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Orkut is going to die, but you can save your data

There was a time when Google’s very first social networking site “Orkut” was in great demand. But with the advent of other social networking websites, soon the traffic on Orkut came down. Thus the owner of the website, Google has now decided to say goodbye to Orkut on September 30, 2014. Fortunately, till then you can continue using the website and even export your data, pictures as well as community posts using Google Takeout. This service will enable you to download your Orkut data to your computer in a zip file.

Here’s how you can download data from your Orkut account

Before you start, it is important to note that you can only download data from your own account. This means that you cannot download testimonials or scraps you sent. You can only manage to download data that you have received. To save file using Google Takeout, follow the below given steps:

Step 1: Open Google Takeout and fill required details to sign in.

Step 2: Select ‘Choose services’.

Step 3: Now select ‘Orkut’.

Step 4: Click on ‘Create archive’. It will take a few minutes to archive the data. If you want, you can leave the page. Once the archive is ready, you will get an email.

Step 5: When the data has been archived, click on ‘Download’.

The best part about this method to download data is that, there’s no limit to archive information. But in case, you don’t want to download data and archive it, especially pictures in HTML format, you can export them directly to your Google+ account. Check out how:

Step 1: Open Google+ home page and log in to your account.

Step 2: Login to your Orkut account and open the album export page.

Step 3: Now select all the albums that you would to like to export. Or click on ‘Select all’.

Step 4: Click on ‘Import selected’ transfer your photos. Note that these pictures will be visible to you only. To make them visible to your Google+ members, you can go to privacy settings and select the desired changes.

So all the Orkut users pack up your stuff and get ready to bid adieu to your account.

How to report spam on Twitter?

Recently you posted a Tweet about a new job opening in your company and soon your account flooded with job opportunities from different Twitter users. Well, this is a common spam problem that most of the Twitter users face every time they Tweet something that involve mass attention.

A spam in Twitter is nothing but a prohibited behavior that disturbs human sentiments and violates the Twitter Rules. Such spamming includes activities like, posting harmful links, aggressive following behaviors, abusing the @reply or @mention function to post unwanted messages to users, creating multiple accounts, posting links with unrelated Tweets, etc.

The good thing is that the Twitter takes the spam issues seriously and this is the reason it has provided a better and more proactive solution to resolve the spam issue. Twitter makes it easy to report spam and block users on Twitter and it diligently review the account you report to be spam and suspend or remove it entirely. Reporting a spam in Twitter is easy, here‘s how you can do it.

Steps to report a spam on Twitter

If you found a profile that shows spamming behavior or Tweet content that violates the Twitter rules, then you need to follow these steps to report spam:

1. Go to the account profile of the person or group you report to be spam

2. Click the person icon that brings up a drop-down actions menu

3. Click on Report @username for spam

Once you click Report @username for spam, Twitter will automatically block the user from following you or from replying to you.

Steps to block users on Twitter

This option helps you to block a user in Twitter and not reporting them as spam. Once you block a user, you can restrict them from following you, adding you to their contact lists, seeing your profile picture on their profile page or on timeline, and sharing @replies or @mentions showing in your mentions tab. Here are the steps.

1. Log in to your Twitter account

2. Go to the profile page of the user you want to block

3. Click on the person icon on their profile page

4. In the drop-down actions menu, select Block from the options listed.

Twitter provides an easy and convenient method to report a spam and block a user; however, it might take some time in reviewing your report and taking necessary actions. But, before anything else, Twitter block the account and restrict its entry in your profile immediately you report a spam or block an account.

Facebook Shared Photo Album with Multiple Contributors

Interested in sharing photos in a group? Facebook allows you this facility…

As per the latest Facebook update, you can use your Facebook account to create shared photo albums and visit and re-visit all your nostalgic moments – be it a college reunion, a classmate’s wedding or even your kid’s first Parents Day in school! And what’s more? To this album there can be up to 50 contributors uploading a maximum of 200 photos each! Phew, this is quite a number for sure. With this update, Facebook has sure scored some brownie points, especially among photo buffs. Facebook definitely aims to take the group engagement pleasures to a never before high…

How to create a Shared Album with multiple contributors

In case you are reading this piece of information for the first time, you might as well be interested in knowing how you could create a group album. So, here you go…

  • Log in to your Facebook account
  • Go to your Profile page and click on the Photos tab, appearing on the top
  • This will take you to your Photo stream
  • Scroll to the ‘Create Album’ tab on the top right corner and click on it
  • Select the particular images you would like to include in this album
  • You can supplement your pictures with relevant information if you wish to
  • Navigate to the ‘Post Photos’ button, located in the lower right-hand corner, and click it
  • On the screen that will now display, select the ‘Make Shared Album’ option located on the upper left-hand corner
  • You can now select the other contributors (by adding their names) to the album and complete your task

You can access the same options to add other images, at a later time and as per your convenience. Also, if you would like to modify the privacy settings of this album, you can do so at this point. Public, Contributors, and Friends of Contributors are the three available options that you can pick from and accordingly select one to apply on your album. As is the case with other Facebook features, you can edit and re-edit any setting or picture as you may like it.

This Facebook feature isn’t currently open to all; so, till you can actually implement this, keep the planning on…

Facebook to launch mobile payment program to make online purchases

Facebook is all about sharing, communicating, networking and marketing. Whether you want to get noticed, get a job or get connected, there is so much that you can do using Facebook. And now purchasing is also possible. Facebook is expected to release a new mobile payment feature to enable users to make purchases simply by logging into a retailer’s app with their Facebook credentials. However, this feature would be only available to those users who have already provided their credit card information to the social networking site for buying game-related products or gifts. Currently in the testing phase, initially, this mobile payment system will partner with only one retailer- JackThreads.

All set to give a tough competition to an established name like PayPal, the prime intend behind this initiative is to get a larger foothold in e-commerce and also know what majority of the users want to purchase from advertisers. This facility by Facebook will enable users to complete a transaction mere by clicking an extra button. On the other hand, it will further help businesses who already have a page on this highly popular social networking site turn their likers to potential customers.

However, the only major hurdle Facebook has to overcome before rolling-out is mobile payment system is security. Most Facebook users are already aware of how any social networking site collects and uses personal information and convincing them to provide their credit card information can be quite a challenge. And if Facebook wants to garner success, the social networking site will have to make sure to keep the privacy and other credential information of the buyers completely safe and secure.

Play a Matchmaker with Youshouldtotallymeet App

They say matches are made in heaven. But in this age of online social networking, it’s no surprise; matches are made on digital platforms. Gone are the days when matches were made through sister’s friend’s cousin’s neighbor’s brother’s son’s aunt’s daughter. 2013 is the modern era, where everything happens on social networking site like Facebook. And lately an app ‘YouShouldTotallyMeet’ for Facebook has been introduced that completely relies on your online network of friends to hook you up and find your match.

More on YouShouldTotallyMeet

Created by a group of four friends after experiencing difficulties of dating in a big city, YouShouldTotallyMeet primarily enables users to set up their single friends (having common interests) over Facebook. In essence, with this app, you can play Cupid and become an online matchmaker and introduce your single friends to your other friends.

Hayley Taylor, Co-Founder, YouShouldTotallyMeet, says, “Two of us are married, and the other two are single. We saw an opportunity to use Facebook as a way for single people to have fewer bad dating experiences. By being set-up with mutual friends of friends, it’s a way to ‘kiss fewer frogs’, so to speak.”

To use this Facebook app, you first need to make an app profile for a friend who is single and ready to mingle. It is always a good idea to ask your single friend first. Know what qualities they want for a potential relationship. Via the app, then you write some really strong points why someone should set up with your friend. Your mutual friends can vouch for them with ‘agree’ ’disagree’ votes. From your list of friends, you find people they “should totally meet”. And can introduce your friends in a single click.

Then just wait for the magic to begin.

Listen or Tweet music with Twitter #Music app

If you are using Twitter #Music app and wondering how it is different from other music services, the answer is new music-discovery service wrapped in a stunning user interface. Currently available for iPhone, this app allows you to discover the most popular tracks and emerging artists. Twitter #Music app is the best place to find music-related information, find and follow musicians, and learn which artists they follow. What’s more, you can easily play the track you like right from the interface. Also, Twitter #Music encourages instant sharing. You can tweet the track you are listening to straight from the screen.

Once you clearly understand how to navigate the app, you can enjoy non-stop music streaming. There are as many as four screens that you can access on this app- Popular, Emerging, Suggested, and #NowPlaying.

Amongst the four screens, Popular features the currently popular artists on Twitter and Emerging showcases the blooming artists who are creating twitter buzz. While on the other hand, Suggested gives a complied list of artists based on the artists you are currently following. And #NowPlaying tells you about the music your followers are listening to.

As far as source for music is concerned, Twitter says it is a combination of iTunes, Rdio and Spotify. From all of these, iTunes reviews play automatically, whereas for full songs you will need to have an account on Rdio or Spotify.

Rdio, meanwhile, in a blog post said “that while only subscribers can access full tracks through its service, anyone can listen to 30-second previews of songs. It also offers a free 14-day trial of its Rdio Unlimited mobile app for users to try before subscribing”.

Verdict- Twitter #Music app

To get the best of Twitter #Music app, make sure to follow as many artists as possible. Because then only you will get better suggestions about new artists and music. If not, it will look like any other music service recommending the list of Top 40 and popular indie rock tracks.

Facebook Graph Search: An awesome search tool or a hacker’s paradise?

Facebook took the world by storm when it announced the launch of Facebook Graph Search – a tool that gives people the power and mechanism to search through the massive pile of information, photos, Likes, music, and other data that is present on the site.

For those who don’t know much about this latest release, Facebook Graph Search is a new search engine tool that allows you to explore things on the basis of relationships and other context. The results are drawn from the limitless pool of tags, status, check-ins, and Likes posted by billions of Facebook users. With the help of this new tool, you can search people with common interests, like “friends who like Star Wars and live in New York” or “friends who visited a particular restaurant in the recent past.”

From the search point of view, Graph Search promises to be a very powerful tool that personalizes your search to make it more relevant and specific. The search results can be specified to a level so as to show only females or only males that match your search criteria. And if you are one of those who are a supremely private Facebook user and are extremely cautious about your privacy settings, then the good news is that the Graph Search respects your existing privacy settings. It allows you to limit your status updates and other sharing on the network only to a curated list of friends.

But even this supreme search tool has its own shortcomings. While the whole world is looking for a chance to try their hands on this amazing feature, attackers are looking toward it as a potential weapon to carry out hacking and phishing attacks. Even security analysts share the same view about Facebook’s Graph Search feature, tagging it as a “double-edged sword” that can allow attackers to “narrow down specific targets, and customize emails or Facebook messages using compelling details about their lives, their friends, the things that interest them, and the places they’ve visited.”

According to Andrew Storms, director of security operations for nCircle, “The new Facebook Graph Search is a phishers’ dream come true. It takes the micro-targeting capabilities that have been available to online advertisers for years and puts them into the hands of cyber criminals.” Alex Horan, security strategist for CORE Security, also raised the same concern, “This means Facebook will want it to have as much information available as possible to respond to each query, ensuring people have a positive experience. This directly goes against the desire expressed by people to keep their information private.” Horan also said that though the entire data is already present on Facebook and is prone to phishing attack, this new feature makes it lot more convenient for attackers to identify their target groups and carry out a customized attack.

So, whether Graph Search will prove to be a “third pillar” of Facebook or serve as a new tool to carry out phishing attacks still remains a question. What do you think about this? Do let us know.

Facebook® Messenger 1.8

How many of you send messages and texts to your friends through Facebook Messenger mobile app? Till now, you were only able to send texts, exchange locations, and share photos with friends, but now Facebook Messenger has turned into a full-featured chat app.
 
Details about updated Facebook Messenger
 

 
Rolled out as version 1.8, this updated messenger will allow you to switch between multiple conversations, easily and quickly. If you want to share full-screen photographs, it is very much possible. It will also instantly display all the notifications for photo tags, new comments, game request, and other types of notifications, right on your phone.
Along with this, the enhanced version of Facebook Messenger also brings in the ability to include friends of friends in threads. Another feature like ability to swipe or tap for deleting specific messages from group conversation certainly makes Facebook Messenger a worth using mobile chat app.
 
Why Facebook Messenger Version 1.8?
 

Facebook Messenger Version 1.8 is an ultimate medium to constantly remain in touch with your Facebook friends, chat in groups, receive push notifications, and view tagged photos.
 

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