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Facebook’s New Hover Cards

If you logged on to Facebook today and hovered your cursor over a Facebook page or user’s name you may of seen the new Facebook hover card. A hover card is a small popup window that appears with information about a user which includes: there name (page or user), there cover photo, friends that like the page or friends in common, their occupation, and some instances an overview of the user.
Below is an image of what my hover card looks like when I view my own.

The new hover card also has two button, one to see the status of your friendship (or add as friend) as well as a button to message the

user (depending on their privacy settings).If i didn’t know better it seems that Facebook is making a business type card for users for everyone to see, as well as making it easier to socialize with people on Facebook.
Back in 2010 Facebook had a feature like this that pop ups to show information about a user’s interests and being able to delete and add as a friend making it simplified so you don’t have to make a million clicks to add a person or message them.
This feature will enable users to save a lot of time from having too have clicked all over the place. In my own opinion this article will bring great meaning to Facebook and its users, epically considering recently Facebook has been adding several new features and changes for a couple of weeks, and what more is to come? What do you think of this new feature i consider awesome?

 

Google Plus updates its buttons

Google's Plus One Buttons now features a new look: Increases Engagement!

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Just recently Google has rolled out a new slick set of Google Plus buttons for its social networking platform. Google tells us the new buttons are sure to increase user engagement on your site.

If you

are still confused about wh

at i am talking about, then here is a screenshot

The New Google+ Badge

Google plus badge before +1 new

The New Google+ Badge after +1

Google plus badge after +1 new

The New Google+ Button

Google plus button before +1 new

The New Google+ Button after +1

Google plus button after +1 new

The New Google+ Button when it encounters an error

Google plus button error new

The Google Blog revealed it in their official blog post on Wednesday,

Today, we released the new +1 button from preview and it’s now rolling out to all users. You may also notice the numbers

in your +1 buttons increase, as we update our plugins to better reflect social activity around your content.

There’s absolutely no need to change the Google Plus button code if you are using it on your site. Google says the new G+ button will automatically be updated gradually to all the public, so the webmasters should not be worried if their +1 button did not get an updated look. Give it time!

Personally, i loved the old Google+ button because of the multi-colored upper border on it. But the new look isn’t so bad. A combination of red and white simply gives it a minimalistic look and doesn’t look bloated.

I am sure people will immediately start +1′ing content and you should take advantage of this to flash your G+ badge across all your sites. Be sure to feature your Google+ Standard Page Badge on your site and give users the opportunity to add your page to their circles and Plus one your page. The more number of Plus one’s you collect, the more number of friends will start recommending your posts across Google+ and you will gain more exposure.

Have a say on this story and tell us if you love the new Google Plus One button’s new look by making a comment below! Thank You and keep enjoying Google Plus.

Haven’t yet added the Google+ Button? Get it from here. You can also check out the whole collection of Google+ buttons of all sizes and customize it according to your taste out here.
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Real Life Angry Birds Slingshot

Angry Birds Slingshot

Angry Birds just got better!

Angry Birds is played 300 million minutes per day according to the Telegraph. When that’s the case, why not make this game real.

To make Angry Birds a real sport, we need real equipment. So the idea for this hack was to build a real slingshot as a USB peripheral to play Angry Birds.

The slingshot emulates a USB mouse, so it really is a plug ‘n’ play. It translates the physical use of the slingshot in to appropriate mouse controls.

Here’s a demo of the slingshot:
Video Link

mbed, the company selling usb microcontrollers decided to improve its sales by making its product compelling to buy. That’s why they came up with a hack to improve the Angry Birds experience.

The finished slingshot is recognized by a PC as a mouse. In reality, it takes the input of pulling back the real slingshot using a rubber stretch sensor and translates it into the expected mouse input. The angle of the shot is controlled by an accelerometer and all depends on the angle the slingshot is held at by the player.

The accelerometer and stretch sensors are hooked up to an mbed NXP LPC11U24 board that uses a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 Core. A USB connector is then attached to allow connection with a PC. All supporting code for the project was written in C++.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper slingshot without being handcrafted from a piece of wood. mbed selected an appropriate branch and bored out the insides so as to fit the electronics and USB connector.

All that’s missing now are the grumpy birds and the levels to be built up in real life. While the controller may not convice officials to brand it a sport just yet, it could certainly become a fun multiplayer game to play with friends and family the next time they visit. As Mbed’s video below suggests, just use a projector for full-size fun.

The good news is, there’s nothing to stop you making this slingshot for yourself. All the components are widely available and relatively cheap to buy, and mbed have released instructions and code for creating their prototype as described here.

How to Make Friends Profile Picture as Emoticon in Facebook Chat

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Enrich your Facebook Chat experience by using your friends’ profile picture within the chat window. The recently discovered facebook chat hack what mashable calls it as Facebook Chat Gimmick is making quite a lot of news.

The hack is all about using some special codes and tags to generate emoticon sized profile pictures within the chat window. Isn’t it good to show up your buddy’s image in a group chat rather than plain vanilla text?

The above chat window says it all. So how do we try it?

Open your chat window and start using these tags in your conversation.

Troll face: [[171108522930776]]
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME: [[143220739082110]]
Not bad Obama: [[169919399735055]]
Me Gusta: [[211782832186415]]
Mother of God: [[142670085793927]]
Cereal Guy: [[170815706323196]]
LOL Face: [[168456309878025]]
NO Guy: [[167359756658519]]
Yao Ming: [[218595638164996]]
Derp: [[224812970902314]]
Derpina: [[192644604154319]]
Forever Alone: [[177903015598419]]
Not Bad: [[NotBaad]]
Fuck yeah: [[105387672833401]]
Challenge accepted: [[100002727365206]]
Okay face: [[100002752520227]]
Dumb bitch: [[218595638164996]]
Poker face: [[129627277060203]]
Okay face: [[224812970902314]]
Socially awkward penguin: [[98438140742]]
Rage face: [[FUUUOFFICIAL]]

To link your Friends, Just use their facebook ID and enclose with 2 square braces..

Your friend at facebook.com/chethant can be linked using the tag [[chethant]] or by using the full numerical ID (incase there is no username]

That’s it for now. Thanks to GeekoSystem. DO Share your views by commenting below!

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facebook subscribe button tutorial

How To: Embed a Facebook Subscribe button on your Website

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As you all know Facebook recently had launched a Subscribe feature with which you could Subscribe to a person’s public or m

ost important updates on Facebook without the need to be his/her friend.

Just a few days ago, the social network decided to release its Subscribe button for blogs and websites too. Now you can embed the Subscribe button on your WordPress blog or any other site by simply inserting a few lines of code into a post or page. It works just like the Facebook Like button.

facebook subscribe button for websites

On clicking the Subscribe button, users will immediately get subscribed to your public updates on Facebook. This way you can increase your subscribers count easily, furthermore you can also make sure your content gets delivered to more people via Facebook.

iFrame Subscribe button:

<iframe src="//www.facebook.com/plugins/subscribe.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fzuck&amp;layout=standard&amp;show_faces=true&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;font&amp;width=450" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:450px;" allowTransparency="true"></iframe>

NOTE: Please replace the red portion of the code with your Facebook Profile url and you are good to go.

XFBML Subscribe button:

The XFBML button consists of two codes, the Javascript and the actual code where you want the button to appear.

The Javascript:

<div id="fb-root"></div>
<script>(function(d, s, id) {
  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];
  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;
  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;
  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/all.js#xfbml=1";
  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);
}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>

Make sure to insert the above code possibly in your header.php if you are on a WordPress blog.

The Code:

<fb:subscribe href="https://www.facebook.com/zuck" show_faces="true" width="450"></fb:subscribe>

NOTE: Simply replace the red portion with your Facebook profile url and insert the code where you want the button to get displayed.

If you would like to further customize your Subscribe button please head to this page and personalize it the way you want! Enjoy coding.

If you have any questions, please drop a word to us. Enjoyed this tutorial? Please comment.

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Facebook for Chrome extension

Facebook for Chrome extension: Now Facebook smartly and quickly

Facebook for Chrome extension is a handy little extension to enhance your Facebook experience and get rid of all the unnecessary distractions. It integrates into the Google Chrome browser and brings to you only the latest, most important updates to your notice.

Facebook for Chrome extension screenshot 1 - icon

Of course, it is not the official extension. This google chrome extension is developed by a guy named Zachary Allia. After installation you can see this extension icon sitting on the top right of your browser. Clicking it will not open a new tab, it will open a popup within the same window and display your Facebook News Feed.

Unique features of this extension include:

  • No need to go to Facebook.com to update your status, just do it by clicking the extension icon and typing your status message.
  • One thing i really like about this extension is its Instant Notifier. It immediately sends you notifications by showing a number on the icon, its not at all disturbing and intruding.
  • After clicking a notification, it will immediately show you that particular post to minimize unwanted interactions.
  • You can comment and like a post right from the popup quickly, without opening it up on Facebook.com.
  • Presently tagging your friends in posts is not supported but that feature will soon be added in the next update.
  • Jump to your Events tab, Photos tab, Messages tab quickly right from the popup.
  • Goto the original Facebook site easily by clicking the Full Site button shown in the popup.

Facebook for Chrome extension screenshot 2 - popup

Download Facebook for Chrome extension now and enjoy Facebooking smartly like a professional without having to waste your time by looking at all the unimportant updates in your life. To top it all off, its totally free on the Chrome Web Store.

Comment and let us know if this extension has helped you reduce the man

hours you have spent on Facebook.

Facebook timeline, you sexy!

Sexy is the word. Oh, wait, sexy is

an understatement. Man, what awesomeness I tell you. While the rest of the sites were trying to beat facebook, Facebook gave not a damn to stop them come up but they came up with something unique, something wonderful. And what’s that? Yes, the Facebook timeline that they launched a few hours back.

Here, Have a look.

Facebook timeline : a walkthrough

Facebook timeline : a walkthrough

Looks pretty. Right? Scroll down, shall we?

To show you more...

To show you more...

Awesome alright. A lot more features were announced at the F8 conference, yeah. But I’m sorry, I’m overwhelmed by the awesomeness of Facebook timeline.

How do you get Facebook timeline?

1. Wait. You’ll get to see it, and to use it by 29th September, 2011.
2. Follow the Procedure that Rahul Banker suggests.

p.s: I wasn’t paid by Zuck for writing this post. Heh. :-P

What now? You gotta say. Leave a comment; Congratulate me for having completed 100 posts here in Chaaps. :-)

Facebook Subscribe button

Facebook adds Subscribe button. Subscribe to anyone and get updates!

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Facebook recently introduced a new Subscribe button on their social network. Just a week ago Facebook had introduced new privacy features and now it is in full swing in making new additions to their interface.

This Subscribe button that Facebook has launched recently behaves very similar to Twitter’s Follow button. At least that’s what folks at CNET have to say.

How it Works:

Facebook Subscribers tab

When you Follow a user on Twitter you will see all his latest tweets in your timeline. Same is the concept with Facebook’s Subscribe button. By subscribing to someone on Facebook you will immediately start seeing his updates in your News Feed. Of course you can also choose if you only want to see his important updates and not all of them.

What’s the perk?

The one unique feature which i found in this button is that you can also Subscribe to the updates of a person who is not your friend. It also works vice versa. If you want you can also share your updates to others by turning on the Allow Subscribers feature on their Subscriptions page. Ain’t it neat?

So tell us if you enjoyed this feature by dropping in a comment. How many people have you subscribed to yet?

Source: Facebook

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Google+ Suggested Users list

Google+ Suggested Users list just in. Create your own list, get followers!

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Google+, the Social Network by Google just introduced its Suggested Users list on Saturday. Yes its the same list which you would have seen on Twitter and Facebook. Apparently this list something more different and is based on a slightly new idea.

Google+ implements a Suggested Users list

Bradley Horowitz, one of the minds behind Google+, tweeted that the list based on the no. of Twitter followers you have. According to his tweet, if you have 100K or more followers on Twitter you might be the next face on Google+’s Suggested Users list. The list is not just an imitation of Twitter’s Who to Follow list, where the Popular get more popular and the decent ones get left behind. Although many people are regarding this list creates a racial discrimination between the whites and blacks. Zennie Abraham, a blogger for San Francisco Chronicle says that the list fosters racial sterotypes.

According to a quote on PCWorld, Zennie says

“The Google Suggested User List reads like the typical San Francisco Bay Area tech firm’s view of the World: most of the ‘interesting and famous people’ are white, and if they’re black, they’re male rappers or athletes. Hello, Snoop Dog, Chamillionaire, 50 Cent, Dwight Howard, and Floyd Mayweather!”

As indecent as this idea sounds. Bradley tells us, that was not the way the list was meant to be categorised. He says the list is built on the theory “Top content Tops the list” i.e. the person who shares genuine and informative content on his profile automatically gains a rank up on the list.

According to an excerpt on the Huffington,

In order to retain a position on the list, a user will need to continue creating compelling content. But we should probably allow for folks to take an occasional vacation without concern about their rank dropping [...] No one gets on the list “automatically.” But again, in the early days, we do want to make it easy for users to connect with people they might find compelling. If they prove not to be, justice will be served, and all will be right in the world.

If you already have a profile on Google+, creating your own list should be pretty easy. Get Started over here.

Find whom to add on Google+

How much fuzz this Google+ Suggested Users list will create in the Social Media market is unknown. I for one think that this list will be a big hit as it allows everyone to compete for a rank to top the list.

So what do you think about this list? Drop a comment and let us know! And if you own a face on this list please don’t forget to tell us.

Source: TECHCRUNCH

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Facebook new features 2011

Facebook 3 New Changes 2011: Better Privacy, Unwanted tagging, Past Post Visibility

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Facebook has recently rolled out new changes to its interface in 2011. These 3 new changes consists of Better Privacy control when sharing posts, Remove unwanted tags of you, Change the visibility of your post after it has been published.

These changes hit to me just today, perhaps Facebook is going alphabetically in releasing its new changes. So lets get down and review these changes one by one. In addition you can also add location to your posts and tag people who you were with then.

FIRST CHANGE: Post status updates to a specific group of people.

While posting a status on Facebook, you now have the option to choose whom you want it to see. Just press the small gears icon in the lower right corner of the status box. While posting an update, choose from Public (Everybody), Friends (Your Friends only), Custom (Specific People only). Now your status message is seen only by the people who are eligible to see it.

Facebook new feature 2011 better privacy control

No need to worry if you did a mistake in selecting the visible persons. You can change it even after you have published a post. Just select the gears icon and change it back again.

SECOND CHANGE: Get rid of unwanted Photo tags.

This is the feature lot of people were concerned about on Facebook. So how to get rid of them, here’s what you have to do.

Go to Privacy Settings and then click on Custom box.

Facebook new feature 2011 remove tagging


Now click Edit Settings in front of How Tags Work feature.

Facebook new feature 2011 remove tagging 2

Next click on Profile Review and turn it on.

Facebook new feature 2011 remove tagging 3

That’s it. Now whenever any of your Friends tags you in a Photo, you have got to approve them before they start displaying on your profile. As soon as a Friend tags you will receive a notification. After you click it you will be taken to the Wall tab where a sub-tab called Pending Posts will appear which will help you Approve or Disapprove the Photo tags. Easy isn’t it?

THIRD CHANGE: Change the visibility of your older posts.

Many a times we think whether to make this status Public or Private and later go with Public anyway. Facebook has now released a nice feature wherein you can change all of your older posts visibility to only your Friends. Don’t worry you wont need to sit the whole night and change the visibility for every specific post.

Facebook new feature 2011 manage post post visibility

 Just flyover to the Privacy Settings and click Manage Past Post Visibility where it says Limit the Audience for Past Posts. Then click on Confirm. That’s it, you are done.

NOTE: This feature cannot be undone. After you have clicked on Confirm there is no way back!

If you are looking to learn more about these features or see a short video tutorial by Facebook go here.

So these were the new Facebook changes in 2011 which we got to see. Comment if you liked this story and please share your views of how you feel about these new features with us. We would like to hear from each one of you. Do you like em?

via CNET

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