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Facebook Introduces Suggested Pages List

has been adding a few changes of late, one of them being face recognition in photos which they launched earlier today and the second being the Introduction of recommended users list.

The new suggested interests will be displayed to you based on which celebrities, public figures, businesses and organizations based on the demographic a new user signs in from.

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The suggested list will contain pages of users who post engaging updates on their fan page. The suggested pages are basically determined by an algorithm and is basically similar to the suggested users list provided to new users when they signup on .

In addition to the suggested lists from Facebook, users can also suggest pages to their friends by clicking on the "Suggest to Friends" link underneath the profile picture of the Facebook fan page.

Is Tumblr The Next Big Thing?

Tumblr is nothing new; it has been around for a few years now and has gradually increased in popularity as a feature-rich yet quick blogging platform. However, something that has significantly changed for Tumblr in past few weeks is the entry of a number of traditional media giants.

After utilizing Facebook and Twitter for social media marketing and real-time interaction with users, lots of large newspapers, magazines and TV shows have created a Tumblr blog. Included in the list are Newsweek, NewYorkTimes, TheNewYorker, Life Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Travel Channel and even The Today Show. So are these prestigious media outlets really seeing something unique and useful in Tumblr as a platform or are they just trying to make an early entry in what they are guessing to be the next big thing?

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One of the most important reasons for Tumblr’s popularity is the casual and easy-to-use platform, something which is really useful for an average user but is hardly important for a big organization with lots of resources. The only thing that makes Tumblr unique from other blogging platforms are the interactive features that let users follow other users and quickly re-post their content. Given the popularity of the following phenomenon seen at Twitter, these large organizations are probably convinced that Tumblr is going to raise in popularity over time and even if it doesn’t come close to Twitter and Facebook, it will probably be the next best thing.

Facebook and Twitter use BitTorrent to Update Codes across Servers

Facebook uses BitTorent as an ideal solution for transferring huge amounts of files to a number of locations, in a short span of time. With that view, it uses BitTotrrent to upgrade files across its servers. This makes BitTorrent a prospective enterprise solution for file transfer and upgrades its image from being a simple file sharing utility.

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Large websites have a huge number of servers to serve data locally, all of which synchronize centrally. We see this system prevalent in Google and Facebook. Facebook’s systems engineer Tom Cook talked at the Velocity Conference saying,

BitTorrent is fantastic for this, it’s really great. Its superduper’ fast and it allows us to alleviate a lot of scaling concerns we’ve had in the past, where it took forever to get code to the webservers before you could even boot it up and run it.

With this innovation, Facebook can send hundreds of MBs of updates to all its servers in a few minutes. Without BitTorrent, they say it would have taken hours for the process to complete.

Apparently, Facebook is not the only one using this tech. Twitter uses the same technology to roll out its updates. This endorsement has almost made BitTorrent an industry standard in transferring huge data reliably and quickly.

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Facebook Blocks Twitter’s Attempt At Gaining You More Friends

Earlier today,  announced on their blog that users could now add their friends to their Twitter list using the Twitter app for Facebook. However, with some time of the announcement live Facebook disabled access to the Friend list, in the process breaking Twitter’s brand new feature.

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According to TechCrunch, the block could have been intentional and it was definitely intentional, which was also confirmed by an update on the Twitter blog post:

UPDATE: The Facebook app cannot currently access your Facebook friend list. We believe this is an issue on Facebook’s end.

So Facebook is now blocking access to your address book intentionally even if they allow certain apps to use the same information? Let the social networking wars begin.

Image Credit: TechCrunch

Destroy Twitter 2.0 Released – Quick Review

Destroy Twitter, the popular Twitter client, has been updated to v2.0. Unlike some of the Twitter clients, Destroy Twitter doesn’t try to include the entire kitchen sink. Instead it limits itself to Twitter and its central features. DT’s focused and refined user experience is largely responsible for all the accolades and fan following it has managed to garner.

The major new features introduced in DT 2.0 are:

Complete Window Resizing: You can now resize your window as you please. Go full screen if you want an immersive Twitter experience or stay in the windowed mode and expose only what you require.

Retooled Preferences: Now you don’t need to open Preferences for every little thing. You can change stuff like URL shortening services or canvas refresh rates on the fly, from the main interface itself. But, even with these modifications, it’s highly recommend that you visit the Preferences tab at least once, since it contains many new options.

Filters: Rules have been one of the strong points of DT. In version 2.0 they have been rechristened as Filters and are more powerful than ever before. They have their own drawer and are accessible directly from the main interface. Tweets can be filtered on the basis of keywords, users and sources. For example, if you hate being flooded with pointless FourSquare check-ins, you can easily hide them with DT.

More: Destroy Twitter contains lots of other nifty little undocumented features including multi-touch navigation.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

The Destroy Twitter user interface is polished and a joy to use. If aesthetics are important to you then DT is for you. While it might not be feature packed enough to please some of the pro users, it feels a lot lighter than TweetDeck and is competent enough to satisfy a large section of Twitter users.

This version doesn’t have some popular features like multiple account support, Twitter Lists and themes. While themes aren’t very important to me, Twitter lists are. The absence of it makes Destroy Twitter 2.0 a no go for me. If you are like me, you may want to continue using Destroy Twitter 1.7 for now. The aforementioned features are slated to make a comeback in Destroy Twitter 2.1. If the lack of these features doesn’t bother you, then go ahead and give the new release a whirl.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

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The World Cup is the Hottest Thing on the Internet Right Now

As it turns out, the FIFA world cup 2010 has become the most popular web event in the history of the Internet. This event has turned the table in its favor and claimed this title beating president Obama’s Election Day victory. The official FIFA world cup website is now serving as many pageviews as Facebook and if we remember correctly, Facebook was competing with Google in the US a few days ago. That can help you estimate the magnitude of this overdrive.

Though, that is just one source of the FIFA buzz. It is all over Twitter, Facebook and other social networks as well. This makes FIFA world cup the hottest and the most happening thing on the Internet. Univision, which is managing live streaming of the matches claims that at least a quarter million people are watching matches online in U.S. and Puerto Rico. This includes desktop and mobile viewers.

Twitter users who are football fans at the same time, bring down a river of tweets updating regularly on the match proceedings. Twitter is having a hard time managing rates of 3000 tweets per second and has surrendered announcing that users should be ready for occasional downtimes.

Compare this to the last football world cup and you will see, how popular the Internet has become in the past few years. Readwriteweb has made a roundup of the driving factors behind this popularity.

Is The End of Email Nearing? Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Thinks So!

The technologies of tomorrow are decided and framed to appease the youths of today. With that, we see the good old days of email are done away and youngsters are moving to faster, easier and more informal modes of communication.

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The same vision is shared by Sheryl Sandbreg, the COO of Facebook. At the recent  Nielsen’s Consumer 360 conference, she made a statement saying,

If you want to know what people like us will do tomorrow, you look at what teenagers are doing today. E-mail–I can’t imagine life without it–is probably going away.

She has revealed statistic saying only a 11% of today’s teenagers are sending out Emails though, a larger section of them are opting for faster, crisper and content rich forms of communication, like Twitter, SMS messages and social networks.

This is changing the way things have worked in the past though, now it is opening doors for better communication in the world of business. A an example, I have seen the Dell Twitter account respond to user complaints faster than conventional Email style communication. This goes a long way into managing and establishing a brand.

Though, in my opinion, the good old Email still works for me. The end of Email might be nearing though, it has evolved from being simple mail management to a complete account management. Email might still live, but in a different form.

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Twitter Starts "Promoted" Trending Topics With Toy Story 3

A few days ago we told you how was going to offer “Sponsored” Tending Topics and it looks like they have started to roll out the changes today. If you visit Twitter right now you will see a new Trending topic for “Toy Story 3″ with a distinction that it is being Promoted as shown in the image below.

Twitter Sponsored Trending Topics

TechCrunch is reporting that Disney Pixar, who are the creators of Toy Story 3 might be the first buyer into Twitter’s sponsored trending topics and are also promoting a tweet when one clicks through the trending topic (see screenshot below)

Twitter Promoted Tweets

Twitter, who were once questioned as to how they would make money are now turning the corner and making money through the service. It would be interesting to see whether Twitter bumps the promoted trending topics higher for higher payments or lets it stay where it is.

Are you seeing other Promoted trending topics on twitter?

Korean Man Commits Suicide After Posting A Twitter Suicide Note

It is really sad to see people taking their own lives, but making it public to the world through the social networking medium is even more sad.

Reports from Telegraph state that a South Korean man committed suicide after leaving a message that he would do so on Twitter. The message which was posted on in Korean read

I’m going to commit suicide. To all of you, even those who shared the slightest friendship with me, I love you,

Sadly, this is not the first time someone did this, and will most likely not be the last time. People are literally taking the meaning of social networking to WTF and that is very sad. On a lighter note, we have even seen people propose to their loved ones on Twitter too.

Editor’s Note: WTF News is a new section where we will post news which are well, WTF, these will be related to technology in general and not include random news.

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Facebook and Twitter use BitTorrent to Update Codes across Servers

Facebook uses BitTorent as an ideal solution for transferring huge amounts of files to a number of locations, in a short span of time. With that view, it uses BitTotrrent to upgrade files across its servers. This makes BitTorrent a prospective enterprise solution for file transfer and upgrades its image from being a simple file sharing utility.

Large websites have a huge number of servers to serve data locally, all of which synchronize centrally. We see this system prevalent in Google and Facebook. Facebook’s systems engineer Tom Cook talked at the Velocity Conference saying,

BitTorrent is fantastic for this, it’s really great. Its superduper’ fast and it allows us to alleviate a lot of scaling concerns we’ve had in the past, where it took forever to get code to the webservers before you could even boot it up and run it.

With this innovation, Facebook can send hundreds of MBs of updates to all its servers in a few minutes. Without BitTorrent, they say it would have taken hours for the process to complete.

Apparently, Facebook is not the only one using this tech. Twitter uses the same technology to roll out its updates. This endorsement has almost made BitTorrent an industry standard in transferring huge data reliably and quickly.

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