Facebook’s facial recognition knows who your friends are

The first thing you probably want to know about Facebook’s new “tag suggestions” — which uses facial recognition technology to suggest which friend is probably featured in which photo — is that you can turn it off.

Facebook announced “tag suggestions” yesterday, explaining the upcoming feature thusly: “When you or a friend upload new photos, we use face recognition software — similar to that found in many photo editing tools — to match your new photos to other photos you’re tagged in. We group similar photos together and, whenever possible, suggest the name of the friend in the photos.”

Anticipating the inevitable freakout that accompanies every Facebook change, the world’s largest social network is giving users an ample heads up — tag suggestions isn’t available now, but will be rolling out across the United States in the following weeks.

The feature is an upgraded version of the facial recognition technology you may already take for granted when you upload and tag images on Facebook. The square that magically finds faces in a photo will now suggest the name of your Facebook friend it’s identified through your profile, thus streamlining the process. Anyone who’s ever attempted to tag a photo on a slow connection may quickly come to appreciate this feature — especially if you’re the type of user who likes to upload huge sets of photos. As Facebook explains:

Now if you upload pictures from your cousin’s wedding, we’ll group together pictures of the bride and suggest her name. Instead of typing her name 64 times, all you’ll need to do is click “Save” to tag all of your cousin’s pictures at once. By making tagging easier than before, you’re more likely to know right away when friends post photos.

This next part is important, and you really need to pay attention — especially if you’re concerned about this new Facebook app tagging your name on potentially embarrassing images. According to Facebook, “for any reason you don’t want your name to be suggested, you will be able to disable suggested tags in your Privacy Settings. Just click ‘Customize Settings’ and ‘Suggest photos of me to friends.’ Your name will no longer be suggested in photo tags, though friends can still tag you manually.”

Currently, you have the option of untagging photos you’ve been tagged in by friends. Simply go to the photo and click your name to do so. There is no option to prevent friends from tagging you in photos, but you can prevent others from seeing the photos via your tagged name. Here’s how you do that:

  • From the Account menu in the upper right corner of your profile, chose Privacy Settings.
  • Underneath the list of your current privacy settings, click “Customize settings.”
  • Scroll down to “Things others share” section.
  • Next to “Photos and videos I’m tagged in” click “Edit settings.”
  • From the “Edit settings” prompt that appears on your screen, use the drop-down menu to choose “Customize.”
  • In the “Custom Privacy” prompt that appears, you will see a drop down menu next to “These people.”
  • From the “These people” menu, you have the option of choosing who can see photos via your tagged name. You can set it to “Only me” or you can add specific Facebook friends who are permitted see those photos via your tagged name. Here, you also have the option of preventing specific Facebook friends seeing photos via your tagged name.
  • Save this option. As with other Facebook privacy settings, you can change it at any time. You just have to do it.

Helen A.S. Popkin is always going “blah blah blah” about online privacy, then she asks you to follow her on Facebook and/or Twitter … because that’s how she rolls.

hoho.. yet another privacy issue on fb. but seems like everyone likes it. so there’s no issue on this i guess. anyhow i need to ensure myself will not be tagged unnecessarily.. haha.. article from Technolog.

Facebook for your Windows Mobile 6 phone

New from Windows Mobile: a Facebook application for your phone! Download the new Facebook application for Windows Mobile and:

* Send messages to any of the people in your Friends list.

*Take pictures and videos on your phone, then upload them right to Facebook.

*Send messages or call people in your Friends list.

*Manage your profile and post anytime, anywhere.

Keep up with the latest news and posts with Facebook on your phone. Now your status updates can be up-to-the moment accounts of what you’re doing. Photos and videos are about as close to live-action as you can get. Show your friends what you’re up to, while you’re out and about.

Connecting and sharing on Facebook just got a lot livelier!

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downloaded this facebook app for windows mobile. it’s nowhere near iphone’s fb app. the main page took quite some time to load. and the photos are almost not available. when someone commented on a status, i can only view the latest. i can’t view its threaded comments. i must say it should be better..
perhaps an update from microsoft might improve this app later.
source: Microsoft.

20 Facebook Tips/Tricks You Might Not Know

facebook tips & tricks

If you surf Facebook on daily basis or occasionally, chances are you’re already familiar with regular stuffs like add/delete friends, update statuses, walls and profile, add and explore pages & applications, etc, but there’s more..

This week we want to cover some interesting things you can do on (or with) Facebook; inclusive of tricks that are not documented or unknown to many, as well as tips to stay connected better with your friends. Without further ado, here’s 20 Facebook Tips/Tricks You Might Not Know. If you have interesting tips/tricks related to Facebook, please feel free to share in the comment box below.

  1. How to Place Facebook Chat On Firefox Sidebar

    If you are using Firefox, you can place the Facebook Chat at the sidebar.


  2. How to Download Facebook Photo Albums

    FacePAD: Facebook Photo Album Downloader allows you to download your friends’ facebook albums, Events albums, and Group Albums, en masse, with the click of a button.


  3. How to Share Flickr Photos to Facebook

    Flickr2Facebook is an unofficial Flickr to Facebook uploader(bookmarklet) which allows you upload photos to Facebook from Flickr.


  4. How to Update Facebook without Using Facebook

    hellotxt and Ping.fm both introduced features that let Facebook administrators update Facebook Pages.


  5. How to Schedule Facebook Messages

    Sendible lets you schedule Facebook messages ahead of time so you can send messages to your friends, customers or colleagues in the future.


  6. How to “Friend” Someone on Facebook & Hide It From Your Status Updates

    A short tutorial on Makeuseof to guide you how to hide Facebook status updates and keep that fact confined to your closer friends.

  7. How to Create a Photo Collage Using Pictures of Your Facebook Friends

    Click on Friends tab. Proceed to More tab. From “Choose an option” dropdown, choose any of the dashes “” . Your Facebook friends collage is right on your computer screen.


  8. How to Know When Facebook Friends Secretly Delete or Block You

    X-Friends is a unique tool for tracking friends that disappear from Facebook.


  9. How to Display Selected Pictures Only on your Facebook Profile Page

    A little-known feature in Facebook that lets you decide who shows up in that Friends box. Click that “edit” pencil in your Friends box and type the names of your best friends in the box that says “Always show these friends


  10. How to Remove Facebook Advertisements

    This Greasemonkey script – Facebook: Cleaner removes many of the annoying ads and updates that unavoidably appear on your Facebook pages.


  11. How to Syncs Photos of Facebook Friends with Contacts in Microsoft Outlook

    OutSync is a free Windows application that syncs photos of your Facebook friends with matching contacts in Microsoft Outlook. It allows you to select which contacts are updated. So you can update all contacts at once or just a few at a time.


  12. How to Display Facebook Statuses on WordPress Blog

    The following method make use of Facebook status feed and WordPress RSS widget to display Facebook Statuses on WordPress blog.. It will also work for self-host WordPress blogs.


  13. How to Post Your Blog Posts to Your Facebook Wall Automatically

    Wordbook allows you to cross-post your blog posts to your Facebook Wall. Your Facebook “Boxes” tab will show your most recent blog posts.


  14. How to Access Facebook Chat on Desktop

    Gabtastik and digsby let you keep Facebook chat sessions open on your Windows desktop outside of your regular web browser, using minimal screen real estate and system memory.

  15. How to Create Quiz on Facebook Easily

    LOLapps provides quiz creator that can be employed to conjure up these popular personality quizzes that are so widespread in Facebook.


  16. How to Hide Your Online Status on Facebook Chat from Select Contacts

    Facebook has integrated friends list with Chat and you can also choose which of these list members get to see you online.


  17. How to Get Facebook Updates on Email

    NutshellMail consolidates your Facebook accounts through the inbox you use the most.


  18. How to Update Facebook Status from Firefox

    FireStatus is a status update utility for multiple social networks, including FaceBook.


  19. How to Get Facebook on Your Desktop

    Seesmic Desktop, Facebooker, Xobni, Facebook Sidebar Gadget, Scrapboy and Facebook AIR application are desktop applications that allows you interact with your stream just as you would on Facebook, but without the browser.

  20. How to Delete, Cancel and Terminate Facebook Account and Profile

    A simple guide to terminate, delete or cancel Facebook account, together with the Facebook profile easily.


a very useful tips and tricks on facebook. am i addicted to it? not yet.. but these tips are quite handy.. from Hongkiat.com.

Facebook’s Privacy Settings: 5 Things You Should Know

A Guide to Navigating Facebook’s New Privacy Settings

Facebook has begun rolling out its new privacy settings to all of its 350 million users. If you haven’t seen it already, you will soon have to go through a wizard that will guide you through the process of confirming your privacy settings. The new settings are supposed to make it easier and simpler to control your information, but the changes are drawing a mix of criticism and praise from privacy watchdogs such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU), and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). The new privacy controls include some great changes, and some not-so-great changes, but here are five privacy issues you should know about as these settings roll out across Facebook.

Search Settings

When I checked my search settings this morning, the option to index my profile by public search engines had been turned on. This is despite the fact that I had explicitly turned off this setting when Facebook launched public search listings two years ago. If you don’t want search engines like Google and Bing to index your profile, do yourself a favor and make sure those settings are still set the way you want them to be. To adjust your search privacy settings click on Settings>Privacy Settings>Search. If the “Allow indexing” box is checked then search engines will be able to index your information.

Password Protection Layer: Not So Good

Facebook has added a new layer of protection for changing your privacy settings. Under the new policy you will have to enter your password whenever you want to change your privacy settings. This is a smart move, and quite a common policy with other Web services. But in my tests, this extra protection did not work very well at all. Once I had chosen to exclude my Facebook profile from public search engines, I left my privacy settings page and returned to my profile (your settings are saved automatically). But when I went back to my privacy settings, the pages were wide open with no password requirement. I tested this out on several browsers and operating systems, I also signed out and back in several times to see if that would change anything. But each time I checked my security settings were wide open. The password protection eventually came back after half an hour or so, but that was far too long. The password requirement should come back automatically or Facebook should be telling you that this setting is set to time out.

Publicly Available Information (PAI) Changes

Facebook is also changing what it deems to be publicly available information (PAI), with almost no recourse for the user to control this–a change that does not sit well with the EFF. Information under the PAI umbrella includes your profile picture, friends list (Facebook says the view friends link has been removed from search results), fan pages, gender, geographic region, and networks (school, work, etc.). There is almost no recourse to protect any of this information. To illustrate how important this setting could be, the EFF points out that you may belong to a fan page that supports or condemns gay marriage. Since this is such a controversial issue, that may be a position you are not willing to share with co-workers, fellow church members, or other Facebook friends.

Friends List

Although your friends list is technically under the PAI umbrella, you can still control who sees it. But controls for this information are found on your Facebook profile page — not your privacy settings. If you want to restrict who sees your friends list within Facebook, click on the pencil icon next to your Friends widget below your profile picture, and uncheck the box that says “Show my friends on my profile.” Other information you can remove from your profile page includes your gender and current city.

Hyper Control

While Facebook is taking away some control over publicly available information, you are getting extreme control over other parts of your Facebook profile. Now you can restrict who sees your shared content on a per-post basis. Don’t want certain friends to see your latest update? No problem. Need to keep those photos of you at the bar away from your co-workers? You can do that too.

Facebook’s New Privacy Settings Are a Mixed Bag

Facebook’s new privacy settings are a mixed bag of better and simpler controls over some information, while loosening the restrictions on others. Of course, if you don’t want some of that information to appear, you can always delete it from Facebook (you cannot delete your gender, but you can make it invisible). Facebook’s privacy controls may not be perfect, but they will urge users to think even harder about what they’re sharing on Facebook, and ultimately that may be a good thing.

as facebook is a way for you to connect and getting to know each other better, this facebook thingy also allows identity theft in which might be really dangerous when that actually happens. although chance of that happening might still be too little nowadays. but wait up another few years, identity theft might be most profitable item on the net. hence its best not to reveal too much personal info on the web. a nice reminder from PC World.

Xbox 360’s Facebook, Twitter, Last.FM and Zune Video Come November 17

All those features we went over in our Xbox 360 update impressions post are finally rolling out to everyone on November 17.

To recap, here’s what’s new:

Facebook – Update your status to share what movie, game or entertainment you’re enjoying, connect with friends and view their Facebook stream, status updates and photos on the big screen – all seamlessly integrated and custom-built for Xbox 360. You can even compare your Xbox LIVE and Facebook friends lists to see which of your friends are on LIVE.
Zune – Zune video on Xbox LIVE offers a full fidelity experience with instant on HD in 1080p and 5.1 channel surround sound. No waiting for downloads or buffering, it’s there at the press of a button. You can also share the experience with up to seven friends through voice chat and Avatar integration on the TV screen – it puts a whole new spin on “movie night.”
Twitter – Stay in the know by discovering, posting and replying to Tweets right on your Xbox 360. You can even view friend profiles, trends and conversations, or search to see who’s tweeting about your favorite game.
Last.fm – Discover more music and explore endless personalized radio stations with Last.fm on Xbox 360. Skip, “ban” or “love” tracks to create your perfect mix-we’ve even built in “Gamer Stations” with game-related types of music selected specifically for the gaming community (Available in the U.S. and UK)

In addition to these social features, Xbox LIVE will also be debuting “News and More,” a new section of the “Inside Xbox” channel, transforming Xbox LIVE into a full-fledged media portal. With a regularly-updated stream of content from MSNBC, The New Yorker and Dilbert, “News and More” brings the latest in current events, arts and entertainment right to your fingertips.

i posted yesterday on facebook on PS3. now Xbox 360 confirms the Facebook integration next week. with these features you can have almost all media-capable with just a console nowadays. what else can consoles give? i’ll be on Facebook more frequent next year i guess.. (same statement when Sony announces Facebook integration on PS3). i haven’t join Twitter so that might not be too useful for me. Zune and Last.fm sounds interesting but would it be good here in my beloved country with this kind of internet service? i might need to wait for the whole day for a movie to be fully loaded and visible. else i would have to wait  few minutes after every 10 minutes of video streaming. haha.. a question of internet service here.. article from Gizmodo.

Facebook Coming With Next Playstation 3 Firmware Update

What's That Facebook On My XMB!?

That’s a nice selling point you had there for a few weeks Microsoft. Looks like it’s not going to remain exclusive for long though, as rumours mount that Facebook will join the realm of Playstation 3 features with the next Firmware Update.

Images were originally posted by ScrawlFX, clearly showing Facebook integration aswell as coloured trophy cards and tidier photo browsing. At first we would have said “Photoshop(!),” but the fine folks at ScrawlFX have noted the images are also currently uploaded to uk.playstation.com’s website.

Obviously we’re not meant to see these yet. But we have, so all we’re left questioning is – why the hell is Facebook access hidden in the “Account Setup” area of the XMB. Could this be some sort of trophy interaction used in conjunction with your Facebook profile? And why are the images in Spanish on uk.playstation.com’s website?

ahah.. facebook on PS3? good news then.. i don’t have to open up boot my PS3 to Yellow Dog Linux just for Facebook.. can’t wait for this to come.. i’ll be more active on facebook after this.. 😉 rumor from PushSquare.

Hundreds of Facebook groups ‘hijacked’

Caper intended to highlight vulnerabilities on social networking sites, group says.

An anonymous group calling itself “Control Your Info” has taken over hundreds of Facebook groups to highlight what it claims is a major security weakness on the social networking site. Facebook downplayed the incident and said no hacking or confidential information was involved.

As of this morning, more than 200 Facebook groups had been hijacked and renamed Control Your Info. Pasted on each group’s Wall was a message announcing that it had been “hijacked” and reminding members to be careful about controlling personal information on social networking sites.

“This means we control a certain part of the information about you on Facebook. If we wanted we could make you appear in a bad way which could damage your image,” the message said. “For example we could rename your group and call it something very inappropriate and nasty, like ‘I support pedophile’s rights,’ ” the message said, while going on to assure group members that Control Your Info wouldn’t do that. The message also promised to restore each hijacked group’s name by the “end of next week” and promised not to “mess anything up.”

A separate Web site set up by Control Your Info claimed that the group’s action did not constitute hacking but was a demonstration of how a legitimately available feature on Facebook can be used to easily hijack Facebook groups. According to Control Your Info, when the administrator of a Facebook group leaves, anyone can register as a new administrator for that group. To take control of a Facebook group, a user only has to do a quick search on Google to identify public groups with no administrators. Once someone signs up as a group administrator, that person then can do what it likes with the group, including changing its name, sending e-mails to members and editing information on it.

“This is just one example that really shows the vulnerabilities of social media. If you chose to express yourself on the internet, make sure the expressions are your own,” the group urged.

In an e-mailed statement, a Facebook spokesman downplayed the incident and said there had been no hacking and no confidential information was at risk. “The groups in question have been abandoned by their previous owners, which means any group member has the option to make themselves an administrator in order to continue communication to the group,” the spokesman said. The spokesman further stated that Facebook group administrators have no access to confidential information. Administrators can edit a group name, moderate discussions or send a message to members only in the case of small groups, the spokesman said. “The names of large groups cannot be changed, nor can anyone message all members,” he said. In cases where Facebook finds that a group name has been changed inappropriately, it will disable those groups, which is what it plans on doing in this case, he said.

facebook being hijacked.. again.. seems like everyone wants to find a way to hijack this facebook thingy.. why didn’t this happen with friendster before? or maybe it did – only that we are not aware of it.. article from ComputerWorld.

9 Facebook Tips That You May Not Know…

Here’s some tips from a seasoned Facebook user, which should help even the most experienced Social Networker get a little more out of our favourite social network…

1. Added applications don’t have to sit on your profile

Contrary to what the default options for most applications would have you believe, adding and interacting with an application on Facebook DOESN’T automatically mean that it has to clutter up your profile. As well as getting an opportunity to restrict this at the “add new application” stage…


…you can also click “applications” in your left-hand menu at any time, and customize it from there too. Just click the little “edit settings” link next to each of the applications, and you’ll be able to further customize them – you can change who sees them, where they appear, whether they’re allowed to send you e-mails and a few other bits and bobs. Perfect if you’re getting spam from an application in your e-mail – though if you’re being spammed by an app, you probably don’t need it that much!


NOTE: Applications should never ask you to install anything on your PC – if ever an application says something like “Now, to get the full benefit of this application you need to download and install this program on to your PC”, report that app to Facebook (click “about” next to the app on the list, then click “Report Application” on the right-hand menu…)

2. You can change the way different people see your profile

When you add a new friend (or accept somebody who has requested to add you), you get the option of only showing them your limited profile. This is particularly useful if you’re adding somebody you’re not quite sure about, or adding a work colleague (for instance) who you don’t want to see your holiday snaps or the contents of your wall. If you’ve already added somebody but then decide you want to change their settings later, click on “privacy” in the top right corner and you can add people to your “limited profile” (or even “blocked” list) – plus you can click “edit setting” to edit what is actually included in your limited profile as well.


3. Your News Feed is fully customisable too

I often get frustrated because whatever controls my news feed (presumably an algorithm of some kind) has decided that I need to hear a lot more about a certain person – and when I do, I change my settings! You get to your mini-feed settings by clicking on “preferences” in the top right corner of the feed itself. As well as telling your feed to show you more or less about certain people, you can also use their snazzy slider bars to adjust how much your feed shows you about things like photos, status updates, notes, groups and the like.


4. Use friend lists to gather friends together in collections

I won’t spend too much time on the new “friend lists” feature, as I wrote quite a comprehensive post on it when it was released back in December; Needless to say they’re a very nifty way of “grouping” your friends in to lists, from which you can then communicate with them a lot more simply. Your friends will never see what lists you’ve added them to – so don’t worry if you add them to the group “People I don’t like much”, they’ll never know!

5. Most Facebook elements can be dragged and dropped

Because Facebook is built in a fancy, web 2.0 way (lots of Javascript and DHTML, or so I’m told) it’s a lot more customisable than you might at first imagine. Your profile for instance can be rearranged to your hearts content by dragging and dropping elements to change where they appear…


As well as your profile, your left hand menu can also be customised. You can drag things between the top (always visible) menu and the bottom (which is only visible when you click “more”) – you can also drag applications in to this menu from your application list. This can be useful if, like me, you’re always playing on certain applications and want to be able to access them from anywhere.

6. Photo comments can be read an album at a time

One of the big things that helps me save time is being able to see all the photo comments in an album at the same time, without having to click through each of the pictures. It might not seem like a useful feature at first – after all, you usually want to see the photo that is being commented on don’t you? But if you find that people keep adding comments to the same album over and over (as they do in some of the family albums I’m tagged in!), you can save quite a bit of time by clicking “View Comments” at the bottom right-hand side of any album’s main page…


7. Don’t want to be a Zombie? Block the App!

If you’re getting annoyed with the same invitations to the same applications over and over (my personal bugbear at the moment is Texas Hold’em Poker!), you can block the application from sending you any more invites. It’s easy to do and saves you cluttering up your feed with hundreds of different invites to play the same thing – but it still lets you add the application if you change your mind later! All you need to do is click on the application’s name to go to it’s “about” page and then click the little “block application” button on the right hand side. Easy! You also get the chance to do this in your notifications list by clicking the X next to the application snippet, though this only removes the notifications from the list and won’t stop people inviting you still…


8. Poking people lets them to see your profile, and vice versa

Whilst most people think that “poking” is just a means of grabbing another user’s attention, it actually originated as a way for you to check out somebody else’s profile without having to add them as a friend first. For instance, if I was searching for a school friend and found several people with the same name, but their profile photo didn’t help, I could poke them all. They’d all then see that Henry Elliss had poked them, and with any luck one of them would recognise me and poke me back. We could then check each other’s profile for a week and have plenty of time to see if we really were the people we thought we were – so to speak. The same thing happens when you email someone who isn’t a friend – they can see your profile. Unless of course you’ve updated your privacy settings!


Clicking on “Edit Privacy” on the above pop-up takes you to a page that shows a list of people who you have poked in the past – and who can subsequently see your limited profile still! So be careful who you poke, and customise that limited profile too.

9. Make friends more easily with a Facebook badge

The Facebook Badges page lets you create a neat little banner which you can use on a blog or other website to let people know you’re on Facebook.


Clicking on this banner will take users to your public profile – basically a version of what people find when they do a search for you within Facebook, and also the page that comes up if your Facebook page gets listed in a search engine result – don’t worry, it’s very limited as you can see with mine below!


So there we have it, hopefully some useful tips for getting more out of Facebook. If you’ve got any good ones that I haven’t mentioned, leave me a comment so we can all share them.

here’s some tips on using the facebook. article from Tamar.

Facebook employees know what profiles you look at

“My friend got a call from her friend at Facebook, asking why she kept looking at his profile,” says a privacy-conscious source at a major tech company. Turns out Facebook employees can (and do) check out anyone’s profile. Not only that, but they also see which profiles a user has viewed — a major privacy violation. If you’ve been obsessed with a workmate or classmate, Facebook employees know. If Barack Obama’s intern has been using the campaign account to troll for hotties, Facebook employees know. Within the company, it’s considered a job perk, and employees check this data for fun.

Facebook has a history of protecting profiles from outsiders. The site once sent cease-and-desist letters to two of Valleywag’s sister blogs for publishing certain student profiles. The site does not allow regular users to see which profiles other users have seen. While one third-party application lets users voluntarily make their profile-visiting known, no application allows one to “spy” on the activity of an unknowing user. Checking who’s viewed a profile may be how Facebook found the tipster who violated their terms of service by sending Valleywag Steve Ballmer’s profile. But were they violating their own terms?

Well, Facebook’s privacy policy doesn’t explicitly reserve or waive employees’ right to check out your profile for any reason. Of course, the practice still reeks of skunkery — it’s one thing to check profiles in the course of business, but these people are looking up records for kicks. This is a company with $150 million in projected revenues this year and a gigantic ad deal with Microsoft, not a corner video store. The privacy of millions is at stake. Google clearly promises not to crawl through mail or search records with anything but a computer program, and even AOL apologized for releasing semi-anonymous search data and violating its privacy policy.

just a reminder to most of us on privacy issues on the net. article from VALLEYWAG.