Facebook To Disable Boxes, Shrink Custom Tabs

Facebook has announced that they will be disabling boxes for profiles and pages, which includes the boxes tab.  They will also be changing the width of custom tabs (such as Static FBML tabs) to 520 pixels.  These changes will take effect publicly on August 23, but page admins see the changes already so they can reformat as necessary.

According to Fran Larkin of Facebook, the changes “are designed to simplify navigation for users, reduce complexity for developers, and enable us to build the next generation of tools for growing your business with Facebook.”   Read more of this post

Facebook Is On ‘Lockdown’ As It Prepares For Its War With Google

Google isn’t the only one gearing up for a social network battle.

Rumors recently surfaced that Google is working on developing a Facebook competitor called Google Me (which, I might point out, is a God-awful name), and it only became more obvious with their recent acquisition of social app maker Slide.

We are now hearing from a reliable source that Facebook is working on fending off Google’s plans.  CEO Mark Zuckerberg has officially declared that the company is on “lockdown” for the next 60 days.  Within this lockdown period, the office is open on weekends as the company works to revamp all of the major Facebook features in preparation for the rise of Google Me.  Apparently Zuckerberg even has a neon “Lockdown” sign on his office door.   Read more of this post

Full Trailer For Facebook Movie ‘The Social Network’

The trailer for The Social Network, the highly anticipated movie, written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher, about the origins of Facebook is here.  The studio has already released teaser trailers with dramatic music and dialog, but no actual footage of the actors.  This new trailer really brings the goods, and the movie is looking pretty good.

The movie is set for release on October 1, 2010.

Have A Question? Now You Can Ask It On Facebook

Facebook has just released a new feature that allows you to ask questions to the community, like an integrated version of Yahoo Answers (thank God; Yahoo services always crash and burn anyway).  It is currently in a limited testing period, but will soon be available to everyone if it receives positive feedback.  Facebook Questions will allow you to tap into the knowledge of its 500+ million users.  All you have to do is click the “Ask Question” button at the top of the page.   Read more of this post

Facebook May Be Testing A New “Delete Account” Option

Updates at bottom of post.

This is totally unverified, but several sources from across the web seem pretty sure that this is the real deal.  It appears that Facebook is testing a “Delete Account” option, in addition to the previous “Deactivate Account” option.  If you’re not familiar with Facebook history, you had to jump through hoops to delete your account, and even then your account was not truly deleted.  Presumably, this new feature could make account deletion considerably easier.

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Your Social Life On HootSuite 5

As you’ve noticed from previous posts I’ve made and you will see in posts that I will be making in the future, I absolutely love social media. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, not so much MySpace….. LinkedIn, Forums, FourSquare, I just love them. They are a revolution in the way we communicate with each other. Well this post is not going to be any different. HootSuite 5 has just been released and you should try it out. Read more of this post

The Next Big Thing On Facebook: Video

Last week, comScore released its U.S. Online Video Rankings for the month of April 2010.  It seems that the social networking giant Facebook has shot up in the rankings.  With its 41,335,000 uniques in April alone it may not be a direct competitor of Google (specifically YouTube and Google Video), but it’s certainly headed that way.

Facebook is currently sitting in the number 5 spot, just behind Yahoo, Fox Interactive Media, and Vevo.   Read more of this post

Hide Your Facebook Status From Specific Friends

Editor’s Note: This great guest post was written by Jeffery Williams, owner of Williams Tech Consulting in San Francisco.

Have you ever been in the situation where you wanted to post a status update, but didn’t want everyone on your friend list to see it?  Because of social pressure, there are certain people with whom we cannot just reject friendship on Facebook.  If you’re in that scenario, you will find this little underused Facebook feature very useful.   Read more of this post

Facebook Holiday

May 31st 2010. This is a very important day. A day to get outside, spend time with your family and to remember the people that have made an impact in your life. Today is the official Quit Facebook Day. Read more of this post

Facebook Isn’t Violating Your Privacy. You Are.

With the creation of Facebook’s Open Graph, many people are questioning whether they should be using Facebook when so much information could be publicly visible.  Many people are going as far as deleting their accounts (which is apparently a very rigorous process).  When you do this, I think there’s one thing you’re not really considering:  Facebook didn’t post those photos of you when you were drunk.  YOU DID.  Facebook didn’t post that status update talking about what an S.O.B. your boss is.  YOU DID.  Facebook isn’t at fault here.  YOU ARE.   Read more of this post