Facebook to Offer Email, Phone Based Ad Targeting Options

Facebook’s stock has been getting completely screwed in the stock market over concerns that it might not be able to deliver on its promise of social advertising, and effectively monetize its growing mobile audience.

It has continued to roll out additional features to its social ad platform, and is trying hard to demonstrate ROI to advertisers looking to advertise to its massive user base which is approaching a billion users.

Apparently, it will be launching some new features next week which will enable advertisers to target their ads to customers based on contact information they already have, like emails and phone numbers.

Businesses can upload lists of email addresses and phone numbers from their existing customer records or other sources, and target their ads at them, with additional targeting options aimed at certain demographic segments.

This option won’t have any privacy issues, as advertisers themselves provide the contact information and Facebook doesn’t store it in any way. While this may not turn around Facebook’s fortunes on its own, moves like these do prove that Facebook is trying hard to offer a viable social networking platform for users.

via Techcrunch

Facebook Personal Analytics Reports from Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha has made a name for itself during the past few years. It is an absolute favorite among programmers and science folks alike. Recently, it was found that over 25% of Wolfram Alpha queries are coming from Siri. Wolfram Alpha staff strength has gone up to 200, and perhaps, Apple is gearing up to drive Google out of the search business but that is another story.


A few days ago, Stephen Wolfram showcased automated data analysis capabilities released in Wolfram Alpha Pro, and used data from his personal life for analysis. The analysis told the story of his life from a new dimension, and it was exciting. Ever since, people have wanted to do the same, and Wolfram Alpha has brought yet another feature for them. Stephen Wolfram had collected an enormous amount of data from his life, which he put into this tool. For others, the next best source of data for your personal lives is the social network of your choice. Wolfram Alpha has a new feature that lets you analyze your personal life, using data from Facebook.

Stephen Wolfram announced the new Facebook personal analytics feature, saying,

And today I’m excited to announce that we’ve developed a first round of capabilities in Wolfram|Alpha to let anyone do personal analytics with Facebook data. Wolfram|Alpha knows about all kinds of knowledge domains; now it can know about you, and apply its powers of analysis to give you all sorts of personal analytics.

To use the feature, simply go ahead and search for “Facebook report” on Wolfram Alpha. Click on the “Analyze my Facebook data” button, and it will take you to an app. On the next screen, you can login to Wolfram Alpha, or create a free account. Within minutes, you will have over 60 reports to shuffle through, and know yourself better.

Facebook Timeline Posting Users’ Location Data

Facebook is definite about making the new Timeline mandatory to all Facebook users, and has already started to automatically roll it out to those who are still using the old profile layout. This forced change has raged several users already, but looks like there’s more to add to it.

If you’re already using Facebook Timeline, you must be aware of the location feature, which allows you to share your current location with your friends from where you are posting an update. It is now reported that the feature is enabled by default and is now displaying a map with the location of the user posts something to Facebook.

Facebook Location Map

As reported by Search Engine Journal, “This map appears as a hyperlinked location tag at the end of a wall post after the ‘Like . . .’ and ‘Date.’ For example, if you posted last night from your San Francisco home, your post might end with ‘Yesterday at 9:18pm near San Francisco.’”

This change in the Facebook Timeline has raised concerns among many users who wish to keep their location private. If you’re concerned about your privacy on Facebook, and are looking for a way to disable or remove Facebook maps, then follow the steps below:Remove Facebook Maps

  • Go to your Facebook profile or your Timeline.
  • Simply expand the boxes by clicking the down arrow located below the Activity Log.
  • Now, hover over the top right corner of your ‘Map’ to display the edit icon.
  • Click the little pencil and then select ‘Remove from Favorites’.

For some users, Facebook has become really painful to use with so many new and unwanted features being implemented. I’m pretty sure that almost half of Facebook users are not aware of the various features that it offers. It is unclear if Facebook is implementing these changes only because it fears that it could be the next MySpace, or the next Orkut. What are your thoughts on this?

Facebook Acquires Threadsy; Looking to Bolster Social Ad Offering

Today has been a relatively slow news day, except for the Apple vs Samsung jury verdict, which is being lapped up by news outlets across the web.

There was one more interesting, though mostly neglected, development in the tech space. Facebook, which continues to acq-hire startups left, right and center, has acquired Threadsy, the company behind a social analytics tool called Swaylo.

Here’s the official statement by Threadsy’s CEO:

“Swaylo offers you the opportunity to see what kind and how much attention you’re getting for the things you post, share, and like on social media networks. Through an analysis of your social graph, Swaylo reflects your Sway – the impact your online activities have in your social circle and across the social graph.

Today we’re announcing that Threadsy will be acquired by Facebook. Threadsy is the company that operates Swaylo.com, provides people with their Sway score, and helps businesses, organizations and brands connect with their social influencers.

This is incredibly exciting for us! We built Swaylo because we believe Facebook and other social media services are the digital representation of our lives. There is no better opportunity to take Swaylo’s vision to the next level than at Facebook.”

Swaylo offered a visual interface which enabled customers to measure the impact of their social campaigns on Facebook. The product fits in nicely with Facebook’s advertising offering, and the team may build out Facebook’s analytics and reporting tools, contributing to its primary revenue engine — social ads.

Facebook’s stock is at an all time low right now. If Facebook is able to prove the value of its social advertising offering to advertisers in the next couple of quarters, it could easily be worth the $100 billion it was supposed to be worth just a few months ago. This seems to be a step in the right direction.

via TNW

Dropbox, Flickr, Google Goggles, Friendcaster And Facebook for Android Updated

Some of the popular Android apps such as Dropbox, Flickr, Google Goggles, Friendcaster and Facebook were recently updated. Dropbox, Flickr and Google Goggles received pretty major updates, while Frindcaster and Facebook for Android got minor updates. Check out the complete changelog below.

Dropbox for Android:

Dropbox for Android was updated to version 2.1.10 and it brings video thumbnail support, UI improvements for the Android 4.1 Jelly powered Nexus 7 tablet along with bugs fixes and performance improvements.


  • Video thumbnails
  • UI improvements for Nexus 7 tablets
  • Open Dropbox files directly from other apps
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes

[ Download Dropbox from Google Play ]

Flickr for Android:

The latest version of Flickr for Android app is numbered 1.5.0 and it comes with a brand new user interface. It allows you to choose the camera for taking pictures and then apply filters. It comes with the tab bar similar to the iOS with individual notification, profile, photo, upload and explore tabs. The new Flickr app now allows you to edit the details on your existing photos. They have also included some important features such as pull to refresh, swipe between photos and improved search.


  • Explore the most interesting photos around the world
  • Edit details on your existing photos
  • Choose any camera installed on your device to take a photo
  • Improved Search
  • See HTML content in comments and descriptions
  • Pull down to refresh content on a screen
  • Bug fixes

[ Download Flickr from Google Play ]

Google Goggles for Android:

Google Goggles for Android has now reached version 1.9. The latest version allows you to search from camera even when the search history is disabled. It also support non-autofocus camera. Google Goggles now check the URL against a malicious URL blacklist and comes with a faster object tracking in continuous mode.


  • Search-from-camera no longer requires search history to be enabled.
  • Faster, more robust object tracking in “continuous” mode
  • When scanning a QR code that has a URL encoded:
  • The thumbnail of a page is shown
  • URL is checked against a malicious URL blacklist
  • More complete barcode coverage
  • Support for non-autofocus cameras
  • When Goggles fails to find an exact match – search for products that look similar.

[ Download Google Goggles from Google Play ]

Friendcaster for Android:

The latest version of Friendcaster fixes login issues along with widget button UI and white menu icon on white background. Android devices running on the latest Jelly Bean OS were facing issues related to account sync, which has been fixed in this update. The size of the update is 4 MB and the version is bumped to


  • Fixes login issues
  • Jelly Bean account sync fix
  • Bug fixes for notifications
  • Widget button UI fix
  • Fix for menu icons being white on white background
  • Other miscellaneous fixes

[ Download Friendcaster from Google Play ]

Facebook for Android:

Facebook for Android has received a pretty minor update. Now, you can add photos as well as emoji to messages right from your Android smartphone. The latest version is numbered 1.9.8 and it brings the new option to create events from your Android device. It also comes with the new upload flow, which will allow you to share photos with a few seconds.


  • Easily create events
  • Share photos faster with a new upload flow
  • Add photos and emoji to messages

[ Download Facebook For Android from Google Play ]

Facebook for Android is Still Unstable; Zuckerberg Forcing Employees To Use Android Phones

Facebook’s mobile application is better known as an ‘awfully slow’ app, and if you’re one among those half billion people using it, you already know that there are no better words to describe the application.

Thankfully iOS users can now breathe a sigh of relief as the social networking giant has finally released a tweaked version of Facebook for iOS app that is completely rewritten from scratch making it work 2x faster, with quicker launch of updates and faster loading of photo. Android users were expecting a similar update, however, to their misfortune the company just released yet another small update, which only aroused more frustrations and worries.

Many Android users complained stating that the app seemingly crashed several times after the latest update, and yes, I completely agree with those complaints as I’ve been facing the same problem a multiple times since I updated it last night.

Mark Zuckerberg announced the release of Facebook 5.0 for iOS in a post on Facebook, and when asked about the Android update, he said that it was not completely rewritten as the iOS application and was just another regular update with new features included.

Zuck on Facebook for Android

The new features added to latest Facebook for Android update includes the ability to easily create events from the app, share photos faster with a new upload process, and emoji to messages. But the app is still buggy and crashes more often than before.

Zuckerberg himself isn’t pleased with how the development of the Android for Facebook app is going on, and the CEO believes that the only way to set things right is by forcing the designers and developers to use the Android version, so they realize how ‘subpar’ and worthless the app is, when compared to the iOS application.

That being said, I don’t seem to understand on what’s stopping Facebook app developers from releasing a similar update for Android as the iOS? Do they really need that push from the CEO to get them use the app forcibly so as they completely understand the woes of Android users? Or, are they completely ignoring it?

Are you an Android user using the official Facebook app on your phone or tablet? Have you faced any problems after the update? How do you feel knowing that iPhone users are getting a better and faster social networking experience on their smart devices?

Facebook Redesigns Messages with Two-panel View

The social media giant Facebook continues to try and implement new changes to its site, as it has announced a new design for Facebook Messages. The goal that Facebook probably has in mind is to turn Facebook Messages into a full-fledged email client, looking forward to compete with the existing popular email services like Gmail.

The new Facebook Messages redesign has a two-panel layout, and looks very much similar to Apple’s Mail on the iPad. On the left side, you have the smaller panel that lists out your recent messages in your Facebook inbox.

The larger panel is placed on the right-hand side and is used to view conversations exchanged between your friends. Clicking individual messages on the left panel will open the entire conversations that you’ve had with your friends on the right panel. As usual, the reply box is placed at the bottom of the page and includes options for adding attachments that helps “bring conversations to life” by adding multiple photos and emoticons.

Facebook Messages Redesigned with Two-panel View

The new change also brings in a simplified search tool that is placed right above the left panel, allowing users to find messages or conversations by name or simply a keyword. The navigations have also been improved as the company has added new keyboard commands specifically for Messages.

To access the full list of available shortcuts, press “Alt + Q” on a PC or “Control + Q” on a Mac (Mac users take note: do not press Command-Q by mistake as this will quit your web browser).

Facebook in a post announced the new layout design:

Today we’re introducing improved features and a new look for Facebook Messages. The new side-by-side layout lets you click your most recent message on the left to see the whole conversation on the right. You can also bring conversations to life with multiple photos and emoticons. Now you can search by a sender’s name or keyword from the main messages view. And for easier navigation, we’ve added keyboard commands. To see the full list of available shortcuts, type Alt Q on a PC or Control Q on a Mac.

Facebook says the update will roll out to a small percentage starting today and will be available to all users in the next couple weeks. Back in June, Facebook forcibly switched to its @facebook.com email address to all its users without even notifying users about the change.

Facebook’s Instagram Deal Approved by FTC

Facebook acquired Instagram months ago, but the deal was still pending regulatory approval, given potential antitrust issues. The Federal Trade Commission approved the deal today after reviewing it.

Facebook acquired Instagram right before its IPO for $300 million in cash and around $814 billion in stock, based on its IPO price of around $38. Now that its stock has cratered to nearly $19, the acquisition value is down to around $750 million, which is much lower.

Reasons by the Federal Trade Commission and the UK Office of Fair Trading for approving the acquisition included that fact that there was significant competition in the mobile photo sharing space, and that it didn’t generate any revenue. They also stated that Google’s ad business would offer tough competition to Facebook in the online ad space.

Facebook’s official statement on the FTC approval says:

“We are pleased that the Federal Trade Commission has cleared the transaction after its careful and thorough review.”

Instagram was probably one of its best acquisitions to date, and gives it a staggering lead in the mobile photo sharing space as well as access to more than 80 million users.

via Techcrunch

There is No “WhatsApp for Facebook” App; Ignore Any Requests

WhatsApp Messenger is one of the most popular cross-platform mobile messaging apps that enable users to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. The popular app is available on all smartphones including Windows Phone, Nokia, and BlackBerry.

The application has its official Facebook page, however, it does not have any Facebook app as such that enables users to exchange messages from within Facebook. In the absence of this, scammers on Internet and Facebook have taken advantage of it and have created a number of bogus Facebook apps in the name of WhatsApp:

WhatsApp for Facebook App

According to Robin Wauters of TheNextWeb, “Now I’m an old man and I don’t really understand this Facebook thing, but I’m pretty sure there aren’t supposed to be this many WhatsApp Facebook apps on its platform in the first place.”

Well, just like Robin, there could be thousand other Facebook users who are muddled on whether a “WhatsApp for Facebook” app actually exists or not. Or, they could also be wondering on which app out of those hundred is legit. Users, be warned that none of these Facebook apps are legit, and there is no WhatsApp for Facebook app at all.

A few Facebook users have notified me about a WhatsApp request sent to them from a Facebook friend, which had links pointing to a bogus site. Upon clicking the link, users were taken to a fake Facebook WhatsApp app page, and were asked to grant permission to an app to access information and post updates on their behalf.

If users grant permission to the app, depending on the user’s location, they are redirected to different pages. For instance, users located in the United States, Australia, and Great Britain are redirected to a fake Starbucks gift card page.
WhatsApp Android

If you receive any such invites or request, simply ignore them. Also, make sure you inform the person who sent you the request to remove the app from his/her profile immediately. In case you have mistakenly installed the Facebook app, it is highly recommended
that you go to your Facebook Account settings and delete the app immediately.

How to Identify Fake Facebook Apps?

The first thing that you need to do is to check if the company or service provider has a Facebook app or not. Visiting the developer’s official website will give you a fair knowledge on whether the developer has created a Facebook app or not.

Secondly, most of the fake apps on Facebook have a suspicious name. For instance, notice the capital ‘A’ in ‘WhatsApp,’ yet many of those fake apps has been named with the lowercase ‘a’, which clearly indicates that they’re a fake.

WhatsApp is a mobile messaging company and doesn’t actually have a Facebook app. The company has also issued a statement on its website, saying, “This has nothing to do with WhatsApp, so please ignore the message… We don’t know if the app can cause any damage, but just to be on the safe side: don’t grant the request.”

We have reported many such similar scams running on Facebook. Facebook currently has over 950 million users visiting per month, and the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scam messages. Although it is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook, we have provided some tips on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

Facebook Will Permanently Remove Your Deleted Photos in 30 Days

Sharing photos with friends on social media sites like Facebook is certainly a fun feature, however, whether to share or not personal/sensitive photos on the site is something Facebook users are always concerned about. The worst part comes when you’ve deleted a photo that you no longer want anyone to view it, but it still exists somewhere and can be viewed with the direct link to the photo.

This issue with Facebook has been there for a while. Three years back Ars Technica’s Jacqui Cheng questioned Facebook on why deleted photos were still accessible although they were deleted from the user’s account, or photo album.


Well, Facebook did admit that it was facing certain problems and were figuring out a way to delete photos immediately after the user has deleted from his account. However, it seems like the issue has now been solved, and Facebook says that it will now delete photos from its servers within 30 days of getting a request. That is, the CDN links (direct photo links) will expire after a time period of 30 days after deletion.

Facebook spokesperson Frederic Wolens confirmed to Ars Technica that this was a result of Facebook’s new photo deletion policy and storage systems:

“As a result of work on our policies and infrastructure, we have instituted a ‘max-age’ of 30 days for our CDN links. However, in some cases the content will expire on the CDN much more quickly, based on a number of factors.”

He added, “As you know, the photos stop being shown to other users on Facebook immediately when the photo is first deleted by the user. The 30-day window only applies to the cached images on the CDN.”

It’s a big relief for all those worried Facebook users.  However, precaution is better than cure. So, it’s always good to be careful of what you’re posting in the first place, particularly when it comes to Facebook.