Facebook Makes Online TV More Personal With Clicker

To be frank, I hardly watch new seasons of my favorite shows on an actual Television and prefer to use it to watch live sports. However, I don’t miss any of my favorite shows and instead catch them when I can totally concentrate on watching it through on-demand or sites like Hulu, Fancast and TV.com among others.

Facebook Clicker TV Shows Recommendation

In fact there are so many ways to watch TV Shows online for free that I can even catch up on a missed show after a week. That said, discovering new shows is easy but wouldn’t it be good to have your friends recommend you an episode or TV show? Well, you could definitely go around asking them about their favorites, but what if you could discover them?

Also Read: Get Movie Recommendations From Your Twitter Friends

has just announced a partnership with Clicker, an Internet television guide to help you discover new shows based on what your friends have liked on Facebook.

If you are logged into Facebook, visiting Clicker.com will automatically display the shows your friends have liked on Facebook as recommendations. It will also display shows which are currently trending among your Facebook friends. The recommendation engine works on Facebook likes for those shows, so every time you like a movie, it will be used as a recommendation for your friends.

Opting Out of Facebook-Clicker Recommendation

Disable Facebook Clicker Recommendations

The data liked by you will only be visible to your friends or a larger number of people based on how you have set your privacy profile in Facebook. If you want to opt-out of the Facebook – Clicker recommendations, you can visit Clicker.com and click on the disable link in the left hand side navigation as shown above.

One should note that unlike other apps or websites, Facebook is sharing information with Clicker.com without a user having to provide explicit permission, this could turn out to be another case of privacy issue for Facebook soon.

Twitter Has 224 Million Users, Adds 100 Million Users This Year

seems to be on a roll to reach a big milestone in the coming year. As of today Twitter has said that they have added more than 100 million users this year alone. Some notable joiners to Twitter this year include @billgates, @tigerwoods and @cher.

Twitter Logo

So how much is Twitter’s total user base? Roughly around 224 million users. To figure this out I used Twitter’s API to request user information and I was able to get information for users up-to 224,789,500. You can do view the information by visiting this link http://api.twitter.com/1/users/show.xml?user_id=224789500.

So is Twitter quickly catching up with ? Not exactly, Facebook has over 500 million users and Twitter is yet to get halfway there, but the growth it has shown in the past year or so has been tremendous. If Twitter continues to grow at this pace it wouldn’t catch up with Facebook, however, they should definitely be able to reach somewhere near the 400 million users by next year.

Please note that there might be a discrepancy on whether this ID is an actual incremental number in the database or not, however, I was able to create two users to confirm that they were indeed getting incremental.

Test User 1 was assigned the ID 224788434 – http://api.twitter.com/1/users/show.xml?user_id=224788434

Test User 2 was assigned the ID 224789253 – http://api.twitter.com/1/users/show.xml?user_id=224789253

As you can see this shows that Twitter is actually incrementing this number. You can also browse all the IDS by numbers too, so these indicated that the profile numbers are actually the Twitter user counts.

P.S. Ev’s Twitter Account ID is 20 http://api.twitter.com/1/users/show.xml?user_id=20 and Biz’s is 13 http://api.twitter.com/1/users/show.xml?user_id=13.

Twitter Adds More Sources for Inline Music, Video Streaming and PowerPoint Slides

The #newTwitter interface was rolled out to all users in October. The new interface added in a lot of changes to making it easier to follow conversations and view videos and images inline from sites like , and USTREAM.


Today, Twitter has added new partners to display inline music, watch TV shows and browser through PowerPoint slides. Twitter has partnered with blip.tv, Instagram, Rdio, SlideShare and Dipdive to display all their content inline instead of you have to visit the sites in another browser.

Twitter Expand Embedded Content

The next time someone shares content from the above mentioned site, you will see an option to view the content inline. You can quickly make out which content you can view inline by seeing a special icon next to the tweet and an option to expand the tweet as shown above. Twitter is also looking to expand their partnerships further and add more content partners soon.

So what do you think about the #newTwitter interface? Are you getting used to it, or do you hate it?

Tumblr Comes Back Online

After an extended outage of almost a day or more, Tumblr is finally back up and kicking. The site though is not fully functional and seems to be coming up gradually.

Tumblr Up

So if you haven’t had a chance to post cute kitty pictures in the past 24 hours, you will get to do it pretty soon. You might also want to follow @tumblr on to get the latest updates from them.

The recovering database cluster is online and healthy. We’re incrementally opening up access to blogs while monitoring performance. (@tumblr on Twitter)

(Source: SAI via Techmeme / Image via Photobucket)

"Are You Sure You Know That Person?" Facebook Friend Requests Spam Protection

For a long period of time has been allowing users to send friend requests to anyone and everyone. However, it looks like they are now changing the way people send out friend requests, which might be something similar to what LinkedIn does.

Facebook Are You Sure Friendship Request

As you can see in the image above, Facebook is now asking users whether or not they know the person they are sending a request to. The entire message reads:

Are you sure you know person name?

If you send a request to a stranger, it will be considered spam and your friend request will be blocked temporarily. Please only send this request if you know person name.

I am not really sure how Facebook is going to determine whether or not the person you are sending a request to is a stranger or not, but they do have an option in place right now where they allow users to specify if they know a person or not. Also a lot of people end up sending requests to people they might not personally know but have been following their blog or website, so would these requests be considered as spam too?

Are you seeing these kind of messages while sending out friend requests to users? Do let me know through your comments.

(Image via Zach, h/t @Scobleizer)

Win Free Tickets To GRAMMY Awards 2011 for Sharing Your Music Gifting Memories

The nominations for the 53rd Grammy Awards to be held in February 2011 was announced this week. Many of the award nominations were well deserved and it definitely sparked a lot of interest.

Give the Gift of Music

If you are a fan of the Grammy Awards and love music, here is your chance to win a couple of tickets to the 53rd Grammy Awards 2011 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. NARM and RIAA are holding a contest where music fans have to enter their favorite music gifting memory on their sites Share Your Memories page (http://givethegiftofmusic.info/your-music-memories/).

Users can enter the contest before midnight PST time on Friday, December 17, 2010 to qualify for the contest. Winning entries of the contest will be notified on Monday, December 21, 2010. There are four prizes up for grabs, which include:

  • Grand prize: A pair of tickets for the Sunday, February 13 GRAMMY Awards telecast in Los Angeles, California at the Staples Center presented by The Recording Academy (NARAS)
  • 1st prize: $350 J&R Music & Computer World gift card
  • 2nd prize: $100 J&R Music & Computer World gift card
  • 3rd prize: Holiday music gift basket

You can visit the contest URL or http://www.givethegiftofmusic.info/ for more details.

Bitly News Is a Hacker News Clone For Twitter

There are several ways to track popular stories on thanks to services like TweetMeme among others. However, the most common way of measuring popularity has usually been through the number of re-tweets a link has received.

Bitly News Hacker News Clone

Though using Retweets is a good measure, it in itself does not show the popularity of a shared article. For example there are thousands of users who automatically tweet a link using services such as Twitterfeed, so almost 50% or more of those retweets might be automated.

Bitly News is sort of a top news for Twitter which is pretty similar to how Hacker News is, however, instead of using crowd sourcing, the developer of Bitly News uses the Bit.ly API to source data and ranks articles based on the number of clicks it has generated. These kinds of lists definitely make sense since it takes actual measurement into consideration.

However, since Bitly News solely relies on bit.ly URL shortening don’t assume it to be 100% accurate or for that matter even 50% considering the number of alternative URL shortening services in use today on Twitter.

Bitly News was created by Jeff Miller as part of the Bit.ly API contest, for which he also won the first prize. It would be interesting to see how Jeff can take the project further to also include or source data from other URL shortening services to create a comprehensive snapshot of trending links on Twitter.

(Source: Tech Crunch)

George Bush Appearing on Facebook Live To Promote "Decision Points" Book

We have seen celebrities and brands use for promoting themselves, but what about ex-presidents of the United States? Well, there is a live show for that.

Decision Point by George Bush

Apparently, George W. Bush the ex-president of United States will be on Facebook live today to promote his book; Decision Points; the event will be available live to Facebook users starting at 2PM Pacific time. Bush has been using a lot of mediums to promote his book including TV talk shows and radio shows, the social networking appearance is probably the first.

If you are interested in watching the show, you can tune into http://apps.facebook.com/facebooklive/ at 2PM PT today (check local listing timings). If you are interested you can go ahead and buy Decision Points from Amazon.

Skype Video Chat Coming to Facebook?

Facebook A couple of months back, there were rumors suggesting that deep integration of Facebook and Skype was on the cards. Soon after, Skype introduced Facebook integration in its client. Now it appears that Facebook is also preparing to integrate Skype.

AllFacebook is reporting that a Facebook app developer has discovered the existence of code hinting at Skype integration. Apparently, Facebook is bucket testing this feature, which will be based on the Skype SDK. Tal Alter, the developer who was the first to notice this, wrote in his blog, “The object, which is simply called VideoChat, appears to have everything needed to introduce video chatting functionality.” It is expected that once launched, Skype users will be able to receive and initiate video calls directly from Facebook.

Celebrities Quit Twitter and Facebook for Charity

Lady-Gaga Several megastars including Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Usher are temporarily quitting Facebook and Twitter to raise money for Grammy winning singer Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive (KCA) charity ahead of the World Aids Day. Keep a Child Alive aids families affected by HIV/AIDs in India and Africa. It has six main treatment sites located in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, and India. Keys is the global ambassador of KCA.

All the participating celebrities have recorded their last tweet and testament. Leigh Blake, the president and co-founder of Keep a Child Alive, explained, “We’re trying to sort of make the remark: ‘Why do we care so much about the death of one celebrity as opposed to millions and millions of people dying in the place that we’re all from?'”

The celebrities will return to the social networks once $1 million has been raised. Lady Gaga is expected to make a significant impact thanks to her massive social base (nearly 24 million Facebook fans and more than 7 million Twitter followers). However, as Keys explained, “It just doesn’t have to be just because you’re a celebrity or something like that. It can be anybody.”