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November 9, 2012

Facebook Testing Sound Notifications

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Facebook PingFacebook wants users to know exactly when they receive a private message, someone writes on their Timeline, etc. For that reason the social network is testing new sound notifications.

The new alert sends out a ping sound when someone interacts with your Facebook account, much like the noise your phone sends when a text message is received.

A representative for Facebook tells Mashable:

We are currently testing a sound with notifications.Its only testing with a small percentage of people and it can be controlled from the Account Settings page. read more

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November 7, 2012

Barack Obama Celebration Photo Becomes ‘Most Liked’ In Facebook History, Also Sets Twitter Record

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Obama PhotoPresident Barack Obama celebrated his victory on Tuesday night by sharing a photograph on his Facebook page. That photo which features the President in a warm embrace with First Lady Michelle Obama has quickly become the “most liked” photograph in the history of Facebook.

Under his photo was the simple caption “four more years.”

The Facebook pageFacebook + Journalistsrevealed the new record at approximately 3 a.m. ET. According to the group:

With more than 2.1 million likes, this Barack Obama photo is the most-liked Facebook photo of all time. read more

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November 6, 2012

Facebook Adds Photo Filters To iOS Mobile App

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Facebook Photo FiltersThe battle of the mobile photo filter apps is under way! Yesterday it was revealed that Twitter was secretly working on an Instagram competitor and now Facebook has launched a filter program of its own.

Fresh off the heels of its Instagram acquisition the world’s largest social media network has delivered photo filters for Facebook mobile users.

The new iOS update adds Instagram-style filters to Facebook photos as users choose to use them. Pictures uploaded to an Apple-powered device are automatically eligible to use the filters.

To use the program users simple choose a photo to upload and then tap the wand icon. 13 different filters are include, among them are:contrast, cool, coffee, neon, b&w. and more. read more

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November 5, 2012

Anonymous Might Attack Facebook Today, Plans To Protest Zynga Layoffs

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Anonymous going after FacebookHacktivist group Anonymous is rumored to be preparing for a Monday attack on social network Facebook. The groups attack will coincide with Guy Fawkes Day and is meant to hurt the network over its support for social gaming platform Zynga.

Zynga recently began laying off more than 1,000 workers in an effort to cut down on mounting losses. While not directly involved in Zynga’s business transactions Facebook does derive a good but decreasing chunk of its revenues from Zynga games.

According to Anonymous the social gaming platform should be using its considerable cash reserves to pay employees during tough times. read more

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October 24, 2012

Facebook Ended Up Paying Less Than $750 Million For Instagram

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InstagramMark Zuckerberg and company originally agreed to pay $1 billion for social photo sharing company Instagram but ended up paying far less.

Purchased in April the social world was abuzz with news that Zuckerberg purchased the company without first talking to his board of directors.

In a quarterly investment report that was filed on Wednesdaywith the Securities and Exchange Commission Facebook added 11 million shares to its total. Those new shares are valued at $194 million and were given to Instagram employees at the close of the September deal. read more

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October 19, 2012

Facebook App ‘Vote With Friends’ Advocated Voting With A Social Twist

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Vote With Friends Facbook App

A new Facebook app calledVote With Friendshas just been released and its sole purpose is to create voting advocacy among Facebook users and the friends they influence.

The app was created by internet advocacy groupFight For the Futureand it allows users to check whether or not their friends on Facebook are registered to vote or whether they have pledge to register. The program also tells users if their friends actually went and voted on election day.

According to Mashable:

“The idea? Take Facebooks Poke concept, and use it to bring a little positive peer pressure into democratic participation”

Tiffiniy Cheng, co-founder and co-director of Fight for the Future says of theVote With Friendsapp:

We think [voting] is essential to what makes a vibrant democracy. Especially in the United States, were seeing that what your fiends are asking you to do actually affects whether or not you go vote. If thats a part of voting in America, we should absolutely have the ability to do that online. read more

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October 16, 2012

Facebook Announces New Mobile Security Initiative

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Facebook SecurityFacebook is increasing its focus on mobile security, promising to work towards a more secure platform that protects users from malicious URLs, scams and other threats.

Starting today users can download virus scan software from the likes ofvast!, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky, Panda, Total Defens and Webroot. Those programs add to the company’s computer downloads which includes software fromMicrosoft, McAfee, Norton, TrendMicro and Sophos.

In anofficial blog postFacebook writes:

As with our existing partners, these seven companies will help protect Facebooks community of over a billion users by improving our URL blacklist system.This system scans trillions of clicks per day, and before each click, the system consults the databases of all our AV Marketplace partners to make sure the website you are about to visit is safe.

Facebook launched its security initiative six months ago with the hopes of lessening the reach of virus and malware programs being discovered on its network. Among the company’s initiatives is the AV Marketplace, a system that allows users to download a six-month license for the virus scan program of their choice and at no cost. read more

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October 8, 2012

Facebook Rolling Out ‘Want’ Feature For Photos, Hopes To Capture Internet Purchases

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Facebook Want ButtonIf you have “liked” an item on the internet up until this point you could share it with your friends just like you would posts, likes, photos and comments, but the “transaction” so to speak ended there. That all changed on Monday when the company began rolling out ‘collect’ and ‘want’ options for photos.

Fans of a product can now list products they want and even buy products that are within a collection they find on a friends account.

Facebook is not attempting to become an online retailer, instead it will send customers directly to the online stores e-commerce page. read more

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September 28, 2012

Klout Finally Adds Facebook Pages Support

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Klout Facebook Page

Facebook pages are now integrated into Klout scoring. In announcing the new feature Klout feature the company predicts that users with a Klout score between 70-80 has an average of 13,000 users talking about their Facebook page.

By connecting your brand or organization’s Facebook Fan page your Klout conversation increases and hence your score goes up.

The announcement comes just one month after the social media metrics website pushed out a new look and updated Klout scores.

Joe Fernandez, founder and CEO of Klout tellsMashable:

We went from about 100 variables that we were looking at to over 400.Were looking at a bunch of new stuff.

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September 27, 2012

10 Biggest Fan Drop Offs Based On Facebook ‘Fake Likes’ Purge

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Lady Gaga on FacebookThis past week Facebook began to remove fake accounts from its network and with that removal many Fan Pages inevitably lost “Likes.” As expected most of the biggest “losers” in the Facebook purge were popular Facebook pages created for the likes of Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Justin Bieber.

In fact asMashablepoints out Lady Gaga lost enough fans to fill Madison Square Gardens three times.

Facebook announced plans to purge fake accounts earlier in the week, citing the need for the network to keep its integrity in check.

Celebrities were at the highest risk of losing fans since out of the top 500 pages on Facebook seven of the top 10 belonged to celebrities.

The biggest loser however is social gaming network Zynga which lost massive fan numbers forTexas Holdem, CityVilleandMafia Wars.Those three games were the only non-celebrity pages to reach into the top 10 on Facebook. read more

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