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Background

Facebook has recently announced that it reached 350 million users. Most users are sharing their real personal information, like birthday, home address, email address, family etc., with their friends only, or simply with everyone. All these important personal information have to be protected some way, and users should have complete control over who can see every little bit of their data.

New privacy settings

Recently Facebook announced that “new” privacy settings would be implemented soon, and that they would be easier for everyone to understand and configure.
Starting from today, my profile has been updated, having the brand new settings.

Here is a screenhot of the main privacy page:

And here is a screenshot of what the Personal Information page contains:

The Good

The new privacy settings are certainly looking good. The labels/descriptions are more informative, and they are nicely broken down in five pages (Personal Information, Contact Information, Applications and Websites, Search, Block List).
Moreover the options are securely locked, so even if you are logged-in, someone will have to type your password to unlock them and edit something.
The status update visibility can also be customized, which is probably the most useful addition. For example you might want to hide from your boss that you are having “fun” while working!

The Bad

Some of the old privacy settings didn’t make it on the new settings!
What I am missing most is the ability to control who can or cannot see your friends, as well as your fan pages. I used to control it with a special friend list, and some exceptions as well.
Now this piece of information cannot be controlled, by default everyone will be able to see the whole list of your friends and your fan pages.
(*At the end of this article, you will find a way to completely hide your friends.)
I also cannot find the settings for individual wall automatic posts/activities. With the aid of the old settings, I could hide some activity updates, like who I became friend with etc.

The Ugly

Upon launching the new settings, the user’s profile is allowed to be indexed by Google or other search engines.
And that would probably include the name, birthday, friends list etc.

I am an existing user, so I can’t check all default privacy settings for a newly registered user.

How to hide your Friends list

Navigate on your profile page, and click on the little pencil, which is located on your friends block.
Uncheck the “Show my friends on my profile” option.

Conclusion

If you currently have a look on Twitter or Facebook, many people are concerned about the new privacy settings and are expressing their opinions about certain options which are missing.
I hope that Facebook will respond soon, and improve the privacy controls.

As a safety measure always remember to preview your profile while changing something on the privacy pages, and possibly ask some of your friends/family what information they are able to view on your profile.

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Currently Facebook has about 350 million users!
And the popular Facebook game FarmVille has about 69 million users!

Therefore if you happen to be a Facebook member, who doesn’t get involved with games, you might be getting a little bit annoyed with all those status updates.

Moreover, the Facebook News/Live Feed provides valuable information and updates about your friends, so you might need to keep it clean, or simply filter out specific items.

Here is how to hide / filter items from your News/Live Feed:

– Hover your mouse on top of the item that you would like to hide.
– Click on “Hide” that appears on the top-right corner of the item.

You should now see the message: “Application Name” has been hidden from your News Feed. This is it, you have just blocked all messages coming from the specified application.

Whenever you wish to bring something back, or in other words unhide it, do the following:

– Go to your News Feed (it doesn’t work on the Live Feed).
– Scroll to the bottom of the page, until you find the “Edit Options” link.

– On the popup window, just click on “Add to News Feed” next to the application you wish to unhide.


On a side-note, I am a FarmVille player myself, so my friends who are tired of watching the endless FV status updates, should follow this simple guide!

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The long-awaited update 3.0 for the popular Facebook app has been finally approved and released.
You can update/download it immediately on the iTunes App Store.

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Here is a list of what’s new:

– Landscape mode
– See your upcoming Events and RSVP
– See your friends’ birthdays
– See Pages and post updates and photos to Pages you administer
– Write Notes and read your friends’ Notes
– Upload videos from an iPhone 3GS
– Upload photos to any album
– Complete photo management (create albums, delete albums, delete photos, delete photo tags)
– Change your Profile Picture
– Zoom into photos
– Like posts and photos
– See the same News Feed as the Facebook website
– Visit links in a built-in web browser
– See all of your friends’ friends and Pages
– See mutual friends
– Easily search for people and Pages
– Make friend requests
– Become a fan of Pages
– Quickly call or text your friends
– Create shortcuts to your favorite friends and Pages
– Friends sorted by first or last name according to your settings
– Chat friends sorted alphabetically

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The Konami Code is a well known cheat code that appears on Konami video games.

Facebook is currently offering a kind of “Easter Egg” if you type the Konami Code on their page.

Thus, log into your Facebook account and simply hit the following key sequence:

UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, b, a, ENTER.

And scroll up or down to see the effect!

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Facebook for iPhone makes it easy to stay connected and share information with friends. Use your iPhone to start a conversation with Facebook Chat, check your friend’s latest photos and status updates, look up a phone number, or upload your own mobile photos to Facebook while on the go.

What’s new in version 2.0:

– Notifications
– The full News Feed
– News Feed story comments
– People search
– Friend Requests
– Photo tagging
– Photo captioning
– Photo posts to your friends’ Walls
– The full Mini-Feed, now combined with The Wall
– Your entire inbox, plus the sent folder and updates tab
– Inbox search
– Message attachments

Download Facebook App from the iTunes App Store for free.

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