Get Movie Recommendations Based On Your Twitter Friends Tweets

Every once in a while you would like to take a break and catch a movie. However, there are always 5-10 movies playing around each week, so which one should you go and watch?

Twitter Movie Recommendations

Of course, movie reviews could help, but what if you could get a little more help from your friends too? Asking which movie you should watch on Twitter would evoke responses from your friends, but what if you could magically find recommendations based on what your Twitter friends are already tweeting?

In comes Mombo, a movie recommendation engine based on what your twitter friends are saying about movies. Mombo analyzes your friends tweets and recommends movies to you based on which movies they are talking about. In addition to that, it also analyzes your friends tweets and displays they movies they are talking about in a separate tab.

I saw some pretty accurate results when I visited my recommendation page at, and I also tested this with some other friends and found them to be accurate.

Overall this service is a handy one and can save you a lot of trouble when you want to decide on what movie you have to watch. Just leave that hassle aside and let your friends recommendations win. Go get your own recommendations at

HootSuite For iPhone and Android Free On October 13

HootSuite is a popular client which allows you to manage your Twitter accounts and allow multiple users to access and post to them.


In addition to that web interface, HootSuite also has an app for the , and . However, the is paid which might deter using from buying it. However, if you haven’t bought the app because of the $2.99 price, here is your chance to get it free.

According to an announcement on the official HootSuite blog, HootSuite for iPhone and HootSuite for will be available for free on October 13, 2010. Users will be able to view clickthrough stats for your links, manage more than three social networks, and enjoy all the benefits of the full version of HootSuite mobile.

Download HootSuite for iPhone and HootSuite for Android free on October 13.

How To Export or Download Data/Information From Facebook

recently announced that they would allow users to download their data from Facebook to their computers. This feature will be really useful since it will allow you to download your data and back it up or have a copy of it before you decide to delete or deactivate your Facebook account.

Download Facebook Information

In order to download your information from Facebook, you will need to visit you Facebook account and click on the “Account Settings” link under the Account menu option. On this page, click the “learn more” link next to the
Download Your Information” item.


On the next page, click on the download button to start the download process. Facebook will then queue the download and send you an email when the data has been archived for download. Once you receive an email from Facebook, you will have to verify your password and/or your security information before you can download the file.

The data will be contained within a zip file which can be unzipped to a folder to access your Facebook data. The data is contained within a HTML file, with easy access to your Profile data, Wall information, Photos, Videos, Friends, Notes, Events and Messages.

That’s it, with one click you can now liberate your data from Facebook and store it with you. For more information on this, watch the detailed video guide embedded below.

Please note that this feature is not yet available for everyone but it should gradually rolled out to users in the next day or two.

Facebook Announces Groups, Data Liberation And Application Control

Mark Zuckerberg announced two new features today that were pretty interesting. The first one was Groups, which would allow you to create groups from your friend list and then share photos and updates with them and the second was the ability to export your data from Facebook.

With the new Facebook Groups, users can create a list of people they want to share content with. For example Family, Blogging Friends, Football Group and so on. They can then selectively share data with only those groups instead of sharing them with everyone.

Facebook Groups

Facebook Groups, which can be accessed at will allow you to share content with selective people, perform a group chat and send and receive updates using a group email address like a mailing list. Thankfully, Facebook would avoid privacy issues this time as all communication within a group is private by default.

Another important change with Facebook is Data Liberation, which means that you can now easily download all your messages, wall posts, photos, status updates and profile information from Facebook and save it on your computer. However, there is no option to download your Friends list yet.

Facebook has also introduced a new Dashboard for Applications you use, making it easy to see what information the application you use have access to and change their settings. This is definitely a good move since most of the unwanted updates and clickjacking scams on Facebook happen through these apps.

Overall, Facebook did not announce anything that I was expecting yesterday, so we’ll have to wait for another time to see those announcements. You can read all the announcements made today at the Official Facebook Blog.

Watch Facebook Event Announcements Live Online

will be announcing something big today and I made some predictions on what they could be announcing yesterday. If you are eager to find out what they are going to announce, you can catch the announcement through a live webcasting on Facebook.


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be making some big announcements today and it could either be deeper integration with Skype, Facebook Phone or Facebook Email. He could just skip all these and announce something new altogether.

Interested to see what they are going to announced? Well, you can catch up all the live action from the event at the Facebook Live Stream at 10:30AM Pacific Time (1:30 PM Eastern) today at or catch it live in the video embedded below.

Facebook Drops Unsubscribe Option For Likes and Comments Notifications

A couple of months ago, had rolled out a new feature to unsubscribe from notifications received when you commented or liked a certain post. However, it looks like they have dropped the feature now.

Facebook Removes Unsubscribe From Notifications

As of today, users no longer see the unsubscribe option when they like or comment on someone’s post. Removing the notification unsubscription option from Facebook is definitely a bad move and would probably anger few users who have come to like this feature.

So why did Facebook get rid of a feature that would help users comment and like more things on Facebook? Possibly because it was decreasing the pageviews they got because of less notifications being sent out. However, as a user I would definitely want to see the feature brought back. What do you think? Will you miss the notification unsubscription feature or can you live without it?

(h/t Commentator)

What’s Facebook Going to Announce Tomorrow? Facebook Phone, Email or Skype Acquisition?

will be making a big announcement tomorrow and there are wild speculations of what they could be announcing tomorrow. There are few big things doing the round of rumor mills today including a deeper integration with Skype to bring voice and video chat to Facebook, announcement of Facebook Phone or the resurrection of Project Titan, an email service from Facebook.


So which of these sound more realistic? Let’s take a look at each situations and how it would work out for Facebook.

Acquisition of Skype or Deeper Integration With It

Facebook provides users with an option to chat with their friends, but it is limited to text right now. Adding voice and video chat to Facebook would definitely be a win win situation for them, because most Facebook users would love to interact and share through these mediums rather than having to just do text. Facebook would also be able to capture a huge market of instant messaging users if they add this feature.

Facebook Skype

So where does Skype fit in? Skype is definitely one of the most popular voice and video software which is heavily used for individual chat, group chats, conferencing and podcasting among other things. Integrating it with Facebook would bring a much needed feature to site, allowing users to do something for which they have had to use separate clients.

Recently also added a feature to allow users in US to call mobile phones and landlines in US for free and to make calls to other countries for a small charge. Imagine giving 500 million Facebook users the same benefits and you would have more and more users and advertisers running towards them.

This makes me very optimistic that Facebook would announce some sort of partnership with Skype tomorrow.

Facebook Phone

Facebook Phone

The smartphone market has exploded and there are tons of players in it. There were rumors about the Facebook Phone which were later confirmed. However, announcing a phone which just tightly integrates with Facebook is not going to bring in customers.

If Facebook is doing a phone it has to do a lot more than just contacts and events. It has to allow users to make use of the entire Facebook platform including games and apps.

For example, if the Facebook event app could integrate with the Calendar, it would make it easier to schedule events and then invite contacts from your phone itself. However, I am now very keen on seeing a Facebook Phone tomorrow.

Facebook Email – Project Titan

Facebook Email

Project Titan was a secret project rumored to being developed by Facebook. According to people who were in the know about the project, it is an email system similar to several available today and would allow users to access email through POP or IMAP and send email through SMTP.

Users would be get a email address to send and receive emails. Though not much information is available about this project, it could definitely be something Facebook would want to do.

Take a look at some stats. Hotmail has 360 million users, Yahoo Mail has ~303 million users and Gmail has ~200 million users. Now, Facebook currently has over 500 million users, if they launch email they become the biggest email provider in the world, albeit if all of their users actively use it.

The email system combined with voice and video chat would ensure that people would get everything they want on Facebook itself, rather than having to use multiple services. This also has huge revenue potential for Facebook, because people would spend more and more time on the site to check emails, chat and have fun too.

Note: Yahoo and Gmail email users are estimates from Wikipedia and other sources. Hotmail users is actual count sourced from a recent Microsoft press release.

All of these are mere speculations, but looking at how Facebook has grown in the past few years, they might hit their peak at one point of time, and adding some or all of these features definitely make sense for them, both for growth as well as for revenues.

So what do you think will Facebook reveal in their announcement tomorrow? Any wild guesses?

Twitter Launches Promoted Accounts and Gets a New CEO

While 2009 was the year in which Twitter really made it big, 2010 is shaping up to be the year in which Twitter really grew up as a product. Gone are the days when the disruptive social networking service used to be mocked for its (lack of a) business model. During the course of this year, Twitter has launched “Promoted Trends” and has announced “Promoted Tweets”. Now the company has rolled out “Promoted Accounts”.

“Promoted Accounts” is currently available to only select brands, but might be offered to individuals later. The concept behind Twitter’s latest monetization effort is simple. As shown in the screenshot embedded below, the promoted twitter accounts will show up in the “Who to follow” section of Twitter’s website. Twitter will be suggesting relevant promoted accounts to its users algorithmically. Carolyn Penner, Twitter communications, explains, “For example, a lot of people who follow several gaming-related accounts also follow @xbox. If someone follows gaming-related accounts, but not @xbox, Twitter may recommend @xbox to that person”.


In related news, the startup is now 300 employees strong, and has just announced the selection of Dick Costolo as its new CEO. Ev Williams has stepped down to concentrate on envisioning new product ideas. Like his partner Biz Stone, Williams now simply holds the title of co-founder. Costolo, who was previously Twitter’s COO, has revealed that Twitter will not be filling the vacancy in the near future. Shutting Down on October 22nd

It looks like it is the month of deadpool for several services which were once popular. After Windows Live Spaces and XMarks, popular video sharing network is now shutting down on October 22nd.

12seconds which was dubbed as the of videos, was a popular service which allowed users to record and upload 12 second videos with their friends. The service took off in the earlier stage along with Twitter, however, sadly they are now wrapping up and shutting shop.

In an email sent by Sol Lipman, the founder of 12seconds, the company stated revenue generation as the main reason on why 12seconds was shutting down;

Today we are announcing the end of 12seconds.

Why?  As you probably know, everything has a life cycle.  12seconds is in its twilight.  After all the new product launches and attempts at a revenue model, fundraising with VCs and late night coding sessions with Jacob hunched over his monitors – it’s time to call it.  It is time to end 12seconds.

Users will be able to download all their videos in the coming weeks. Make sure to download them before October 22nd, which is when 12seconds will cease to exist.

So long then, adios to 12seconds.

Google Gets @Gmail Account On Twitter, Did They Buy It?

Last July, Google went more social with their offerings by opening up accounts on . I had reported on the news and also noted that Google did not own the account on Twitter.

First Gmail Tweet on Twitter

However, today I did see that the @Gmail account on Twitter is now owned by Google and is already verified. All the old tweets from the account were deleted and a new tweet was posted 3 hours ago.

Now the interesting question out here is whether Google bought the account from the squatter or whether Twitter themselves sold it to them after reclaiming it from the squatter. Last year CNN had purchased their account from a squatter too.

In other Twitter related news, Ev Williams has now stepped down as CEO and will be replaced by Dick Costolo. You can read about the news at the official Twitter blog post #newtwitterceo.