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Bad social networking habits you should avoid

Social networking is all about meeting or connecting with new people who share common interests, workplace, activities, backgrounds, or real-life connections. And since the trend of social networking is rapidly growing, it is utmost important to have good social networking habits in order to avoid any kind of social mishap. It is highly recommended to adopt the following social media habits listed below.

Never make your profile public

First and foremost, one of the most common and highly perilous social networking habits to avoid is to stop making your profile public. Just imagine, when your profile is public, anybody from anywhere can see your posts, videos, pictures, and all your personal details easily. It is highly advisable to tweak the settings of your profile to make it private. Decide who all can view your profile.

Don’t share or mention your address

Never share or fill in your postal address anywhere on your social networking profile. You never know who may read the information to misuse it. And if any of your friends wants your address, prefer telling them in person or on the phone.

Avoid adding strangers

If you have a social networking profile, for sure you must have got a add request from a friend of a friend to be his or her friend. And in curiosity you accept it without meeting that person. Piece of advice- never accept such requests.

Facebook® smartphone may come by 2013

Facebook is being reported to launch its own smartphone by next year. The newly public social networking giant looks to boost its revenue in the mobile Internet market by releasing a smartphone of its own.

How Facebook is going to launch smartphone

Facebook has hired more than half a dozen software and hardware engineers who have the experience of working on Apple’s bestselling iPhone, and one engineer who has iPad experience, reported New York Times, citing employees and other unnamed sources. The company has also expanded a group working on a partnership with Taiwan’s HTC to create a smartphone code-named “Buffy” – a project first unveiled last year by technology blog All Things Digital.

What Facebook has to say on launch of smartphone

The social networking giant refused to comment on this. Facebook neither confirmed nor denied the report. “Our mobile strategy is simple: We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social,” it said in a statement e-mailed to AFP.

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News source: New York Times

Passwords of Twitter® account holders exposed

The passwords of thousands of Twitter users were exposed this week by hackers. Twitter is investigating this data breach, which resulted in the posting of user names and passwords of Twitter account holders on Pastebin, a favorite site for hackers to showcase their ill gotten achievements.

What Twitter has to say on this

Twitter spokesman Robert Weeks said:
“We are currently looking into the situation. In the meantime, we have pushed out password resets to accounts that may have been affected. For those who are concerned that their account may have been compromised, we suggest resetting your passwords and more in our Help Center.”

Twitter is considering this leak as not a big threat as much of the information posted to Pastebin appears to be garbage. There are some 20,000 duplicates, many of the accounts belong to suspended spammers and some of it consists of ‘unlinked’ information, information where the user name does not correspond to the password paired with it.

Facebook® Messenger becomes more transparent

It will be possible for you now to know which people have read your messages while group chatting with friends or colleagues via Facebook Messenger. Facebook has updated its Instant Messaging service with the ‘Read Receipt’ feature.

How it will benefit users?

With this update Facebook Messenger will become more transparent and at the same time it will make it harder for a user to ignore someone’s text message without the other person knowing. This update will also make it easier to tell if someone is typing and where they are located.

The ‘Read Receipt’ feature also displays the names of the people who have seen the message directly under a sent message. According to media reports, the updates will show up first in the standalone Messenger apps for iOS and Android, and after that appear in Facebook’s main mobile apps and its website.

The idea behind this update is that in real life when we talk to someone, we are able to get visual clues that the other people have received our message and are in the process of responding. In the same manner, the ‘Read Receipt’ lets us know if the recipient actually got our message, or they missed them, or whether they have just chosen not to respond.

Facebook® adds organ donor status to profiles

Popular social networking platform Facebook has added a new feature for organ donors. The new feature makes it easier for users to register themselves as organ donors.

 

Initial response of users

The new option was announced on 01st May by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg with an objective to boost the number of potential organ donors. By the end of the day, 6,000 people had enrolled through 22 state registries, claims Donate Life America, which promotes organ donations and is working with Facebook on this project. On a normal day, those states together see less than 400 registries.

 

David Fleming, chief executive of Donate Life America, responded to this by saying, “The response “dwarfs any past organ donation initiative.”

 

The Facebook feature allows users to share their decision to be an organ donor through the social platform. A link on the site connects the users to online donor registries. As of now the feature is available in the U.S. and the United Kingdom only. Similar to other personal information on Facebook, organ donor status too can be kept private or shared publicly or only with friends.

 

Twitter® MySQL enhancements open sourced

Twitter has announced that it has open sourced some of the numerous tasks it has done to improve MySQL in its production systems. The microblogging and social networking platform is a major user of MySQL database technology – using it for timeline, user data, interest graph and tweet storage – and has been adapting MySQL to store most of the data generated by its users.

“MySQL is the persistent storage technology behind most Twitter data: the interest graph, timelines, user data and the Tweets themselves,” write Twitter devs Jeremy Cole and Davi Arnaut on the Twitter engineering blog. “Since we believe in sharing knowledge and that open source software facilitates innovation, we have decided to open source our MySQL work on GitHub under the BSD New license.”

Twitter engineers plan to share more about their open-source MySQL usage at an upcoming Live MySQL Conference and Expo being held this week in Santa Clara, Calif. Cole plans to discuss Gizzard – the sharing and replication framework built on top of MySQL.

“We look forward sharing our work with upstream and other downstream MySQL vendors, with a goal to improve the MySQL community,” concluded the engineers.
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