

Free SimCity Diamond Scam

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. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Facebook currently has over 955 million users, 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.

8.7 Percent of Facebook Profiles Are Fake; 14 Million Used to Spread Spam

Earlier this week, the social media giant Facebook filed new documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), from which some interesting facts were revealed.

Facebook, with currently having over 955 million users, is one of the major hub for spammers to spread spam messages including bogus links, online survey sites, and hoax messages. Users, unaware of the end results after clicking scam links, fall for the tricks and end up sharing their account details with the scammer.


According to the filed document, nearly 14 million (out of the 955 million) Facebook accounts are used to spread scam and spam messages across the network. And Facebook is having a difficult time in identifying these fake Facebook profiles and disable them.

Here is the breakdown from the quarterly filing:

  • 4.8 percent accounts on Facebook are marked as “duplicate” where users have more than one account.
  • 1.5 percent accounts are “undesirable.” All the spam accounts fall under this category.
  • 2.4 percent of accounts are misclassified accounts, where users either create personal accounts for companies, organizations, a pet, or other non-human being.
  • Totally 8.7 percent of accounts on Facebook are fake, which accounts up to near 83 million accounts.
  • Earlier before the IPO filing, Facebook said that nearly 5-6 percent of Facebook accounts were bogus.

With the increasing number of bogus accounts on Facebook, the social media giant says that it is trying its best to bring down that number. In the document, Facebook states, “We are continually seeking to improve our ability to identify duplicate or false accounts and estimate the total number of such accounts, and such estimates may be affected by improvements or changes in our methodology.”

With this, there have been a lot of concerns about fake advertisement clicks on Facebook, and advertisers are real fumed up for this reason. According to a firm Limited Press, which opted Facebook’s advertisements alleged that based on its own custom tracking tool, it analyzed that nearly 80 percent of the clicks generated were from fake Facebook accounts. Advertisers have also assumed that most of the ad clicks were coming from bots, which is really disappointing news for Facebook.

According to some latest reports, Facebook saw a drop by 0.7 percent from its U.S. user base in the last three months, and nearly 1.7 percent in the last six months. The main reason for this is only because of the increase in spam messages on the users’ news feed. Additionally, the report also says that Hong Kong had a 1.7% drop in users and Singapore had a 1.1% drop.

Second Quarter 2012 Operational Highlights:

  • Monthly active users (MAUs) were 955 million as of June 30, 2012, an increase of 29% year-over-year.
  • Daily active users (DAUs) were 552 million on average for June 2012, an increase of 32% year-over-year.
  • Mobile MAUs were 543 million as of June 30, 2012, an increase of 67% year-over-year

Facebook Launches “Facebook Stories” – What’s Your Story?

There’s no doubt that Facebook has become a part of our lives today. We open our browsers, and one of the first things that we do apart from checking emails is login to Facebook to see what’s happening around your network of friends. Most of your experiences in life are shared on Facebook, and to make this experience of sharing your stories even better, Facebook is launching the site — FacebookStoreis.com — that aims at collecting stories from around the globe, with featuring different themes every month.

The new feature from Facebook is designed and created “to celebrate the different stories that are coming out of Facebook” users. In other words, the new Facebook Stores talks all about an individual and the experiences that one would like to share with their friends, relatives, and other users on the Internet.

Facebook spokesperson, Tucker Bounds, told ABC News that “the project started as a result of our seeing a number of stories coming into the company from different channels, including stories we would read about in the media. We wanted to create a place where we could celebrate great stories.”

How does Facebook Stories work?

According to Facebook, the new Facebook Stories will be updated monthly, featuring a story based on a theme, and an infographic.

For instance, if you visit the Facebook Stories site, you will see a video with the title “Remembering.” The story is about Mayank Sharma of New Delhi, India, who lost his memory due to tubercular meningitis. He shares his experience on how he used Facebook and how the social networking tool helped him rebuild his memory about the most important people in his life, his family, and friends.

However, not every story submitted by users will be featured. Facebook will pick only those stories that it finds interesting enough to feature it on the homepage. And after the end of that month, Facebook will post an infographic based on the theme of the previous story shared. For the launch, Facebook has shared the “Biggest Life Moments from Timelines” infographic, which shows the percentage of people who have travelled, moved, got married, and so on.

Back in 2010, Facebook had launched a similar Facebook application that asked users to share their stories with the other app users. However, the application is no more in function, and visiting it would give you the “Not Found” message. Basically, the new Facebook Stories is also a Facebook application.

To add your stories, click on the “Add Your Story” button, which will take you to the app permissions page. Once you’ve granted the permissions, you can write a brief description about your story, upload a video/photo, and submit it to Facebook. Facebook says that that the new Facebook Stories is “a separate effort from a different team.”

Google Integrates Google+ Into Blogger

Google continues to integrate its social networking site Google+ with the other services that it offers. Today, Google announced the Google+ integration for Blogger, enabling users to share their thoughts with their friends on Google+ in few easy steps.

The new integration lets Blogger users connect their blog to a Google+ profile or page. This means that you will be able to connect your brands, business, or other organization’s blog to your Google+ profile, essentially making it easier to unify your online identities together.

For instance, if you’re an author at a particular blog, with the Google+ integration it is possible to link the author page to a Google+ page. Additionally, you can also notify your friends and followers when you publish a new article or blog post. With the Google+ share box integrated, you can make an update and notify your followers about the new blog post.

On the other hand, if your followers find your articles interesting enough, they can even +1 or re-share your post with their network on Google+. Google calls this as the ‘ripple effect,’ which exposes links to your content to a wider audience.

Google Plus Blogger Integration

Besides the Facebook Share box, you can also added Google+ gadgets. Google+ also offers an easier way to add gadgets like the +1 button and the Google+ Badge on your Blogger site. You can go here to read more about on how you can add the new gadgets to make your blog better with Google+.

To begin integrating your Blogger site with Google+, you need to click on the newly created “Google+” tab in your Blogger dashboard and then click on the “Upgrade” button. However, if you have already using Google+, you will provided with steps to associate your blog with your profile or a page.

Google says that it will introduce several new options in the coming future: “We’ll be introducing more settings on this tab in the future, so stay tuned for additional ways to get more out of Blogger with Google+.”

Just yesterday, Google announced that it has replaced the usual Google video chat with Google+ Hangouts, which promises to “deliver higher reliability and enhanced quality” to your chats.

Your Next Login to Facebook Might Leave You Surprised

If you’re still using the old Facebook profile layout, and haven’t made a switch to the new Timeline, then your next login to Facebook may surprise you, and might leave you wondering — “what happened?” That’s because Facebook is planning on rolling out the Timeline to all users.

When Facebook announced the new profile layout Timeline last year, it said that the new layout is a permanent change, and there’s nothing a user can do to avoid it. It also announced that within a few weeks, everyone will be upgraded to the new Timeline, regardless of whether they liked it or not.

However, many users who didn’t like the Timeline, protested saying that they wanted an option to opt-out of it. This forced Facebook to stop the automatic roll out of the feature to all users, and instead provided users with an option to adopt the redesign if they wanted. Many who enabled the Timeline just to try it out, were finding ways to disable it, or get back the old design. However, that wasn’t possible.

Now, the social media giant is looking to make the Timeline rollout a permanent change for all users. This time, no gimmicks. By this fall, Facebook has planned to automatically change the user profile layout to the Timeline as a part of its photo layout redesign earlier today, reports Tech Crunch.

Users on my friends list who were still using the old profile, were quite surprised to see the upgrade that was done without their knowledge:

Facebook Timeline roll out for all users

Also Read: Beware of “Disable or Remove Facebook Timeline” Scams

At the initial stages, you may find the new Timeline confusing and cluttered, however, several features that it offers is the reason why you will start loving the Timeline. Also, switching to Timeline will not change any of your Privacy Settings, instead you will have more control on what goes into your Timeline and who can view it. You can read this article on how to Protect Your Privacy in Facebook Timeline.

With the new Timeline, you can easily navigate to older posts with the timestamp provided on the right.  Additionally, the new Activity Log feature records all your activity on Facebook, which is only visible to you. We have posted an in-depth guide about Timeline. I recommended you to go through it and know all of its features.

Rethink Digg v1 Preview; New Design Looks Promising

Earlier this month, it was reported that the once-popular community powered news website Digg.com was acquired by Betaworks, the team behind the popular link shortening service bitly and News.me.

The small company with a highly innovative team took up a challenge to redesign Digg complete from scratch, with the announcement of “rethink Digg” program, and promised to release the first version, or (re)launch the service on August 1.

Rethink Digg brings the previous Digg team and the Betaworks team to work together and revamp the entire website, including the way it aggregates news. The mission is to save the once-popular service from being buried in a virtual bone yard.

Just two weeks after the acquisition, the team had asked users all over the Internet to provide feedback and advice by asking them to fill out a quick survey. Surprisingly, 92 percent of those who took the survey said that they would not recommended the current Digg to their friends.

Today, the team has published and shared the first mock-ups and screenshots of the new Digg v1, and has also provided a brief explanation on what the user experience on the site will look like:

Digg v1 Mock-up

The current Digg design is more text oriented, however, by looking at the above screenshot, the new Digg design is heavily focused on images. According to Betaworks, the new design will provide a “beautiful, image-friendly, and ad-free experience.” It is also said that the “Diggbar” will be removed from the new design.

It is interesting to see how the Digg score is being made use of, with the integration of Facebook and Twitter. Currently, the Digg count moves a story closer to the top depending on the number of votes it has generated. However, with the new design, Digg counts will not be taken into consideration, but the number of Facebook shares and Tweets will help identify what the Internet is talking about.

Digg v1 Mock-up - Facebook, Twitter Integration

The v1 will not include the commenting system, however, the team will be conducting a few experiments in commenting that will inform more permanent features, and will enable commenting in future.

Overall, the new Digg v1 preview, mock-ups and screenshots look promising, and honestly speaking, I really like it. I’m quite excited and eagerly waiting for the release of the new design. You can check all the released mock-up designs here.

Google Brings Google+ Hangouts to Gmail

Whether you like it or not, Google today has announced to integrate replace the video chat option in Gmail with the newly launched Google+ Hangouts. And this change is inevitable.

In a blog post, Google announced the new change stating that Hangouts will “deliver higher reliability and enhanced quality” to your chats.

Unlike the old video chat, which was based on peer-to-peer technology, Hangouts utilize the power of Google’s network to deliver higher reliability and enhanced quality. You’ll be able to chat with all the same people you did before and, in fact, with Hangouts you’ll now be able to reach them not only when they are using Gmail but also if they are on Google+ in the browser or on their Android or iOS devices.

All Gmail users will benefit from the new replacement. The Hangouts integrated within Gmail will enable users to video chat with up to nine people at once, and enjoy all the Hangouts features that you can within Google+, including watch YouTube videos together, collaborate on Google documents and share your screen.

Google Hangouts

With Hangouts in Gmail, users will not only be able to video chat with Gmail users, but friends on Google + and the Google+ iOS and Android apps as well. However, users need to have Google+ accounts to take advantage of all the Hangouts features to work in Gmail. Additionally, Google says that the Hangouts has a list of fun effects that you can try out. Wearing a virtual mustache or pirate hat is one such effect.

For Gmail users who have been using the earlier video chat feature on a regular basis, the Hangouts integration will certainly be a big improvement, with a complete new experience. However, for users who are not really happy with the integration, the best option you have is to get used to it.

The company has been focusing a lot on its social networking site Google+, and is trying to integrate many features that it offers with all other Google services. While the new change is rolling out slowly from today, Google says that it will be available to all Gmail users in the coming weeks.

Facebook Redesigns Photos With New Mosaic View

Yet again the social networking giant Facebook has announced a new look and feel for its photo layout, with a change that gives users a new photo viewing experience, and making photos appear larger and easier to interact with.

When you click on the “Photos” button link on top of your friend’s profile age, you will get the new mosaic photo view feature, which looks like this:

New Photo Layout - Facebook

The new layout it pretty neat, with photos arranged in random order. At the top, you will see the new menu comprising of three button — Photos of You, Photos, and Albums. Facebook says you can use the new menu to find the photos that you have been tagged in, pictures that you have shared, and different albums created by the user.

With all this, users on their own page can use the highlight feature to showcase their favorite photos, making it easier to show it to their friends. All you need to do is click the star button to make important photos stand out.

The new photo layout is mainly introduced to get more interaction on photos as users browse through them. Hovering over a photo will bring up the title, “like” and comment button, including the number of users who have “liked” and interacted with the photo.

Here’s the current view of the photo layout:

Facebook Albums

Facebook says that it has already started to roll out the new photo layout, and will be made available to all users soon.

Facebook has made several new changes in the recent past. We saw the newly designed Facebook Events, with the new calendar and list view. Also, the company has been testing a new design for its Timeline, in which the user information is placed on top of the cover photo.

Facebook Photograph Showing “Black” Lion is a Fake

Earlier today, while I was on Facebook, I stumbled across a post shared by a friend of mine containing a photo of a “black” lion. Although I knew that something was wrong about the photo, I did a simple search on Facebook, and to my surprise found a boatload of users sharing it. However, the photo is a fake, or in other words, it has been digitally manipulated.

The message is spreading across Facebook as follows:

Black Lion… :-) How many likes for him?

Black Lion….only 1 alive…..in the world. can we get maximum likes 4 dis amazing pic…Share N tag PLS…

The one and last black Lion in the world….extinction on its way.

The Last Black Lion Alive at Norway Zoo . Really Awesome . :)

Facebook Black Lion Hoax

Don’t fall for this hoax message as the picture in the message has been digitally manipulated to make it look like a “black” lion. The picture was fabricated by a DeviantArt user – Pavol Dvorský. The original photo, which is a white lion, can be found at Cute Home Pets website, which discusses about questions and answers about considering to own a white lion as pet.

Here’s the original photo of the white lion:

White Lion - Original Photo

The only animal-relation that I could find to a “black lion” is the black lion tamarin, also known as the golden-rumped lion tamarin, found in Brazil. However, the black lion tamarin is a type of monkey, and not a lion.

Users need to be aware of this as scammers on Facebook might take it up as an advantage and trick users into clicking malware links, or download them as a program.

Hoax messages like the one above isn’t something new. There have been several such hoax messages reportedly spreading and spamming the social networks. It is always advised that users verify such information before spreading it across to their friends. A quick search on Google will help you find out whether the message is a fake or not.

We at Techie Buzz always try to keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. You can follow our dedicated Facebook page where we report all spreading scams – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.