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

Vote With Friends Facbook App

Vote With Friends Facbook App

A new Facebook app called Vote With Friends has 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 group Fight For the Future and 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 Facebook’s “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 the Vote With Friends app:

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

Facebook Announces New Mobile Security Initiative

Facebook Security

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 of vast!, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky, Panda, Total Defens and Webroot. Those programs add to the company’s computer downloads which includes software from Microsoft, McAfee, Norton, TrendMicro and Sophos.

In an official blog post Facebook writes:

“As with our existing partners, these seven companies will help protect Facebook’s 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…]

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

Facebook Want Button

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…]

Tips for Building High Quality Backlinks

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With the arrival of Google’s search algorithm update known as Penguin, there was a panic among small businesses and bloggers that their SEO work may fail them, sending them plunging down the results page and into online obscurity. The damage to their profits could be tremendous.

Building high quality backlinks  naturally isn’t a secretive process. It’s something anyone can do if you commit to the right strategy and the hard work it requires. Here are a few tips for building high quality backlinks that will last: [Read more…]

Klout Finally Adds Facebook Pages Support

Klout Facebook Page

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 tells Mashable:

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

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

Lady Gaga on Facebook

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 as Mashable points 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 for  Texas Holdem, CityVille and Mafia Wars. Those three games were the only non-celebrity pages to reach into the top 10 on Facebook.  [Read more…]

Facebook Bug Creates Wall Posts That Can’t Be Deleted

Block Someone

Block SomeoneWant to post a message to a friends wall that they can never delete? If you follow the steps for a recently discovered Facebook bug that impossible to delete post is a possibility.

Here is how the bug works. Once you block a person on Facebook they can no longer see content that you have posted to the social network, that include posts you have made to their wall. Since they can’t see the post you put on their wall they can’t delete it. Sure you can’t post again to their wall but they also can’t delete your posts.

Facebook in all fairness does warn users of this possibility. When attempting to block a user the following message displays:

“Blocking means you won’t be able to see or contact each other on Facebook.” [Read more…]

Facebook Photo-Tagging Suggestions Feature Terminated In Europe

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FacebookFacebook users in Europe should be noticing by now that they can no longer use the photo-tagging suggestions feature on their account. The site removed the feature after complaints were raised from privacy regulators across the EU.

News of the photo-tagging suggestion feature shutdown was made by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) Billy Hawkes who issued a report this morning regarding Facebook’s compliance with organizational recommendations that were suggested in December 2011.

Speaking to Mashable a Facebook rep revealed:

“As our regulator in Europe, the Irish Office of the Data Protection Commissioner is constantly working with us to ensure that we keep improving on the high standards of control that we have built into our existing tools.

This audit is part of an ongoing process of oversight, and we are pleased that, as the Data Protection Commissioner said, the latest announcement is confirmation that we are not only compliant with European data protection law but we have gone beyond some of their initial recommendations and are fully committed to best practice in data protection compliance.”

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Facebook Integration Added To Mac OS X Mountain Lion Update

OS X Lion Facebook Integration

OS X Lion Facebook IntegrationFacebook and Apple have teamed up to further integrate the world’s largest social network with the recent Mac OS X Mountain Lion update.

Mountain Lion Version 10.8.2 incorporates Facebook sharing with various system components and Apple created apps.

OS X users simply sign into their Facebook accounts through System Preferences at which time they gain access to new abilities. The integration closely mirrors the setup already offered by Twitter integration.

Some of the apps that now include integrated Facebook sharing include  Safari, Preview and Contacts.

Apple has also integrated sharing capabilities with the Notification Center so apps do not need to be directly accessed to offer sharing capabilities.  [Read more…]

Winklevoss Twins Buy $1 Million Stake In “Facebook For Investors”

SumZero Social Network for financiers

SumZero Social Network for financiersWinklevoss Twins Tyler and Cameron have invested $1 million on SumZero, a social network that journalists call “Facebook for investors.” Much like StockTwits and Stockr the website allows visitors to join together and share investing and stock trading tips.

Unlike other sites SumZero focuses solely on buy-side investment analysts who work in hedge funds, mutual funds, and private-equity firms.

The community of nearly 7,500 members has been handpicked by SumZero co-founder Divya Narendra. According to the Wall Street Journal Narendra has rejected nearly 75 percent of applicants.

The Winklevoss twins won a $20 million cash settlement against Facebook and $45 million in private Facebook stock. As we all known by now that stock is worth approximately half of its original value. Given the stock issues faced by Facebook perhaps SumZero is the perfect investment for the brothers. [Read more…]