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Most Popular Facebook Games in 2011

Social gaming has been one of the biggest trends in 2011 and it is expected to continue growing in 2012. Facebook, with over 800 million users, is the biggest social gaming platform.

In a recent 2011 National Gamers Survey conducted by Newzoo, indicates that out of 215 million gamers in the U.S., 16 percent (14 million) of them played social games on Facebook and other social networking sites. Majority of the 14 million users have definitely played games on Facebook.

Facebook has compiled a list of the most popular games played on its network in 2011. It was expected that CityVille by Zynga would top the list, but it is quite surprising to see that CityVille has been ranked third, while Gardens of Time by Playdom topped the list, followed by The Sims Social by EA in the second position.

Best (Popular) Facebook Games 2011

Also Read:  Facebook Reveals Most Shared Articles in 2011

Here’s the list of the most popular and best Facebook games in 2011 –

  1. Gardens of Time  (By Playdom)
  2. The Sims Social  (By EA)
  3. Cityville  (By Zynga)
  4. DoubleDown Casino  (by DoubleDown Entertainment)
  5. Indiana Jones Adventure World  (By Zynga)
  6. Words With Friends  (By Zynga)
  7. Bingo Blitz  (By Buffalo Studios)
  8. Empires & Allies  (By Zynga)
  9. Slotomania-Slot Machines  (By Playtika)
  10. Diamond Dash  (By wooga)

The list released by Facebook was compiled based on games that had 100,000 monthly active users and giving priority to those games with the highest user satisfaction scores. The games were also ranked based on the most user recommendations, which may have had an impact in the final ranking.

Facebook also released top game lists based on categories, like Casino Games, Sports Games, and Fashion Games. The top games with 50,000-100,000 users were ranked as such – Super Slot Machines  (By Davy Campano, David Livingston Kirby and Robby Campano), WestWars  (By  Innogames), and MouseHunt  (By HitGrab)

Top Fashion Games in 2011  

  1. Mall World  (By 50 Cubes)
  2. ItGirl  (By CrowdStar)
  3. Coco Girl  (By Metrogames)

You can check the rest of the rankings on Facebook’s  blog.

Google Plus Announces New Updates; Enables Multiple Administrators for Google+ Pages

Google has just announced a list of new improvements and changes for its Google+ social network. Google Plus Engineer, David, says that the   Google Plus team have been closely going through all the feedback provided by its users on the network, and these new improvements are the most highly requested features by the users.

Horowitz had this to say in a Google+ post earlier today –

I’m really thrilled to announce new features and functionality, all of which will be rolling out in the next day or so… These aren’t bells-and-whistles, but really deep improvements that I’m sure you are going to love.

The team knocked it out of the park… Huge congrats and thanks to the many folks who really gave of themselves to make this pre-holiday mega-launch possible. (I hope they find a moment to recharge during the holidays, because we have some awesome stuff planned for 2012!)

Enjoy, and as usual, tell us what you think so that we can learn, improve and adapt accordingly.  #seasonforshipping

Simple Slider to Control the Stream

Noise filter is one of the highly requested features on Google Plus. Many users complained that they don’t have enough controls over their streamline.

With an aim to help you keep track of everything important shared on the network, Google has decided to add “fine-grained controls that will enable you to ‘graphic-equalize’ and fine-tune your stream.” With a simple slider (on the top-right of the stream) you will be allowed to control the volume of posts that are shared in the main Google+ stream from each contact or a circle.

Whit this, you can then determine how much of content from that specific circle or person will appear in your main stream. This will stop heavy posters from surpassing everyone else on your stream, and you won’t miss anything that is important.

Google + Multiple Admins

Google+ Pages were announced very recently, and looking at all of the feedback provided by users, majority of them requested for multiple administrators or “Managers” to the pages. Companies and organizations with a Google+ Page can now add up to 50 administrators, with notifications, and more. The notification system will enable all administrators to keep up with the activities and conversations on the side –

“We’ll now show on aggregated count of users that have engaged with your page, either by +1′ ing it or by adding it to a circle. This way, both you and your page’s visitors can get an at-a-glance summary of who is interacting with your page. ”

Along with this, Google also announced that Page administrators (“Managers”) will be provided with elements of statistics showing the involvement of users clicked on +1’s, page interactions, adding the page to their circles, and so on. Both the administrator and the page visitors can get an at-a-glance summary of who is interacting with your page.

New Photo Lightbox

The redesigned and improved Lightbox will make viewing of photos a better experience on Google Plus. The Lightbox has got an improved navigation, enhanced comments, full screen photo views (like the Facebook style), jump between photos with the bird’s eye view, and many more. Along with all these, Google Plus has made tagging more intuitive. You can easily tag and label your friends in your photos.

Another small improvement is the redesign of the little red notification indicator on the top-right of the screen – on the Google Bar. The new indicator is designed to give a slightly longer sneak-preview of new updates. Google says that they have polished these notifications and made a few other meaningful improvements too, including the ability to see the +1’s and shares your posts have received since you last checked.

All of these features will be rolled out to all users on the network in the next couple of days, and the Google+ team hopes that its user would find these changes useful this Christmas season and beyond. What do you think of the new features? Let us know by adding your comment below.

Finding Ways to Disable the Timeline? Unfortunately Facebook Doesn’t Let You Do That

Earlier this week, Facebook rolled out its new Timeline feature to all 800 million users on its network. Although the new profile layout offers new and interesting features, some users on Facebook are finding it too complicated and cluttered with the advertisements and news ticker on the right hand side. Annoyed users are dreadfully finding ways to disable and get rid of the Timeline feature.

Facebook released a Developer application through which you could enable the Timeline and test it. Users also had an option to downgrade to the old profile by simply deleting the app from the Developer settings page.

Now that the Timeline has been released for all users, Facebook stated that it will go live automatically after seven days, no matter if you like it or not. Timeline is here to stay, at least for the next few months. Unfortunately, there is no way you can disable it.

Facebook Timeline

Also See: How To Hide Facebook Timeline For Yourself

A spokesperson for Facebook explains –

Once you click Get Timeline,you will have seven days to review everything that appears on your timeline before anyone else can see it.

If you choose, you can publish your timeline right away. If you decide to wait, your timeline will go live automatically after seven days. Your timeline will replace your profile.

Eventually everyone on Facebook will be rolled over to timeline.

You have no choice, but are forced to get used to the new profile layout. When Facebook released its new Facebook News Feed and Live Ticker, everyone hated it. Users had no choice, but to accept it. Few users also announced that they would delete their Facebook account and switch over to Google Plus. However, that never happened. I see the same set of users now likingthe Timeline. Such straightforward statements don’t bother Facebook, since they know that people will eventually get used to it.

If you’re finding the new layout too cluttered, then you can try disabling the ticker and chat. We had posted an article earlier on how you can disable the news ticker on the right.

We have posted an in-depth guide about Timeline. I recommended you to go through it and know all of its features. Who knows, you may start loving it.

Also See: Easily Hide/Remove Facebook Timeline With This Trick

Facebook Threatens to Sue “Mark Zuckerberg”

Facebook has threatened to sue Mark Zuckerberg. Well, not the real Mark Zuckerberg who is the co-founder and CEO of Facebook. I’m actually talking about an Israeli entrepreneur named Rotem Guez who has legally changed his name to Mark Zuckerberg on December 7, 2011.

Earlier in January, Facebook shut down Guez’s Facebook account for violating Facebook’s TOS. Guez stated that Facebook was unwilling to return his Facebook profile for no apparent, legitimate reason.One of the main reasons why Facebook kicked him off the networkFacebook to Sue Mark Zuckerberg was because he offered service for selling “Likes” and creating fake accounts.

For this, Guez filed a case against Facebook after the networking giant refused to give him access to his profile. He co-founded the site “Like Store“, a social marketing company which mainly offers selling “Likes” to companies for their brand pages.

The site states – “Want to boost the traffic to your site? you’ve came to the right place! Join hundreds of satisfied Likestore customers and begin seeing results right away.”

It is known that Like Store not only offers “Likes”, but also Google +1’s, YouTube views, Site traffic, and Automatic SEO Programs.

On September 1, Facebook filed a lawsuit claiming the Guez and ‘Like Store’ violated Facebook’s TOS by selling advertisers ‘Fans’ for their ‘Fan Pages’, and stated that only Facebook can provide such a service. Facebook also demanded Guez to shut down his company and the services offered by it.

“The idea was, if only ‘Mark Zuckerberg’ is allowed to sell likes, then for that matter, I’m ‘Mark Zuckerberg,'” he said. The Israeli, however, acknowledged that his company violates Facebook’s terms of use, but said many U.S. companies offer similar services.

A Facebook Page created by Guez (Or probably a supporter of Guez) states the following – “This is the true story of Israeli entrepreneur Mr. Rotem Guez, Co-Founder of ‘Like Store’, an international social marketing company, who got a threat of a lawsuit from Facebook and changed his name to Mark Zuckerberg.” The Page is nearing 4,000 likes, but we’re unsure if Facebook would take it down.

Guez changed his name legally to “Mark Zuckerberg” on December 7. After changing his name, he told Facebook, “If you want to sue me, you’re going to have to sue Mark Zuckerberg.” In the video below, you can see his visit to the Interior Ministry to make the switch official; he says he plans to change his family’s names as well

A Facebook spokesman stated the following – “Protecting the people who use Facebook is a top priority and we will take action against those who violate our terms.”

Facebook Launches Timeline for Android, and Mobile Web

UPDATE:    The iPhone version is now available for download from the  Apple App Store.

After the worldwide release of Timeline yesterday, Facebook has now made an announcement that the new profile layout is available on both the mobile web ( and the Android Facebook app, which can be downloaded from the Android Market here.

In a blog post, Facebook explains –

Mobile timeline starts with your unique cover photo. As you scroll down, you’ll see your posts, photos and life events as they happened, back to the day you were born. Photo albums and other posts are horizontally swipeable, so you can quickly view multiple photos or posts inline without leaving timeline. You can also swipe through the views at the top of your timeline to navigate to your map, photos, subscribers and more.

Apart from photo albums, subscribers, and maps, users can now know which apps they are using on their Android smartphone. The social networking giant aims to create a highly visual experience. However, it’s strategically taking advantage of the ever-expanding mobile market, focusing mainly on increasing its user base from 800 million to a big milestone.

Facebook Android App

With the new mobile app, Facebook users can easily scroll through previous updates, featuring larger photos and the ability to swipe horizontally to see additional information (or content) without leaving the Timeline. Similar to the full website version, the mobile app allows users to browse all rich media and to hide, or delete items. However, these editing controls are less in number compared to what the full website provides.

For instance, users are not allowed to edit the Aboutsection of their profile using the app, however, they can change their cover photo. Users also cannot change the privacy settings of an existing post. Mobile users are also unable to add life eventsor make posts that are dated in the past.

Worth a mention, the mobile Timeline also features Open Graph app activity. For instance, tapping on any Spotify content will open up the native app if it is installed on the device.

Facebook Android App

iPhone users will have to wait a little longer as Facebook hasn’t mentioned about the release date for Timeline in the iOS app. However, Facebook notes that the app is underway. iOS apps go through an approval process before making its way to the Apple’s App Store.

To find out more about the new Facebook Timeline, check our in-depth guide.

Facebook Timeline Goes Live for Everyone; Get Facebook Timeline Now

The wait is finally over. After three months of long delay (and trademark issues), Facebook has finally rolled out its new profile to all users on its network.   Facebook announced this news in a blog post a few hours ago.

For those who are not aware of what “Timeline” is all about, then let me brief you a bit. Timeline is a new layout of Facebook profile, which allows you to tell your life story and shows a detailed overview of your life on Facebook. It also allows your friends to check out what you did (updated) at a particular point in time very quickly and easily. Basically, it creates a sequence of your time to time events that can be accessed later on.

Facebook Timeline

Facebook introduced the new profile design way back in September during its F8 conference. It comes with a new feature called Activity Log, which gives you full control of what appears in your Timeline. You can perform actions, like delete, hide, or update a status.

The new layout was scheduled to roll out to all users in September itself. However, due to trademark issues a case was filed against Facebook by a small Chicago based company, Due to this, the social networking giant had to reschedule the launch date. Recently we reported that Facebook counter-sued stating that the word timelineis a commonly used word.

How to Activate Timeline on your Profile:

To activate (enable) Timeline, go to  and click on “Get Timeline”. To find out more about the new Facebook Timeline, check our in-depth guide.

Facebook also notifies that when you upgrade to the new timeline, you will have a seven days review period. During this review period, your timeline will be visible only to you. You can make all necessary changes and modify things the way you want. At the end of the seventh day, the timeline will go live automatically and can be viewed by all your friends. However, if you wish to publish your timeline anytime during the review period, then you have the option to do so.

You can choose to see how your timeline appears to a specific friend or the public. To view how your timeline appears to other people, click on the gear menu on the top (next to activity log) and select “View As”.

Timeline will also be available on Android devices as well as the mobile version of Facebook

Hidden Facebook Messages That You Have Not Read

Facebook announced the new version of Messages earlier in February, which everyone thought was a “Gmail Killer”. However, after Facebook rolled out the new feature to all users, they stated that the functionality of the new  messaging  system is more like chatting, and is definitely not an email killer.

After having launched the new version of Facebook Messages, users on Facebook failed to notice the feature – “Other” Messages – which was released along with the messaging system. The “Other” folder (sub-folder under Messages) basically contains those messages that aren’t important, and are mostly sent by those people who are not there in your friends list. Sources indicate that Facebook automatically sends “spammy” messages to this folder and acts more like a “Spam” folder.

Facebook Messages

Very few users  knew about the “Other” folder since the launch of its new version of the messaging system, but the real story narrated by Elizabeth Weingarten has made it clear that many people never knew about the existence of the folder. Unaware users are now learning about the new folder and are growing mad, since they are finding important messages that were sent months ago and Facebook never cared to notify them.

One of the main reasons why users are not aware of this folder is because Facebook never displays any notification when a message is received in the “Other” folder. However, the best way to make sure that you don’t miss any messages is by regularly checking the folder, until Facebook decides to implement the notification system for it.

If in case you were not aware of the “Other” folder on Facebook, then you should probably go to Facebook and check for any important unread messages in the folder. Most likely you will be surprised to see a number of unread messages. These messages were designated as “unimportant” by Facebook, and that is why they were assigned that folder.

Facebook Other Messages

When I opened the “Other” folder, I mainly saw invites to various Facebook Events, which of course weren’t that important to me. Apart from that, it also contained a few spam messages, like “I got my 500 Facebook credits.

If you find any important messages, then you can move it to the (main) Messages folder. To do so, open the message and select “Move to Messages” from the Actions drop-down. Here’s a screenshot that can help you locate it –

Facebook Other Messages

Google Adds “Find My Face” Facial Recognition Feature on Google+

Google today announced a new feature called “Find My Face” on its slow growing social networking site, Google Plus, making it easier for users to tag people through the facial recognition technology.

In a Google+ update, Google engineer Matt Steiner wrote, By turning on Find My Face, Google+ can prompt people you know to tag your face when it appears in photos.He added that you have control over which tags you accept or reject, and you can turn the feature on or off in Google+ settings.

Google Plus Find My Face Feature

How it Works

For instance, let’s say “George” decides to opt-in to Find My Face. When “Michele” (George’s friend) uploads a picture that has George in it, then she would see a notification that says “Is this George?” With this, Michele has the option of tagging George in the photo. George on the other hand, can either accept or reject the tag, depending on his choice.

With Find My Face feature, users on Google+ will be prompted to tag your face whenever they upload a photo of you. The feature is very much identical to Facebook’s facial recognition “Tag Suggestions” tool, which “magically” identifies your face in pictures posted to the network and offers suggestion to tag you.

Google Plus Find My Face Enable

However, Google’s Find My Face technology has been built with some key differences that the search giant believes will make photo tagging much easier. It allows users to accept or reject tags, meaning you can completely take control over the tags.

Unlike Facebook, Google’s Find My Face prompts users to opt into the service before it starts automatically suggesting to their friend to tag you. So if you would love your name being associated with your friends’ photos on Google+, then you can turn on Find My Face in your Google+ settings page.

Well, you might not see the option to enable/disable Find My Face yet, but Matt states that it’ll be rolled out to all users in the next few days.

Find My Face is a great feature, especially making Google+ Photos more useful. The same facial recognition technology is also used with Street View to blur photos, and it will be used to unlock phones in Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Facebook Launches Subscribe Button for Websites

Facebook announced the subscribebutton along with other features, like improved friend lists,  a dedicated messenger app, and  improved notifications  earlier in September. The subscription feature works very similar to Twitter’s “Follow” feature. With this, users on Facebook can subscribeto anyone’s Facebook posts and read them, if that particular user has enabled subscriptions. Facebook stated that the “Subscribe” option is intended to connect you with “interesting people you’re not friends with – like journalists, artists and political figures.”

In a similar fashion, Facebook announced that he “Subscribe” button can now be integrated on websites and blogs. According to a post on the Facebook developer blog, the new subscribe button for websites functions exactly as the one present on Facebook.

Any user subscribing a website or a blog will see public posts appear in their News Feed. In addition to that, the new Subscribe action is also shared with friends of the subscriber. So, anyone who sees that update will also be able to subscribe to someone’s public posts via their News Feed.

The Subscribe button is already live with several media partners, including The Daily Beast / Newsweek,, The Huffington Post, Ministry of Sound,,,, and

Facebook Subscribe Button for Websites

For blog owners, the new feature will definitely bring in huge amount of traffic depending on the number of subscribers. The more the subscribers, the more traffic your blog will receive. It is that simple.

How to Add Subscribe Button on your Blog/Website

Just like the “like” and “share” button, users can easily add the “subscribe” button on their blog.

Use the following code for HTML5-compliant markup –

<div  data-href="" data-width="450"></div>

The XFBML version uses the JavaScript SDK. To add the Subscribe Button copy the following codes and paste it in your website/blog’s theme:

<fb:subscribe href="" width="450"></fb:subscribe>

Make sure you replace the URL with your blog’s URL. To know more about how to add the Subscribe button on your blog, visit the official guide provided by Facebook.

Facebook has also started to roll out the Timeline feature for users in New Zealand. However, the worldwide release of the feature would take some time as the company is currently battling with the Chicago Company Timelines (, since it has sued the social networking giant for using the word “timeline” for its new profile.

Facebook Fights Back, Says “Timeline” is a Commonly Used Word

Facebook in a fight back against, which sued the social networking giant for having used the term “timeline” for its upcoming new profile, has stated that the word (timeline) is a generic word.

According to paidContent, Facebook claims that the word “timeline” is simply descriptive and a commonly used word. It lists ten websites that use the word, including the search engine giant Google, which offers an interactive timeline tool allowing users to travel through timeof Google’s company history.

The feature is available to only those users who have installed the  Developer  application. If you haven’t installed it yet, here’s a post which will help you Enable the Facebook Timeline

Facebook Timeline

It is rather ironic for Facebook to countersuit when the company itself has filed trademark for words like “face” and “book”, and has stopped companies from using it. Recently, Facebook sued Techbook and Lamebook for using the word “book” in their domains. It has also applied for trademarks for arguably generic terms such as “face,” “wall,” and “like,” according to Timelines.

Under trademark law, there are five categories in which a trademark can be granted and specified for. The weakest ones are the generic and descriptive word, like bookor fastor “fun”, while the strongest ones are those that are unique and sound attractive, such as Oreo or Spotify. Courts have the power to cancel those trademarks which come under the weak category. Now, Facebook has asked the court to declare that Facebook is not infringingand to cancel the trademark for the word timelinesince it falls in the generic category.

The suit by claims that it would affect the services provided by their company if Facebook makes use of the word “timeline” –

Facebook – a company that has applied for or trademarked the terms Face,Wall,and Like,as well as sued others for using Bookin their names – is using the name timelinefor a new product that is focused on how people express and share events and history online. Facebook either knew or should have known (given their rigorous defense of their own intellectual property) that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted us this trademark. People at Facebook could have at least contacted us for permission to use or license the name. They did not.

A temporary order was imposed on Facebook to stop the roll out of the new profile to all users, but to make it available for developers only. However, now that the order has expired, Facebook has started to roll out the timeline feature to a majority number of users in New Zealand, starting yesterday. If Facebook continues to launch the feature in the U.S and other countries, then it might face heavy charges and may have to change the new profile’s name.

Facebook had scheduled to roll out the Timeline feature on September 22, but it was pushed back after a trademark lawsuit. The timeline was expected to go live on November 7, but looks like Facebook and its users have to wait a little longer. has a help-us-fight-Facebook  message  on its homepage, which is  represented by media law powerhouse Reed Smith. The company also hopes “that Facebook will realize that it made a mistake and that it needs to make things right.

Facebook Security Hole Exposes Mark Zuckerberg’s Private Photos

Update:  Facebook has now fixed the glitch & it says,

Earlier today, we discovered a bug in one of our reporting flows that allows people to report multiple instances of inappropriate content simultaneously. The bug allowed anyone to view a limited number of another user’s most recently uploaded photos irrespective of the privacy settings for these photos. This was the result of one of our recent code pushes and was live for a limited period of time. Upon discovering the bug, we immediately disabled the system, and will only return functionality once we can confirm the bug has been fixed.

A security hole spotted by members of a body building forum (thread deleted by Administrator) allows users on Facebook to view, download and share private photos of other users. This enabled a member of the forum to expose Founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg’s private photos. This means that any photos that are hidden or nonpublic could be accessed by any users, reports Fox News.

This can be done by using the “Report abuse” feature in Facebook, which is basically used to keep the social networking site clean and remove harmful images, posts or content.

It requires you to first “report/block” that user’s Facebook account. You will be prompted with a set of options. Clicking the “Inappropriate photo profile” takes you to the next step where you’re asked select an option on why you find the photo inappropriate.

Facebook Block Content

Selecting the option to report the photo to Facebook brings up another screen that says – “Help us take action by reporting additional photos to include with your report.” By clicking on the last option will enable you to choose photos of that person, including those which are marked private.

A member of the forum shared images of Zuckerberg’s private Facebook photos on an image sharing website. For a company with 800 million user base that is holding potentially sensitive data, this security hole is completely unacceptable. This itself shows that Facebook’s security model is pretty weak.

Earlier in November, Zuckerberg made the following statement

“With each new tool, we’ve added new privacy controls to ensure that you continue to have complete control over who sees everything you share. Because of these tools and controls, most people share many more things today than they did a few years ago. Overall, I think we have a good history of providing transparency and control over who can see your information.”

Well, we now see how good users have control over their data, and how “transparent” the information on Facebook is.  There is no way you can prevent this, but it is reported that the Facebook team is currently investigating through the issue, and hopefully will come out with a  solution  soon.

Dangerous Malware Link Spreading Through Facebook Chat System

A dangerous worm has been spreading through Facebook’s messaging system since last week. It has been trying to hijack users’ chats to spread a download link in an effort to compromise their computers and infect them with a Dorkbot malware program.

The malware gives access to the accounts of the compromised users, which allows it to send a malware-infused JPG download link to friends, according to reports by Sophos Naked Security blog.

It is also reported that the malware is identified as Troj/VB-FRI and Troj/VM-FRJ Trojan horse. However, Sophos reports that Facebook’s own anti-virus isn’t able to detect the malware and is continuing to spread across the social networking site.

The download link points to an image of two blonde women, however, it has been infused with a malicious screensaver. When the malicious program begins to execute, it attempts to download more malware files hosted on a compromised Israeli website. The worm has been developed using Visual Basic 6.0 and “contains numerous Anti-VM tricks directed against VMware, Sandboxie, Virtual Box, etc.,” according to the Dutch CSIS Security Group, which first detected the spread of the worm.

Sophos reveals that the link shared by the malware has a sub-domain “” through which users on Facebook are easily tricked. Clicking on the link will download and install the Dorkbot malware on your Windows computer.

Facebook Chat Malware

With over 800 million users, Facebook can’t afford to let scammers spread links which are harmful to its users. Although the Facebook anti-virus isn’t able to detect the malware, Facebook needs to take precautionary measures by blocking the link on the site and prevent it from spreading further. However, make sure that you DO NOT click on irrelevant links on Facebook. Also, its advised that you have your computer scanned for any malware installed on your system.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on  removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about  Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Bookmark  Techie Buzz Facebook Security. We always keep you updated with the  latest issues and scams spreading on Facebook.

No one Interacting With You On Facebook? Probably, You’re Sharing with No one But A DEAD List

I have never been a huge fan of Friend lists. I believe virtual lists becomes unmanageable after a certain period of time and neither they match the purity of offline ones. You keep adding random acquaintances on Facebook and it is practically impossible to create subsets within a bunch of 600+ friends.

Unfortunately, Facebook imposed automated friend lists (read smart lists) a couple of months back, which scans the profile information and mutual connections of all your friends and automatically divides them into different sets. Facebook even names those lists for you, so you never have to waste a single minute managing your friend lists, which is beyond your control anyway (you can’t delete these smart lists from your Facebook account).

Now here is a typical problem some Facebook users have to face with automated smart friend lists.

When you share a status update, photo or a link with a specific smart list, Facebook remembers your choice of the most recently used smart list. The next time you post something on your Facebook profile, the smart list option is retained from the previous update and not changed to Public.

Result: you end up sharing with the same people you shared your last status update with. It is not public or openby default.

Confusing? Let us take an example

This is an update for a small list I created on my Facebook profile:


Now this list has less than 10 members and I shared something with these 10 people only. The next time I post another update, Facebook keeps it visible only to this list, which is ridiculous!

Imagine a scenario when you shared something with only one friend and then completely forget about it. Until you change those translucent sharing settings, you will keep sharing with only that person.The worst part – there is no way to figure this out at one glance. Geeks and Tech savvy people know how this works but novice people often inherit a feeling of rejection, being neglectedor not getting enough attentionfrom their near and dear ones.

The other day, one of my not so tech savvyfriends called me up, saying You know, no one comments on my Facebook status these days. Earlier there were a dozen likes but recently, I feel everyone has blocked my Facebook profile from their news feed. My fiancée goes liking updates of my friends but not mine?? There must be something wrong down there.



You guessed it. She was sharing with Only Mefor the last 1 week.

On another note, it would be a real nightmare if you accidentally keep sharing with the wrong group, as the chosen lists won’t refresh after every update. This is unlike Google Plus, where you have to type the name of the list or the person with whom you want to share a specific update. If you don’t type anything, it will be shared with everyone, which is undoubtedly the most used sharing setting on any social networking site.

Facebook was never that bold with “lists” until Google Plus ambushed their audience. It is still a baby but Facebook was quick to copy several features from Google Plus and throw it on the face of their audience. Video calling, Messenger app, friend lists, you name it.

Probably, the engineers rushed on with the finer details, which leaves “sharing settings” in a “confused” state; far beyond the acceptance of an average internet user.


Facebook Acquires Gowalla to Improve Timeline

CNN is reporting that Facebook has acquired location based social network Gowalla for an undisclosed sum. Gowalla, which was one of the stars of SXSW 2009, had been struggling in recent times, having lost the battle of check-in services to Foursquare. Towards the end of last year, it almost conceded as much by integrating competing services like Foursquare and Facebook Places into the mobile app. More recently, it has been trying to sell itself as a travel and storytelling app. On the other hand, Facebook also failed to hurt Foursquare’s dominance, and has been relatively quiet about the Places feature.


Considering the circumstances, an acquisition by Facebook might be the best possible outcome for Gowalla. The amount paid by Facebook for the acquisition is not known; however, it will almost certainly not be on the higher end of the spectrum. However, the more interesting question is what Facebook intends to do with Gowalla. Facebook has a frustrating habit of acquiring promising apps and killing them off. It’s most likely that they will do the same with Gowalla at some point next year. However, the travel diary and guide features unveiled by Gowalla at TC Disrupt are intriguing and compelling. CNN believes that Gowalla’s team will work on the Timeline feature that Zuckerberg unveiled earlier in the year. Timeline is still under beta testing, and available only to developers and select users.

Facebook Reveals Most Shared Articles in 2011

December is customarily the month when everyone loves to look back and reminisce. However, Facebook has already decided that it has seen enough, and has published its list of most shared articles in the US for the current year. The list is an interesting collection that includes viral videos and memes as well as the big events of the year like the earthquake in Japan and Steve Jobs’ passing away. The most shared article was a NYTimes report depicting the widespread devastation caused by the earthquake in Japan, while the runner up was about teachers taking issue with parents.


Although the articles that managed to find their way onto the list are diverse, their sources aren’t. All of the top forty articles are contributed by only six news organizations. Yahoo is the top contributor with 12 entries. CNN had 10 entries, while The New York Times and The Huffington Post had 7 articles each. Interestingly, traditional media dominated heavily on Facebook with Huffington Post being the only true new-age digital media organization among the top contributors.

Expectedly, the list had a lot of viral entries including the father daughter dance medley, talking twin babies, baby laughing at ripping paper, and the homeless man with a golden voice. Check out these viral sensations, if you missed them the first time around.

Curious pieces of news and trivia such as, things babies born in 2011 will never know, the most typical face on the planet, and man robbing a bank to get medical care in jail, were perennial favorites, as were parenting related articles. Head over to the Facebook Media blog to view the full list.