Enhance Your Facebook Experience In Google Chrome

By now you might have already known that is my favorite browser and I use it day in an day out on my Dell XPS as well as on the dedicated CR-48 netbook Google sent me.


I am also a very keen social networking user and use both and extensively. However, there are few things which could be done better with both of these services. Alas, it depends on Facebook or Twitter developers to make those changes, and many things I want in them wouldn’t be considered.

However, there are several out there which can easily enhance your experience with Facebook. In this post, I will try and list out the extensions I use on Facebook to enhance my experience with it. If you are looking for a desktop tool, don’t forget to check out the most Awesome desktop app for Facebook.

Beautify Facebook

Facebook Profile Beautifier

Tired of being forced on how you can view your profile without having the options to change colors or move widgets around? The Beautify Facebook extension will come in handy then.

The Beautify Facebook extension allows you to change the background for Facebook, apply transparency to content and more. It also allows you to tweak Facebook by allowing you to hide requests, Advertisements and more.

It also provides you with handy shortcuts for accessing frequently used pages. For example, you can use the Shift + h shortcut key to quickly go to the Facebook homepage from any other page, or Shift + p to go to your profile or Shift + i to to your inbox and so on. Overall, this extension is definitely worth trying out.

You will find the Options to edit the settings for Beautify Facebook extension when you visit Facebook.com.

Download Beautify Facebook CR Edit. If you want to try out other options check out Facebook Stylist and Facebook Themed extensions.

Facebook Surprise Scam Spreading Through Facebook Messages

I have seen tons of Facebook scams which have been part of my feed, but for the first time today I came across a new "Facebook Surprise" scam which was sent through a direct message on Facebook.

Facebook Message Scam

With the new Facebook message scam, one or more of your contacts will send you a Facebook message saying "I got u surprise random website". The random website could be any website which then redirects you to a page which displays a message similar to the screenshot below.

Facebook Surprise Scam

First off, don’t click on the URL in the message, and secondly don’t click on the Get A Surprise Now message since it will not only send all your contacts a message with the link to the surprise, but also download a nice little surprise to your PC, which could contain Malware or Virus. STAY AWAY FROM IT.

As I have always suggested, don’t click on random links on Facebook. It is very hard to resist, but in the end you are not just affecting yourself but also putting all your Facebook friends in danger of passing it along.

7.4 Earthquake Hits Pakistan and India – Twitter Updates Report It First

A huge earthquake of 7.4 magnitude has hit Pakistan, Dubai and India. However, the updates about the Earthquake were first reported on . There has been a steady stream of Earthquake updates from my friends who reside in Pakistan, Dubai and Delhi, where the Earthquake was felt heavily.

Right now reports of the Earthquake suggest that there have been no damages done yet. If you are following or want to follow the updates on the Earthquake, you can do so by visit http://search.twitter.com/search?q=Earthquake or using Real Time updates from Google at this page.

Rest aside, apart from killing celebrities, Twitter is also hugely successful as a source for real news too.

BBC News has picked up on the news you can check it here.

Here is the exact location of the quake in Pakistan – thanks @amit_banerjee

Updates to follow…

Flip Toast Is An Awesome Desktop App for Facebook

There are several apps available to access on the desktop, however, sadly I haven’t found anything worthwhile. That is until today when I came across an App recommended by Manan called Flip Toast.

Facebook Notification Flip Toast

Flip Toast is an app based on and is by far one of the best Facebook Desktop apps I have ever come across. The app has a neat interface and provides users with an option to drag and drop images to upload them to Facebook along with giving you an option to catch up with your Facebook feed and also Facebook notifications.

Facebook Upload Photos, Update Status from Desktop

Flip Toast provides and intuitive interface which looks great and does the job pretty well. For example, you can click on the update icon and update your status or click on the photos icon to drag and drop photos and upload them to your Facebook profile.

Flip Toast also display your feed updates through small notification blurbs which disappear after a few seconds. However, you can also like or comment on posts from your desktop itself.

Overall this is one of the best desktop apps I have ever seen, however, make sure to install the app from their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=166111553400149 as the app installer on their website comes with several unwanted things.

Go ahead and use this app, I am very sure that you won’t be disappointed with it.

Facebook Apps Developers Can Now Call You Or Snail Mail You Too

Be ready to get more marketing calls and marketing mails in your mailbox soon. has updated their platform to allow App developers access to your Phone Number and Current Address.

Facebook Phone Number and Address Permissions

This new announcement was made on the Facebook Developer Blog (source) where they said that new updates to the User Graph object will now allow app developers access to user’s phone number and current address.

Why this information is being made public is not yet known, but it could definitely be used to pass on your data to advertising companies who will then start calling or sending your postal mails. This information is highly paid for in the market since it allows companies to send personalized flyers to your mailbox.

Though Facebook policies state that an app can only access information which is critical to running an app, you can never trust putting such information in the hands of other people. Nevertheless, there might be apps which genuinely require this information too. To be on the safe side make sure to check what permissions an app is requesting from your account before you click the Allow button.

Are Justin Bieber and Nelson Mandela Dead? No, It’s A Twitter Hoax

I have completely replaced my feeds with lists, and it helps me to keep up with updates without having to sift through content. I just click on news that I like and read it. In addition to that, Twitter has also become a great way to bring news faster to the masses. A recent example is the Tunisia updates which is being touted as a Twitter revolution, you can read up on all that at Techmeme.


However, along with these wonderful things Twitter is doing, it is also becoming one of the biggest sources of hoaxes. Specially one’s which are connected to some big celebrity dying. In the past month I have seen three of them die (not literally) thanks to updates on Twitter. The most recent one is none other than South Africa’s Nelson Mandela and teen sensation Justin Bieber.

If you visit Twitter right now you will see "RIP JUSTIN BEIBER" and "RIP NELSON MANDELA" as the trending topics. This would give anyone an impression that these two individuals have been dead. This is  not the first time that this has happened on Twitter and not the last time this will happen.

In the past celebrities like Eminem, Matt Damon and Harrison Ford have died (fake) on Twitter and then have been resurrected. I am being a bit sarcastic here, but the thing is that just like a good cause, rumors can travel fast too on Twitter, putting fans and the so called dead celebrities at hassle.

Twitter had recently changed their algorithms for trending topics. That algorithm has been a reason why was not trending. However, Twitter needs work more towards filtering out such stupid rumors too. It is bad for everyone and will diminish Twitter’s authority when it comes to spreading real news.

iTunes Crosses 10 Million Fans on Facebook

Close on the heels of Apple App Store’s race to 10 billion downloads, they have reached another milestone, this time on . The iTunes fan page on Facebook has over 10 million fans.

iTunes 10 Million Facebook Fans

The iTunes fan page on Facebook is quickly becoming one of the most popular brands on Facebook with over 10 million fans. This milestone would put them in the top 10 brands on Facebook.

The most popular brands on Facebook right now are Coca Cola with close to 22 million fans and Starbucks with 19 million. However, it still has a lot of competition to cover specifically from Oreo, Red Bull, Skittles, Converse and Victoria’s Secret who all have more than 11 millions fan each (cite Fame Count).

These are some huge milestones for Apple, considering that they already topped 10 billion songs download last February. All in all, the App Store and iTunes have been very successful products for Apple and will continue to be so in the future too.

If you are a fan of music or iTunes in general, here is some good news. iTunes will be giving away 10 $500 iTunes coupons to random users to celebrate their 10 million milestone on Facebook. If you want to win an iTunes gift certificate, head over to their iTunes fan page at http://www.facebook.com/iTunes and click on the link to enter the competition.

*You will have to be a fan of iTunes in order to enter the competition.

What Is Quora?

For the past few weeks, I’ve been following an increased interest about Quora on social networking sites. Tech evangelist, Robert Scoble, started a Quora frenzy with his post; Is Quora the biggest blogging innovation in 10 years?


Now I certainly did not agree fully about Quora being a blogging innovation, however, after using it for a while now I can say that it is addictive, interesting, informative and has the A-Listers answering questions from anyone and everyone.

So What is Quora?

I believe that this question is very well answered in the about page of Quora and also a question which was posted on Quora itself. However, here is an easier interpretation of what Quora is in my honest opinion.

In a nutshell, Quora is a simple site where you can ask a question and expect an answer from other community members. It is similar to Yahoo Answers and Answers in that sense. However, Quora goes much more further than this.

Quora basically documents knowledge through questions and answers and provides users with an easy way to find it. Think of it as a knowledgebase created by people for the people.

In addition to that Quora also provides users with a platform to collaborate and make things better. For example, if one person has asked a question, a second person can edit it to make it more descriptive or to frame it in a proper way. Similarly, when one person answers a question, another user can suggest edits to the answer. Using the collaborative feature in Quora, people can improve on the quality of the accumulated knowledge.

Quora is also a source for continuous knowledge by the way of it providing each and every user an opportunity to add their answers to any question. This way newer and maybe better answers can always be added.

As many people think, Quora is not overwhelming at all since it allows you to choose which topics you want to follow and only displays questions related to those topics. For example, if you would love to know more about Startups, you can follow the Startup topics and you will be displayed questions and answers

This is the most basic definition of what Quora does according to me.

Is Quora A Social Networking Platform?

Yes and No. Quora is not exactly a social networking site, but it does borrow quite a lot of features from sites like Twitter, Facebook and maybe several others.

For example, Quora has an option to allow users to follow other users, this feature is similar to Twitter. In addition to that it allows users to comment and up vote answers, this feature is seen in sites like Reddit and Digg. It also has an Inbox feature which can be tied down to LinkedIn or Facebook Messages.

Quora also allows users to subscribe to questions without asking or answering it, so that you will know whenever a new answer has been added.

Overall, there are several aspects of Quora which make it to look like a social networking site. However, those features are not the USP of Quora. Those features basically provide an enhanced community experience for Quora users.

What do you think of Quora? Have you used it? Do you like it? Do feel free to tell me your opinion about the service through your comments.

Twitter Adds HTTPS Only Support

HTTPS is one of the most secure ways of sending and receiving content on the web. Many sites including and several other Google products make use of the HTTPS protocol, even Hotmail does it too.


Though both and have had support for HTTPS for a long time now, they do not enforce HTTPS on users and instead allow them to type the URLs in the browser.

However, it looks like Twitter has now rolled out a new setting which allows users to Always user HTTPS. To enable this setting you can go to your profile and edit settings (or go to http://twitter.com/settings/account) and check the box next to “Always use HTTPS”.

If you think that HTTPS will slow down your experience, you might want to read an earlier post on how much impact Google saw when it shifted to using SSL.

(h/t @nspeaks)

Update: This feature seems to have been pulled off by Twitter now.

Facebook’s Revenues Leaked

Facebook Facebook is huge. There’s no doubt about that. It’s also obvious that Facebook Ads have been bringing in significant amount of revenues. However, because Facebook is yet to go public, there has been debate about exactly how much money Facebook has been making. Well, thanks to one loudmouthed Goldman Sachs customer we now know.

According to the leaked information, which was sourced from a private document delivered by Goldman to some of its wealthy customers, Facebook’s total revenue during the first nine months of 2010 was $1.2 billion. The social network, which was valued at $50 billion in the recently closed funding round, made a net profit of $355 million. Since the financial statements weren’t audited, they didn’t provide specifics regarding the sources of revenue.

Goldman Sachs will be raising at least $1.5 billion through investments from its customers, who have until Friday to confirm their investment. Facebook is expected go public in 2012, and getting in before that might prove to be extremely lucrative.