Breaking News: Dislike button to adorn profile pictures in your Timeline (Limited trial)

Believe it or not, it doesn’t happen every day that Mark Zuckerberg himself calls your office to say ‘thank you’ for the delicious biscuits you had sent for his Beast (Mark’s Hungarian sheepdog).

Beast, Mark Zuckerberg's Hungarian sheep dog

 

Well, there you go, our exclusive opportunity to extend our love for biscuits, dogs and masala chai (chai is for us) to Timeline, apps and brands.

That is when Mark spilled the beans and told us about the Dislike button which will be rolled out as next set of features with the Timeline. Dislike button will adorn your profile picture for a day i.e. on the first day of April. This will be part of an innovation trail campaign to test new features by Facebook. Good news is that you can have a go at your friends’ pictures on a disliking spree. Now, isn’t that really cool and slightly wicked 😉

Well, all the best to Mark and special thanks to Beast for helping us to provide this scoop. 🙂 We promise to keep sending more biscuits for Beast. Of course, we would expect more such scoops in return.

If you’ve read so far, then you will surely want to share this and contribute to the global April Fools count 🙂

7 things I want to see on Facebook soon!

1. Advanced photo-editing tools such as sepia, framing, glow, blemish erase and add text to the picture

2. Options of different font styles, colours & emoticons while writing a status post

3. Faster uploading of pictures! Say about 50 pictures in one go.

4. New Buttons: A love, hate, I’m speechless, & “Please delete” button alongside the Like button

When a post like this appears on the newsfeed, I’m sure every soul wants to plead:
Please delete

 

5. Auto theme changer: Imagine if you were to log into your Facebook on 16th March and see your Facebook theme as Sachin (on the occasion of his 100th century) and 23rd March, spring theme! Wouldn’t you be pleasantly surprised (I’m talking about a majority at least) and look forward to these automatically changing themes? Facebook needs a refreshing look considering we log on to it nearly four times a day!

Trance Music anyone?

 

6. Profile pic zoom: Isn’t it irksome when someone has a profile picture that you don’t understand because it’s too miniscule and you would HAVE to click on it that leads to their profile. Now think if we just move our cursor on the profile picture icon and the picture zooms in and gives you a enormous view of it without having you to click on it! Pretty cool huh?

 

7. What’s popular: a section where we can see what’s doing the rounds thought-out the world on Facebook. Here’s something I liked on Google http://www.google.com/zeitgeist

Tell us what you like and what else would you add to this list?

 

Getting rid of creepy friends the Facebook way

Facebook = Friends. However, all friends are not created equal; some by default are your favourite chat buddies, others the secret keepers, some come handy for hitchhiking to college or office, while others are life of your party. Based on this social phenomenon Facebook introduced Smart Lists in September last year, an easy way to segregate your friends as co-workers, college friends, relatives etc. This was to make sure you share only what is relevant to your friends in these lists.

Now, that you have done that, you probably want to keep updated more about a selected few of your friends and want to avoid others (e.g. some relatives or creepy friends). To help you do that Facebook recently revamped its ‘Acquaintances’ list, to add those friends from whom you would like to get fewer updates through the Acquaintance list suggestion manager.

Updates from your friends in the Acquaintances list will appear with much less frequency in your News Feed. You can also choose to selectively share your updates with friends minus the acquaintances. Those in this somewhat ignored list won’t be able to know of your intentions, so there won’t be any fear of some awkward confrontation later on. Plus, you don’t have to delete anyone anymore, just manage them the Facebook way

 

Facebook buys 750 IBM patents to take on Yahoo

Yahoo Vs Facebook

Yahoo recently filed a law suit against Facebook over patent infringement claiming that technology used by the social network actually belongs to the search engine. Gearing up to this law suit, Facebook has purchased 750 patents from IBM, this was reported by VentureBeat today. Though, no additional details were provided by Facebook spokesperson on the issue.

Yahoo had to face a lot of criticism as entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley veterans came in support of Facebook. According to popular perception the claims made by Yahoo aren’t substantial as same features and technology have been used by others as well.

Yahoo has claimed infringement on two privacy patents, four advertising patents, two customization patents, one  messaging patent, and one social networking patent” according to the blog.

Is Facebook panicking by purchasing large number of patents from IBM? Difficult to say as the social networking behemoth has only 56 patents with 503 filed and pending. Moreover, Facebook probably wants to come clean before its IPO hits the market.

Facebook  has expressed its disappointment on the hostile action taken by Yahoo and vowed to defend itself vigorously. Its spokesperson had earlier told media, “We’re disappointed that Yahoo, a longtime business partner of Facebook and a company that has substantially benefited from its association with Facebook, has decided to resort to litigation…  we will defend ourselves vigorously against these puzzling actions.”

Facebook had faced 22 patent suits against it last year.