Editor's note: This post was updated on September 23, 2011, to add more information about Timeline and how it can be customized.
1. Real-time updates with Ticker
Dubbed "the Facebook within a Facebook," Ticker shows you what your friends are doing in real time in a box to the right of the News Feed. You'll see minor updates like new friendships, likes, comments, and other lightweight activities, while more important activities are reserved for the News Feed.
With Facebook's new apps (see below), you'll also see app activity, exposing what songs your friends are … Read more
The upgrades and additions to Facebook are rolling out of the f8 developers' conference today, while other developers are working furiously to come up with ways to undo them.
Better Facebook is a Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera extension that's been around for a few years now and allows a comprehensive set of at least 75 customization options to Facebook's look, feel, and features.
Since Facebook revamped its news feed this week--much to the chagrin of many users--Better Facebook has seen a big bump in traffic and new users, as developer Matt Kruse posted on the Better Facebook fan page late yesterday:
Wow, it's been kind of a crazy day. Big FB changes, Dropbox stopped serving my images (and started again), the web site got over 100,000 hits, and this page acquired 5,000 new fans!
The changes--including the addition of a real-time scrolling "ticker" of Facebook friends' activity--originally caused Better Facebook to "disappear" from the interface for many users. Kruse went to work updating the extension and adding new capability to control and mitigate the new additions. The latest version includes the option to hide the ticker.
New suggestions from users for possible "fixes" to be integrated into Better Facebook have also started to roll in to Kruse at an accelerated clip.
Kruse says donations have continued to flow in to support his work, which is a good thing, because he's likely to have a whole lot of work ahead of him. The redesign announced today will give Facebook users the ability to integrate "Open Graph apps" into their experience, adding music, TV, movies, news, and a whole lot more to the feed. That ought to keep Kruse busy for a while.… Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Facebook is rolling out some of the biggest changes in its history, unveiling its new Timeline and all-new Open Graph features today, features that will radically change how users display their information, and the way they discover new content.
At F8, Facebook's annual developers conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the two new features. Timeline, he explained, is "the story of your life," significantly altering the way people's information is shown on the world's leading social network, presenting "all your stories, all your apps, and a new way to express who you are," … Read more
Editor's note: We used Cover It Live to cover CEO Mark Zuckerberg's opening address at the company's F8 developers conference today in San Francisco. So if you missed the live blog, you can still replay it in the embedded component at the bottom of this post. Replaying the event will give you all the live updates along with commentary from our readers and CNET reporters. You can also read our edited transcript below, or a summary story on the company's key announcements, including a revamped profile page it calls Timeline and changes in Open Graph that … Read more
Yahoo today announced a new feature that integrates with Facebook so people can easily see what Yahoo News articles their friends are reading and share with them what they read.
The new Yahoo News Activity feature, which is opt-in, features a small "facebar" that gives a glimpse into what articles your friends on Facebook are reading on Yahoo News. It also posts recent Yahoo News articles you've read to your Facebook profile, the company said in news delivered at Facebook's F8 conference in San Francisco today.
Users can easily delete any articles from the list of … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--After unveiling Timeline at F8 this morning, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Ticker, a part of the next version of the social network's Open Graph.
Last year, Zuckerberg said, Facebook rolled out Open Graph, a map of all of a user's connections in the world, and made it so users can connect to anything they want in any way they want. But now with the next Open Graph, he said, users will also be able to connect to an order of magnitude more things than ever before using what he called Ticker, a way to express "… Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Timeline at the F8 developers conference here today. Calling it "the story of your life," Zuckerberg said Timeline changes the way Facebook presents users' information. It presents "all your stories, all your apps, and a new way to express who you are," Zuckerberg said.
"It's a way to tell all the important stories from your life on a single page," Zuckerberg said.
The more you go back in your life, he added, the more Timeline will show what you've done. "It's how you can … Read more
OnLive has rolled out its cloud-gaming service to the U.K., the company announced today.
Gamers in the U.K. will be able to access 150 games from an HDTV, PC, or Mac, and will soon have the ability to play those titles from the iPad and Android tablets. OnLive didn't say when the service will be made available on those mobile devices.
OnLive's move to the U.K. is an important one. Prior to the launch, the company was only offering its service (which lets users play a host of popular games, including Assassin's Creed Brotherhood … Read more
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings may have a trick up his sleeve as he separates the streaming and DVD-by-mail businesses: a sale to Amazon.
That's the theory floated by Wedbush Securities' Michael Pachter today, and the idea makes sense.
Pachter upgraded Netflix shares to an "outperform" from "underperform." The analyst argued that Netflix formed Qwikster so it can be spun off eventually. From there, Amazon can easily buy Netflix, which would be a streaming business.
In a research note, Pachter said:
In our view, Amazon has always wanted to be in the streaming business, and has … Read more
Windows 8 will let users more easily and seemlessly bridge the gap between online and offline by directly tapping into Microsoft's Windows Live service.
In an Inside Windows Live blog posted yesterday, Chris Jones, vice president for Windows Live engineering, shared some of the features and benefits of the new Windows Live integration in Microsoft's upcoming OS.
Right off the bat, Windows 8 prompts you to log in with your Windows Live ID. If you allow it to do so, Windows Live can then automatically store your Windows profile, settings, and other key files in the cloud. This gives you the ability to synchronize those settings with any Windows 8 PC in which you're logged in, ensuring that you retain the same preferences from one PC to another. Microsoft is also promising the same synchronization between PCs and mobile devices running Windows Phone 7.
Windows 8 will also integrate more smoothly with SkyDrive, Microsoft's online storage site. Documents, photos, and other files that you create locally can be saved to SkyDrive, accessed from any PC, and even shared with other people that you designate. Microsoft will reportedly still limit SkyDrive users to 25 gigabytes of space for most files but offer unlimited storage for photos or Office documents.… Read more