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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.

Beware of This Gmail Phishing Email

There’s a new phishing email that is being sent across to Gmail users stating that their Gmail account might be suspended if they do not verify their account immediately. If you’ve received such an email, it is advised that you delete or report the email as ‘phishing’ immediately.

The following phishing email is being sent across to Gmail users:

Gmail! Mail Account Verification

You are receiving this message due to errors encountered in our regular verification process on your email account.

We need to verify your account, regarding the new security features that is added to your email account.You are required to send us your user name and password to avoid loosing your account

 

Regards,
Gmail! Account Services

Gmail Scam

Messages like this are sent to mass users by spammer and are specifically designed to collect personal information, called ‘spoofing’ or ‘password phishing.’

As Google explains, “phishing is a form of fraud in which a message sender attempts to trick the recipient into divulging important personal information like a password or bank account number, transferring money, or installing malicious software. Usually the sender pretends to be a representative of a legitimate organization.”

Users should be cautious of any message or email that asks for your personal information, such as username & password, credit card number, or any other credential information. Some messages refer you to a webpage asking for personal information, which also should be avoided.

One thing you can be sure of is that Google or Gmail will never ask you to provide this information in an email; if the message asking for it claims to be from Google or the Gmail team, do not believe it. Gmail doesn’t send mass messages asking for passwords or personal information. If you think your Gmail account has been compromised or taken over, you can follow this link to seek direct help from the Gmail team and resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

Tweet Archive Now Supports 12 More Languages

Twitter enabled the most awaited option for users to download their past tweets and retweets (Tweet Archive) back in December 2012. The feature started to roll out slowly to a small percentage of users whose languages was set to English, however, starting today, users will be able to download their Twitter Archive in 12 more languages.

Today, the company announced in a tweet, stating that Twitter Archive is now available in the following languages: Hindi, Farsi, French, Hebrew, German, Spanish, Dutch, Malaysian, Norwegian, Finnish, Hungarian and Polish. This means that Twitter Archive option is now available in 13 languages including English.

Twitter Archive in 12 More Languages

To start downloading your past tweets, you need to first request for your account’s Twitter Archive. To do so, go to Settings and look for the new option “Your Twitter archive” at the bottom of the page. Once requested, you’ll receive a link to download a ZIP file of your tweet archive by email.

The company already has plans to make Twitter Archives available in all supported languages – “Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll make it available to all users around the world, for all the languages we offer.”

Beware of Facebook Mass Tagging Spam

In order make a status update viral, users generally mass tag people in their friend list, however, this trend is now being misused by spammers to spread spam links to bogus websites.

A new scam message has been spreading across the social network Facebook that tags multiple users in a post containing a link to a bogus site. When a tagged user clicks on the link, all the friends in the user’s friend list are automatically tagged in a new post and is posted on the user’s wall.

A screen shot of the Facebook scam spreading is shown below:

Facebook Mass Tag Spam

If you find any such similar posts on your News Feed, it is advised that you delete the post immediately and also advise the same to the friend who has been targeted with the scam message. Clicking the link will click-jack and tag-jack your Facebook account, and automatically starts tagging people from your friends’ list and post the same message on your Facebook Wall.

This is a tag-jacking scam message, which will automatically tag random friends from your friends list, which in turn your friends might think that they have been genuinely tagged by you and eventually fall for the trap. If you find any such messages on your Timeline, report it as spam immediately.

As a precautionary measure, avoid clicking on short URLs on Facebook. Also, check the applications that are associated with your Facebook account and remove the ones that are unwanted. 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 Like-jacking and Click-jacking scams.

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How to Get Access to the New Facebook News Feed Early

Facebook has just announced a new design for its News Feed. The new layout for the News Feed is designed to bring down clutter and focus more on stories shared by friends and family members. However, the other reason to bring in the new change is ads.

Nevertheless, we have to say that the new News Feed is indeed beautiful and better than the current one. Facebook has stated that the new design will start rolling out to users starting today. If you want to get access to the new design even before your friends do, or want to give it a try and provide feedback to Facebook, you can visit this link – www.facebook.com/newsfeed and add yourself to the waiting list.

The new design updates will be available on your iPhone and iPad in the coming weeks and to Android soon after.

We already know that Facebook’s News Feed is all about real-time flow of pictures, status updates and links from the people and Pages a user has friended or followed. Functionally and fundamentally the News Feed has been the same since its inception in 2006. However, the big question is that what is new in the just launched newly designed News Feed?

Fcebook News Feed new design

According to Facebook, rather than bombarding the user’s news feed with a mixture of updates, pictures, videos, links and more, the new design is said to filter each of these items into separate streams, or different News Feeds.

In other words, photos will be segregated and showed on a different feed, music related updates on a different feed, and so on. One example suggested by TechCrunch would be the ability to view just the Instagram photos that have been liked and shared by your friends.

The new News Feed features three major components:

  • Bigger Images
  • Multiple Feeds
  • Mobile Consistency

Have you already got access to the new Facebook News Feed? Do share your experience with our readers using the comment section below.

Facebook Unveils New Look for Its News Feed

The social media giant Facebook has just announced a new design for its News Feed, including changes in the flow of status updates, photos and advertisements its users see on the site. The new Facebook News Feed is designed in a way to reduce clutter and focus more on stories that people share, as the company continues to carry out their mission: to make the world more open and connected.

Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the new design by stating that the “News Feed is one of the most important things we’ve built.” He compared the news feed to a personalized newspaper that gives users the ability to selectively read stories depending on their interests.
New Facebook News Feed Design

The new News Feed will house a nice mix of news content and stories from your friends and family. According to Facebook, the new design will make photos, news articles, maps and events look brighter and more beautiful.

To make sure you’re seeing all the stories you want to see, Facebook has different new feeds to explore in addition to the same News Feed you have today:

  • All Friends – a feed that shows you everything your friends are sharing
  • Photos – a feed with nothing but photos from your friends and the Pages you like
  • Music – a feed with posts about the music you listen to
  • Following – a feed with the latest news from the Pages you like and the people you follow.

Facebook has made the new design common on all platforms – “With the new design, now Facebook has the same look and feel on mobile, tablet and web. For example, the left-hand menu is accessible anywhere you go on Facebook. You also have a way to jump right to the top of News Feed whenever new stories come in.”

It is also known that users will not see the old Facebook logo anywhere on the site. It is now replaced with the letter “f” throughout the site. There are several new features and changes that have been implemented along with the new design. We will do a complete review of the new Facebook News Feed design once we get access to it.

Facebook News Feed - New Design

Zuckerberg stated that the new News Feed design will be rolling out slowly over the coming weeks on web and mobile. However, if you’re interested to give it a try, you can add yourself to the waiting list by visiting www.facebook.com/newsfeed. The new design updates will be available on your iPhone and iPad in the coming weeks and to Android soon after.

Yammer Grows Big After Microsoft’s Acquisition

Today, Microsoft has released some new Yammer statistics, which shows that the enterprise social network has surpassed 7 million registered users, which at the time of acquisition last year it had only 5 million registered users.

Microsoft also said that the sales for the year 2012 tripled to that of 2011, and highlighted that the fourth quarter sales in 2012 were up by four times than the previous year. Microsoft added that the number of paid registered users on Yammer shot up 165 percent in 2012, and has added nearly 290 new paying customers in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Yammer is one of the best tools for collaboration and widely used for private communication within organizations or a team. Microsoft has announced that it is going to integrate Yammer with Office this summer. That is, Microsoft’s SkyDrive Pro and Office Web Apps technologies will be tightly integrated into Yammer, and will be made available by summer 2013.

Yammer

Starting next week, Microsoft will be making available Yammer/SharePoint products and services at new price points. Those offerings will be:

  • Yammer Basic Standalone: Free
  • Yammer Enterprise Standalone: $3 per user/per month
  • SharePoint Online (Plan 1) + Yammer Enterprise: $4 per user/per month
  • SharePoint Online (Plan 2) + Yammer Enterprise: $8 per user/per month
  • Office 365 E Plans 1-4 + Yammer Enterprise: $8 – $24 per user/per month

Facebook Testing Buy Tickets Button for Events

Facebook Event creators rely on third-party apps to enable the “Buy Tickets” option, however, it now looks like Facebook is planning to integrate it as a full-fledged feature on the site. The new “Buy Tickets” button will redirect users to the event site where the actual transactions take place.

Blink Vice President of Media Eti Suruzon noticed the new button added to one of his events, and has shared the following the screenshot: Facebook Events Buy Tickets Button Facebook is currently testing the new “Buy Tickets” button and is available to a random set of events. If the test is successful enough, the button will be made available for event creators to promote and generate ticket sales for their respective events.

Have you seen any similar “Buy Tickets” button anywhere on your event pages? Do let us know about it.

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Twitter Updates Viewing Options For Photos, Videos and Related Tweets

Today, Twitter has rolled out several new updates on its site, including improved photos and videos management on the service’s web interface. The new media update makes it easier for users to view media files either from profile pages or in search results.

When a user is viewing a photo on Twitter’s web interface, users were only restricted to view the smaller size of the image. If they wanted to see the larger version they would have to view the photo from the source by clicking on it. However, the new update provides the ability to view photos right on the Twitter web interface, without having to leave the site and view it on the source web page. Users can now simply click a photo on a profile page or in search result listings to see the larger version of the media file.

Along with this, Twitter has enhanced the video viewing feature. With the latest update, videos will begin showing up in users’ media galleries. Twitter’s new Vine, along with YouTube, Vimeo, and other partners whose videos already appear in the expanded Tweets feature, will be featured alongside photos.

Yet another notable feature is the ability to view more replies on a tweet’s page, along with replies to replies. Prior to this update, any single tweet page would only contain the first few replies. However, starting today, users can simply keep scrolling down to see all replies. This feature is expected to drive more discussion on the social network.

Here’s an example of updated tweet pages that allow you to see more replies and conversations:

Twitter Replies

Facebook Q4 Earnings Released, Mark Zuckerberg Calls Facebook a ‘Mobile Company’

Facebook has released its Q4 and full-year revenue for 2012 today, going beyond the predictions of analysts. The social media giant reported $1.585 billion in revenue for Q4, up by 40 percent year-over-year. Revenue from advertising was $1.33 billion (84% of total revenue), up by 41% year-over-year.

Facebook Reports Q4 Earnings and Full Year 2012 Financial Summary

In millions, except percentages and per share amounts

Q4’11

Q4’12

FY’11

FY’12

Revenue

$    1,131

$    1,585

$    3,711

$    5,089

Income from Operations
   GAAP

$       548

$       523

$    1,756

$       538

   Non-GAAP

$       624

$       736

$    1,980

$    2,261

Operating Margin
   GAAP

48%

33%

47%

11%

   Non-GAAP

55%

46%

53%

44%

Net Income
    GAAP

$       302

$         64

$    1,000

$         53

    Non-GAAP

$       360

$       426

$    1,164

$    1,317

Diluted Earnings per Share (EPS)
    GAAP

$      0.14

$      0.03

$      0.46

$      0.01

    Non-GAAP

$      0.15

$      0.17

$      0.50

$      0.53

Interestingly, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is now a mobile company. “In 2012, we connected over a billion people and became a mobile company. We enter 2013 with good momentum and will continue to invest to achieve our mission and become a stronger, more valuable company.”

Facebook also reported that the monthly active users (MAUs) on the social network are now 1.06 billion as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 25 percent year-over-year. Daily active users (DAUs) on the other hand were 618 million on average for December 2012, an increase of 28% year-over-year.

Mobile MAUs were 680 million as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 57% year-over-year. Mobile DAUs exceeded web DAUs for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Zuckerberg is very much sure that mobile is where the money lies. He said that the company would focus more on providing better and ‘new mobile experiences’ for users. That being said, Facebook mobile ads are here to stay. “Mobile ads have done well. Ads in newsfeed barely affected level of engagement in Facebook. There’s a big opportunity for us here“, said the Facebook CEO.

Zuckerberg also hinted that it is very much required to go beyond conventional images and text in the ads. This is perhaps a hint for video ads coming to Facebook.

Kim Dotcom Confirms 250,000 Registered Users on Mega [Updated]

Update: Kim Dotcom who spoke at the launch of the service at his mansion in New Zealand revealed that his new site Mega has passed 1 million users.

A few hours ago Kim Dotcom launched his new encrypted cloud storage service MEGA in the U.S. offering 50GB of storage for free and three PRO tiers of 500GB to 4TB for $13-$40 a month.

Kim Dotcom confirmed that in less than one hour 100,000 users registered on the site, intimating it to be one of the fastest growing startups in the history of Internet. With such a huge response, MEGA servers are experiencing overload, while many users on Twitter are complaining that the site isn’t loading and are stuck at the registration page.

At the time of writing the post, Kim confirmed in another tweet that MEGA crossed 250,000 user registrations with server capacity in maximum load! According to is.up, the site currently appears to be down:

MEGA Down

Kim Dotcom Mega Launch Press Conference

How to Optimize Your Business Page for Graph Search the Facebook Way [Basics]

Facebook introduced the Graph Search earlier this week, which provides a new way to search for information on the social network. The tool is currently in a limited beta for English (US) audiences. Despite that, most of the online businesses are questioning and wondering how they can use the new tool effectively.

Facebook has provided an in-depth explanation about what businesses should be doing with Graph Search.

According to Facebook, Graph Search will enable businesses to make their Facebook Pages easier for people to discover and learn more about their business. For now, it will focus on four areas: people, photos, places, and interests, however, if you want to lead the game, I recommend you to understand it and take the new tool seriously.

Facebook Graph Search

How to Optimize Your Business Page for Facebook Graph Search

Facebook has provided certain tips to get started and make your Facebook Page visible to audience. Facebook recommends the following apart from the usual stuff to ensure your Page is complete and up-to-date:

  • The name, category, vanity URL, and information you share in the “About” section all help people find your business and should be shared on Facebook.
  • If you have a location or a local place Page, update your address to make sure you can appear as a result when someone is searching for a specific location.
  • Focus on attracting the right fans to your Page and on giving your fans a reason to interact with your content on an ongoing basis.

While many Pages provide less information in the “About” section, it is now important that businesses provide apt details about the business and the services they provide. The address and location of your business counts as well. The more accurate information you put on Facebook, the more likely your Page will show up in a search.

The last point is very important not just with Graph Search, but also with Facebook’s Edge Rank. It is also clear that Facebook will be taking the growth of your business into consideration when filtering Pages, and not just popularity.

You can try Graph Search here and know more about it.

Here’s how Graph Search works:

  • Facebook will add a blue search bar at the top of its pages. When users search, the search bar first returns the top search suggestions, including people, Pages, apps, places, groups, and suggested searches.
  • The results returned redirect users to a unique results page. The results are formulated based on the information that you have shared about your business and also filters them based on the connections of the person searching.
  • The results will also include Bing results and Bing ads, which could be similar to the results obtained on Bing.com

These are some of the basic steps to follow to get started with optimizing for Graph Search. This is the beginning, and if Facebook SEO takes off, it is sure to create a whole different world of SEO-business.

Facebook for Android Updated with Faster Photo Viewing and Voice Messaging

Facebook has released a new update for its Android app loaded with new features including faster viewing of photos, voice messaging, and improvised sharing of friends’ stories to Timelines, pages and groups.

The updated version is faster, however, it could vary depending on your device and the Android version you are running. Many users have been complaining that the app is slow and laggy. Well, you should blame your device for that, and it’s time you upgrade your device.

The new version has an expanded Share button. That is, you can not only share stories on your Timeline, but also share it on your friends’ Timelines, including Pages you have “liked,” and Groups you can participate in.

Facebook for Android Update

With the voice messaging feature, Android users can now communicate with friends by sending voice messages from the main app. This feature was first introduced in the standalone Messenger application a few days back.

Here’s the full changelog of the Facebook for Android updated version 2.1:

  • Open and view photos faster.
  • Share your friends’ stories to timelines, pages and groups.
  • Send voice messages when you have more to say.

Android users can download the latest updated version of the app directly from the Google Play Store. The version number “Varies with device” according to the page, but most of you will see it as 2.1.

Google Doodle Celebrates London Underground 150th Anniversary

U.K. users received a pleasant surprise in the morning when they visited Google’s U.K. homepage. Today, the search giant is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, the city’s subway transit system.

The London Underground 150th anniversary Google Doodle features the Google logo rendered in colourful Tube lines. The famous Tube map was first designed by Harry Beck in 1931, and eventually introduced as the official public map in 1933. The doodle even uses the real names and colours of Underground lines.

Google Doodle London Underground

The London Underground was opened to the public in 1863, with the first journey taking place between Paddington and Farringdon on the Metropolitan Railway, which now forms part of the Circle and District Line.

When it first opened, there were only seven stations. Today, the city’s subway transit system has 263 more stations. Nearly 1.17 billion passenger rides took place last year. According to the stats based on data from LU Performance Data Almanac, the Underground sees about 3.23 million daily riders, with 3.66 million on weekdays. Comparatively, the New York subway system delivered 1.64 billion rides in 2011.

The Tube’s anniversary is also being celebrated across the country today. The anniversary is being marked with a set of stamps, with London mayor Boris Johnson describing them as a ‘fitting celebration of London Underground’s rich heritage’.

London Underground Stamps

Facebook Invites Media, “Come and See What We’re Building”

Facebook has sent out invitations to an event that is to be held on January 15, scheduled to start at 10pm Pacific Time. There are no specific details about why the press event is going to take place, but all we know for now is the tagline that says — Come and see what we’re building.

No, Facebook isn’t going to end on January 15, 2013. That’s a hoax message that is spreading on the social networking site. However, rumors have it that Facebook could be talking about anything from the speculative “Facebook phone,” the launch of new services, or just more clarification regarding the Instagram TOS changes.

Facebook January 15 Event Invite

The social networking giant — which as of October 2012 has over a billion active users — is testing out a new design for its Timelines. The new single-columned layout is currently rolled out for a few users in New Zealand. It is also implementing new Instagram-Facebook data sharing features that is scheduled to go into effect January 16, just a day following the January 15 media event.

Earlier in November 2012, it was revealed that an unknown HTC Android phone was spotted, with the codename OPERAUL. The phone had a 720p display and dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC. However, we are not sure if Facebook is going to announce a phone during the press event.

In the last few weeks, Facebook has updated its iOS Facebook client with new emojis and sharing capabilities, the Nearby and Photo Sync features and the ability to install third-party apps without leaving the iOS client.

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LinkedIn Reaches 200 Million User Milestone

In a blog post, LinkedIn announced that it had passed a new milestone of 200 million members on its site. The popular business-oriented social networking site was launched in 2003, and had reportedly passed the 100 million marks in 2011. LinkedIn has added more than 13 million members since its last announcement on November 1, 2012.

LinkedIn serves its members in 19 languages in 200 countries or territories. It has 74 million members in the U.S., while 64 percent of them are outside the U.S, including 11 million members in the U.K., 7 million in Canada, 18 million in India, and 11 million are based in Brazil. The site’s fastest growing countries are Turkey, Colombia and Indonesia. Approximately 2 members join LinkedIn every second. That’s, 172,800 registrations per day!

Deep Nishar, Senior Vice President, Products & User Experience at LinkedIn, announced and thanked its users for helping them achieve this milestone:

I’d like to thank each of you for helping build the LinkedIn network into what it is today. It’s been amazing to see how our members have been able to transform their professional lives through LinkedIn. You truly grasp the power of LinkedIn when you start to focus on these individual success stories.

According to the stats shared by LinkedIn, the IT sector represents the largest industry within LinkedIn at four million users, with two million in financial services and 1.95 million in higher education.

The U.S. remains its biggest market, followed by India. Here’s a break down based on the number of users:

  • USA (74m)
  • India (18m)
  • UK (11m)
  • Brazil (11m)
  • Canada (7m)

LinkedIn reported its earnings for Q3 2012 in November, and it had its revenue increased to $252 million, up more than 80% year-over-year. The company had an IPO price of $45 in May 2011, and is now trading at $112.25, up by 77 percent over the past 12 months.

LinkedIn 200 million User Milestone