New Twitter Feature Separates Replies and Non-replies for Verified Accounts

Twitter has come up with an interesting solution that will simplify and ease the way of reading a user’s tweets. The new feature provides an option to separate the @ replies and non-replies in the Twitter timeline.

For instance, you visit a Twitter user’s profile and notice that the user has sent more @ replies than his/her original tweets. This not only buries the original and non-replied tweets, but also makes it difficult to dig them out. In order to separate the two, Twitter will be rolling out the “All” and “No Replies” link buttons, which will be placed right above the timeline. However, this will be available to only those accounts that are verified and have the verified Twitter badge.

This simplified profile, which we’re rolling out to verified accounts over the coming weeks, makes it easier to understand what kind of content the user shares on Twitter, and what Tweets you’ll see if you follow them.

New Twitter Feature - Filter Out @ Replies

To view only the original tweets from a verified Twitter user, you can simply click on the “No replies” button link. This will filter out all the conversation and @ replies, and displays only the original tweets from the user.

In a blog post, Twitter gives @bubbawatson, @NASCAR and @Pepsi as examples to explain how the feature exactly works. Once the feature is out, it will be enabled by default, with an option to see “all” tweets including @ replies with a link button shown above the timeline.

The feature is quite helpful to followers of popular Twitter users and celebrities. It will easily help followers to read the original tweets of their favourite Twitter accounts without having to splash through various mentions and replies to other tweets. Sometimes, that becomes more like a burden unless you’re from a spy agency who wants to read all the tweets of a user ;)

Nevertheless, this is a great feature and we hope that Twitter will enable this feature to all its users, which is very unlikely.

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Facebook Displaying Number of Friends Who Logged in Recently and Friend Activity

Of late, Facebook has been playing around a lot with their interface with improvements of fonts they use as well as the way Facebook photo albums are now displayed.

Facebook Friends Logged In Notification

It looks like Facebook has also started to display the number of friends who have recently logged in to Facebook as spotted by Parth. In addition to that Joel also spotted another update as seen below which shows you an activity of your Facebook friends reading your posts.

Facebook Friends Viewed Post


The new updates display messages below the post box which include:

xx friends logged in recently

Your friends haven’t seen a post from you for xx days

From the looks of it, Facebook is trying to display some useful bits of information to users, which is probably similar to the reports it displays to “Facebook fan page” owners on engagement and reach on the fan page.

While this feature might not really be useful as of yet, it would be interesting if Facebook also starts displaying the friends who recently logged in along with their activities. In addition to that, it would be interesting to see if Facebook also adds a feature from the social networking site Orkut, which displays the number of people who have visited your profile.

There has been a huge craze in Facebook where users are interested in viewing their recent profile visitors and it has been a major reason behind many Facebook scams out there. It would be good if they have something official out there which does such a thing.

We’ll keep an eye on other interesting updates and post about them as soon as we see them.

Facebook Testing “Call” Button on Timeline; Could Help Popularize Its Video Chat

A year ago, Facebook announced the video chatting feature powered by Microsoft-acquired Skype, which allowed Skype users to video chat with Facebook users within Skype itself. All that Skype users had to do is click on the Facebook icon on the left side of the screen, and allow Skype to access their Facebook information via the Facebook Connect button.

However, the feature didn’t really attract many users, and sources say that in order to increase video chat usage and popularize the little known feature, Facebook is testing it further by adding a “Call” button below the user’s cover photo on the profile page, right next to the “Message” button.  It is said that the motive behind adding this new button is to remind Facebook users that there is a feature called as video chat and users need to make use of it.

Fellow Techie Buzz author Parth Dhebar, notified us about the new “Call” button, however, Tech Crunch was the first to report the feature publicly in a blog post. Facebook Testing "Call" Button

Ever since Google+ Hangouts made its debut, the video chatting feature for Google+ has attracted several users. Perhaps Facebook has now realized that the video chatting feature needs to be emphasized more and needs to get more users use the feature. This could also be a threat to Facebook, since it could lose several users to Google Plus.

Currently, users can see the video chat button only in chat windows, and that is the only way to start a video chat with someone. Adding a “Call” button on user’s profile page seems apt, however, it still goes unnoticeable. Perhaps, Facebook should consider replacing its annoying Ticker widget on the right, and add buttons such as “Call” to highlight it and several other features that Facebook offers.

Unlike Google+ Hangouts, Facebook’s video chat does not support group video chat yet. Facebook had promised group video chat after the integration with Skype. This is yet another reason Facebook needs to take into consideration if they really want to increase the popularity of its video chat feature. Other features including, Facebook-to-Skype calling, and paid Facebook to standard phone number audio calling are yet to debut.

Facebook CTO to Quit After Summer

The CTO of Facebook, Bret Taylor informs via his Facebook status he will be quitting the social networking giant, Facebook after the summer. His intentions are to focus on a new entrepreneurial venture which he will start with one of his friends, Kevin Gibbs.

Bret Taylor to Quit Facebook

Taylor regrets to be leaving the company which has been so successful. Nonetheless, he emphasizes that Facebook comprises of a great team and the way it has accomplished several successful products such as from Open Graph and App Center to Facebook Camera in addition to the iOS integration is something he is proud of.

Taylor is happy to announce that he gained substantial learning at Facebook and is grateful to his team who are described as being “amazing”. Last but not least, he thanks Mark Zuckerberg for being his mentor and a close friend.

More news to follow. Stay tuned!

World’s Social Media Gathering

If you are a social media geek, if you remain in touch with the developments that take place there within AND expecting a conference that stimulates your expectations, then you are right on the money! A conference encompassing such an atmosphere is taking place next month from July 6 to July 8, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. Captioned “World’s Social Media Gathering”, the conference is intended to focus on ideation, innovation, creative thinking and doing things beyond convention. It intends to gather social media trend-watchers, media analysts, businesses and strategic decisions makers from all over the planet to provide a perspective different from what this intended audience would provide. How would that happen? Well, the “World’s Social Media Gathering” will be hosted by unconventional speakers who would promote creativity among the audience by instilling thought-provoking ideas, implement innovative methods using practical sessions with a focus that would not deviate from YOU!

Changing the Rules of the Game

Since social media aims to provide a platform where every single individual on the face of this planet has an equal say in affairs of all types, this conference tilts the see-saw towards the common individual providing him the power, the decision making ability and putting ideas forward. Now people who have previously called the shots at corporate level will have to sit back and watch the future unfold. Inspired yet? If not, check this out:

Linkedin Confirms Security Breach; Check if Your Password Was Stolen

Earlier this morning a hacker from Russia claimed to have hacked into LinkedIn and managed to steal around 6.46 million hashed passwords, and his fellow hackers have decrypted most of the hashed passwords. LinkedIn, on the other side, took a while to confirm the security breach. In a blog post, nearly after 12 hours, the social media company confirmed that the there was a security breach and “some” passwords were stolen. LinkedIn Director, Vicente Silveira, made the announcement in a postover at the LinkedIn Blog:

We want to provide you with an update on this morning’s reports of stolen passwords. We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts.

Vicente also added the following steps for the compromised accounts:

  1. Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.
  2. These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in this email. Once you follow this step and request password assistance, then you will receive an email from LinkedIn with a password reset link.
  3. These affected members will receive a second email from our Customer Support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwords.

Although the hackers did not release any usernames associated with the passwords, all LinkedIn users are asked to immediately change their account passwords. It is also an alert for those users who have used the same password on different website. However, if you’re worried that you may be one among the 6.46 million compromised accounts, then you can confirm it by using a tool released by LastPass. Check If Your LinkedIn Password Was Stolen All you need to do is enter your LinkedIn password in the LastPass’s tool and click on the “Test My Password” button. The tool automatically computes its SHA-1 hash and sends the result to to search the list of 6.46 million leaked password hashes. The security tool is safe and does not store any password that users enter. It is also recommended that you use a password management tool like LastPass, which allows you to manage your passwords and form data, allowing you to easily fill inane forms with the click of a button. Also Read: Lastpass Extension for Google Chrome

6.46 Million Hashed LinkedIn Passwords Stolen; Hackers Trying to Decrypt Them

[Update 2]

LinkedIn has confirmed the security breach. Read the full story here.


LinkedIn Director, Vicente Silveira, has posted a blog post on how users can update their password on LinkedIn along with some recommended account security and privacy tips. The update also indicates that LinkedIn’s “security team continues to investigate this morning’s reports of stolen passwords. At this time, we’re still unable to confirm that any security breach has occurred.”


Yet another security problem that LinkedIn users could face. A user in a Russian forum claims to have hacked into LinkedIn, and has leaked a 118 MB hash file containing passwords of more than 6.4 million LinkedIn users. The user uploaded the file on the Russian forum and his fellow mates are trying to decrypt the hash file.

LinkedIn posted an update on Twitter stating that its team is looking into reports of stolen passwords, however, they haven’t confirmed any security breach yet. It is said that there is a possibility that this could be a hoax, however, according to The Verge, several LinkedIn users have said on Twitter that they found their real LinkedIn passwords as hashes on the list.

Linkedin Twitter Updates

Sophos, a security research company, has confirmed that the hash file contains valid LinkedIn passwords, however, the LinkedIn team is still figuring out if there was a security breach or not. The Russian hacker has uploaded over 6,458,020 hashed passwords, but no usernames are found. It is unclear if the hacker has also managed to obtain usernames, but it’s likely that he might have managed to obtain them.

According to CNET, “LinkedIn passwords are encrypted using an algorithm known as SHA-1, which is considered very secure. Complex passwords will likely take some time to decrypt, but simple ones may be at risk.”

According to LinkedIn’s latest tweet, “Our team continues to investigate, but at this time, we’re still unable to confirm that any security breach has occurred. Stay tuned here”, shows that the social network has not found any evidence as such. It could also mean that the Russian hacker and the other hackers were mistaken that the hashes were LinkedIn passwords.

LinkedIn currently has over 150 million users. Although 6 million is a small number of users, however, it still is unacceptable that such a security breach has taken place. This is a developing story, and we will update this post when more information is available.

As a precautionary measure, it is recommended that all LinkedIn users change their password immediately.  If you’ve been using the same password on other websites, then it is highly recommended that you change them too.

Fake ‘Privacy Notice’ Irks Facebook; Users Worried

Like I said in my previous post, Facebook is the best place to spread rumors and hoax messages to thousands of people in no time. This is one of the biggest problems with Facebook, where users inevitably spread messages that look controversial, but are baseless and have nothing in common with reality.

A “Facebook privacy notice” has gone viral on the social networking site through status updates and “shares” in the past few days. The so-called “privacy notice” reads as follows:

Facebook is now a publicly traded entity. Unless you state otherwise, anyone can infringe on your right to privacy once you post to this site. It is recommended that you and other members post a similar notice as this, or you may copy and paste this version. If you do not post such a statement once, then you are indirectly allowing public use of items such as your photos and the information contained in your status updates. worriedFacebook Privacy

PRIVACY NOTICE: Warning — any person and/or institution and/or agent and/or agency of any governmental structure including but not limited to the United States Federal Government also using or monitoring/using this website or any of its associated websites, you do NOT have my permission to utilize any of my profile information nor any of the content contained herein including, but not limited to my photos, and/or the comments made about my photos or any other “picture” art posted on my profile.

You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing, disseminating, or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile and the contents herein. The foregoing prohibitions also apply to your employee, agent, student or any personnel under your direction or control.

The contents of this profile are private and legally privileged and confidential information, and the violation of my personal privacy is punishable by law. UCC 1-103 1-308 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. (M)

The above spreading viral message is a hoax and none of it is true. The main idea behind this post, whosoever started it, is based on the fact about Facebook’s recent listing as a publicly traded company, which according to the rumor indicates that it will affect its users’ privacy. However, this is simply a wrong assumption.

Although Facebook became a publicly traded company last month, it has not made any changes to its privacy policy, and makes it a top priority to keep user information safe and secured. If Facebook ever makes any changes to the privacy policy, it would definitely notify all its users about the changes. So, don’t panic!

Additionally, the Uniform Commercial Codes cited at the end of the post, “UCC 1-103 1-308″ is completely unrelated to Facebook’s privacy policy, and thus making its inclusion irrelevant.

This rumor is very much similar to “Facebook or its third-party advertisers to user photos in ads“, which also has been reportedly spreading rapidly on the social networking giant.

Here’s an update that Facebook posted:

We have noticed a recent status update that is being widely shared implying the ownership of your Facebook content has recently changed. This is not true and has never been the case.

Facebook Privacy

Facebook Will Not Use Your Photos in Advertisements

The best place to instantly spread rumors and hoax messages is Facebook. The social networking giant’s “Share” and “Like” buttons are so powerful that they are enough to spread a message to nearly thousands of people in no time. Sometimes they’re so powerful, controversial hoax messages are gifted with eternal life. That is, they never stop spreading.

For instance, the following message has been spreading on Facebook ever since it was first posted on the networking giant –

On Friday, Facebook will start using your photos in ads that appear on the profile of your contacts. It is legal and what is listed when you open an account. To prevent this do the following: Go to “Account Settings”, click on “Facebook Adverts” on the left, then click “edit third party advert settings” and choose No One, then save changes

Facebook to Use Profile Photos in Ads - Hoax

Perhaps it is now almost three years since the message has been spreading on Facebook despite many social media blogs having reported that it is a rumor. However, users on Facebook are continuing to fall for the false message and are spreading the message even today.

The message was spreading so intensely the Facebook team had no choice, but only to alert it users. Back in 2009, Facebook’s ex Corporate Communications Director, Barry Schnitt (now hired by Pinterest) wrote a blog post indicating that the above spreading message is simply a rumor and baseless –

“In the past couple of days, a rumor has begun spreading that claims we have changed our policies for third-party advertisers and the use of your photos. These rumors are false, and we have made no such change in our advertising policies.”

However, that didn’t make any difference. The rumor has continued spreading till date.

So, what’s with this “Facebook will start using your photos in ads”, or “change in advertising policies” all about? According to Facebook’s advertising guidelines, Facebook prohibits advertisers from using user information collected from a Facebook ad, or incorporate them in ads.

Now, since Facebook strictly prohibits advertisers from using user data, spammers took advantage of this and tried spreading a controversial message by stating that Facebook updated their advertising policy, and is now allowing advertisers to use user information, including profile photos. However, none of this is true.

Facebook has never allowed advertisers to use user data in advertisements. However, if in case Facebook does provide ad networks the right to use your name or picture in ads, then you can always determine how your information is used in the Facebook Ads settings page. All you need to do is select “No one” and you’re information is never shared in advertisements.

Best Paid Jobs at Facebook

Top Paying Jobs at Facebook

A company that is not even a decade old has taken the media industry by storm. In a short life span, it has amassed over 900 million users worldwide. When Mark Zuckerberg started the company in a small dormitory at Harvard University, it is likely that he did not think of the success it would yield. The company having recently gone public via IPO is an evident KPI that substantiates this claim. Nonetheless, the credit does not go to Zuckerberg alone. He had a fantastic idea, some good luck, excellent timing but above all, an awesome team to work with.

Facebook executives are extremely well paid. Ironically, if you are thinking to an internship at Facebook, you might end up bagging a heavy amount. According to the Business Insider, there are numerous roles at Facebook. Who gets more? The techie, geeky corner or the ones who represent the face of the   product? Seemingly, there is somewhat a balance between both categories. Below are 17 positions that are top paid at Facebook. If you fall in any of these categories, you know where to submit your next resume.


17. Account Executive -$62,124 per annum

16. Software Engineering Intern – $74, 700 per annum

15. Product Designer – $ 79,000 per annum

14. Site Reliability Engineer – $80,413 per annum

13. Recruiter – $80,580 per annum

12. Operations Engineer – $82,626 per annum

11. Project Manager – $98,302 per annum

10. Introductory Software Engineer – $100,000 per annum

9.  Software Engineer – $111,562 per annum

8. Business Development Manager – $115,000 per annum

7. Network Engineer – $121,500 per annum

6. Research Scientist – $123,308 per annum

5. Engineering Manager – $123,379 per annum

4. Machine Learning Engineer – $124, 197 per annum

3. User Interface Engineer – $129, 136 per annum

2. Product Manager – $130, 143 per annum

And …

1. Senior Software Engineer – $132, 503 per annum

If you see yourself developing in any of these areas and want to make handsome money, you know what to do next!