Facebook has announced a ton of new features today during its F8 conference. The first feature rolled out is called Timeline. While it's not currently available to most Facebook users, you can sign up, making your account eligible to receive the new feature earlier than most.… Read more
Do you count yourself among the multitudes who dislike Facebook's latest revision, mainly because it took away the ability to toggle between Top Stories and Most Recent in your news feed? Regarding the new news feed, Facebook explains, "If you haven't visited Facebook for a while, the first things you'll see are top photos and statuses posted while you've been away...If you check Facebook more frequently, you'll see the most recent stories first."
If you don't trust Facebook to sort your news for you, you can manually create a Most Recent news feed. Ironically, you must turn to one of Facebook's new features--Lists--to resurrect the old Most Recent feed. Just create a custom list and add all of your friends and pages to it; the resulting list appears to be sorted by chronological order. Disclaimer: If you have hundreds upon hundreds of Facebook friends, the process will be laborious because there isn't a way to select all, at least that I have found. Instead, you must click one by one to add each friend or page to the list.… Read more
Klout is a service that uses social networks to measure your influence over others. Scores are tabulated for each user on a scale of 1-100. The higher your score, the more influence you have, according to Klout.
Twitter.com doesn't display Klout scores, but if you use Firefox or the Chrome browser, it's easy to remedy with add-ons. If you use Firefox, install the Firefox Klout add-on. If you use Chrome, install the Chrome Klout extension.
The next time you visit Twitter.com, you'll find Klout scores to the left of the Twitter handles.
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NumberGuru is a free service that allows you to quickly look up who is calling you, in some cases even if they are calling you from a cell phone. The best part of the service, besides its speed, is the ability to reverse look up as many numbers as you want for free.
If you have checked Facebook today, you have probably noticed a sidebar ticker has been added to the right-hand column of the newly redesigned News Feed, along with complaints and snarky comments about the new News Feed and this ticker. About the ticker, Facebook says:Ticker, on the right-hand side of your account, lets you see all your friends' activity in real-time. When you hover over an item on ticker, you can see the full story and join the conversation as it happens. Ticker updates itself as stories happen. This gives you a more complete picture of what your friends … Read more
When it comes to looking for event tickets--football games, musicals, plays, and concerts--everyone wants the most bang for their buck: great seats at the cheapest price. Dozens of ticket-vending sites have sprouted in hopes of offering you the best prices, making the task to purchase event tickets pretty frustrating. Who has the best deals and where do you start?
To help you find the best tickets (and be the first person to snag them), we're sharing a few tips to use on your next ticket hunt. Watch the video to find out.
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Editors' note: This blog was originally published on July 28, 2011.
If strong privacy options, the absence of FarmVille, and a fresh set of friends sound good to you, you've probably signed up for Google+.
Google+ has opened its doors to the public, allowing anyone to visit plus.google.com and immediately open a new account.
Once you've settled into Google+, browse our handy collection of tips including the essentials, profile tweaks, and a few guides for moving your photos from other social networks (like Instagram and Facebook) swiftly into Google+.Learn the basics
While big retailers like Amazon and Best Buy are trying to persuade you that their price cut is the best bargain you'll get on that laptop, tech-savvy shoppers are quietly scoring ridiculous deals only the Internet could offer.
There's a good reason why you haven't heard of sites like SlickDeals and DealsPlus before: tech shoppers in the know are good at keeping secrets. The deals are first come, first served, and usually sell out by the end of the day.
Well, I think it's about time I share this secret to best prepare you for your … Read more
Every day computer criminals find new ways to trick us into downloading viruses, keyloggers, adware, and other software intended to steal our personal information, spy on us, or simply irritate. But malware prevention doesn't have to be complicated. A few simple precautions can keep your PC free of infection.
Get the latest versions of whatever software you use
Computer security begins and ends with the operating system. If you use Windows, upgrade to Windows 7. The upgrade-to-the-latest-version rule is less stringent for older releases of Mac OS X, Linux, and Android, but Windows XP and Vista should be considered … Read more
Facebook recently revised its Lists feature to make it much easier to organize your friends into groups like Family, Colleagues, Close Friends, and so on. Some are automatically populated based on associations and algorithms known only to FB techies, while others require a bit of manual effort to fill up. It's not so much work, and it's well worth it. Here's how to get going:First, you need to check to see if lists have shown up on your FB page yet. If not, you may want to wait a day or two, as the rollout … Read more