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Archive for the ‘facebook’ Category

Facebook Ignorance

Posted by titusferguson on February 27, 2008

As many of you may have noticed. I’m slowly transitioning this blog from the hosted wordpress.com to my own domain over at http://www.titusferguson.com

There is a new post over there from earlier today on Facebook Ignorance. I’d urge everyone to head over there to read it!

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Weekly Web 2.0 : Twitxr

Posted by titusferguson on February 19, 2008

I’ve decided to post a link/review every week of a new 2.0 web service that I’ve discovered. This week I’m going to start it with Twitxr.


Twitxr allows you to spice up your status updates with photos. The site is very basic, minimalist even. Very web 2.0. It allows you to link to both Twitter and Facebook. As if you needed anymore reason to spam every single social media site with the same update.

Twitxr allows you to update from an email. That would be allow you to update from your phone. Take a picture of “What Are You Doing“; email to Twitxr from your phone and its sent to Twitter.

Twitxr is going to bridge the gap between text and photos updates. Its adds some of the features of Pownce with the community and ease of use of Twitter.



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Facebook Spam

Posted by titusferguson on January 18, 2008

I’ve had my first experience with Facebook spam.

By spam, I do not mean the hordes of chain letters, application invites, and general annoyances I get from my friends lists. Spam is completely unsolicited messages or wall posts from people I do not have on my contact list. Spam is basically automated communication.

Last night I got a message in my inbox from someone that thought I was cool, wished we could chat, but since Facebook had no such feature, wanted me to join another social networking site.

I was quite surprised by this. First, did they just type a random name in to the send box? Second, how does Facebook allow sending messages to people you don’t have on your contact list? Has anyone else had experience with this?

I hope that this does not increase, or even continue. Facebook remained the last place where I was free from spam. I liked it that way, and want it to remain spam-free.

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New Theme

Posted by titusferguson on January 11, 2008

If you browse over to my site, and not read this post through a rss reader or on Facebook, you’ll see that I’ve switched wordpress themes. I was just getting tired of the one I was using so I felt it was time for a change.

Problem is, I’m not so sure I really like it that much.

What do my readers think though? An improvement? A step back? No real difference?

Posted in blogging, facebook, ideas, internet, life, RSS, technology | 3 Comments »

Quick Links

Posted by titusferguson on August 22, 2007

Keeping up to date on what you favorite sites are doing, and the changes their implementing is really easy: all you have to do is read their blogs. In fact this is where most big tech sites get their info.

Here are some of my favorites

Facebook Blog
Twitter Blog
Google Blog
Internet 2.0

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Posted by titusferguson on August 11, 2007

Facebook events need a calendar like Google has. Or I need a way of importing all my events into Google. Something.

And a SMS message reminding me of upcoming events would be good to.

Posted in facebook, Free, google, technology | 1 Comment »

Automatic Profile Generator

Posted by titusferguson on August 9, 2007

Its been a few days since my last post, as well as a long period of nothing but Facebook and Twitter talk. I’m moving away from those topics today.

I recently had (what I consider) a very useful idea. So many sites these days ask their users to fill out a small profile describing themselves, or to say whatever they’d like. I’m sure everyone’s seen them on social networking sites. Its tedious to constantly come up with something to fill it with, I would prefer I had something prewritten that I could just dump in.

I know I could just type up a Word document with a profile and save that on my harddrive and just pull it up everytime I need a profile, but I want an easier way to create a profile and something I can access anywhere

What I need is a website that automatically generates profiles.

The user answers a series of questions and a profile is created based on their answers. Creating an account would allow their profile to be saved and accessed or modified any time they want. Multiple profiles could also be created for different sites, just changed the type of questions asked

I have no idea how this could be accomplished, or even the first step in getting itdone. If anyone has any further ideas, knows how to get the practical ball rolling or better yet has heard of such a service, let me know. I think this idea really has potential.

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Update Facebook with Twitter

Posted by titusferguson on August 6, 2007

Having published an earlier article on how to use your Facebook status to update Twitter I started to think about the possibility of doing the reverse: update your Facebook status via Twitter. I looked around Facebook and even did some Google searches but I was unable to come up with any way.

So I emailed the help desk at Facebook:

“I was wondering if there is anyway to update my Facebook status
from a site outside of Facebook, such as Twitter, Pownce or Jaiku.
I know its possible to update these sites using an RSS feed, but can
the reverse be done?”

The response I got back was:

“Unfortunately, the feature you are requesting is not currently
available. We will keep your suggestion in mind, however, as we
continue to improve the site. Let me know if you have any further
questions. ”

So thats the current situation, Facebook will allow outgoing RSS feeds but not incoming. It’ll be interesting to see when, if ever, Facebook will open up to other sites.

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The New Form of World Crisis

Posted by titusferguson on July 31, 2007

In the information age what passes as a huge crisis is downtime on a social networking site?

Facebook experiencing ‘upgrade’ outages

I love the way the article’s author uses a weird form of technological detective work.

In other downtime news, coComment does not seems to be accepting logins. But unlike Caroline McCarthy, I feel safe to assume its because of the release of version 2. Looks like a nice new clean interface. I look forward to an official release.

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More Facebook Features

Posted by titusferguson on July 30, 2007

I just discovered this and I bet many of my readers haven’t found it yet either

Facebook Phone book!!

If one of my friends has a phone number in their profile it lists it here. All arranged alphabetically. With their profile picture alongside. Now if there was only a way to access this on my phone.Consider this a call to update your profile with a phone number, I’ll definitively appreciate it.

To access your own Facebook phone book browse to your Facebook home page. On the left hand side under applications click mobile. On the mobile page the second tab will open your phone book. Pretty neat eh?

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