“Like” and “Share” to See Magic Trick – Facebook Spam

Facebook is one of the best platforms to share anything that is interesting and catchy. However, there are several users on Facebook who fail to drive attention and would want to get more users to “like” their Facebook page, or their work. Such users create a challenging task and ask users to “like” or “share” their pages in order to see something interesting, or in this case a magic trick.

Quite recently, there have been a lot of blurred images spreading over Facebook with a message at the bottom stating, “First Like, then Share, and then see the magic.” For instance, here’s an blurred image of Mickey Mouse that is spreading with the message:

Like and Share to See Magic

The above image was shared by popular cricket star Virat Kohli on his Timeline, and has also tagged over 50 people in it. Believing the star, many of his fans “liked” and “shared” the same image in order to see the Facebook magic trick, and for obvious reasons, the so called “trick” didn’t work.

Similarly, there are many such blurred images that are spreading, asking users to “like” a Facebook page in order to see the magic trick work. After having “liked” and “shared” the image, or the link to the Facebook fan page, users have realized that nothing happens and there is no “magic.” They have also acknowledged that it doesn’t work by adding their comments.

Needless to say, users need to understand that there is no such magic, even if they “like” a fan page, or “share” it with their friends. The creators of such messages are simply trying to increase the number of “likes” for their Facebook pages. It’s not only pointless to spread this message, but you’re also making a fool of yourself by sharing such messages with your friends.

I recommend that you avoid sharing messages like the one showed above and avoid spamming your friends’ news feed. Also, make sure you tell your friends about it by sharing this post with them. 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.

LinkedIn Breaks Up with Twitter; Will No Longer Sync Twitter Updates

You will no longer be able to post your Twitter updates to LinkedIn, as the latter has made an announcement stating that, regardless of whether you push all your Twitter updates to LinkedIn, or simply filter them out with the #in hashtag, they will no longer be displayed on LinkedIn.

Here’s the update that was sent out LinkedIn users who took advantage of the Twitter-to-LinkedIn service:

LinkedIn and Twitter have worked together since 2009 to enable you to share your professional conversations on both
platforms. Twitter recently evolved its strategy and this will result in a change to the way Tweets appear in third-party applications. Starting today Tweets will no longer be displayed on LinkedIn.

We know that sharing updates from LinkedIn to Twitter is a valuable service for our members. Moving forward, you will still be able to share updates with your Twitter audience by posting them on LinkedIn.

However, you can continue posting updates through LinkedIn to Twitter via the “Share” button. After you compose your post, check the box with the Twitter icon, and click on “Share.” You post will be automatically published to both your LinkedIn connections and your Twitter followers.

Why This Change?
Twitter Birdhouse

Prior to the announcement by LinkedIn, Twitter’s Michael Sippey posted a change about Twitter’s policy indicating that the company is looking forward to “build engaging experiences into Twitter” and allow “developers to be able to build applications that run within Tweets.”

All it means to say is that Twitter wants it users to stick around its own website and mobile applications, and has been focusing a lot to achieve that. In other words, Twitter is trying to push out third-party partners who display tweets on their websites. This change in Twitter’s policy is because the company is expecting to boost its revenue from advertising, and according to some sources, it is expecting to generate over $1 billion revenue in advertising by 2014.

Twitter advertising business accounts to almost 90 percent of its revenue. And in order to achieve the $1 billion milestone, Twitter needs to grow its advertising business, no matter what. In 2011, Twitter managed to generate nearly $140 million in advertising revenue.

Facebook Testing New “Want” Button for Products

You’ve always had the option to “Like” something on Facebook. But when it comes to products, you may “like” it, but what if you want it and add it to your wish list? Well, a feature something like that might soon appear on Facebook, as the social media giant is testing a “Want” button feature, which will allow you to add the product to your “Want” list, or simply called as a wish list.

The new feature hasn’t been rolled out yet, but was found in the latest Facebook JavaScript software development kit. Developer Tom Waddington, who discovered the new “Want” button tag in the SDK, states that button is currently disabled, however, it does render when used.

Here’s an instance of the new “Want” button (it throws an error):

Here’s the code that was used for the “Want” button:

<div class="fb-want" data-href="...."></div>

The new button will work only with entities that are labelled as “products.” This could be a necessary feature apart from the all-time popular “like” button. People on Facebook “like” products, pages, photos, or any other thing, however, with the new “Want” button, it would allow users to show their interest and desire to purchase a product.

Does Facebook really want a “Want” button?

The data pulled from the Facebook want button is worth a lot, especially for business purposes. Take for instance, you want to own the latest Samsung Galaxy S3. So, you head over to the Galaxy S3 page and add the product to your wish list by clicking on the “want” button.

Now, imagine the same thing done by a thousand other users. Though not every person who clicks on the “want” button may buy it, it will provide an insight to the product distributor on how successful the product is and the number of people wanting to buy the phone.

You may now say that there is no big difference between the “like” and the “want” button. You can “like” anything on Facebook, but “want” is something that is restricted to products only, which shows a user’s desire in purchasing the product. This makes the big difference between the two buttons.

Yet another difference between the two buttons is that, a number of users “like” a product on ecommerce sites, but that doesn’t specify the number of users who already have the product and the number of users who are looking forward to buy it.

With everything considered, the new “Want” button looks promising and will surely be very useful to manufacturers and retailers. So, what do you think of the new “Want” button?


Google+ Events: Before, During and After the Party

At the end of Google I/O Keynote – Day 1, Google came up with some interesting stats about Google+, and also announced the tablet version for the social networking site. However, that was not the end of it.

Google went on further and announced a new feature called “Google+ Events”, which offers an effortless way to plan events with your friends, relatives, family members, and also the people who are not on Google+.

Google has taken the way of organizing events to the next new level. Most of the time we just send out invitations and get RSVPs, but the new “Google+ Events” focuses more on the needs and details that come before, during, and after an event.

Before the Event: Send Invites, and Stay in Sync with Calendar Integration

Prior to an event, you need to design your invitation before sending it out to your friends and family members. Google+ Events works pretty much in a similar way. Google+ helps you design your invites using an image from a selection of “cinemagraphs”, with subtle animations. Google+ Events also provides the ability to attach a personalized video greeting from YouTube.

You can add your friends who are already on Google+, along with those who are not on Google+ by simply entering their email id. The event details will be revealed to the recipients as they unfold the invite, and upon RSVP, the event is automatically synced to their Google Calendars.

During the Event: Share Real-time Photos in “Party Mode”

Google+ Events is all about what you do before, during, and after an event. At Google I/O, Vic Gundotra showed off the invitation system, and mainly highlighted the “Party Mode” feature. With the new “Party Mode” feature enabled on your mobile device, all photos clicked by the attendees will be added to the event landing page.

What’s the fun part? Well, it all happens in real time, and the streaming feed can be viewed as a slideshow.

After the Event: Everything Gets Automatically Arranged

Once you get back home after the party, you don’t have sit and decide what photos you have to upload, because Google+ “Party Mode” has already done that for you. Additionally, you don’t have to take the pains of arranging the photos in order, because Google+ does the arrangements automatically by placing them in chronological order once the party is over.

Just visit your event page after it’s over, and you’ll see everyone’s pictures and comments in chronological order. You can also browse by popularity, photographer or photo tag with a few clicks. It’s easy, immersive and awesome.

It’s exactly one year since Google+ was launched, and Google is proud that it has come this long with over 250 million users in total. With all new features like Google+ Events, the social networking site has gone way ahead in terms of innovation. Google+ has grown to a greater extent in the last one year, and by the end of next year, we should see some tough competition between Google+ and Facebook.

Google+ for Tablets – Android App Available Today, Coming Soon to iPad

Today, during the Google I/O 2012, Google announced the all new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean along with the Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q device. Further ahead, Google’s VP Vic Gundotra shared some pretty interesting stats about its social networking site, Google+.

Google launched Google+ back in 2011, and exactly after a year, Google+ has reached a new milestone of over 250 million users in total of which nearly 175 million are monthly active users, including 75 million daily users. It’s pretty interesting to learn that Google+ has grown to a greater extent in the last one year, and what’s even more interesting is that most of the users login to their Google+ profiles from mobile devices.

This makes it clear that Google+ is gaining popularity on mobile devices rather than on desktop. Users spend about roughly 12 minutes using Google+, which is quite a demand. In order to cope up with the demands, Google today announced the Google+ version for tablets.

Google+ for Tablets

Having announced the tablet version for Google+, Vic Gundotra added, “We think it’s the best version of Google+ we’re ever designed.”

The Android app for tablets is available today, however, iOS users will have to wait a little longer as Google has promised to release the app very “soon.”

Google posted in a blog post that the tablet app is designed with the device in mind, and it includes:

  • A beautiful stream that styles content based on popularity, type and orientation
  • A “lean back” Hangouts experience that’s great for the couch or common room
  • Crisper text, fuller photos and easily-tappable actions like +1 and comment

Facebook Disables ‘Find Friends Nearby’ Feature; Might Get Sued for Stealing the Idea

Earlier today we reported that Facebook quietly rolled out the ‘Find Friends Nearby’ feature, which basically provided users a way to find Facebook users who are close to their location at that very moment. However, the feature has now been pulled back, and of course, that was done quietly too.

There was no official announcement about the release of the ‘Find Friends Nearby’ feature, although no one expected one, since Facebook has been releasing a number of new features without letting its users know about it. Not to forget the very recent change in updating user’s email id to @facebook.com without the permission of its users’.

The ‘Find Friends Nearby’ feature has now been removed (with less than 24 hours) and the URL – fb.com/ffn is no more accessible. According to an update by ABC News, Facebook stated that it was an experimental release and was intended for testing purpose only:

“This wasn’t a formal release – this was something that a few engineers were testing. With all tests, some get released as full products, others don’t. Nothing more to say on this for now – we’ll communicate to everyone when there is something to say.”

But my real concern is about Facebook engineer Ryan Patterson, who claims to have developed the ‘Find Friends Nearby’ feature in a comment on TechCrunch’s site. Ryan had to reveal so much information about the feature, yet Facebook says, “We’ll communicate to everyone when there is something to say.

Here’s the comment added by Ryan Patterson:

I built Find Friends Nearby with another engineer for a hackathon project. While it was originally called ‘Friendshake’, we settled on ‘Find Friends Nearby’ for launch (the URL was a little bit of a homage to the previous iteration).

For me, the ideal use case for this product is the one where when you’re out with a group of people whom you’ve recently met and want to stay in contact with. Facebook search might be effective, or sharing your vanity addresses or business cards, but this tool provides a really easy way to exchange contact information with multiple people with minimal friction.

I don’t know if Facebook is aware of this comment, or has simply ignored it. Nevertheless, it is also possible that Facebook pulled back this feature, after a location-based app maker ‘Friendthem’ decided to sue Facebook for having knowingly steal their idea and ‘trademarked materials’.

An email from Charles Sankowich, CEO of Friendthem, to TheNextWeb claims that Facebook has stolen their idea, which Facebook calls it ‘Find Friends Nearby’. Here’s the email that TNW received:

I was amazed on Sunday to read that Facebook is blatantly stealing our idea with what they are calling, “Find Friends Nearby.”

Facebook engineer Ryan Patterson claims the feature was born at a hackathon as “Friendshake,” but we believe they simply stole trademarked materials of Friendthem.com.

More than two years ago we trademarked “Friendthem” and have had tremendous success and exposure with this concept. Even their language is similar to what has been on our website for year’s now – “Friendthem” is a location-based mobile app designed to help you make connections with people near you. Use the Friendthem app to follow up on missed connections for work and personal.

We are consulting attorneys and assuming this is true and expect to commence a lawsuit very shortly. One would think that Facebook would have learned to play fair after being through the mud previously with legal difficulties, but now they are doing it again.

We may not be billionaires but we are damn tough New York entrepreneurs, and we believe in this idea and will keep working to connect people.

Perhaps this is the main reason why Facebook had to pull their ‘Find Friends Nearby’ feature. Or, maybe it is serious about launching a feature something similar to ‘Friendthem’, but will the company, which claims that Facebook has stolen their idea stay put? Or, perhaps we may see Facebook ending up with an acquisition deal with ‘Friendthem’.

John Cena Dies In Car Crash Hoax

A new hoax message has surfaced on the social networking site Facebook, which claims that the American professional wrestler and actor, John Cena, died in a car accident on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. However, the message spreading is false and is a rumor.

At the time of writing this post, John Cena posted an update on his Twitter account with a message stating that he has an important announcement to make at RAW –

John Cena - Twitter Update

Well, by this update, it is clear that John Cena is safe, and the message – John Cena Dies in Car Crash hoax spreading spreading across Facebook and Twitter is not true. It is recommend that you stop spreading the message and also inform your friends about it.

John Cena Dies in Car Crash

Upon clicking the link on Facebook, you will be warned that the page you are visiting is not safe and may contain malware programs that could be harmful to your computer. However, the website that the link leads to contains the following speculated message –

John Cena died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident and was identified by photo ID found on his body. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident – June 26, 2012

Scammers create such rumors in order to drive traffic to their bogus websites. Sometimes, you are asked to download malware programs that are programmed to gather your personal information stored on your computer. It is highly advised that you avoid clicking such links on Facebook.

With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scams. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post 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.

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

Google Doodle Celebrates Alan Turing’s 100th Birthday with a Turing Machine

Google today is celebrating the 100th birthday of Alan Turing, an English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist by replacing its usual Google logo and honouring the great computer genius with an impressive Turing Machine Google doodle.

The Turing machine, as described by Alan Turing in 1936, is a device that manipulates symbols on a strip of tape following to a set of rules. The machine scans the strip of tape by looking at some specific cues, which would then alter the state of the machine. The device is used not only to process the logic of any computer algorithm, but is also particularly used to conceptualize and explain the behavior of a CPU inside a computer.

The Google doodle that is featured on Google’s home page replicates the Turing machine in a virtual manner. The virtual Turing machine challenges you to spell out Google in the binary code format. Head over to Google.com and see if you can solve the “puzzle” and get the combinations right.

The first five letters were quite easy to figure out, however, the last letter is far more difficult to get it right. After a lot of trial and error, I somehow managed to get its combinations correct in the sixth attempt. Each letter turns into its respective color (in logo), and at the end of it, the entire sequence is repeated from the beginning to end.

Google Doodle Celebrates Alan Turing's 100th Birthday

Alan Turing was born on June 23, 1912 in London, England. He is widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence.

After the Second World War, Turing worked for the Government Code and Cypher School, where he created one of his first designs for a stored-program computer, the ACE. He then joined Max Newman’s Computing Laboratory at Manchester University where he showed interest in mathematical biology.

In the year 1952, Turing was accused for homosexuality as homosexual acts were still illegal in the United Kingdom back then. He was sentenced to a year of treatment with female hormones (chemical castration). Two years later, on June 7 1954, Turing died of cyanide poisoning.

For the punishment Turing had faced, the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown apologized publicly on behalf the British Government in the year 2009.

Along with the Google Doodle, Allan Turing, is also being honoured with an award named after him in Manchester for people who help victims of homophobia. Another award that is named after Alan Turing – The Turing Award, is considered to be the highest distinction in computer science and is also referred to as the Nobel Prize of computing.

In case you have some difficulties in solving the doodle, here’s a video with the solution:

Yahoo Makes It Easier to Find Photos in Yahoo Mail with Photos App

In the last one year, I have neither sent any emails to a Yahoo recipient, nor I can hardly remember anybody who still uses Yahoo. I honestly dont know if my Yahoo account is still functioning, or has been already deleted due to inactivity. Anyways, for those who are still using Yahoo, the company has introduced a new feature called the Photos app for its browser based email site, Yahoo Mail.

In a blog post, Yahoo announced the addition of Photos app that is designed to locate all your photos in your Yahoo Mail at one single place. The app automatically sorts out and displays all the photos that were sent and received from the beginning to date. The arrangement of photos can be customized and can be sorted by date, sender, or file size.

All these photos will be available in one centralized box, from which you can instantly share them with your friends, or even have them exported to Flickr.

Yahoo Mail Director of Product Management, Miriam Geller writes –

Yahoo! Mail makes it super simple to find and share those treasures with our new Photos app. The Photos app aggregates all of the photos in your inbox that you ve ever sent or received during the entire life of your email account. You can see thumbnails of all the photos and filter by date, sender, folder and size.

If you are not a Flickr user, Yahoo provides you an option to create an account on Flickr instantly (Really? Is that how you plan to get back Flickr users? Sigh!) Additionally, if you are an avid Flick user, you can see your entire Flickr photostream right into your Yahoo! Mail.

Here is a video explaining the new Photo app:

Yahoo Mail Photos App

The key features of the built-in Photos app in Yahoo Mail are:

  • Kiss goodbye to searching – Find all your photos in one place.
  • Send and share with your friends easily and instantly. Email your photos with one click or upload them to Flickr
  • Sort and organize your photos easily – Sort photos and attachments by sender, date, size or file type
  • Locate the associated email containing the photo (attachments), including the person who originally sent it.

Facebook Enables Comment Editing Feature; Keeps Original Comments in “Edit History”

Facebook is releasing yet another essential feature that many users have craved for all these years – Editing comments. The new “Edit” feature that Facebook is releasing enables users to edit their comments, giving them complete flexibility to rewrite and correct their wrongs in their comments. This eliminates the burden of deleting and rewriting the comments all over again.

Additionally, when you edit a comment, Facebook will keep a copy of the original comment in the edit history, which will be visible to all users. This edit history will contain all the previous versions of your comment. According to Facebook, this is done to ensure “subsequent commenters or likers have the full context of the conversation.”

Facebook is rolling out the feature now and will be made available to all its in a couple of days. Perhaps, you would have already got the feature by now. Go to your Timeline and browse through any of the comments that you have previously added. On the top-right corner, you will see an icon, and clicking it will provide you with two options – Edit, and Delete.

Clicking the edit button will switch the comment in edit mode, and you can continue editing the comment. However, you can simply cancel any edits by pressing the escape button on your keyboard.

Edit Facebook Comments

Facebook displays the following message after you have edited a comment:

Facebook Edit Comments Tip

All this sounds well and good, however, the feature is currently available on the browser version of Facebook. We are not sure if this will also be available in the mobile versions. Additionally, it is not known whether this feature will be available on Facebook’s social commenting plug-in that websites use as their comment box.

Facebook has been releasing a lot of new features, including some updates to its existing features. Here are some of the recently added features and updates that Facebook announced: