Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

I *Heart* Facebook!

March 26, 2012

I *heart* you so much that I wasted 45mins of my day coming up with this cute heart design made out of hearts.  You would be surprised how hard it is to make, or maybe you wouldn’t because after 5 mins you would probably realise it was a waste of time and quit, nevertheless I give you….

...........................
.....<3<3<3......<3<3<3
...<3<3<3<3<3..<3<3<3<3<3
...<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3
...<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3
....<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3
......<3<3<3<3<3<3<3
........<3<3<3<3<3
..........<3<3<3
...........<3<3
............<3

I defy anyone to accomplish this in less than 45mins!

After you cut & paste this into your Facebook comments or status bar it should look like this:

Now I leave you with an elaborate Russian dance flash mob with a marriage and some army dudes set to Putting on the Ritz…to be fair they should have called it Putin on the Ritz…nevermind

Chrome Users Only!

March 26, 2012

What I am about to show you is going to revolutionize your Google Chrome experience.  There is a little known extension called Speed Dial that allows you to access the websites you visit much more easily – It’s called Speed Dial.

It has a lot of features that the old interface doesn’t.  For instance you can customise your thumbnails.  It has an exhaustive list of icons to choose from for popular social media platforms like Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter etc.

It also allows you to customise how many thumnails you see.  I have mine set up at 5 columns wide but you can have as many as nine columns by nine rows.

Now depending whether you work on a Macbook or a PC it is very easy to add/remove/edit dials (as they are called).  On a PC you just right click to edit or remove a dial, and on a Mac hold Command + click.  To add a dial just hover over the + sign and click!

The options menu is located at the righthand top of the screen beside the address bar, click the little lightening bolt and select options from the drop down menu.  Here is an sample preview:

The Speed Dial Google Chrome extension is completely free just type Google Chrome extensions into your browser and click on their web store, then scroll down until you find Speed Dial.  Here is a link: SpeedDial

Also here is a very funny video of a cat:

Burners Burning Mad…Greed to Blame

February 4, 2012

Tickets from the Burning Man Main Sale are sold out and many of the festival’s veteran burners have been left out in the cold.  Angry Burners have dubbed the recently adopted ticket system a failure as they vent their frustration on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Richard West a.k.a. Mr C, world class DJ from the 90’s electronic music band, The Shamen posted his displeasure with the new system on Facebook yesterday calling the system a “HUGE FAIL” and shaming StubHub for allowing scalpers to use the platform to gauge Burners at $1,500 a ticket!

Last year tickets sold out for the first time in Burning Man’s 25-year history. The new ticket system was intended to make ticket distribution fairer.  It involved an initial registration process followed by two rounds of ticket sales.

The first Pre-Sale round happened in November/December 2011 and 3,000 tickets were sold at $420 each with a limit of 4 per person.  Next came the Main Sale round which took place in January 2012.  In this round, Burners could select the tier price that best reflected their economic circumstances: 40,000 of these tickets were sold at $240, $320 and $390 with a limit of 2 per person.  The final Secondary Open Sale is due to happen on March 28th 2012 and 10,000 tickets will be made available for direct purchase at $390 a piece.

This year organisers did away with the Scholarship and Low Income Programs in favour of a single more streamlined Low Income program for Burners who can’t afford the regular lowest priced ticket.  Four thousand of these Low Income tickets priced at $160 a piece will be made by special application starting on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 12 noon PST. Applications will be accepted until tickets run out or Monday, May 1, 2012, whichever comes first.

In the previous first-come first-served system, Burners had to get into an online queue and success or failure in procuring a ticket depended on whether you made it into the queue, if you could wait around your computer long enough to be processed and other factors like your internet connectivity etc.   The new system was meant to be better because organisers could apply a filtering system to the registrants to remove known scammers, and it resolved the issue of having to queue.  However, the new system does not come without it problems either.

Marian Goodell, Director of Business and Communications for Burning Man has acknowledged that only about 20-25% of the key people from major theme camps and art groups have so far received notifications for tickets.  It would seem that the introduction of the new system was the impetus for many people to get their friends to purchase tickets for them to increase their chances in the random selection, kind of like how buying 100 lottery tickets as opposed to one increases your chances of winning.

Organisers are discouraging Burners from purchasing tickets from scalpers and secondary sources like eBay, Craigslist and StubHub and asking them to use their Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP), a safe and secure web-based system set up by organizers to re-distribute tickets at face-value while protecting Burners from scalpers.

Fans will be quick to point the finger at Burning Man organizers but as the popularity of the Burning Man festival grows so does the impact of the festival on its immediate natural environment and this has a direct effect on regulations set by Nevada’s Bureau of Land Management agency (BLM).  At the end of the day the outcome will depend on the compunction of the individuals who cheated the system and bought more than 4 tickets.  A true Burner will sell their extra tickets through STEP to ensure that the art and theme camp teams make it to the festival because without them it’s just a bunch of people baking in the desert.

Pimp your Facebook Page

May 7, 2011

In March of this year Facebook made a significant change to its site.  It used to be that if you wanted to pimp out your Facebook page you had to write code in FBML which is Facebook’s own markup language.  Well they have disabled FBML (yay!) and you can now use HTML!

In addition to dropping FBML they have introduced iframes.  Iframes allow you to splice in “pages” on FB called tabs.

Here are some examples of how companies are using tabs on Facebook:

Coca Cola has added several tabs to highlight many initiatives and products & services:  http://www.facebook.com/cocacola?sk=wall

Toyota Fan Page tabs for Japan Relief and 100 Cars for Good: http://www.facebook.com/toyota?sk=wall

Kellogg’s uses tabs to highlight their products & services and charitable initiatives like Help a Child and Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation:  http://www.facebook.com/Kelloggs?sk=wall

If you want to make a tab on your page here are couple ways to do it.  If you know HTML you can write your own code and use Static HTML: iframe tabs, an app on Facebook to create iframes. Or, if you’re not able to write code, have no fear because there is a really cool free downloadable program called Kompozer  that you can use like a design program which will convert your designs into HTML code.

Another way to produce the iframes for your FB page is to use a site called FaceItPages.  FaceItPages has a free version that is quite limited but for $29 a month you can get 12 iFrames custom pages and 15 tab pages per iFrame (for linking to any external website or blog).  You can upload video, photos, music and many other things including links to your social networks.  also, included in this price is the option to remove all Faceitpages branding for a more professional look.

Have fun pimping your FB Page!

Now here is a semi-disturbing video of a squid baby:

Importing Facebook Contacts to LinkedIn and Gmail

April 3, 2011

 

It used to be that the only way to import your Facebook friends contact info into Gmail was to do it manually.  Now you merely have to jump through hoops. Luckily Yahoo! has a Facebook import function, unlike Gmail.  Facebook however, recently removed application tabs like LinkedIn from User Profile, but they do permit it on Page Profiles.  So unfortunately importing to Gmail and LinkedIn requires that you first import to Yahoo!

From Yahoo select Contacts > Tools > Import > Facebook

Now your Facebook contacts are in Yahoo you can easily import them to LinkedIn:  From LinkedIn select Contacts > Add Connections and enter your email address and password.

Now to get them into Gmail:  From Gmail (slightly more tricky) select My Contacts > More Actions > Import.  A window will open asking you for a CSV file extension.  To get this you must go to Yahoo! and select Contacts > Tools > Export.  A window will open and several options are listed, select: Yahoo! CSV and click Export Now.  A CSV file will download to your PC Downloads folder.

Return to Gmail and select the Yahoo CSV file from your Downloads folder. Then tick the box asking if you want to add the imported contacts and select either Facebook or My Contacts or New Group.  If you select My Contacts your Facebook contacts from Yahoo will merge with your existing Gmail contacts, if you select the FaceBook option your FB contacts will save in a separate file called FaceBook, or you can give it a different name by selecting the New Group option.

Now here’s a soon to be YouTube Classic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yWLBA77Mic

#Winning in Corporate Real-Time Communications

March 29, 2011

Whether in a large corporation or a small organisation, internal communications in the work place tends to get locked into predefined information silos. The sheer quantity of data within a company makes it nearly impossible to share information, knowledge and experience with everyone. But innovation is the lovechild of collaboration therefore, it’s crucially important that information and exchange happen not only in small pockets within a company but all over.


Companies generally rely on email, face-2-face meetings and lunches when it comes to knowledge sharing but imagine adding a new dynamic social layer to the existing infrastructure! According to Tim Young, CEO of SocialCast, the solution for the information overflow problem is activity streams. activity streams unite people, data, and applications in real-time in a central, accessible, virtual interface. Think of a company social network where employees can exchange real-time information about their activities using a software system that unifies all company data and knowledge. Each employee can find data that he or she never knew existed, collaborate around this information and access it in a variety of ways (email, mobile applications etc).
SocialCast Features
The SocialCast interface makes it simple to share documents, presentations, photos and links with your network. You can post updates, questions or ideas for people to discuss and comment on. It has also incorporated the ‘like’ feature from Facebook as well as the @tag feature from Twitter. Another added feature is the flag option: flagging helps you keep track of your favourite posts so you can return to them easily. Other features include social media integration so you can see Facebook and Twitter updates within your activity stream. Its mobile applications enable you to access it from your BlackBerry or iphone (or Android phone) and the desktop application option allows for network updates without even opening a browser.


The premium Town Hall feature enables you to schedule company-wide, moderator-optional virtual sessions in an open real-time forum. Another premium feature worth mentioning is private messaging. You can also create a personal profile that highlights your particular skills and expertise including contact information. Additional features like photo galleries add a personal touch to browsing company profiles. SocialCast also incorporates features from LinkedIn by allowing you to form and join groups with the option of designating them public or by invitation. Network search options allow you to build custom streams that filter network messages by keywords and topics, with email notifications that alert you to updates.
SocialCast can be integrated with Microsoft Outlook, SharePoint, CRM and ERP systems, wikis, blogs and any HTML/Javascript compatible business system and it ensures the highest standards in privacy, security, data-retention, and also in terms of meeting IT regulations. It will even sync with LDAP and automatically provisions user accounts, removing former employees and importing employee contact information, job roles, and profile details into the network whilst keeping one set of login credentials across all of your applications. It also has a suite of analytics to measure ROI collaboration based on user activity patterns.
Tim Young and his team continue to innovate and create new and improved extensions for an already great product. I highly recommend SocialCast for any company looking to enhance internal communications, innovation and engagement.

Now here’s Charlie Sheen:

 

Pimp your FB Profile

January 19, 2011

So the jury is still out on what people think about FB’s new profile.  I wasn’t overly impressed until I discovered FBcrop.com Now I can pimp out my profile like this…

Facebook is pretty lame when it comes to apps.  In future I would like to see apps that change the colour and style of the layout.  I know MySpace is dead (can I say that – I probably offended some musicians, lol) but it had some features that FB should incorporate.  Like the slideshow and layout applications.  Come on Facebook, get with it!

Now here’s a funny ass video:

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