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Shivering Kittens A Tetris Based Game for Facebook

has tons of games and crazy quizzes which my friends send across to me, many of them are seriously lame and not even worth spending time on.

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But not all games and applications on Facebook are stupid, this is a developer tipped me about a really interesting application called shivering kittens.

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Shivering Kittens is a puzzle game based on a very popular game called Tetris, however in this game you have to save freezing kittens by arranging falling blocks to free the adorable kittens from the ice.

If you are looking to waste some time and love Tetris go ahead try out Shivering Kittens by adding the app to your Facebook account.

Here is a video that shows you how you can play Shivering Kittens. It is also available for download as a iPhone app.

Get more from Dropbox, Google Flip Flop, Bing Visual Search, Facebook @ Tagging, Flickr Galleries and More

Welcome to another of news we could not post about in our daily schedule. In this edition we look  at several interesting news and articles from across the blogosphere.

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So periodically I will share some really good news that you can use. All of them will be really interesting so don’t forget to check them out.

Use Dropbox for more than just file synching – Did you think that Dropbox was just for file synching? This article goes out of the box and shows you the different uses of Dropbox.

How to End a Phone Call Without Being Rude – Everyone of us have received a telemarketing call and many times we are pretty rude with them. But those poor souls are just doing a job. This post details how you can end a call without being rude at it.

Bing Visual Search the ever growing search engine from Microsoft has released a new type of search called Bing visual Search which displays the search results visually. This feature is available only for select results right now.

Google News adds Magazine Style Fast Flip – Google is testing a new format for displaying news to readers. The new style displays magazine style news content. The feature is part of Google Labs so you will need to visit Google Fast Flip to view the new format.

Facebook Does a Twitter once again, adds @ tagging is at it  once again copying from . Last time around they managed to make Facebook look like twitter, but this time they took it one step further and decided to add friend tagging using the @ symbol. The @ symbol has been associated with twitter for a long time allowing them to reply to others.

Flickr introduces Galleries one of the most popular photo sharing website has finally introduced Galleries. Using galleries you can accumulate up-to 18 photos or videos and build a gallery using themes provided by Flickr.

Addicted To Facebook? KeepMeOut Can Help

If you are addicted to Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, Digg or even to checking your email, KeepMeOut can help. The tool is designed to send you a warning if you try to go to these websites more often than you should.

This is how it works:

  • Simply go to KeepMeOut.com and specify the website that you are addicted to.
  • You also need to set a time gap between two visits to the same site.

  • Once you click submit, you will be provided with a link.
  • Set this link as a bookmark in your browser.

  • Now if you try go to the website again, before the time gap is over, you’ll get a warning.

KeepMeOut works by making it slightly more inconvenient for you to go the same websites again and again. Combined this with good will power and you can keep your self out of that website you have been addicted to. Remember that if you are addicted to Gmail, you can also use the Gmail labs feature of Take a Break to get away from Gmail for a bit.

PrettySlide: Create Slideshows From Your Facebook Photos

Facebook photos are easy to share with your friends but clicking next on every picture is not the most convenient way to see a photo album. Thats where slideshows work like a charm.

PrettySlide is a web application that lets you create slideshows of your Facebook albums. No need to register or sign-up, simple login with Facebook Connect and choose which album you want to create a slideshow of. You can choose from 5 different slideshow themes including Basic Viewer, Simple Viewer, PostCard Viewer, Flow Viewer and Carousal Viewer.

After you have created a slideshow, PrettySlide provides you with a permanent URL that you can use to share the slideshow with others. You can also change the style of a slideshow once you have created it. Overall, PrettySlide is a good application but it can be made even better if they could allow users to create a slideshow from only certain photos rather than the whole album.

5 iPhones App For Social Networking

Apple App store is crowded with 65k+ apps. It gets quite hectic to search applications for your social networking needs. Here’s a compact list 5 best social networking apps that you will ever need to stay in touch with your contacts.

Tweetdeck

Tweetdeck is truely amazing software for all your twitter needs. With Tweetdeck you can create groups, search Twitter, manage multiple accounts and easily post your tweets or share photos, link and much more. Plus you can sync your existing TweetDeck columns between your desktop and iPhone. Moreover, it’s FREE.

Facebook

Facebook app, as the name suggests is application to handle your facebook account. It’s an optimized version of mobile facebook for iPhone. Lets you update status, read comments, check inbox, chat and browse profiles, albums and notes. Again it’s FREE

Photoscatter

Photoscatter lets you upload your images in gallery or fresh photos to photo sharing sites like Facebook, Flickr, Shutterfly, PhotoBucket, Picasa and Twitter (TwitPic). You can upload the photo to all the above photo sharing sites in one go or upload to selected few, it’s your choice. It will cost you $1.99.

Shozu

Shozu is all in one social networking application for your iphone/ipod. Shozu lets you connect to more than 40 social networking sites. You can update status, upload pictures and do more using shozu.

Fring

Fring lets you login to your Skype ®, MSN Messenger ®, Google Talkâ„¢, ICQ, SIP, Twitter, Yahoo!â„¢ and AIM ® accounts. You can listen to music with your Last.fm friends, check out what each other are up to on Facebook, receive alerts of new Google Mailâ„¢ and tailor make your very own fring by adding more cool experiences from fringAdd-onsâ„¢.

Social Networking According To Google [This is Funny]

We came across a very interesting photograph of what is according to Google on Digg, though that was pretty interesting we decided to check for other interesting terms that Google comes up with through Google Suggest for the other social networking sites, and before we go ahead let us tell you that this is funny :)

Social Networking Is?

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Social Networking Users Are?

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Inspiration for this query came from here.

Social Networking How To?

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Does Social Networking?

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Hope you enjoyed the social networking meanings according to Google, we will try and add to the list once we come up with some good queries, in the meantime stop ROFL :-).

Facebook Acquires FreindFeed, Reactions Around The Web

The biggest news of the day today has been the acquisition of FriendFeed a social aggregation service by social networking giants , this deal took many users and tech pundits by surprise, so what’s in for you?

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We haven’t really analyzed much aspects of it yet and will come up with some detailed analysis in near future, in the meantime, take a look at some reactions from the major blogs in the tech world.

To catch up the rest of the stories on the Facebook and FriendFeed saga, head to Techmeme here, you will find tons of related stories, we will come up with more detailed analysis shortly.  

Twitter, Facebook DDoS Attacks Were Politically Motivated

We have already carried news about how the popular social networking site Twitter and Facebook were pulled down with a concerted DDoS attack and how Google, Facebook & Twitter were jointly investigating the reasons behind this DDoS Attack

DDoS attacks are usually not directly monetary related unlike malware attacks. They are usually the evil designs of somebody trying to get the notoriety in the black hat world and also sometimes to show the effectiveness of a botnet.

This time, the attack on Twitter and Facebook has been found to be politically motivated. The rogues were after the user accounts account of a pro-Georgian blogger who went under the nickname cyxymu, created on these websites. Cyxymu represents a town in the Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia. The blogger, who extensively covers the suffering of Georgian civilians during and after the War in Abkhazia, is understood to be the target of the attack, which is being linked to the nationalists of Russisan origin.

See more about it on McAfee Blog and F-Secure Blog.

I do not know, what exactly such efforts are going to get. In fact, these efforts are going to be counter-productive to a huge extent. Nobody was knowing about cyxymu till now, and today it is a name known to every other internet freak. See the latest entries on Google Search Results.

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Google, Facebook & Twitter To Jointly Investigate DDoS Attack

Early this morning two of the most popular social networking sites & along with Live Journal became victims of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.

This by far crippled twitter and brought Facebook to a crawl with users of both these social networking sites facing severe difficulties while accessing them, however the attack is a serious cause of concern for both these sites and even others and needs to be investigated thoroughly.

Mashable is reporting that Google, Facebook & Twitter are working together to investigate the root cause of this attack.

Google being one of the most visited sites on the internet must have quite a bit of knowledge with dealing and thwarting such attacks, so their help would definitely help both these social networking sites to figure out the problem quickly.

Shows how even rivals can come together and fight against such atrocities being performed in such a huge way.

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Backup Your Facebook Data With Social Safe

With 200 Million users, Facebook has become the most popular social platform. Along with tons of wall postings and messages, people store photo albums, videos and a number of other personal things on Facebook. What if one day you wake up and everything is gone? Chances are pretty slim that something like that would happen to your Facebook data, but should you take the risk?

SocialSafe is a new web service with a solution to this problem. For a little price ($2.99), they back up all your Facebook data and store it on your local machine so you can also browse it while you are offline. It is a neat idea and one that would definitely come in handy for people who spend countless hours on Facebook.

Currently, SocialSafe only supports Facebook but they promise coverage for more networks in the future. One big feature that I think they are missing is the ability to backup all this data in the cloud because a hard drive crash is probably more common than an accidental account deletion on Facebook. Right now this is something that would have to be done by the user. Check out their video to learn more about SocialSafe.

Via [KillerStartups]

Chat With Facebook Friends From Desktop

has a chat feature which I use to chat with some of my friends who are usually not available on IM, however everytime I want to chat with someone I need to go and open the browser to chat.

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Gabtastik is a site specific browser (SSB) based on Webkit (remember Mozilla Prism) that will allow you to chat with your Facebook friends from your desktop without having to open a web browser.

Once you install the software you can start using it to communicate with friends, all your chat sessions are can also be viewed when you visit the Facebook site.

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Gabtastik also provides you with non intrusive chat notifications whenever someone opens up a chat with you by showing a balloon notification in the taskbar whenever someone chats with you or replies to you, so you can open the application and keep it running without having to visit your Facebook profile to check for chat notifications.

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A bonus with this application is that it also can also be used as a desktop application for Google Talk.

Overall simply awesome, even if you don’t use Facebook much, this is a definite must have to Google Talk users.

Gabtastik is available for both Windows and Mac OS X.

Download Gabtastik 

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Upload Photos From Picasa To Facebook

I use Picasa desktop tool to keep my photos organized and upload them to Picasa Web albums, however I use too pretty often and was looking for a tool to upload photos from Picasa directly to Facebook.

There are a few different ways to upload photos to Facebook one is a Facebook photo uploader and another is a plugin to upload images to Facebook from Windows Live Gallery, however if you are a Picasa user there is another tool called Picasa Uploader which will allow you to upload images from Picasa directly to Facebook.

To upload images from Picasa to Facebook, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Download the Picasa uploader application, you will be prompted to launch the Picasa application when you click on the download link.

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Step 2: Add the Facebook Button to Picasa by clicking on the Add button.

Step 3: Follow the steps to authorize the application to access Facebook.

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Step 4: Select the photos you want to upload to Facebook, and click on the Facebook button from the bottom of the screen.

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Step 5: A new window will open up, if you have already authorized access to Facebook, you will see a screen where you can add information about the album.

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When the albums are uploaded you will have to personally login to Facebook and approve the uploaded photos, if you do not want to that everytime, just click on the enabling extended access, clicking on this link will show you a screen to authorize the application to upload photos.

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If you do not authorize the application to upload photos you will have to login to Facebook and go to your photos and then approve the images.

On the other hand if you allowed the application to upload photos to Facebook, it will show up in your albums.

Pretty easy right, this is definitely a great tool for Picasa users who also use Facebook and will definitely save them a lot of time.

Import Facebook Friends To Twitter

You may have different friends on who you may have not be following on , if you are looking for a way to add you Facebook friends to Twitter, a service called FB 140 will come in pretty handy.

The service provides users with a 3 step process to import your Facebook friends to Twitter.

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Step 1 involves signing in with Facebook connect and giving the application access to your account.

Step 2 involves signing in to your your Twitter account and giving the application access to your account.

After you have completed the above steps you will be show a list of users you can follow, clicking on the Follow these people button will automatically follow them.

Definitely useful if you have been using twitter a lot and want to view instant updates from your friends.

FB 140 [via Blogging Tips]

Facebook Complains About The Performance Of Latest Intel And AMD Processors

Facebook has been complaining about how their latest racks of server from AMD and Intel have been unable to provide them the performance improvement which both the companies have been claiming. Facebook Vice President Jonathan Heiliger said that the engineers at Facebook have hardly seen any performance improvement and energy saving   from the new processors from Intel and AMD which both the companies tout. Jonathan Heiliger said, “The biggest thing that surprised us … is the less-than-anticipated performance gains from new micro architectures. The performance gains they are touting in the press, we are not seeing in our applications.”

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AMD responded to Jonathan Heiliger’s comment and said that there server class processors are the highest performing and the most energy efficient CPU in the market. AMD also said that there can be a performance difference because of the difference between the Synthetic Benchmarks and Real World Applications. Nigel Dessau from AMD also said that its possible that Facebook is not able to see the desired performance improvement because its application uses more of Java and PHP instead of C++.

Personally speaking, Facebook first needs to optimize their code for better scaling. The current Facebook API says enough about their codes’ scaling efficiency. Newer processors does not always tend to increase the performance if the code/software itself is not able to scale properly.

How Many Times Have Twitter, Facebook & MySpace Been Mentioned By Blogs/Websites? [Interesting Stats]

So we use social networking quite a lot, and we use to promote our brands and websites, however how many times are the social networking brands themselves mentioned by websites or blogs.

Here is a simple statistics for the number of times , and MySpace has been mentioned in websites or blogs over a certain period of time.

Please note the stats are just for fun, we decided to do this just to see, how many people are mentioning brands they so often use to communicate with people.

Twitter Brand Mention Statistics

In the last hour Twitter was mentioned 4,976 times

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In last 12 hours Twitter was mentioned over 1 million times.

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In the last 24 hours Twitter was mentioned over 2.2 million times

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In the last one week Twitter was mentioned over 22 million times

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In the last one month Twitter was mentioned over 70 million times

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Facebook Brand Mentions Statistics

In the last hour Facebook was mentioned 5,139 times

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In last 12 hours Facebook was mentioned over half a million times.

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In the last 24 hours Facebook was mentioned over 2.2 million times

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In the last one week Facebook was mentioned over 20 million times

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In the last one month Facebook was mentioned around 69 million times

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MySpace Brand Mentions Statistics

In the last hour MySpace was mentioned 3,246 times

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In last 12 hours MySpace was mentioned a little over 72K times.

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In the last 24 hours MySpace was mentioned over 1.6 million times

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In the last one week MySpace was mentioned over 5.1 million times

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In the last one month MySpace was mentioned over 14.6 million times

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More Interesting Stats

Taking a look at popular sites that write about technology and social networking, here are some more stats about TechCrunch and Mashable mentioning these social networking brands.

TechCrunch Twitter Mention Stats

  • Mentioned Twitter 1 times in last hour.
  • Mentioned Twitter 4 times in the last 12 hours.
  • Mentioned Twitter 5 times in the last 24 hours.
  • Mentioned Twitter 131 times in the last 7 days.
  • Mentioned Twitter 446 times in the past 1 month.

TechCrunch Facebook Mention Stats

  • Mentioned Facebook 2 times in the last 24 hours.
  • Mentioned Facebook 108 times in the last 7 days.
  • Mentioned Facebook 385 times in the past 1 month.

TechCrunch MySpace Mention Stats

  • Did not mention MySpace in last 24 hours.
  • Mentioned MySpace 10 times in the last 7 days.
  • Mentioned MySpace 171 times in the past 1 month.

Mashable Twitter Mention Stats

  • Mentioned Twitter 5 times in the last 24 hours.
  • Mentioned Twitter 140 times in the last 7 days.
  • Mentioned Twitter 407 times in the past 1 month.

Mashable Facebook Mention Stats

  • Mentioned Facebook 3 times in the last 24 hours.
  • Mentioned Facebook 70 times in the last 7 days.
  • Mentioned Facebook 304 times in the past 1 month.

Mashable MySpace Mention Stats

  • Mentioned MySpace 1 times in the last 12 hours.
  • Mentioned MySpace 2 times in the last 24 hours.
  • Mentioned MySpace 10 times in the last 7 days.
  • Mentioned MySpace 85 times in the past 1 month.

Conclusions

Based on the above stats you will definitely see that MySpace is losing steam when it comes to people mentioning their brand in websites and articles.

Twitter and Facebook however are pretty close and neck to neck, showing that people mention them in a higher percentage of posts that are written these day. We do not have the total number of posts written during this period to compare the %age of posts mentioning either Twitter or Facebook.

However both Twitter & Facebook have been in the news quite a lot for several reasons, which might be why they have so many mentions.

Important Things About The Stats

We did not do this stats to judge the popularity of these social networks among users, these stats are only there to see how many people are writing about them, everything including good publicity and bad publicity is included in the stats, so please do not use them to judge if a particular social networking is good or bad.

We used Google Blog Search to base the mentions, as it is more reliable and up to date and also allowed us to segregate the data according to different mention periods.

Do let us know your opinions about what you think about the stats we put up.

Note: We did not include several other social networking sites like Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit etc since they do not fall in the same category as the 3 above, we will do more statistics like these in the future, based on different criteria’s and data.