Official Facebook App for iPad Coming Soon

The was announced in January 2010, released in April 2010 and went on to become an instant hit. Over the past year and few months, Apple released the which included a new camera and several other new features.

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There are tons of apps available for the device. However, the one that was missing was the official app for the device. Facebook literally did nothing about developing an official app for iPad for over 16 months, but if the NYT’s report is right, an official Facebook app will soon be available for the iPad.

Apple and Facebook have not been at good terms since Apple launched Ping and Facebook dissed them after which they signed up with Twitter. Facebook is also said to be developing something called as Project Spartan which will run in Apple’s iOS Safari browser, allowing developers to sell apps while they bypass the App Store. However, iPad and other tablets are still an important user base for Facebook who reportedly see anywhere between 10-25% of their users visiting through mobile devices including the iPad.

If Facebook wants to dominate these devices, they have to have a presence on it and this move definitely makes sense. already has an absolutely amazing app for the iPad and have even extended the same experience to their web interface. Facebook on the other hand are planning something big according to NYT sources.

One person who works with Facebook said Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive and founder, has been heavily invested in the process, overseeing design decisions and the app’s unique features.

People who have seen the application said it has a slick design that has been tailored for the iPad and its touchscreen interface. Facebook developers and designers have also overhauled the Facebook Chat and Facebook Groups features for the application. And the app will go beyond the features available on the Facebook Web site by allowing users to shoot and upload photos and videos directly from the iPad’s built-in cameras.

The photo and video experience is amazing, offering full resolution and full-screen images,said a person who has seen the app.

Since mobile phones have already been replacing point-and-shoot cameras and iPhone also set to become a serious photography tool with iOS 5, it was very important for Facebook to have access to those user photos on the iPad too. Apps like Instagram are a big hit, and Facebook is missing out on those user photos which make a big chunk of Facebook’s daily activities.

In addition to that Facebook will also penetrate a growing market which is set to be a big contender to desktops and laptops of the future. After all, we would want to travel with smaller devices rather than carry bulky one’s and if you are not present on those, it could harm your business.

Though there are currently no screenshots of the Facebook app for the iPad, we hope that an official announcement will be made in the next few days. Stay Tuned.

Watch out Apple, Facebook is Gearing Up to Launch Its Mobile App Store

Back when Facebook announced its Open Graph Protocol, I wrote that Mark Zuckerberg is a helluva ambitious bloke. He doesn’t want Facebook to be just another website we use every day, he wants Facebook to become an integral and essential part of our daily lives. Open Graph enabled Facebook to weave itself into the fabric of the web, and collect huge amounts of data on our preferences and interests.

FacebookNow, if TechCrunch is to be believed, Facebook is working on a new platform aimed squarely at mobile users. The new platform, codenamed Project Spartan, will leverage HTML5 and other web technologies to deliver mobile applications and games. The initial target will be iOS devices (iPhones and iPads running Mobile Safari). However, given that it will essentially be a HTML5 based platform, it shouldn’t be too hard to extend Project Spartan to Android and other mobile platforms.

According to the report, there are about 80 outside developers currently working with Facebook on Project Spartan. Facebook will essentially act as a wrapper around these apps, and support sharing options and monetary transactions (through Facebook Credits). The app developers are expected to roll in their applications within the next couple of weeks, in preparation for the impending launch of Facebook’s app store.

Mobile app stores are blossoming and even the little known ones like Opera Mobile Store are pulling in hundreds of thousands of downloads per day. Given its huge user base and cross-platform presence, Facebook obviously believes that this is another segment it can compete in. While browser based apps have the advantage of being cross-platform, the lack of system level access (access to APIs) will also make them restricted in many ways. Facebook’s app store won’t be able to outperform or eliminate Apple’s App Store and Android’s Market. However, it doesn’t need do. Even if it succeeds in grabbing a decent percentage of users, Project Spartan will be a lucrative platform that will steal a significant amount of revenue from the likes of Apple. And of course, it will give Facebook foothold in another segment that initially seemed to have little to do with the social network.

Disable Twitter Email Alerts for Replies/Mentions, Retweets and Favorites

A few days ago, I was hit with a flood with emails in my inbox from saying that someone had mentioned me in a tweet and some which said that my tweet had been marked as a favorite by someone.

Now, I was surprised since the only emails I used to receive prior to this was for direct messages (I have them on to search direct messages on Twitter and archive them). I checked around and saw that it was because Twitter had turned on some new email alerts for me without me explicitly telling them to do it.

If you have been hit with lots of email messages from Twitter recently, you can disable the Twitter email alerts for replies, mentions and favorites by visiting your Twitter profile.

To do that, go to your Twitter profile page and click on the "Edit your profile" link. On the profile page click on the "Notifications" tab. You can also visit this link (https://twitter.com/settings/notifications) directly in  your browser.

Disable Twitter Alert Emails

You can uncheck the boxes next to the notifications you do not require. Once you do that Twitter will stop sending you email alerts. The new email alerts system might be useful for some people, but I feel that Twitter should have kept these options as opt-in rather than opt-out by default.

Facebook Collaborating with Spotify to Offer Streaming Music

Forbes is reporting that Facebook is currently testing a new streaming music feature. Rumors about Facebook launching its own music service to complete with iTunes are nothing new. However, Forbes’ report suggests that Facebook won’t actually be launching its own music service. Instead, it will be tapping into Spotify, which is already a sensation in Europe.

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The new feature will show up as a small Spotify icon on the left hand side of the Facebook news feed. Clicking on the button will download the Spotify app in the background, providing users with access to Spotify’s massive library of songs. Spotify already has a Facebook app; however, this collaboration will enable them to integrate more tightly, besides reaching millions of more users. Facebook users will also be able to play songs together with their friends. This is an interesting feature that is likely to be particularly appealing to the lovebirds.

The catch is that this service will only available in regions supported by Spotify. Spotify’s services are currently available only in select few European countries including the UK and France. US launch is in the cards, but has been taking a lot longer than anticipated.

Facebook will not be paying Spotify for its services. For its services, Spotify will get access to a Facebook’s user base, many of whom might sign up for the premium subscription. Free users are only allowed to listen to up to 10 hours of music per month.

Tumblr Crosses 250 Million Page Views Per Day

, the popular micro-blogging service just announced that it has crossed 250 million page-views per day. This is definitely big for the micro-blogging service which has seen several ups and downs in the past, including a fight with Anonymous and a very long downtime they suffered due to a database crash.

Tumblr 250 Million Daily Page Views

Tumblr’s growth has been phenomenal and they have managed to do more page-views than Posterous and more recently WordPress, though that might have changed now. However, the service is far from perfect and users are frequently greeted with a message saying that “Tumblr is down for some reason or the other” every now and then.

Tumblr though has managed to overcome several of their infrastructure problems to consistently grow over the last few months. For example, they grew from around 20 million views a day to 250 million views in less than a year. That is almost a 500% growth. Additionally, they have grown more than twice since October 2010.

Tumblr will definitely be happy about these stats, but I hope that they are taking very good care of their infrastructure too as it is really annoying to see that the site is not working when I visit them.

Facebook Now Displays Friend Tagging Suggestions Without @

For quite sometime, has borrowed several features from . One of them has been the @ referral to a friend in a post or in a comment. The name suggestion feature allowed users to tag friends in their updates or in a comment.

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However, it looks like Facebook is now doing away with the @ mentality by showing friend name suggestions while you type. For example, you can now refer to a friend by simply typing their name without the @ sign as seen in the screenshot below.

Facebook Name Suggestions Without @

The new change might be user centric and not available to all users. However, it does add a simple way to refer to friends on Facebook without having to go through that extra step (read adding @).

This though could also be annoying for users because Facebook brings the suggestion up when you type 2-4 characters and if it is part of the name of your friend. However, it disappears as you type further.

Are you seeing this new name suggestions in Facebook? Do you think it is good or bad? Do let me know through your comments.

Update: According to @jatinsapra – Tagging Suggestion without "@" appears when u type first character in Upper case & then when you are done typing first name.

Osama Dead – Censored Video Leaked Wikileaks Video Facebook Spam

Yesterday, a Facebook scam was spreading across about a Shocking NEW VIDEO of Osama Bin Laden’s DEATH!!!. The video was obviously fake but it spread wildly across .

Osama Bin Laden Wikileaks Video Scam

Today morning, a new kind of scam is spreading on Facebook where another fake Osama Bin Laden video is being circulated on Facebook. The new spam is spreading with the text; "Watch the Osama Shoot Down video – Osama Dead – Censored Video Leaked – Osama is dead, watch this exclusive CNN video which was censored by Obama Administration due to level of violence, a must watch. Leaked by Wikileaks."

Osama Bin Laden Death Video Fan Page

The scammers are using the name of the whistle blowing organization; , to make people think that the video is genuine. However, the video is a scam. Clicking on the link will take you to a fan page (which is being liked by more than 45K people right now) and ask you to complete a new 5 second security check before you can watch the video.

However, following the steps listed does nothing and the fan page will instead post a message to your wall and your friends with a link to the fan page. This Facebook scam is a bit different from yesterday as it does not ask users to fill out stupid surveys, but once this gets widespread it could exploit users differently.

Please be aware that this scam is also spreading under various other links including "Osama Bin Laden Execution Video", "Aljazira Newz – Ossama Biin Ladden Raid Video Scam" and "Shocking NEW VIDEO of Osama Bin Ladens DEATH!!!" among others. Do not click any link that claims to show you Osama Bin Laden’s videos or pictures, it is all a sham. I believe that this scam might be spreading in various other ways too and might go on for next few weeks.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Osama Bin Death Video Scam Spreading on Facebook

Yesterday marked a big day in world history where the FBIs most wanted terrorist was killed in a US attack. However, it looks like several scammers are now taking advantage of the situation and spreading fake videos on about Osama Bin Laden’s death.

Osama Bin Laden Death Video Facebook Scam

Naked Security is reporting that the new Facebook scam is spreading virally with the message "Shocking NEW VIDEO of Osama Bin Ladens DEATH!!!". The message claims that it has access to banned video footage of Osama Bin Lanen’s death.

This scam is similar to the recent Justin Bieber scam, Miley Cyrus scam, teen from Egypt commits suicide scam and girl killed herself after dad posted on here wall scam. The modus operandi of all these scams are similar and they entice users to click on a link and then ask them to fill a survey while posting an update to their wall.

It is best to avoid clicking on such links because the video is 100% fake and the US government has not yet released any pictures or videos of the said incident. Please stay safe and spread this message on Facebook.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

OMG Can’t Believe Justin Beiber Did This To A Girl Spam Spreading

It looks like scamsters love to use celebrities to spread a widespread scam on . A new one doing the rounds right now is a scam which is spreading with the text "OMG Can’t Believe Justine Beiber Did This To A Girl".

Justin Bieber

The scam is just like previous Facebook scams where scammers spread messages like Miley Cyrus Sick Video. As always there is no such video about Justin Bieber doing anything to a girl and the scammers have also cleverly misspelt his surname.

Clicking on the link will ask you to fill out surveys which will make the scammers money and then take you to a video which does not exist at all. Be careful about what you share on Facebook and what links  you click.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

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Facebook Introduces Send Button For Private Sharing

The Like button is one of the most successful button created for social sharing and has been implemented on several thousands website. Each day millions people interact with the Like button to share content on their Facebook feed.

Facebook Send Button

What if you want to share content privately with only select few people? Well, you could just email it right. However, it looks like Facebook is going to make the email button obsolete by introducing the "Send" button.

According to the Facebook Developers blog, the Send button is allows Facebook users to share content privately with a set of people either through Facebook Messaging or Facebook Groups.

The Send button is a social plugin that websites can use to let people send a link to a friend through Facebook Messages, post it to a Group, or email it to an individual. For example, if you see a Mother’s Day gift idea on 1-800-Flowers.com, you can now send a message or email to your family members to discuss. Or say you’re training for a marathon and you come across a great article about running shoes on The Huffington Post. Now you can share it with your entire running group in just one click.

The Send button adds to a growing list of Facebook social plugins which are taking the web by storm. Facebook had introduced Facebook Messaging back in November as an alternative to traditional email by providing users with an @facebook.com email address. The service is currently being gradually rolled out and it looks like this would give people a good reason to start using Facebook messaging to share content with others.

Users can start implementing the Send button on their website similarly to the like button.  You can get the code for the Facebook Send button by visiting this page.

By the way, what do you think about this move? Will you share more content privately using the Send button than you did before? Do let me know through your comments.