Facebook Testing New Single-Column Timeline

Facebook seems to be testing a new single-column design for its Facebook Timeline, which makes users to easily navigate through their profile page and also enable them to organize personal messages. The new Timeline has only a single column for posts and status updates. The section headers have also been redesigned by removing the image boxes that we see in the current Timeline design.

Facebook had earlier confirmed the test to popular Facebook dedicated site AllFacebook:

This is a new design Facebook is testing with a small percentage of people to make navigating timeline even easier.

Owen Williams, a contributor to The Next Web from New Zealand, shared his screen captures of the single-column layout, while the social network told TNW, it had “no other details to share right now.”

It is stated that the new Timeline design has limited the right-hand column to friends, recent activity, and other non-messaging updates. Highlighted posts, including life events, will no longer be stretched across the page.

When Facebook introduced the Timeline layout last year, in the beginning, users pretty much hated it and were looking for ways to switch back to the old profile. However, after a few months of its launch, Facebook made the Timeline a default layout and users had no other option but to get used to it.

The new single-column Timeline layout looks clean and easier to navigate. Here are some of the screen shots posted by TNW:

New Facebook Single-Column Timeline

New Facebook Single-Column Timeline - Tabs

Current Timeline vs. Single-Column
Current Timeline vs. Single-Columnt

Demand Media Acquires Name.com, Adding 1.5 Million Domains to eNom Division

One of the popular domain name registrars Name.com has been acquired by Demand Media, a public digital media company that owns the domain name and hosting giant eNom, which currently has over 13.5 million domain names registered. The acquisition was announced on Name.com’s blog, however, the terms of the deal have not been disclosed yet.

The company says that the acquisition is envisioned to expand its platform, and comes in preparation for the release of new Top Level Domains (TLDs) this year.

Demand Media Acquires Name.com

Richard Rosenblatt, chairman and CEO of Demand Media, said:

“Name.com will provide a direct channel for us to reach consumers and small businesses as they develop and manage their online identities. This becomes even more valuable as over one thousand new domain extensions are expected to become available for registration in the years ahead.”

Demand Media has currently applied for 26 new gTLD’s, and is a partner with Donuts Inc. in another 100 of its new gTLD applications. The company will retain the Denver-based team and the business will report to Taryn Naidu, executive vice president, Registrar Services. It also aims to “provide an end-to-end solution for all things domains — whether you are looking to consume or distribute names and services,” said Naidu.

Name.com was founded in 2003, and it said to have registered nearly 1.5 million domains till date, which will now add up with eNom’s current 13.5 million registered domains.

Beware of “Page Security Team” Phishing Attack on Facebook

A new phishing attack has been discovered on Facebook that targets and tricks Facebook Page owners into entering their Facebook password and email address. This is perhaps one the trickiest phishing attack I’ve come across in the last few months.

If you are a Facebook Page owner and have received a message that asks you to verify your Facebook account, then ignore it. The scam message spreading through Facebook Messages is as follows:

We have reviewed the suspension of your Page. After reviewing your page activity, it was determined that you were in violation of our Terms of Service. We have provided a warning to you via email, but you have not responded to our notifications. Therefore, your account might be permanently suspended.

At the bottom, it says that “Verify your account at the link below: [link].” This message is a scam and do not click or open any links provided. The link actually leads to a Facebook application and is not a Facebook Security Page. Once you click on the “verify your account” link, you will be directed to a malicious Facebook app page where you are asked to provide your page name, email address or phone number, and password.

The ‘Facebook Verification’ form of the Page Security Team phishing attack app looks as shown below:

Facebook Phishing Attack

The details entered will be directly sent to the developer of the app. It is advised that you avoid clicking the link. If in case you have already fallen victim to this scam message, it is highly recommended that you change the password of your Facebook account immediately. Alternatively, you can also visit the Facebook Help Center and try to reclaim your account if it has already been compromised.

Last year, we reported that spammers created fake ‘Facebook Security’ accounts created to send phishing messages that primarily attempted to steal account information from Facebook users. It is always recommended not to click on any links on Facebook. You cab bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams and stay updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

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Facebook Finally Releases Facebook Page Manager for Android

Good news for Android users and Facebook Page administrators. Nearly eight months after its initial release for iOS, the social networking giant Facebook has finally released the Facebook Page Manager for Android on Thursday. The app is currently rolled out in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, according to a company spokesperson.

Until now, Facebook Page owners had to use the popular Mobile Page Manager, a third-party app, which hasn’t been updated since August 2011. However, with the new Page Manager app by Facebook, page owners can easily manage their pages, make new posts, respond to comments, and even reply to direct messages.

According to the app description, you can “manage all the Pages you admin, wherever you are. Helps Facebook Page admins connect with their audience and keep up with activity on multiple Pages”

  • Post new updates and photos and respond to comments on your Pages
  • View and reply to private messages sent to your Page
  • Get notifications about new activity on your Pages right away
  • View your latest Pages Insights”

Unfortunately we haven’t got a hands-on with the Android app yet and cannot say anything much about it. However, here are some of the screenshots that are available on the Play Store.

Facebook Page Manager for Android

At the time of writing this post, the app was rated by 46 users, and the average rating was 4.0. By analyzing the reviews added by users, it looks like the app isn’t up to the mark and requires a lot of changes. One of the users also stated that there is no option to turn off push notifications, which is actually quite annoying.

Facebook has yet to make the official announcement, and we expect that to happen very soon. The app is available for download on Play Store, however, it is only available in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. We expect that it will be available soon in the U.S. and other countries as well.

14-year-old Boy Was Shot 6 Times by His Stepfather Facebook Hoax

No, Facebook will not donate any money if you share or “like” a post. End of story.

This has been probably told like a thousand times earlier, yet users on Facebook continue to share messages that have statements such as, “Facebook will donate $$ every time you share or “like” the post.”

Today I spotted a new hoax message on my Facebook news feed, which tells a story of a young kid who is in need of money for his life saving surgery. The message circulating is as follows:

A 14 YEAR OLD BOY WAS SHOT 6 TIMES BY HIS STEPFATHER. THIS BOY WAS PROTECTING HIS LITTLE 6 YEAR OLD SISTER WHO WAS ABOUT TO BE RAPED BY THIS POOR… EXCUSE OF A MAN. THE LITTLE GIRL DID GET HURT, THANKS TO HER BRAVE OLDER BROTHER. THEIR MOM WAS AT WORK WHEN THIS HAPPENED. NOW THIS BRAVE YOUNG LITTLE BOY IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE,BUT DOCTORS SAY HE WILL NOT SURVIVE UNLESS HE GETS AN OPERATION WHICH IS COSTLY AND HIS MOM CANNOT PAY. FACEBOOK COMPANIES HAVE AGREED TO DONATE 45 CENTS FOR EVERY TIME SOMEONE SHARE THIS MESSAGE SO, PLEASE CLICK SHARE SO THAT TOGETHER WE CAN HELP SAVE THIS BOUS LIFE……NSFTBC! If you had a heart you’d do it, It will only take a minute of your time!

14-year-old Shot - Facebook Hoax

Reading the story makes you feel sad, however, none of it is true. To all those users who believe that this story is true and are sharing it over and over again, please stop it. This is simply a hoax message.

Mark Zuckerberg or Facebook does not make any such donations by getting users to “like” or “share” a photo or message. This isn’t something new as we have seen several such hoax and spam messages spreading across the social network.

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.

Facebook Messenger Gets Voice Messaging for iOS and Android, Tests VoIP

Today, Facebook pushed an update for its Facebook Messenger app, which now enables users to send voice messages, and are also testing VoIP calling in Canada. The new updated version for Android and iOS devices is now available for download on Google Play Store and Apple App Store respectively.

The updated iOS and Android Messenger apps come with a new “Record” button alongside the photo and camera buttons. Tapping on the “Record” button will open the toggle option, and you then need to push and hold it to record your message. Once you’re done with recording your message, you can send it across to your friend. Also, if you don’t like what you have recorded, you can simply slide it off to discard it.

Facebook Messenger Voice

The voice message service is available to all users. Facebook also says that it is currently testing VoIP calling feature. This allows users to establish a P2P connection and make calls using their existing data plans. However, the VoIP feature will be available to Canadian users of the iOS Messenger app at launch.

Users in Canada can use the VoIP feature by logging into their Facebook Messenger app, open any conversation that you have had with your friend, and tap the “i” button in the top-right corner and select “Free Call.”

Although the voice messaging feature will not be used too frequently, it still is a good feature to have, and makes the app even more complete. Also, users who have been using voice messaging apps like Voxer can now uninstall it and use Facebook’s new voice messenger. However, it is very unfortunate for Voxer and similar app services.

The voice messaging feature will only be available only on mobile, and Facebook has no plans to add voice messaging to its website. With the new version supporting voice messages, the social media giant continues to focus on improvising mobile user experience. Along with the VoIP feature, we can also expect Facebook to add the ability to video chat with friends.

World Map of Social Networks — Facebook Dominates the World

Back in October 2012, Facebook reported a new milestone of one billion users, out of which more than 600 million where mobile users. Wondering from where these one billion users came from? This infographic will certainly give you an idea:

World Map of Social Networks

Social media strategist Vincenzo Cosenza has published the “World Map of Social Networks” that shows the most popular and widely used social networking sites based on every country across the globe. The most recent update published in December 2012 reveals that Facebook has nearly acquired the entire world. Facebook now is on the top, dominating over 127 of the 137 countries in the world.

According to the stats released, “one of the drivers of its growth is Asia that with 278 million users, surpassed Europe, 251 million, as the largest continent on Facebook. North America has 243 million users, South America 142 million. Africa, almost 52 million, and Oceania just 15 million (source: Facebook Ads Platform). In the latest months Zuckerberg’s Army conquered Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia and Vietnam.”

However, Russia and the former Soviet Union, China and Iran are some of the major holdouts. Each of these countries have and run their own social network. V Kontakte and Odnoklassniki are tops in Russia. QZone dominates China, and Cloob is the go-to social network in Iran.

Vincenzo Cosenza has also published a GIF that explains Facebook’s expansion and global takeover since 2009 to present –

World Map of Social Networks

It is clear that Facebook has a global takeover of nearly 80 percent. However, the question that remains is that how long will it be able to hold the number one spot? With competing networking sites like Google+, Facebook’s future is quite unpredictable, unless they come up with a concrete plan to continue dominating the social media world.

WhatsApp Processed 18 Billion Messages on New Year Eve

WhatsApp, one of the most loved and popular cross-platform mobile messaging service, claims to have set a new record of processing 18 BILLION messages on New Year Eve! In a tweet post, WhatsApp states that on December 31st 2012, it processed 7 billion inbound and 11 billion outbound messages on a single day. Competing services can only dream to beat this record (not taking into consideration iOS 5′s iMessage service)

If you’re wondering what inbound and outbound messages are, then WhatsApp has an answer for it. According to WhatsApp’s tweet, the “difference in inbound vs. outbound is due to group chat. Sending one message into group chat of 10 people is 1:10 inbound:outbound.”

WhatsApp

In simpler words, when a group message is sent out, that message is delivered independently to every member in that group across multiple devices and platforms. Thus, that makes it 1 outbound message and several inbound messages.

Back in August 2012, WhatsApp said that it has reached 4 billion inbound messages in a day. Currently, the company is estimated to have about 200 million users, and rapidly increasing the count.

Of course there were rumors spreading in December 2012 about Facebook planning to acquire WhatsApp, however that turned out to be false.

WhatsApp is available for free download for Android users. Recently, the company decided to waive off the $0.99 fee for iOS users and has made it available for free download for a limited period of time.

Facebook Padlock Security Warning Hoax Message

Recently Facebook enabled a new feature on its site called as the “Privacy Shortcuts” that provides users the ability to easily and quickly make changes to your profile’s privacy settings. The update also brings “an easier-to-use Activity Log, and a new Request and Removal tool for managing multiple photos you’re tagged in.”

However, users on Facebook are spreading a false message, which indicates that hackers can gain access Facebook accounts if users answer the low security message –

Facebook Padlock Security Warning Hoax

Facebook Padlock Security Warning Hoax:

HACKERS ALERT….. ATTENTION!!!!! IF ANY OF YOU GET A PADLOCK ON TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER OF FACEBOOK HOME PAGE SAYING YOUR SECURITY IS LOW.. IGNORE.. DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT ANSWER THE QUESTIONS.IT IS SO HACKERS CAN ACCESS YOUR ACCOUNT. COPY & PASTE PLEASE

Please understand that the new icon is enabled only to easily access your privacy settings and to avoid confusion. There is no such threat of hackers that the message above claims to be. The shortcut icon cannot be removed and there’s absolutely no harm to your Facebook accounts.

The above message spreading is simply a hoax. 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.

 

Get 3 Months of Flickr Pro For Free!

Marissa Mayer has just made Flickr “awesome” again! Yahoo is giving away three months of pro services to all its current users for free. With just a few clicks, you get all the benefits of a Flickr Pro account! This is good news to all those Flickr users who have always imagined of having a pro account.

Current Flickr pro users also get the holiday season offer, with an option to extend the validity of their pro account for extra three months for free.

According to a Flickr staff who made the announcement on the site’s forum saying, “As our way to saying thanks this holiday season. We’ve got a gift for all our Flickr friends, old and new! 3 months of Free Pro!”

Free Flickr Pro - 3 Months

The free three months pro account comes with unlimited uploading, unlimited viewing of entire photo library, and also capability to post photos in up to 60 groups. This is a reward from Flickr for sticking to the service all these years.

Here’s what you get for the next 3 months with the Flickr Pro for Free offer:

  • Unlimited* uploads (up to 50MB per photo)
  • Unlimited viewing of your entire photo library
  • Post photos in up to 60 groups
  • Download your original, high-resolution photos – whenever you need them
  • Upload and play unlimited HD videos

To get the offer, login to your Flickr account and you will notice a banner right below the photo navigation links on top. Otherwise, you can simply go to — http://www.flickr.com/holidaygift — and avail the offer.

In comparison that to what you get with a free Flickr account (non-pro):

  • 300 MB monthly photo upload limit (30MB per photo)
  • 2 video uploads each month (90 seconds max, 150MB per video)
  • Photostream views limited to the 200 most recent images
  • Post any of your photos in up to 10 group pools
  • Only smaller (resized) images accessible (though the originals are saved in case you upgrade later)