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Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.

Facebook Starts Rolling Out Timeline for Pages on Mobile Devices

Nearly four months after the launch of Facebook Timeline for desktop, the social networking company has now started to roll out the Timeline layout for pages to its mobile version starting this week. Timeline for user profiles was rolled out on mobile at the same when it was launched on desktop, however, Timeline for pages took a little while to arrive.

By navigating to a Facebook page from your mobile phone, you will see the big cover photo, along with the page’s profile picture, some information from the About section, and a relatively long “like” button covering the entire width of the screen. Under it are tabs with which you can view photos, people you have liked the page, Events, and so on.

The previous layout for the mobile version was quite simple in which the profile picture of the page along with the number of likes, the category to which the page belonged to, and the basic information was listed out. Also, the three buttons — Wall, Info, Photos — were placed right above the profile picture.

Here’s how the new and the old profile layouts look:

New Facebook Timeline Layout vs. Old Layout

No doubt the new Timeline layout looks elegantly neat with all the sections organized in a proper way. If you click on the Facebook Timeline Stats“likes” stats button, you will see two big numbers placed aside each other, one being the “People Talking About This” and the other, “Total Likes.”

Below that, Facebook shows some statistics about the page,  which includes the “Most Popular Week” — the week when the most/maximum people were talking about that page, “Most Popular City” — the city where most people are talking about the page, and “Most Popular Age” — the largest age group of the people talking about the page.

When Facebook started to roll out the new layout for all users, not many liked it, as they found the Timeline to be confusing and cluttered. Many tried their luck to disable the Timeline feature, however, Facebook has left no option to roll back to the old profile layout.

 

Google Doodle: Celebrating Gustav Klimt’s 150th Birthday

Known for his erotic and highly decorative style of painting with the primary subject being the female body, the Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt was born 150 years ago today, and thanks to Google, a lot of people now know who he is.

On the occasion of Klimt’s 150th birth anniversary, Google has come up with a doodle that is dedicated to the artistic painter and has featured it on its home page by replacing the Google logo with the doodle. The doodle reflects one of Klimt’s most famous work – “The Kiss,” which he painted between the year 1907 and 1908.

The doodle has the letters “Google” in golden-yellow color placed in the background, while the painting “The Kiss” is placed over it.

Gustav Klimt Google Doodle

Not many knew about the Austrian painter until Google put up the doodle, although he was referred to as an important artist and had gained worldwide recognition even beyond the art world during his time.

On this day, Austria will be celebrating Klimt’s birthday with special exhibitions in and around the city, including a few guided walking tours where people will be guided through some of the places and building where Klimt worked. Also, to coincide with the birth anniversary of Klimt, the Austrian Mint had begun a 5 coin gold series in 2012, and issued the first 50 Euro gold coin on January 25, 2012, featuring a portrait of Klimt.

Klimt’s painting stirred lot controversies during his time because of his celebration of sex and sexuality. However, today, Klimt’s works are among the world’s most expensive available, and “The Kiss,” featured in today’s doodle is his most famous painting. Klimt also made it into the headlines last year when one of his paintings was sold at an auction for nearly $40 million.

Born:July 14, 1862, Baumgarten, ViennaDied:February 6, 1918, Vienna

Education: University of Applied Arts Vienna (1876–1883)

Parents: Anna Klimt, Ernst Klimt the Elder

Children: Otto Zimmermann, Gustav Ucicky, Gustav Zimmermann

With all this, some Internet users had deliberately changed the Klimt’s Wikipedia page, in which the first line read as, “Google, the worst search engine, has made a link to Gustav Klimt…” However, this appears to be fixed as you can see the last modified timestamp at the bottom of the page.

Gustav Klimt - Wikipedia

Klimt died in Vienna on February 6, 1918 after contracting Spanish flu during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photos on Facebook Replaced with Blank Boxes; Temporary Solution

UPDATE: Facebook states that, “Sometimes when we do maintenance on the site, certain photos or albums temporarily disappear. If you’re missing photos, please wait for a few hours to see if they reappear.” However, if you continue to see the blank boxes, you can report it to Facebook using this link.

There seems to be some sort of bug on Facebook where users are complaining that some of their photos in their albums have gone missing. Users are stating that the photos are replaced with blank boxes, although there is no error displayed.

The exact cause of this issue is not known, but we think that it is a bug, or there could be some technical problems with Facebook servers. However, if you’re one among many who are facing this issue, there’s a temporary solution for this. You simply need to turn off the “Secure Browsing” feature, and your photos should be back again. This is a temporary solution, and many users have confirmed that it is working and their photos are visible now.

Facebook Photos Missing

To disable Secure Browsing, navigate to your Account Settings and select the Security Tab on the left sidebar. From the first option, disable Secure Browsing. Try reloading your album page and see if the solution is working or not.

Disable Secure Browsing - Facebook

If the above solution isn’t working, then you will have to wait until the issue is fixed. Facebook is aware of this issue and is probably looking into it.

Twitter Age Screening Tool to Restrict Minors from Following Adult Bands

In partnership with Twitter, the social media analytics firm Buddy Media has released an age screening tool, specially designed for alcohol brands and marketers who want to restrict minors from viewing age-restricted content.

Such brands can make use of this age screening tool to restrict under-aged users from either following the brand, or reading any tweets. That way, it enables the advertisers and others to hide inappropriate content from minors.

When you follow a brand that is taking part in the age screening service, you will receive an automated Direct Message from that brand with a link to verify your age. After having your age verified, you can continue reading the tweets from that account, otherwise, you will be restricted.

However, there is no verification or any background check done to see if you have provided the right information. Just like every other age verification system, it entirely depends on the users’ honesty. That being said, if the brand finds out that the entered age is incorrect, which is done to bypass their age screen, the brand can completely block you and also permanently ban you from following the account in future.

Twitter Age Screening

Once you have entered your age, the system will not ask for it again. Also, Twitter continues to comply with its policy of not storing any user information. The age information that you provide will be confidentially stored by Buddy Media, who is limited to using your information exclusively for this purpose only. This also means that Buddy Media is not entitled to share the information with any advertisers.

You can go ahead and try following the below mentioned brands on Twitter, who have tested and implemented the age screening tool.

Buddy Media explained in a blog post on its site:

Over the past month, we have been beta-testing this solution with a small and select group of alcohol brands from several of the alcohol industry’s major holding companies, including Brown Forman’s Jack Daniels (@JackHoney), Jim Beam’s Skinny Girl (@SkinnygirlCKTLS), and MillerCoors’ Coors Light and Miller Lite (@CoorsLite and @MillerLite). Now, we are formally launching this solution and making it available to any marketer.

If you’re a brand who would like to use the age screening tool, you can sign up here and submit your brand for approval. Buddy Media will provide you with access to the Twitter Age Screening tool once approved.

Facebook’s New Feature Notifies You About Engagements and Weddings

Thanks to Facebook, I never miss wishing any of my close friends on their birthdays. At least that saves me from being cursed for not wishing that person on his/her birthday. With the popularity of birthday reminders, Facebook is now adding up a similar notification feature for engagements and weddings, which will notify you when your friends are getting married or engaged, so that you don’t miss congratulating the couple, or scare them about marriage life :P

Facebook has already started to roll out the new “Wedding and Celebrations” feature, which automatically notifies you based on the change in the relationship status to “engaged” or “married.” The notification will be showed on the top-right corner above the sponsored ads.

Facebook Wedding Engagements Updates

A Facebook spokesperson said that the new feature is all about sharing the important events in your life with friends:

Facebook has become a unique way people share and congratulate friends around exciting life events such as engagements and weddings or the arrival of a child. To make it easier to keep up with these momentous occasions and to ensure you can share in your friends’ joy, we are rolling out a “Weddings and Celebrations” feature. Beginning today, special events starting with engagements and weddings will be displayed along with friends’ birthdays when you log into Facebook.

When a new notification arrives, users can simply click on it and congratulate the couple without having to switch between profiles, just like the way you post a birthday wish. In addition to this, you can even send a friend request to the person your friend is getting engaged or married with.

Interestingly a lot of Facebook employees are getting married, which includes the CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself, and Facebook co-founder Chris Huges wedding his boyfriend. It is also interesting to see how Facebook is focusing more on important life events. In the recent past, Facebook announced the organ donor feature that provides an ability to add your organ donor status on your Timeline, which in return may inspire others to sign up as donors as well.

Facebook has also revamped the Events feature with the new calendar and list view that highlights a list of current and upcoming events. However, the engagement and marriage events won’t be listed or added to the calendar view.

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Facebook Redesigns Events with New Calendar, List View

Keeping track of upcoming events on Facebook is a lot easier, as the company has finally redesigned Events with the all new List view and Calendar view that is designed to highlight the upcoming events such as birthdays, parties, and suggested events.

The new Facebook Events was started and built overnight as a part of the hackathon project by Facebook developers, who were looking forward to improvise the social networking giant’s Event’s features and functionality.

“Before a recent hackathon, a few of us created a Facebook group called “Social Calendar Dreamers” to spark discussion around making Events more visual. At the next hackathon, engineers from the events, photos, messages and other teams hacked through the night to build a better way to view events. By 6 a.m., we had a prototype that worked.”

As the prototype was finalized, the engineers revealed it to Facebook, which led to the addition of new features and was then taken into consideration to implement on the site.

The improved Events for Facebook with list view and calendar view comes with some great essentials. The calendar view lets you view all your RSVPs right in one page on a set of grids, rather than the traditional way of scrolling down through each event. The design of the calendar is something similar to Google Calendar, and each day’s box is listed with the event, which can be hovered over or clicked to go through the event details.

Facebook Events Calendar View

At the top of the calendar is a list of pending events along with the buttons to access past events. You can also create an event using the “Create Event” box placed at the top. For upcoming events, you need to scroll (infinite scrolling) down, and the list is generated accordingly.

The List view provides a different look with the current and next month calendar placed on the left alongside the list of present day events and upcoming events. You can leave comments or respond to invites within the same window rather than switching between pages and windows.

Facebook Events List View

Google+ is one of the reasons why Facebook revamped Events with new features. Google+ recently unveiled the Google+ Events, which offers some great features such as the “Party Mode.”

Facebook is slowly rolling out this feature to all Facebook users. You can check it out by going to your Events page on Facebook and then clicking the “Calendar” tab on the top left side of the screen.

Your Last Chance to Change Your Facebook Page Vanity URL

Facebook made it easier for page owners by allowing them to provide a username or vanity URL for their Facebook pages. When it was launched three years back, Facebook stated that once the page owner has set a username, it could not be changed. Facebook warned page owners and asked them to think wisely before they chose a username for their page.

However, a lot of people made mistakes while choosing an appropriate name, for which they have been regretting ever since. The only way was to delete the existing page and create a new page. However, deleting a page will not only delete the posts and updates, but also the “likes” your page has generated.

Since this was the most difficult part, many page owners requested Facebook to allow them to change the vanity URL of their Facebook fan page. Facebook has been listening to its users and has finally decided to give page owners/administrators one last chance to set things right.

Facebook, on Tuesday, made an announcement stating that Page owners can now change the vanity URLs of their page to anything they want. However, this change is allowed only once and cannot be changed again no matter what.

Change Facebook Page Vanity URL

So, if you had mistakenly chosen a wrong username for your Facebook page, here’s your chance to rectify your error, but be wise enough while making this change. To change Facebook page vanity URL, follow the steps below:

Step #1: Click on the “Edit Page” link button from the top of your Page

Step #2: From the drop-down menu, select the “Update Info” option

Step #3: Make sure you are on the “Basic Information” page. Click on “Change username” in the Username section

Step #4: Enter a new username and check for its availability. If the username you want is available, click “Confirm” to save it.

Note: Please keep in mind that you cannot change the username again after hitting the “Confirm” button.

You Will Hate Nicki Minaj After Watching This Video Here – Facebook Scam

Yet again the Nicki Minaj scam on Facebook has started to appear after it was reported to be spreading on the social networking site back in May. However, this time the scam is spreading with a picture along with a link that leads to a bogus web page.

The scam is spreading with the following message and picture:

You Will Hate Nicki Minaj - Facebook Scam

You Will HATE Nicki Minaj After Watching This Video Here —> [link]

This is the third time that scammers are spreading hoax messages and sex tape related to Nicki Minaj. Earlier they had targeted the same celebrity in the scam “Nicki Minaj Sex Tape – Exclusive!!!” and “Nicki Minaj Gets Caught on Tape (LEAKED Tape),” and are now doing it again with another fake message.

Clicking the link provided in the message will automatically download a malware program on your PC. Not just that, this will also lead to Facebook click-jack and like-jack in which your Facebook account will automatically “like” and “share” the same message with your friends.

It is highly 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.

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 Likejacking and Clickjacking scams.

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Facebook to Serve Mobile Ads Based on App Usage; Users Concerned About Privacy

Facebook is better known for privacy issues that its users are confused about, and here is yet another Facebook privacy chaos. The social media giant has crossed the limits of privacy and has now decided to track the apps that you use on Facebook via your mobile phone.

In the latest report by WSJ, Facebook is launching a new way of serving ads for mobile users by keeping a track of the apps that they use. The social network, which currently has over 900 million users, would use its Facebook Connect feature that enables millions of users to log into applications using their Facebook ID and password, to track consumers’ apps, and serve ads accordingly.

The advantage Facebook will have here is that the ads won’t necessarily be based on anything you or your friends have “liked” in the past, but will be based on the apps you have installed and the data collected from it.

Facebook for Mobile

This is done in order to display relevant ads and target the right customers. It is very much similar to what Google has done by unifying its privacy policies and displaying personalized advertisements by filtering out unwanted ads.

The problem, however, is the users’ privacy. According to the WSJ, the main problem is that “the product allows Facebook to know which apps users have downloaded on their phones and then target ads based on that information.”

Unlike its traditional way of serving ads by considering users’ own preferences, friends, and their “likes”, the new Facebook mobile ads serving method is completely different, if you ask. Earlier, with the permission of the user (by “liking” a product or company), Facebook would show a promotional content in the news feed, however, with the new ad serving methods, you will be displayed with certain targeted ads based on your activities and apps without your permission.

Users cannot opt-out of this mobile advertising no matter what as this is a forced change just like the Timeline feature. This is definitely a problem that users will face and is likely to strike privacy fears.

It is also known that Facebook is planning to release tools for developers to take advantage of the new mobile ad unit sometime at the end of this month.

Also Read: Facebook’s IPO and its challenges in Mobile Advertising

Facebook, after it went public in May 2012, is under immense pressure to generate revenue, especially through mobile devices, since nearly half of the users on Facebook use the network via their mobile devices. The company is yet to recovery complete from its IPO failure. Facebook has been working hard to get more users to use the site via mobile devices and is now figuring out a way for advertisers to reach them.

Facebook Kills Face.com’s Face Recognition APIs Including Klik iPhone App

In under a month after Facebook took over the popular facial recognition technology service Face.com, the social media giant Facebook has now decided to kill the entire service by closing down its facial recognition APIs in the next 30 days. Although the company assured to continue supporting the developer community, it now appears to be a white lie after this unexpected announcement.

In an email sent to the developers, Face.com stated that it will no longer be able to support its developer APIs, as it is looking forward to collaborate with the Facebook team:

“We’re excited to move forward to work with all our friends at Facebook. Part of this process includes closing down other products and services that we are no longer able to support, and this includes the Face.com developers API.”Face.com API Shut Down

Currently, Face.com has updated the site with the following message:

“We’re working with Face.com developers to transition as we wind down support for our APIs”

Facebook has not only acquired a great service and an awesome domain, but also maybe planning to integrate Face.com’s technology into Facebook itself. The company had about 20,000 developers in 2011, and within a year, the number doubled with nearly 45,000 developers signing up.

This has left the developers devastated. Some of them are putting out their frustrations on Twitter, while some are craving for open source alternatives. One of the developers posted the following on Hacker News:

“I literally just finished a hardware project based on the face.com API. I want to be furious but I guess you can’t blame them for creating such a great product. I knew it must be too good be true, and free forever. It sucks though because this was just a side project for me and I’m not sure it’s worth the time to develop my own OpenCV system.

I’ll be checking out the alternatives and resources you guys are posting though, HN is great!

F*** you Facebook…”

This shut down also includes the death of the facial recognition app Klik, which is no more to be found in the App Store. The app users, which allowed people to tag faces in photos using Facebook, are given a deadline until July 20 to retrieve their photos, after which all data will be deleted.

In announcement on Klik’s site, “After this date Face.com will dispose of the data we collect in connection with your use of the KLIK app and will not be migrating data to Facebook. All your data will be deleted – no exceptions.”