Facebook Brings Emoticons to Desktop Chat; Includes a New “Like” Icon

Lately, Facebook has been releasing a lot of new features, including some updates to its existing features. First we saw the announcement of the Facebook plugin for WordPress, followed by a “Call” button placed below the user’s cover photo in order to popularize the video chatting feature.

We then saw a new feature that shows activity of recently logged in friends, along with the new notification control that lets you opt out of useless notification from the drop down menu – a much needed feature. And not to forget, Facebook has also acquired the facial recognition technology company face.com with the deal closing somewhere between $55 and $60 million.

Interestingly, all of these features (including the acquisition) were released during this month itself. Those are a lot of new releases in a single month. However, that doesn’t stop right there. Today, the social networking giant made a post from its Facebook Tips account announcing the introduction emoticons to its desktop chat.

You can now easily add smiley faces and other emoticons to a conversation when you’re chatting with your friends. Look for the icon in the bottom right corner of your chat window and emote away.

Facebook- Emoticons List

Emoticons aren’t new to Facebook, however, the emoticons menu is something that wasn’t available before, and was a highly required detail for chatting. Earlier users had to smiley type in the smiley code, which then used to get converted to an emoticon automatically. This, however, did not show the list of emoticons supported in the chat, leading to which some of the users simply had guess the code to see if it worked or not.

Also Read: Facebook Chat Emoticon Trick: Use The Profile Photo Of A Person, Page Or Event In A Chat Message

Having realized the need of an emoticon menu (for better communication and adding appropriate emoticons), Facebook has introduced this new menu to its chat windows. Additionally, Facebook has added the “like” icon (thumbs-up icon), which users can use it by simply typing (y) – including parentheses.

Sadly, the kiss emoticon has gone missing. Perhaps Facebook does not want its users to kiss-kiss while chatting ;) However, users can still use it by typing the code :-*

The new emoticon menu is available in the desktop chat application (also within Facebook chat window), while it is unclear if Facebook is going to add the same to any of its mobile apps. Also, emoticons are not available on status updates. However, considering the rate at which Facebook is releasing such tiny updates, emoticons for status updates is very likely.

Facebook’s New Notification Control Lets You Opt Out of Notifications From Drop Down Menu

After a certain period of time, Facebook notifications may take over your life. There are so many updates and so much of noise from groups, applications, Questions, games, events, comments, likes and other activities that often you find yourself lost in a fray of updates and only updates. If you live and breathe the internet, these notifications can be a real time killer and distract you from work. That’s certainly not cool and the purpose of social networking.

The biggest problem of real time notifications in Facebook is its oscillating nature, which sort of comes back to you even if you’re not interacting. “Mr X also commented on a post you commented” – I have forgotten the original post but Facebook notifications seem to come back whenever someone (whom I don’t even know) interacts with the same post.

Thankfully, this is going to change as users will soon be able to mute notifications directly from the Facebook notification drop down menu. Yesterday, Facebook announced on its developer blog that the social network will introduce easier notification controls for applications, groups and other sources. Now users will be able to mute or unsubscribe from a notification “type” directly from the notification drop down, an example is shown below:

Clicking the small hover on “cross” on the extreme right of a notification will pull in an option menu where you can choose to Turn off all notifications from a specific app, group, photo or choose to mute an entire activity until eternity. Additionally, you can choose to report the app as spam or undo your last action.

This is going to save a good amount of time; you can now block applications on the fly, without having to visit your notification settings page or manually block spammy apps from your Facebook news feed. This change also make it super easy to unsubscribe from comment and like notifications, without having to visit the actual post, find the tiny “unfollow” link and be done with it. I have a separate friend list for my “noisy” Facebook friends who post every half an hour so these new controls will keep the notifications bar neat and clean.

The newer controls are currently web only and not available for Facebook for mobile. Moreover, application developers will be able to track the opt-out rates for their applications from Facebook insights dashboard.

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 Acquires Facial Recognition Technology Company Face.com

The much rumor acquisition of Face.com by Facebook has been confirmed by Face.com on their blog. Face.com offers facial recognition technology which is already in use at Facebook for auto-tag suggestions when users upload photos to Facebook.

Face.com was founded in 2007 in Israel and offers desktop and mobile products identifying faces and allowing ability to tag them.  The deal is expected to close in the coming weeks. The company also provides API’s to developers to use their technology. Face.com, in their blogpost have specifically mentioned that this acquisition wouldn’t hamper the developers using their APIs in their applications.

From Face.com’s official blogpost:

Now, lots of developers use Face.com technology to power various apps and make wonderful products.  We love you guys, and the plan is to continue to support our developer community.  If there are new developments you can expect to hear from us here, on the developer blog, and through our developer newsletter.

The financials of the deal were not disclosed by AllthingD is quoting the acquisition to be in the range of $80 to $100 million. This is essentially an team and technology acquisition and the entire team at Face.com is expected to join Facebook. The deal is expected to close by this week, according to a report from AllthingsD.

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!

With Facebook for WordPress, What’s Going to Change?

WordPress is admittedly the most used CMS(content management system). It caters to a wide range of siteowners. From small scale websites to tech news giants, everybody can rely on its robust yet flexible website management. On the other hand, to promote their content every webmaster has to rely on social media. Facebook, for long, has provided a feisty marketing tool for every business out there. From the time Open Graph came to existence, webmasters had no other choice but to code their apps to integrate Facebook’s social experience with their WordPress blogs. Thankfully with the new plugin it won’t be a strenuous task anymore.


Let’s start with the installation. Follow the simple steps below to activate the new plugin.

1. Download the Facebook plugin for WordPress.

2. You can either upload it to your blog’s hosting server with your ftp client or you can use your WordPress account. A quick tutorial is available here.

3. Once you have succesfully uploaded the plugin, go to Plugins > Inactive and scroll down to activate the Facebook plugin.

4. Now in order to use the plugin you will need to register a Facebook app. You don’t need to be a coder to do that. Just go to The Facebook Developers page and create a new app.

NOTE: If you already have an app registered with Facebook you can go directly to the app and copy the App ID and App Secret. Skip this step and start from step 6.

5. Now add the page name (your blog name would be a good choice here), namespace(optional, entering your blog name is recommended) and Heroku web hosting(optional). Once you are done, you will be redirected to the app page where you will get the App ID and App Secret. These will be needed for configuring the plugin. Scroll down and you will find an option where you will need to mention how your app integrates with Facebook. Click the first option “Website with Facebook Login” and enter your full blog URL i.e including the http://. Once done press the button Save Changes at the bottom of the page.



6. Now that you have your App ID, App Secret and namespace go back to your plugin configuration page and enter them. After, you have completed the activation you will be presented with a settings page for the Facebook plugin. Choose the options you wish to and save the necessary changes after you had configured them. We’ll discuss more on the configuration changes and how it effects your site layout in a later post.

Every WordPress is meant to add additional capabilities to the CMS. Facebook for WordPress implements the latest social attributes of Facebook for your blog.

1. Social Publisher: This is indeed something new and helpful if you own a multi-author blog. True you could already share posts automatically on Facebook as they were published. However, if your authors too can showcase their posts on their personal timeline, that would mean some additional traffic from their friends and followers. Apart from these any author can mention the names of their friends to post on their timeline as well.

2. Send and Like buttons are primitive if compared with the rest of the functions the plugin offers. It adds a Like and Send button to the top/bottom of any post of your blog to let users share it with their Facebook friends.

3. Subscribe Button: This definitely helps any blog to promote their authors and in turn their content. So far top blogs with reputed authors used to have this feature(but was not limited to). The hassle of coding is no more there, all you now need to do is ask every author to authorize the app from within their WordPress accounts. Doing this will show a subscribe button at the end of the post.

4. The comments section is also something that was popular already. It also comes bundled with other features with this plugin.

5. Recommendation Bar: Technically this is the only significant feature that comes for the first time along with the plugin release. This adds a sticky bar that shows article recommendations to readers. The readers can use the Like button there to like the post they are on or turn on the social reading. This can serve as viral marketing as friends of the reader will see a ticker or news feed entry that says “X read THIS POST on THE BLOG”. Until now this was possible with the selected social readers after the last f8 keynote.


What it means for a reader?

So as the behemoth of social marketing integrates more easily with the most popular blogging platform expect more clutter in your already populous news feed. Apart from that if you really love sharing what you read, it would be a more pleasant experience for you.

What changes for a webmaster?

Thankfully, a lot. Less coding and more functions. A caution, do not overdo. Sometimes less is more. With more sharing features you will enjoy better visibility on the social network but similar to other plugins your site load time will be hit. Sticky bars are good but at the same time can be annoying too. As you are a better judge for your readers, the decision rests upon you.

Why was it launched? How does it make up for Facebook?

As you have noticed, apart from the recommendations bar everything was already there. This might just be a compilation of the Facebook sharing features. My personal opinion is that the recommendation bar feature is what motivated Facebook to launch this plugin. Since Facebook is planning on a better functional search (and Bing’s social search) their repository should be rich in content. Apart from pages, updates and other things the social reader will take the user engagement to the next level. The less known blogs (with low sharer counts) can also include their content now in a much simpler way. This seems even more relevant as Facebook went on the IPO way and is struggling so far. A new opportunity based on search ads sounds too lucrative to dismiss. Now considering their proximity to Bing they are less likely to go for a head-on clash with Google(Bing already enjoys that rightfully). So improving the internal search for content might be a way out of this.

Think of me as an elitist but I will still bank on the facts that Facebook has already done a great job in luring users. A better platform with better search will only make things better for them(and hopefully a boost for their IPO) and for a right mind that should not be considered evil. There’s nothing personal, it’s all business.

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!