Facebook Down After New Feature Rollout

Looks like another engineer messed up something with the database. Facebook is currently in process of rolling out new features to pages, and the results is that not only can users see the new pages, but the entire site looks like it was snowed out.

Facebook Down Again

Visiting Facebook.com displays a completely blank page to users. I have been seeing this for the past 5-10 minutes now. Don’t panic, the outage should may not last for long though, I hope.

Updates should follow… In the meantime do checkout some Funny Facebook Jokes from the last downtime.

Update: Facebook is accessible at http://iphone.facebook.com, however, the main servers look to be down. You can access Facebook on your iPhone or iPod Touch or on your web browser.

Update 2: The main Facebook site is now up, however, they seem to have rolled back all the new features.

Update 3: Facebook has confirmed that the site was down on their Twitter account @facebook. However, they gave  a strange reason as to why the site was down.

Also, some internal prototypes were exposed to people and resulted in us disabling the site briefly. It’s now back to normal.

Is Facebook The Fastest Moving Company in the US?

Facebook is undoubtedly growing at an alarming rate. Earlier this month, we reported on Facebook topping eBay to become the third largest Internet company in the US. Facebook has an estimate valuation of  $40.9 billion US dollars. According to Bloomberg, Facebook valuation has gone up by 50% in the past month and has tripled this year. The second largest Internet company Amazon is valued at $74.4 billion.

Undoubtedly, this increase in valuation comes from an increase in revenue. Recent rumors suggest that Facebook revenues have increased to double of what experts estimated earlier. The projected figure for Facebook revenue from this yea stands at $2 billion instead of the earlier speculated $1 billion.

Bloomberg writes in a report saying,

Revenue will more than double from 2009, said the people, who declined to be identified because the privately held company doesn’t disclose revenue. Facebook had $700 million to $800 million in sales last year, and the 2010 figure was expected to be closer to $1.5 billion, according to two other people familiar with the matter earlier this year.

If these growth rates are true, Facebook will soon become the second largest Internet company in the US by the end of 2011.

Facebook Revamps Friend Finder, Provides Options To Narrow Down Friends

had launched a new feature back in 2008 where they suggested people you may know based on certain algorithms. Through these 2 years I have found this feature useful and have definitely found some long lost friends. However, in the past 2 years there hasn’t been much changes to this service.

Facebook Friend Finder New Page

When I went to check out suggestions today on "People You May Know". I came across a brand new interface, though this may have been spotted earlier, I am pretty sure that many of you are not aware of it yet.

The new interface for "People You May Know", now lets you find friends from different parts of your life. What that means is, that you can now search for people based on your Home Town, Current City, High School, Mutual Friends, College or University, Employer and more through checkboxes available in the right hand navigation.

The new page has also been designed to focus more on people and their photos and is more wide than the earlier landing page. Another interesting thing about the new "People You May Know" page is that, it provides infinite scrolling and can see friend suggestions without having to reload the page.

Are you seeing this new "People You May Know" page? What do you think about it? Do give us your feedback on it. You can view the Facebook Friend Finder here.

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.

Facebook For Android Update Brings FB Chat And Push Notifications

Facebook for Android was always lagging behind its iOS version in terms of feature and stability. However, now the Facebook team has released an updated version of the app on the Android Market which introduces some major new features like FB Chat and Push notifications.

Yes, you read it right FB Chat! Finally!

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The update also contains some bug fixes and improves the stability and performance of the app. Android handset owners can get their hands on the application from the Android Market.

(Image Source Android Police)

TweetDeck App For Chrome Is Awesome

When Google announced their Chrome OS netbook and web store earlier today for , my initial thoughts were that I would definitely miss a lot of desktop apps, like Windows Live Writer and .

TweetDeck Chrome App

However, I guess my worries have disappeared now after I started using the TweetDeck app for Google Chrome. If you have already used TweetDeck on the desktop or on the or based device, you will see a very familiar UI with the Chrome App. The app allows you to add multiple accounts, follow lists and more among other things.

The app also has smooth scrolling within columns so that you can view updates you have missed. It is almost similar to the desktop experience you get. TweetDeck for Chrome also has almost all the features which you might find in the desktop app. TweetDeck for Chrome also imports all your settings from TweetDeck desktop to the web app making it easier to replicate your information.

TweetDeck is the perfect app that shows how much can be done within the browser and that living in the cloud is a really not going to be that bad after all. If you haven’t done it yet, go ahead and download the TweetDeck app for Chrome from here.

For those not in the know, TweetDeck is a social networking app for , , LinkedIn and MySpace among other things. You can download the desktop version of TweetDeck from here.

Facebook Refuses To Block WikiLeaks, Swears By Content Standard

Facebook is undoubtedly as good as a large country and any decision it takes, directly affects a section of the world population. Therefore, when the world governments are despising the WikiLeaks, Facebook decides to stand up against this and takes a neutral position saying,

The WikiLeaks Facebook Page does not violate our content standards nor have we encountered any material posted on the page that violates our policies.

Yes. That is correct. As you all know by now, “our content standards” is as mysterious as the coca-cola formula because, Facebook just goes ahead and bans anything it feels is a threat or is feeding off Facebook’s success. Apparently, WikiLeaks is not much of a threat according to Facebook, so they will not follow the footsteps of Amazon.

This serves as the best diplomatic answer and as we can see, Facebook has refused an immediate ban, though it is keeping open its window of opportunity for a future possibility.

While on one hand, some journalists appreciate the free speech that Assange enjoys, other people want him arrested and brand WikiLeaks as a terrorist organization. With 1 million followers on Facebook, that sure makes WikiLeaks one of the largest terrorist organizations in this world.

"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)

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.