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New York Fashion Week on Twitter

This week we will see one of the biggest fashion week in New York City kick off. Being in New York is not always a possibility, however, there is a high chance that you have a account.

New York Fashion Week Twitter

If you do, Twitter has some plans in place to allow users to track the New York Fashion Week from the comfort of their desktop. Twitter has tied up with American Express to provide real-time access to Fashion Week and will provide exclusive photos, commentary and first look at the top names and products in fashion.

First off, you can catch all the live action at behind the scenes at Twitter’s dedicated fashion page at http://fashionweek.twitter.com/. In addition to that you can also follow the NYFW @nyfw on Twitter.

There are several more accounts dedicated to the New York Fashion Week including @WomensWearDaily, @AmericanExpress, @Modelinia among others.

So if you are a fashion enthusiast, use Twitter to catch up on all the action.

Facebook Adds Remote Logout Feature

If you have used for a while, you might have seen a feature where Gmail displays you the devices you are logged in through and also allows you to logout of all other sessions remotely.

Facebook Remote Activity/Logout

It looks like is now testing the same feature, which will display the devices you have logged in from and also allow you to remotely logout of the sessions.

According to PC Mag, the "Account Security" section of your Account Settings page will now include a menu that displays "Most Recent Activity," as well as "Also Active," if your account is signed active in two or more locations. However, this feature is not yet enabled for all accounts and it might be rolled out to users in a phased manager.

Users can log out of logged in sessions by clicking on the "end activity" link, which will then clear the session on the listed device. The remote logout feature in Facebook will definitely be useful since you might easily have forgotten to logout of a public computer or friend’s computer. This security feature in Facebook might save you those Oops moments that might occur if your account is compromised.

Facebook Testing "Subscribe To" User Feature

Looks like both and is busy with adding new features to their respective sites. Facebook is in the process of testing a new feature which will allow users to subscribe to a specific user and receive notifications whenever the user performs an action.

Facebook Subscribe To

This feature is a bit different than the regular Facebook feed because it will send you a notification whenever someone performs an action just like Twitter shows you when a user tweets as you can see in the screenshot below.

Facebook Subscribe Notifications

The new “Subscribe To” feature will allow users to track certain users and find out what they are doing, however, considering the privacy problems that this feature would invoke among users, Facebook would have to tread carefully. Hopefully, Facebook will not allow the world to subscribe to your updates, or allow you to entirely turn off the feature.

Earlier last month, Facebook had rolled out a feature to allow users to control notifications on likes and comments, so this would just be another step forward.

(Source: All Facebook)

Twitter for iPad Adds Inline Media, Gestures and Panes

users have a huge screen and more screen-estate than smartphones and is all set to take advantage the fluid interface of iPad to provide a better experience with their new Twitter for iPad app.

Twitter for iPad

Twitter has announced the introduction of a new Twitter for iPad app which bring in several new features including Panes, which are similar to tabs and allow you to open multiple links at once and switch back and forth between them.

In addition to that, Twitter for iPad has also allows you to view inline videos in the panes that you open. The videos will continue loading without hampering your navigation and you can easily switch to watching the video by clicking on the pane.

Twitter iPad Gestures

Twitter for iPad also has gestures support where you can pinch on a tweet to see actions such as reply, retweet etc., or use two fingers to pull the tweet to view the twitter conversation. You can download the Twitter for iPad from here and find more information about it at the official Twitter blog.

Facebook Overtakes Orkut as the Leading Social Network in India

Facebook Orkut has long been the dominant social network in India. Exactly what made millions of Indians throng to the mostly forgotten social network from Google is still a baffling mystery to me. Nevertheless, Facebook – the most popular social network in US and all over the world, has now surpassed Orkut even in India.

Traffic analytics firm comScore is claiming that Facebook became the top social networking website in India in July with 20.9 million visitors. This represents a 179 percent year-on-year growth. Comparatively, during the same period Orkut managed to grow by only 16 percent. The social networking audience in India grew by an impressive 43 percent during the past year.

In related news, Orkut has unveiled a new grouping functionality that can be used to communicate with groups of contacts (coworkers, relatives, friends etc.). The groups are visible only to the user and essentially acts as filters.

How To Search Twitter Direct Messages

provides users with an option to send direct messages which can only be read by the person you are sending the message to, however, if you receive a lot of DMs, it definitely becomes difficult to find old messages from users.

The problem is that Twitter does not provide users with an option to search direct messages. This might become painful when you want to look at a message which was sent to you a few weeks or months back. However, you can easily easily archive and search all your direct messages using a neat trick.

Get Twitter DM as Email

The trick involves  making sure that Twitter sends all your direct messages to you as an email to an email address by selecting the checkbox under "Settings -> Notices" and using your email service to search for the direct messages.

Search Twitter Direct Messages

For example, I use a Gmail email address for Twitter, whenever someone direct messages me, I receive and email. Now to search for the direct message, I simply use the wild card text "twitter-dm*" as the "From" email (this remains constant) and type in the words I am search for the "Has the words" text box.

You could use the same trick with any other email service which provides you with a search option and use the wildcard search as I did with Gmail above provided that your email service supports wildcard characters. It your email service does not provide you with wildcard search, you can open a direct message and copy the email address (which is similar for all DM emails) and use it to search your direct messages from Twitter.

Disable Facebook Places Tagging And Stop Friends From Checking You In

recently revealed a new feature called Facebook Places which allowed you to check-in to places you visit, but trust Facebook to make a Privacy mess out of everything, irony huh?  The Facebook Places feature is already annoying users because Facebook allows your friends to check you into places by default.

This is definitely a huge privacy issue for people who do not want to get themselves checked in maybe a bar or uhm a strip club by their friends. Thankfully, Facebook does provide users with an option to disable people from checking you into places.

To do that, head over to Facebook and from the "Account" dropdown in the top right corner, click on Privacy Settings and then click on the "Customize Settings" link. Now follow the instructions below to disable the Facebook places tagging from appearing in your timeline or stopping your friends from checking you into places.

Disable Facebook Places Check-ins from Appearing in Your Timeline

Disable Facebook Places Check-in From Timeline

To do this, select the drop down next to "Places I check in to" and click on the "Customize" option. Select "Only Me" in the "Make this visible to" drop down list, this will ensure that your check-ins are not visible to anyone else.

You might also want to uncheck the checkbox next to "Include me in "People Here Now" after I check in" so that you are not clubbed along with other people for check-ins.

Disable Friends from Checking You into Facebook Places

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Facebook Places allows friends to check you into places by default, now this could be very annoying since you have no control over it unless you explicitly change your privacy settings.

To disable friends from checking you into Facebook Places, Disable the option from under "Things others share => Friends can check me into to Places". This will ensure that no one except for you can check you in to Facebook Places.

There you go, you can now have your peace of mind back knowing that no one is going to check you into a place you did not want to Smile.

Facebook Caught Plagiarizing Open Source Code in the Official iPhone App

One of the many nifty features present in the official Facebook app for iPhone is the “Pull to Refresh” functionality, which was pioneered by Tweetie. This UI (user interface) element is derived from the open source TTTableHeaderDragRefreshView class created by Enormogo. Unfortunately, it appears that Facebook was using third party open source code without proper attribution.

Obviously, folks at Enormogo weren’t pleased when they discovered the similarities between their code and Facebook’s implementation. Shaun from Enormogo wrote in a blog post, “To find out that they took our code, re-released it as their own, and take credit for it though? That’s not cool Facebook. Not cool at all”.

Before the daggers come out, it’s worth noting that this was most probably an honest mistake by Facebook. Here is the statement issued by David Recordon, the head of open source programs at Facebook:

Back in February a developer outside of Facebook sent a GitHub pull request which included this pull to refresh functionality. At the time we believed that the developer wrote the code themselves and thus didn’t realize that it actually came from Shaun’s open source library EGOTableViewPullRefresh. I’m sorry that we messed this one up. Three20 has over a dozen different contributors (http://github.com/facebook/three20/blob/master/AUTHORS) and we try really hard to give credit where it is due.

The required attribution has already been added by Facebook and will be committed to the GitHub soon.

Warning: Cashreport.org Scam Hitting Facebook

Quite recently one of my friends wrote a weird message on my wall. It said that he had made some dollars in a day and got paid thanks to a site called cashreport.org.

Facebook Cashreport Scam Message

Facebook Cashreport Scam Message 2

Now that in itself is not fishy, but the same friend also wrote on several other people’s wall citing different amounts of money he made all credited to the website cashreport.org. The screenshots above are from two different profiles.

Facebook Cashreport Scam

When I went out and checked my friends profile, he was busy writing the same thing on several other people’s wall as you can see in the screenshot above. Though I am not sure how exactly this message was sent out or what my friend did prior to sending out those messages, I am pretty sure that this is a spam message that might be spreading over Facebook.

I have sent out a note to my friend to ask him whether he visited any website or granted access to any app earlier today. However, keep away from this site, though it is not flagged as dangerous there are few users who have marked it as a scam or phishing on McAffe. The whois record for this site also says that it was registered on June 12, 2010 which is why there are very scarce reports about it.

Please be aware of what link you are clicking or what application you are allowing access to your data on Facebook. Do spread this message to your friends to keep away from this site.

Twitter Adds Common Followers, Which Friends Follow a User and More Features

Looks like is on a feature release spree with several new releases coming up in the past few weeks. Twitter had just released some official Twitter retweet buttons yesterday and today they have released a few new features including type of lists you are part of, which friends of yours are following a certain profile and also common followers between you and another user.

Your Twitter Friends Who Follow A User

When you visit a Twitter profile of a user, you will now be able to see which of your friends are following that particular user as seen in the screenshot above. You can also click on the Green retweet button to block Retweets of a user from appearing in your timeline.

Common Twitter Followers Between Two Profiles

In addition to that users will also be able to see which followers are common between both the profiles in the sidebar as seen in the screenshot above. You can see all the users that both of you follow in common by visiting this URL http://twitter.com/techiebuzzer/follows_in_common, just replace techiebuzzer here with the name of the user you want to check.

twitter_lists_included_in

Along with these new features, Twitter is also displaying different Twitter lists categories a user is included in, which shows what type of lists a user is part of. This features was seen by an author on the fresher.com blog. The Twitter Lists feature is not active anymore, so there is no information on how Twitter is generating this information.

These are the only visual changes I could see now. However, I hope that Twitter also provides an option to mute users without unfollowing them for a short period of time Winking smile.