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Guy Escapes From Prison – Taunts Cops through Facebook Status Updates

If you thought Prison Break was over the top, wait till you read this. Craig ‘Lazie’ Lynch was serving a seven year sentence for aggravated burglary in Hollesley Bay Prison, Suffolk. He managed to escape from the open prison on 23rd September and has been on the run since. However, this is where the story gets surreal. Instead of hiding, Craig has been regularly posting status updates and photographs on Facebook.

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Craig has close to 1300 friends and more than 11,000 fans on Facebook. Recently, he even celebrated his first Christmas on the run.

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YES YES i f****n made it to Xmas i beat their f***n system and i love it. I love you all my family my friends my lovers and all my supporters and fans i love the whole lot of you x x your the best merry xmas merry xmas merry xmas ho ho ho.

Through his antics Craig has managed to build a fan following, attract media attention and embarrass the establishment. It will be interesting to see how long he manages to stay on the outside. Being the attention freak he is, I get a feeling that he will soon get too adventurous and end up getting caught.

Create a Custom Album From Facebook, Flickr and Picasa Photos

Our digital life is scattered over many platforms. This is specially true when it comes to photos; some are on Facebook, some are on Picasa and some of them are on a hard drive. Pixable is a great web app that lets you create custom albums by combining photos from Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and your computer.

Once you sign in to Pixable with your Facebook account, it will show you all your Facebook albums and even photos of your friends that are publicly available. You don’t have to select complete albums, you can just pick and choose the photos you want. Similarly, you can select photos from your Flickr and Picasa account and also upload images from your hard drive.

You can also choose a theme for your album, such as Christmas or floral, and invite other Facebook users to contribute to your album. Once created, you can save your album to Pixable, share it with your friends on Facebook, email it to your friends, post it to your Facebook feeds or even order a physical album for a very low price.

Pixable can also be used to create photobook calendars. Right now Pixable is offering a lot of amazing Christmas themes for albums and calendars.

Export Facebook Phonebook as CSV File

If you are a user, many of your friends might have phone numbers which they share with you. If you have a large number of friends, copying and pasting them to your external contact list can be quite a pain.

Export Facebook Phonebook is a handy script which will allow you to export all the phone numbers and few other additional details like Name, City, etc from your Facebook account as a CSV file.

The script does not work out of the box as it is for two reasons. First is because Facebook does not use outright URL’s, and instead appends the navigation to the current URL. So in order for this to work, you will have to directly load the phonebook URL. Also the shortcut key assigned for this script Ctrl + Shift + Dis the browser’s bookmark shortcut, which does not get overridden.

Export your Facebook Phonebook as CSV

Step 1: Install the Greasemonkey add-on for Firefox if required, and then install the Export Facebook Phonebook Userscript.

Step 2: Login to Facebook and click on this URL to open the Facebook Phonebook page.

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Step 3: Go to the Greasemonkey menu and select Export Facebook Phonebookfrom the User Script Commands sub-menu. Clicking on this should update the current page in rapid succession, however, that is the script scraping the phonebook from Facebook.

Step 4: Once all the Phonebook entries have been imported, you will see an option to download the the contents as a CSV file. The full CSV file contains the following details:

Name,City,State,Phone #,Network / Other Info,Contact Result,Notes / Next Step,Who Calls,Month to call back,Year,Who’s List

Techie Buzz Verdict

We have tested and found that this script works without any problems, however, this might not be valid according to Facebook TOS. The export process is pretty fast and you might consider using this if you have a large number of contacts whose phone numbers you want to export and use externally.

There is a slight problem with the URL which is tracked by the script and the problem that the shortcut which does not work, because of which it will not work out of the box in . However, you can modify the line below to change the dto something else as the shortcut key.

GM_registerMenuCommand("Export Facebook Phonebook", doExport, "d", "control shift","f");

Ratings: 2.5/5 (Good)

Judges and Lawyers Cannot be Friends on Facebook

We never think about the impact of social media on different professions. For some, it is not as simple as we think it is. According to a ruling by the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee of the Florida Supreme Court, a lawyer who appears in front of a Judge, cannot add him as a “friend” on a social networking website.

Here’s the actual link to the ruling and below are the exact wordings:

Whether a judge may add lawyers who may appear before the judge as “friends” on a social networking site, and permit such lawyers to add the judge as their “friend.”

ANSWER: No.

The other interesting parts of the ruling allows a Judge to post comments on a social networking site and allows lawyers to be ‘fans’ of Judges as long as the fan page is not managed by the judge himself.

New Facebook Privacy Settings Are Controversial

Is Facebook really all about user’s privacy as often claimed by the Facebook team? If so, why would Facebook prompt users to make their status updates visible to the whole internet and even indexed by search engines?

This question comes after Facebook announced new privacy settings today for it’s 350 million users. You can always change your privacy settings and make your status updates visible to only friends and network, but for all the users who have ever changed their privacy settings, it would be defaulted to everyone.

Along with that, some of your profile information such as name, profile picture, current city, pages, network and friend list would be make public. This comes as a recommended setting from Facebook now but can be changed if you don’t want it to be so.

Facebook claims that these settings would provide user more control over their privacy, however, a lot of people have already started bashing these changes as awful and bad.

How do you feel about this? Are you okay with Facebook making your friend list public? At least I am not. I also don’t want the whole world to know what pages I am a fan of.

Here’s a snapshot of some comments posted by users about these new settings:

Here’s what some popular blogs and websites are saying about these new settings:

Gawker says:

Facebook begins ‘Privacy’ Con

ReadWriteWeb says:

This is not what Facebook users signed up for. It’s not about privacy at all, it’s about increasing traffic and the visibility of activity on the site.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says

EFF Doesn’t Recommend Facebook’s “Recommended” Privacy Setting.

Google Launches Real-Time Search [Breaking News]

All the rumors and speculations about Real-Time search results from Twitter , Facebook and etc. to be integrated into Google search has finally come true. Google has just launched Real-Time Search , which is integrated seamlessly into its normal search result pages.

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Google logo

Results from around the web , like live Tweets , Yahoo answers , latest news articles and most recent web pages , are streamed along with the regular search results , as and when they appear and are updated , for the search query that you type in Google.

Earlier , Google had announced search deal with twitter , so the integration of live Tweets along with search results in Google , was the most anticipated and expected feature to be rolled out by Google. But Google has gone one step ahead and struck a deal with Facebook and Myspace , to pull in data from their social networks , in Real-Time.

The Real-Time search feature in Google might not be available to everyone now , but it will be available to everyone within few coming days. Until this feature becomes available to everyone , you can view a demo video of this feature, provided by Google .
Update: First Screenshots of Real-Time Search in Google

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Real-Time Search in Google
Real-Time Search in Google
Real-Time Search in Google

We , at Techie Buzz , will be publishing more details about this feature , as and when it becomes available to everyone , so keep reading.

Review: Nimbuzz For Blackberry Released

Nimbuzz, recently launched the Nimbuzz app for BlackBerry.   Nimbuzz for BlackBerry lets you connect to the most popular social networks and IM communities like Skype, Facebook, WLM (MSN), MySpace, Yahoo, Gtalk and many more!

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Features:

  • runs in background allowing you to be online and available to your friends while writing an email, watching a movie or updating your agenda
  • connects you to all your friends stay in touch with all your friends from the most popular social networks and instant messaging communities
  • brings home screen notification whenever you receive a chat and the app is running in background you will see a notification on your home screen
  • auto-reconnects whenever you lose the connection Nimbuzz will try to reconnect you switching between 3G, 2G or   Wi-Fi searching for an available internet connection
  • ClickableURL’s for a complete online experience you can open the links from chats or personal messages.

Many a times, BlackBerry service provider blocks a certain Instant Messaging app on your Blackberry device.   In my case, it is Gtalk and I am heavily dependant on  Gtalk for communication. A third part app comes to rescue in such situations and Nimbuzz does a great job. While I was connected to the app server, it disconnected me frequently asking me to reconnect again and again, which gets quite frustrating in long run. Now, I have no idea whether  it was the fault with the app or with my GPRS provider.

This new app is specially designed for Blackberry O.S. 4.6 and higher. You can download the new Nimbuzz for Blackberry from Nimbuzz.com or via Blackberry App World .

Facebook Testing New Design [Screenshots]

has been changing their design far too often these days. However, more often then not their new design and changes have been quickly slammed by users.

The last Facebook design change was pushed out last month, however, Business Insider is reporting that Facebook is working on a new design for the most popular social networking site on Earth.

Take a look at some of the screenshots below; courtesy BI.

New Facebook News Feed

Schedule Facebook Messages and Status Updates For Later With Sendible

We have previously mentioned a number of tools to schedule messages for Twitter and now we want to tell you about a great web app that lets you schedule messages for Facebook as well.

Sendible is a handy tool that lets you send emails, SMS as well as social media messages in future. Simply sign up for a free account and integrate your email and social media accounts with Sendible. When you are ready to compose a message, just select the contact on Facebook you want to send the message to, type the message and select the time you want the message delivered.

Similarly, you can also use Sendible to schedule a status update for Facebook as well as other social media sites. You can specify the exact time you want your update to be posted and also include a shortened URL in your update. You can set up one time status updates or recurring ones.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Sendible is a great tool to schedule messages and status updates for later. The number of features Sendible offers is huge but the process of adding your contacts and selecting your recipients needs to be more user-friendly. Overall, it is a great app with tremendous potential.

Ratings: 3/5 (Very Good)

HootSuite Now Supports Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

HootSuite has been one of the most popular Twitter clients around. People specifically like it for its unique features like multiple Twitter accounts support and tracking your shortened URLs.

Well, HootSuite is just getting better each day. They just added support for Facebook and LinkedIn as well. So now you can manage three of the most popular social networks from a single application. To add your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, simply click on settings and follow the instructions. If you need help doing that, here are some detailed instructions.

Not to forget that HootSuite lets you schedule Twitter messages for future, and now you can do the same with Facebook and LinkedIn. Moreover, their iPhone app is supposed to be in the works too. With these many features, HootSuite is bound to give a tough competition to huge clients like TweetDeck and Seesmic.

Facebook Client for Desktop: Fishbowl

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users have several ways to interact with their friend and family. Fishbowl adds another way, by allowing users to access Facebook from their desktop. You can browse your newsfeed, view and share photos, explore and organize your content and more. Fishbowl integrates fully into making use of all the features including Jump Lists. You can access Fishbowl in mini-mode and a full view mode.

Download Fishbowl [via Windows Club]

Facebook and Twitter Now Available On Xbox 360

Integration of social media with gaming consoles like PS3 and Xbox is no breaking news. It had been in works for quite some time and now we are seeing the official roll-out of these features.

As of today, Xbox 360 users who have an Xbox live membership can enjoy popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm and Zune HD on their consoles. Facebook and Twitter will appear automatically on the dashboard within your My Community Channel. While Zune HD and Last.fm can be found in the Video and Music channels respectively.

So now Xbox 360 users can update their Facebook and Twitter status right from their consoles and connect to their friends in real-time. The option to view full-screen photos is also available within the Facebook feature. Zune HD allows users to stream HD videos on your Xbox 360 while Last.fm allows you to listen to music from all over the world. You can also skip, ban and love tracks as you listen to them.

An Inspiring Collection of Custom Facebook Pages

If you are a business, you know how important it is to have a presence on social media like Facebook and Twitter. But you also know that with thousands of businesses of Facebook, it is hard to get noticed.

One way to stand out from the crowd is to have a custom designed Facebook page that speaks up to the user. You can tweak your Facebook page in almost unlimited number of ways and design it however you want. If you don’t know where to start, take my advice and check out CustomFacebookPage.com

It is a great collection of some really inspiring custom designed Facebook pages. You can browse it by category such as Media, Auto e.t.c. or search by brand name. You can also browse through the pages of top brands by filtering the brands that have more than 1 million fans.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

CustomFacebookPage is a great inspiration for people who are interested in having a customized Facebook page. The collection gives you plenty of ideas about different design elements including layout, color schemes, graphics, fonts e.t.c.

Facebook Chat Will Support Google Talk and Jabber Soon

Facebook-ChatLast year, Facebook had revealed that they were developing a Jabber/XMPP interface for Facebook Chat. If Process One is right, then the public unveiling of XMPP integration in Facebook Chat may not be too far away.

XMPP stands for Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol and was developed by the Jabber open-source community in 1999. Google Talk is one of the most popular XMPP based instant messaging clients. Google Wave’s federation protocol is an open extension to XMPP.

Recently, the Facebook Chat client was spotted by IMtrend’s bot. This indicates that Facebook has already deployed the XMPP software stack on chat.facebook.com. Once launched, you will be able to chat with Google Talk (and Orkut) friends using Facebook Chat. This would make XMPP the most popular IM protocol on the web and lend even more mass appeal to Facebook.

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