Mozilla on Monday announced that Firefox 17 now includes a Facebook messaging sidebar for easier communication with a users Facebook friends list.
The opt-in feature allows users to quickly access Facebook Messenger from any page on the web. Users can also see their Facebook notifications whenever using the browser and they are given the option to hide the sidebar when not in use.
In a public statement regarding the release of Firefox 17′s new feature Mozilla states:
“As social sites have become a key part of people’s online lives, we want to make it easier to use the Web the way you want.” read more
Facebook is lending a hand to incoming Congressional members. The social network has created a guide that not only teaches members of Congress and their staff on how to create Facebook pages, but also how to engage with users through the use of those pages.
The guide which was published on Friday follows in the footsteps of other Facebook political attempts. In the past Facebook has taught politicians how to increase their use engagement levels. read more
There are a number of social media sites that have captured the hearts and attention span of the modern world. Internet users rely on social networking a great deal for any number of tasks, originally personal but not more along the lines of professional. In fact, using such sites for self promotion, business networking and marketing is becoming second nature to the site genre.
Some sites have been created specifically for this purpose, and one of the most well known is LinkedIn. Well established, full of people in every industry and very beneficial, you probably already have an account or have thought about getting one. It is recommended, as a quick means of making connections with others in relevant industries, or just maintaining and easily accessible online resume.
But beyond that, LinkedIn can provide a fantastic method of local marketing. This is a means of targeting a local audience to become a kind of celebrity of sorts to those in your immediate area. This is much more simple to achieve than gaining a mass notoriety within your industry. read more
Facebook is ramping up its attempts at creating a more secure ecosystem for its users. The company announced on Monday that it is in the process of moving users from HTTP to HTTPS (secure) connections.
While the move will help protect against spam bots, fake profiles, malicious apps and other security threats, some experts worry that the more complex solution could slow down connections for many users.
Facebook’s security policy manager Fred Wolens tells TechCrunch that moving to HTTPS may “slow down connections only slightly” as encrypted pages take longer to load, but adds that Facebook has “deployed significant performance enhancements to [its] load balancing infrastructure to mitigate most of the impact.” read more
Facebook is currently testing a new form of comment ranking for brand and subscriber pages. The company’s new algorithm will place more emphasis on comments that are engaging more users, allowing for a better user experience across the board.
As comments receive more interaction they move further up the comment thread, ensuring that those engaging comments are viewed by the largest group of people possible.
Comments are ranked based on a number of factors that include Likes, responses and hides.
The new platform also allows page administrators to reply directly to comments thanks to a newly added “reply” button. read more
President 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 page Facebook + Journalists revealed 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
The 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
Hacktivist 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
What really is Search Engine Optimization? (Photo credit: Go Local Search)
More and more people all over the globe are taking the plunge and diving into the world of self-employment. Even though the economy is not what it used to be, it is relatively easy to find your place in the modern market and open a business of your own. Furthermore, when starting a small business, you are faced with a large number of problems which should rather be seen as challenges. These challenges are often difficult to overcome, but some of them such as the challenge of creating a strong online presence, is extremely important to overcome. Here, we will talk about SEO challenges that small business are faced with. read more