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27
Dec

HowTo: Insert profile picture in faceboOk chat

Earlier Facebook chat used to be my last choice of communication.. all this changed when faceboOk introduced the modern messaging system code named project Titan. Post this I have never gone offline on FB chat to avoid chatting on it or told any one to come on gtalk instead..

Then FB added tons of other features to the chat like calling, video calling and whatnot..  now they have made another little but unique addition to the system.. you can now insert your mutual friend’s profile picture in the chat with your friends.

All you need to do is just write [[username]] and send it on the chat.. if the person haven’t selected the username yet then you can use his/her profile-ID instead..

It makes use of the goOd old Graph API to access the user’s image from this url:

http://graph.facebook.com/username/picture

For e.g: http://graph.facebook.com/snehilkhanor/picture


I’m not really sure what I’m gonna do with this system but it really is one coOl feeature..

Insert profile pics in Facebook's chat

Also, I don’t think much people will be able to use it because no one even really remember their friends’ username.. let alone profile IDs.  And people today are too lazy to open a new tab of their friend’s profile to see their username or profile-ID. It would have been better if it was something like that of tagging system. Mark Zuckerberg.. If you are reading this.. take this advice.. I won’t ask for royalty or anything.. 😉

P.S. you too remember that its my blog’s Bday this sunday.. be ready with the presents 😉

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23
Sep

Time travelling with Facebook Timeline


Facebook introduced TimeLine and I just can’t get enough of it.. Every minute I’m discovering some new feature hiddens ome where in the big bulk of changes..

The best one I found uptil now is Time Travelling.. Yes now Facebook enables you to travel in time.. and NO, not just to view your past sories/events/albums/videos.. you can even upload or add stories/events/albums/videos in you timeline in the past..

Now isn’t that awesome..

I was always fascinated with the concept of time travelling and parallel universe travelling.. though real time travelling is few years away,  facebook has enabled us to time travel in our digital life though.. and I soon expect them to release something for enabling us to travel to an alternate parallel universe..




So I was feeling very bad when I remembered I forgot to wish myself on my birthday this year.. but now with this awesome facebook timeline.. I can totally go back in the past and make up for that..

Time travelling with Facebook Timeline

And obviously you can also just travel through your timeline to relive your old memories that you’ve posted on faceboOk..

Time travelling with facebook timeline


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23
Sep

Facebook introduces TimeLine


Just when you thought faceboOk done changing atleast for few months now.. BAAM! they did it again.. But what an awesome change it is.. It a feature that you’ve always wanted.. you just didn’t knew it..
Its a feature that allows you to dive into the deep sea of your memories of life (that you’ve published on facebook)
Drumrolls please…

Introducing…..
*Facebook Timeline*

As name suggests.. Its a time line of your life (or the part of life that you’ve published on facebook)

Right now its available only to Open Graph Developers and will be available for everyone soon.. and if you want it right now.. I’ll tell you later how to get Facebook Timeline right now..
Update: How To: Enable Facebook Timeline now

Facebook Timeline Developer release

But first lets see what is this Facebook Time line I’m talkin so much about..

Facebook Timeline is a new kind of faceboOk profile.. Timeline is your collection of all the photos,posts,and apps that tell your story.

Here’s an overview of my TimeLine




Third person view:


Notice the months and years written in Top Right-ish.. Thats the real thing..

Will show detailed insight of the new Facebook timeline in my next post.


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19
Sep

Facebook launches subscription.. much like “follow” on twitter


Facebook launched a new feature this week inspired from the micro blogging site – twitter – “Subscrtibe”
Like “Follow” on twitter.. you can now “Subscribe” to people who have allowed to subscribe to their public updates..
This means you can read people’s posts with out them accepting your friend request.. if and onli if they have allowed subscription to their public updates and you have subscribed to them.

How to Subscribe?

To subscribe to any one’s public updates got to his profile and then from top right click on Subscribe.. given that, this person you’re trying to subscribe have allowed subscription.

subscribe on facebook

To allow subscription to your public updates.. goto Subscribers from the left sidebar and “Allow people other than your friends to subscribe to your public updates.” in Subscriber settings.

Subscriber settings on facebook
This is one hot new feature.. How useful is it in your opinion??


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19
Sep

FB Smart Lists – GoOgle plus Circle thingy.. Now on FaceboOk


So this week apart from allowing users to subscribe each other (inspired from “follow” on twitter), faceboOk introduced one more feature – Smart Lists i.e is more or less like Circles from the goOgle+ minus the coOl JS animations that goOgle+ have..

So what are the Smart Lists?

Smart Lists automatically update themselves with coworkers,classmates,local friends and family members based on your friends’ profile info.
It provides a quick, optional way to organize friends so you can control what you see in your News Feed and post updates to specific people.
Your friends dont get to know if you add them to these three new lists:
Close Friends: Your best friends, who should show up more in News Feed.
Acquaintances: Friends who should show up less in News Feed.
Restricted: Friends who can only see posts and profile info you make public.
Smart List on Facebook
If you’ve been using the old Lame not so smart lists of FB then don’t worry you still have your old lists
If you previously created lists you can continue using them, merge them with your new lists or delete lists you don’t need any more.
With Smart Lists in action.. you can Share with Just the Right People
Post your updates straight to the friends and family who will find them most interesting, without worrying about bothering anyone else.
Share with just the right people
So what do you think of this new feature?? Do you think these Smart Lists are smart enough?? Share your precious thoughts in comments..


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23
Jan

Insight: “faceboOk email” aka faceboOk’s “modern messaging system” Part – I

Last week I got early acceess to faceboOk’s new “Modern Messaging System” which some people also call “The faceboOk email” or “The gmail Killer” and am already a big fan of it..
In this and the next post I’ll share with you my “faceboOk’s modern messaging” experience with detailed ScreenShots..

FaceboOk CoFounder and CEO – Mark Zuckerberg also calls it “Next Generation Messaging”

The three main elements of the “modern messaging system” are:

Messages & Other

Messages & Other

  1. Seamless Messaging
    Communication across all the different ways people like to message, including but not limited to email.
  2. Conversation History
    A record of all your contacts with people all in one place.
  3. Social Inbox
    It prioritizes messages from your contacts.
    Social Inbox will separate messages into three folders:

    • Messages
    • Other
    • Junk

    Your social graph will determine what gets sorted in the messages folder and what in other.
    Links for folders “Messages” and “Other” are placed in the left side bar where as to go to spam folder goto “Other” folder and click the Junk link at the bottom (rightly placed at the postion where it deserves to be :P)

    Junk Folder

    Junk Folder

Now to Compose a new message click on the “New Message” button on the top right corner of your Message page.

New Message

A pop up window as in the screenshot below will appear where you can Enter Name of the friend you want to message or Email ID you want to mailto or both.

eMail Message and text

eMail Message and text

One important thing to notice in this is that there is no field for entering “Subject” :O

In this dialog you have many other new options too… like:
Attach A file:

Attach a File

Attach a File

Take a picture or video:

Take a picture or video

Take a picture or video


Also send as text message

Also Send as text message

Also Send as text message

Now we press the “Send” button and its done..

Now lets check the yahoo mail inbox (I’ve Configured my [email protected] ‘s mail to come in yahoo’s inbox)
And there it is..

Mail From facebook to yahoo

Mail From facebook to yahoo

And also as i sent it to myself on faceboOk too theres one message in my faceboOk inbox too..

faceboOk Social Inbox

faceboOk Social Inbox

The mail from facebook just came into the yahoo mailbox like any other mail with subject: “Conversation with Snehil Websthal Khanor”

Yahoo mail inbox

Yahoo mail inbox

If we look at the sender of the mail.. we’ll se it came from “[email protected]

Now lets try replying to the mail and see wat happens..

Reply from yahoo mail to facebook mail

Reply from yahoo mail to facebook mail

and its sent..

eMail sent to user@facebook.com

eMail sent to [email protected]

and here it comes in my facebook’s Social inbox

FaceboOk Social Inbox

FaceboOk Social Inbox

FaceboOk's Social inbox

FaceboOk's Social inbox

So now I have a mail in my faceboOk’s social inbox which looks just like ordinary mail.. notice the highlighted portion on the image.. see the icon on the right side.. this is what faceboOk uses to distinguish between “Saved Chats”, “eMails” and “messages” we’ll later see the icons for “Saved chats” and “Messages”.

FaceboOk Social inbox

FaceboOk Social inbox

FaceboOk's Social Inbox

FaceboOk's Social Inbox

Now lets try sending and receiving some attachment files… so here I attach and send a “rar” file as an attachment.

attachments.faceboOk.com

attachments.faceboOk.com

Attach rar file via faceboOk mail

Attach rar file via faceboOk mail

And its sent.. below is the screen shot from the yahoo’s inbox.. this means you can send just any file by archiving it as .rar file before sending..

Attach rar file via faceboOk mail

Attach rar file via faceboOk mail

now lets try receiving attachments in the social inbox…

Receive Attachments

Receive Attachments in faceboOk mail

and here I receive the pdf file as an attachment in my faceboOk’s social inbox..

Receive Attachments in faceboOk mail

Receive Attachments in faceboOk mail

So this was basically the eMail part of the faceboOk’s “modern messaging system“. Insight of other features of “modern messaging system” would be posted in the next post “Insight: ‘faceboOk email’ aka faceboOk’s ‘modern messaging system’ Part – II” soon. Subscribe to My blog’s feed or like the faceboOk page [ both options are given in Right sidebar] to get notifiaction of my next post.. 🙂

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