Send Real Postcards with “Mail a Postcard” Facebook Feature

Facebook continues to test new features for its social networking site, as reports around the Web indicate that a new “Mail a Postcard” feature is under progress, and maybe  made available to all users in near future.

The new Mail a Postcard feature that Facebook is currently testing enables users to send real postcards to friends with any of your pictures included on it. The service is powered by Sincerely, the company behind the popular app service called Postagram that allows app users to send real greeting cards to friends and family on every special occasion. Additionally, you can include a small message in the post card along with the picture.

Facebook Mail a Postcard

Just like any other recently added Facebook features, the Mail a Postcard feature was also made possible in the hackathon project. It will be made available to a random set of Facebook users at first, and Facebook will monitor if the selected users buy any postcards. If successful, the feature will be rolled out all users on Facebook.

Of course this isn’t going to be a free service. The user will be charged a fee, but Facebook hasn’t discussed any pricing details yet. However, we expect that the price will be close to $0.99.This, on the other hand, will garner Facebook more profit through the increased interaction with photos by setting a high advertising value for ads alongside photos on the site. Additionally, Facebook will also profit from the selling of the postcards and prints.

How to Use “Mail a Postcard”?

If you’re one among the lucky limited group trail, you can go ahead and try out the new feature. Go to your photos page and select any photo. Right under the photo you are viewing, you will notice a “Mail Postcard” button. Clicking it will open the postcard screen, in which you are asked to enter the necessary fields, including the recipient’s address. After you’ve finished entering the details and selecting the appropriate payment option, click on send button. Your order will be placed and your card will go into the production process. Thereafter it will be snail mailed to the recipient.

Facebook Mail a Postcard

A Facebook spokesperson said the following regarding the new feature:

“A few months ago, some engineers built a fun feature that allows people to mail their Facebook photos as a physical postcard to any of their friends on Facebook. You can send your own photos to any of your friends or your friends’ photo to them. The front will be the photo and the back you can add a note for your friend, just like a normal postcard.”

Facebook Announces [email protected] to Report Phishing Attempts

Thanks to Gmail and its wonderful spam evaluating tool running behind it, our life on this virtual planet has been saved from over thousands of phishing emails coming in from bogus email ids claiming to be actually from sites like Facebook, PayPal, and many others. Yet, users on Facebook are not spared as they are directly targeted from the social network itself with the help of spam messages and rogue applications invites sent via Facebook Messages.

Recently, the social media giant Facebook filed new documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which in fact revealed that 955 million users, 8.7 percent of Facebook profiles were a fake, and nearly 14 million accounts were used only to spread spam messages.

This has not only resulted in a spammy network, but also has given hackers and spammers the best way to compromise Facebook accounts and steal user information. Many users who are tricked into clicking on spam links, often tend to fall for the trap and end up Phishing Emailsharing their personal information with the spammers. This has been a serious issue from the past two years, and Facebook has made several attempts to create awareness amongst users.

In another attempt, the social media giant is taking its next steps to eradicate spammers and phishing messages from the network. With this, the company announced the launch of [email protected], an email address available to the public to report phishing attempts against Facebook. Anyone – even those who aren’t on Facebook – can use it to report malicious emails that pretend to come from Facebook.

How is this going to help?

Facebook says, “By providing Facebook with reports, we can investigate and request for browser blacklisting and site takedowns where appropriate. We will then work with our eCrime team to ensure we hold bad actors accountable. Additionally, in some cases, we’ll be able to identify victims, and secure their accounts.”

Additionally, Mark Hammel, a Facebook engineer, says, “We have a pretty robust team here to deal with bad actors. This will give us extra visibility into people’s e-mail inboxes, where there wasn’t a good feedback mechanism in place.”

In a note on the Facebook Security page announcing the launch of [email protected], the company has provided some helpful tips from the APWG on how to recognize potential phishing emails:

  • Be suspicious of any email with urgent requests for login or financial information, and remember, unless the email is digitally signed, you can’t be sure it wasn’t forged or “spoofed.”
  • Don’t use the links in an email, instant message, or chat to get to any Web page if you suspect that the message might not be authentic or you don’t trust the sender. Instead, navigate to the website directly.

As a Facebook user, it is advised that you make use of this email id to report any suspicious email or Facebook message that you receive, even if it comes from a friend on Facebook. Chances are that your friend’s account might have be compromised and the hacker is trying to obtain information from you to hack your account as well.

The best practise I would suggest you to follow is to ignore any emails or requests that you get, asking you to share your personal information, such as username, password or bank details. However, it would be really helpful for Facebook if you can alert them about the attack using the new email address, which could help others from falling for the trap.

Also, be sure to create awareness about the new email id. Do share this post with your friends and let them know on how to identify potential Facebook phishing emails.

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

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

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

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

Facebook Photo Thumbnail Notification

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

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


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

Facebook Photo "Like" Notification

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


McAfee Social Protection Protects Your Facebook Photos

Facebook Photos was designed to make sharing of photos with the people that matter as easy as possible. Privacy was very much an afterthought, and that is still readily apparent. Although Facebook does provide reasonable amount of control over your photos, it is still very easy to slipup and unintentionally broadcast your private moments on the web. Even worse, your friends can share your photos to distribute your pics way beyond their intended social circle.

McAfee Social Protection solves all of this and more. Social Protection will be released as a browser plugin for Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome towards the end of this month. Support for Macs, iOS, and Android will arrive by the end of this year. Once you install the plugin, the photos you upload are encrypted and uploaded to a different server. The photos appear blurred by default, and only the intended recipients who have Social Protection installed will be able to view the original snap. This takes care of situations where your boss, who is not even in your friendliest, might accidently stumbling upon your drunken pics because your friend decided to share them with everyone in his network.

via Mashable

McAfee also goes a step further, and makes it impossible to download or screencap your Facebook photos. Other than taking a snap of the screen with a camera, McAfee is pretty much making redistribution of your photos impossible. It is also including facial recognition technology that will automatically alert you if anyone in your network uploads a photo of you without tagging you in it.

We are still a few weeks away from the official release of Social Protection; however, if it indeed works as advertised, it might turn out to be a hit among the more privacy concerned netizens. The fact that only friends who have the plugin installed will be able to view your photos will definitely act as a deterrent. However, that might be a cost people will be willing to pay for the additional privacy.

Get Free SimCity Diamond (900 per account) Facebook Scam

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

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

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

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

Free SimCity Diamond Scam

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

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

Free SimCity Diamond Scam

It is recommended that you DO NOT click on such links or scam messages on Facebook. If you come across this scam message, please delete/remove the scam from your Facebook news feed immediately. Alternately, you can report the scam to Facebook Security. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Facebook currently has over 955 million users, and the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scam messages. Although it is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook, we have provided some tips on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

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

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

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


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

Here is the breakdown from the quarterly filing:

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

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

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

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

Second Quarter 2012 Operational Highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

How does Facebook Stories work?

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook Rolling Out ‘Save for Later’ Feature

Over the years, Facebook has evolved from being just a place to share what you are doing and what is happening in your life to a destination for creating and sharing great content in addition to sharing snippets of your life. Every now and then, while browsing through the news feed, you will stumble upon a great link or an insightful note that you might want to read later. There are apps like Instapaper and Pocket that are meant for just this – saving pieces of content that you want to delve into at your leisure. They work fairly well when you are using Facebook on your desktop. However, having to constantly switch between Instapaper and Facebook apps on your smartphone can become annoying.

Facebook is now attempting to ease this pain point by introducing ‘save for later’ feature. The Verge has confirmed that Facebook will be adding a ‘Save’ button beneath every update. Clicking on the button will tuck away the update in a ‘Saved’ sub-folder under your favorites. This feature is also being rolled out to Facebook’s mobile apps, where it will perhaps be most appreciated.


Saved stories are private, and can be easily unsaved with the tap of a button. As always, the update is being gradually rolled out to users. Once it is rolled out to your account, you should see a notification informing you about the new feature.

Google Integrates Google+ Into Blogger

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

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

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

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

Google Plus Blogger Integration

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

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

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

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

Your Next Login to Facebook Might Leave You Surprised

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook Timeline roll out for all users

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

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

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