Facebook Wants You To “Ask”, ‘Hi, Are You Single?

Is your relationship status so “it’s complicated” that you haven’t even said so on Facebook? Well, now your nosey friends and frenemies can press you to tell all and demand to know why you’re being so secretive in a new “ask” button.

The button is a new feature the social media site has been quietly rolling out over the past few months but it appears to have arrived on some profiles over the weekend.

The “ask” button appears next to categories of a user’s “about” section that have been left blank. This includes information such as where a user lives, place of employment and, yes, relationship status.

A user cannot see the button on his or her own profile.


When a user finds a blank spot on a friend’s page, they can click on “ask” and a little window pops up that allows them to explain why they’re asking for that information. Once you hit “send request” only the user who’s subject to your prying can see the question. They can choose to ignore you, make that information either public or known only to you, or reply with an old-fashioned “none of your beeswax.”

New Facebook Feature Now Enables You To See “Nearby Friends”

Facebook users in the US will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby by the use of a new feature launched by the company. It is simply called “Nearby Friends”.


This new feature should be switched on by the user, so that people do not end up broadcasting their location unknowingly. It uses the GPS system on smartphones to tell your Facebook friends that you are nearby, but only if they have the feature turned on as well.

Location sharing or even knowing the exact location of your friends has been possible in the past through many different apps, but what we like about this feature from Facebook is that it does not share your exact location, it will only show that you a re nearby, say, within half a mile radius.

However, if you insist to share your precise location you can manually do so with a specific friend you’d like to meet up with.

 Friend will be able to see where you’re located in an airport or a city block or a park, etc. By default, your exact location will be shared just for an hour, although one can change this.

Such new feature only suggest that we have started to bring online and physical worlds together, with more advanced technologies being developed this bridge will soon be complete.

Facebook To Shut Down Messenger For Windows Desktop, Firefox On 3 March

Facebook Messenger for Windows Desktop will be shutting down from March 3, according to a report in The Next Web. The report comes within days of Microsoft’s announcement that the official Facebook Messenger app will be coming to Windows Phone 8 devices within weeks.


 According to the report, Facebook’s Messenger app began showing a link saying that it would shut down from March 3. “We’re sorry, but we can no longer support Facebook Messenger for Windows, and it will stop working on March 3, 2014. We really appreciate you using Messenger to reach your friends, and we want to make sure you know that you can keep chatting and view all your messages on http://www.facebook.com,” the message stated at the top of the application.

 A Facebook spokesperson also confirmed the same to the website.

 Facebook Messenger for Windows was released in March 2012. An OS X version was expected to be launch but given that the Windows version has shut down, it seems unlikely. Facebook is likely to concentrate on Messenger for Windows Phone devices, and other mobile devices, instead of focusing on desktops.  Another report on the The Next Web also said that Facebook Messenger for Firefox is also shutting down on March 3.

 This isn’t the only service to get the axe in Facebook recently. Facebook also announced that it would be killing off the email service @facebook.com admitting that it had failed to take off amongst users.

Source – TheNextWeb

The Evolution of The Facebook Profile


 2005 – The Facebook

Back in the days when The Facebook was only available to select networks, the News Feed didn’t exist. Users hopped between profiles like this one.



2006 – Mini-Feed

With the September 2006 launch of Facebook’s News Feed, user profiles contained mini-feeds that displayed user activity.



2007 – Interaction

While not a huge year for profile redesign, users began to interact more with each other’s profiles — remember Facebook Gifts?




2008 – The App Era

Users were able to add application tabs to their profiles (e.g. Bumper Stickers). Facebook also introduced the Publisher tool bar, which allowed a user to publish a status update, photo or link to his profile.





2009 – Pages

A new kind of user profile, Pages launched in 2009. Users could “become a fan” of a Page (until 2010, when they could “like” a page) to see that individual’s or business’ updates in their news feed.




2010 – A Visual Redesign

Late in 2010, Facebook launched a new profile that, up until this week, remained pretty much unaltered. Users took advantage by getting creative with the new photo banner at the top of the page. Also, Facebook told you what friends/fans you had in common in the upper right-hand corner of each page.




2011 – Ticker

As of Sept. 20, Facebook’s new ticker has the ability to follow a user around to every page, including profiles. The company also introduced a “View As” widget in the upper right-hand corner that allows a user to preview how others see her page.






2012 – Timeline

Announced Thursday at Facebook’s f8 conference, the new profile will act like a virtual scrapbook, featuring important milestones that have occurred since your time on Facebook. Compared to the evolution of the social network’s profile thus far, this redesign appears the most significant.



Facebook Launches Shared Albums Feature

Facebook began letting members collaborate on shared online photo albums at the leading social network. The Shared Album feature was to be introduced slowly, first becoming available to a small group of English-language users before gradually spreading across the social network.

“A shared album is an album that multiple people can upload photos to,” Facebook said in an online post explaining the new feature.

“When you make an album shared, you can add your friends as contributors,” the post continued. “This allows them to add, view and edit photos in the album.”

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Previously, Facebook members could only add photos to their own online albums at the social network.

The new feature, inspired by feedback from Facebook users, is intended to let friends or family members collaborate on photo albums memorializing shared events or occasions.

Facebook members can invite as many as 50 friends to contribute digital photos to online albums.

Privacy settings allow sharing of albums to be limited to those who contribute or opened to friends of contributors or the public, according to Facebook.

Facebook To Test Mobile Payment Service

Facebook plans to test a mobile payments service that lets users make purchases inside mobile applications using payment information they have added to their account on the social network.

Facebook on Thursday said that it is working on a “very small test” and the company says there is no set schedule for making the service available to users. The service would use payment information that shoppers store on Facebook to automatically complete checkout forms of certain mobile apps. Then, the app would process the purchase.

Spokeswoman Tera Randall said in an e-mailed statement that Facebook has a “great relationship with PayPal, and this product is simply to test how we can help our app partners provide a more simple commerce experience.”

The test, she added, won’t involve moving payment processing “away from an app’s current payments provider, such as PayPal.”

Nonetheless, shares of PayPal’s owner, eBay declined on news of the potential competition. The stock closed down $1.05, or 1.9%, at $53.18.

Facebook’s stock closed down 9 cents at $36.56.

Forrester Research analyst Denee Carrington thinks Facebook will face a challenge in offering mobile payments even though the company has been building up its database of users’ credit cards.

“Consumers want safe, seamless and convenient mobile payments and there are a growing number of competitors that consumers trust more – such as PayPal, Visa (V.me) and others,” Carrington said in an e-mailed statement.

News of the test was reported earlier by AllThingsD.


Facebook Has Over 50 mn Duplicate Accounts

Social networking site Facebook has said it is having approximately 50 million duplicate accounts besides 22 million misclassified and undesirable accounts.

According to a Facebook’s statement as on 31 December, 2012, it has 1.06 billion monthly active users (MAUs) worldwide including 71 million in India.

“We estimate, for example, that “duplicate” accounts (an account that a user maintains in addition to his or her principal account) may have represented approximately 5.0 percent of our worldwide MAUs as of 31 December, 2012,” Facebook said in its report to Securities and Exchange Commission of USA.

Facebook said it identifies “false” accounts, by way of dividing into two categories — user-misclassified accounts, where users have created personal profiles for a business, organisation, or non-human entity such as a pet and undesirable accounts, which represent user profiles that are determined as intended to be used for purposes that violate the site’s terms of service, such as spamming.

 “As of 31 December, 2012, for example, we estimate user-misclassified accounts may have represented approximately 1.3 percent of our worldwide MAUs and undesirable accounts may have represented approximately 0.9 percent of our worldwide MAUs,” the report said.

Facebook said it believes the percentage of accounts that are duplicate or false is meaningfully lower in developed markets such as the US or Australia and higher in developing markets such as Indonesia and Turkey.

“As such, our estimation of duplicate or false accounts may not accurately represent the actual number of such accounts. We are continually seeking to improve our ability to identify duplicate or false accounts and estimate the total number of such accounts, and such estimates may change due to improvements or changes in our methodology,” the report added.

Facebook claimed to have 1.06 billion MAUs as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 25 percent from December 31, 2011.

 “We had 67 million MAUs in Brazil as of 31 December, 2012, an increase of 81 percent compared to the same period in 2011; 71 million MAUs in India as of 31 December, 2012, an increase of 54 percent compared to the same period in 2011; 60 million MAUs in Indonesia as of 31 December, 2012, an increase of 25 percent compared to the same period in 2011, it added.

Additionally, the site had 174 million MAUs in the US as of 31 December, 2012, an increase of 8 percent compared to the same period in 2011.