Posts Tagged ‘ social media ’

10 Golden rules of using Facebook

or an other social network.

[tweetmeme] Facebook has crossed 400 Million users online, and with the addition of more people comes the risk of something going wrong, meaning unreliable people and scams, phishing, identity thefts and of course the self inflicted fails. The inclusion of location based services are not only making interesting applications but are providing information that might not be what you want to portray, this is something that is highlighted in the new service Please rob me which shows the empty homes based on the location based service of their owners.

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These threats can however be negated by the users as all of us love using Facebook, In fact these days you are nobody if you are not on Facebook ! Facebook, twitter and the sorts are making our lives not only more truthful but also a bit more entertaining with the regretful posts and updates by people. Here are 10 Golden rules to use our beloved sites:

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  1. Pay attention to what you are posting online especially concentrating on what images and videos you are posting online and the information you choose to publish.
  2. Avoid posting sensitive information, be it personal or even professional.
  3. Verify all your contacts and do not accept friend requests from people you do not really know.
  4. Be careful how you portray your company, organization or bosses online, you never know what will hit you if you bad mouth your employers.
  5. Try not to mix your business contacts with your friend contacts.
  6. Your personal information and profile should be visible to only those people who you want it to be visible to.
  7. Be careful about what you publish about others and untag yourself from anything negative posted about you.
  8. If ever you get the time, read the full privacy policy and the condition and terms of use of the social network you choose.
  9. Use privacy-oriented settings (check who can see your pictures, who can contact you and who can add comments)
  10. Deactivate location based services as they are a serious threat to not only your online privacy but also your physical privacy.
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Now your face is your Business Card

[tweetmeme] Interestingly, I wrote about the Augmented Reality Business Card a few days back talking about how Augmented Reality is getting into business cards in ways that makes them more interesting and really awesome. Check out the previous post on the same here. Well now, Polarrose has come up with a solution where one’s face can be used now as a Social Business Card along with TAT (The Astonishing Tribe).

The concept video from Polar Rose on You tube has received over 400,000 views so far as the “Augmented ID” combines Augmented Reality and with Face Recognition, to deliver the worlds first AR application that recognizes people seen by the mobile phone’s camera in realtime and displays icons around their heads with direct links to the person’s profiles on sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Slideshare and others.

The technology is breakthrough because it will help designers now look to more than just the ugly black marks (sort of ugly) to pull up Augmented Information, if it can work with faces (Which are quite complex) they can be used with normal shapes such as brand logos, objects etc.

The first biggest step since the introduction of the Augmented Reality technological previews.

Facecrook for Facebook

Facebook, everyone is on there and everyone wants to be there. What made the social networking platform so famous, was the fact that all the people using them were verifiable people and like the name suggests you could recognize profiles from the pictures of the faces that were on there. However, there are many of us who prefer not to use their own photos for the profiles, for the reason of privacy or don’t want people to see them or just because they do not have a “good Looking” photo of theirs that they want the world to see. And if a photo is not selected, then Facebook gives you a no face picture for your profile.

The no face pictures are pretty boring and are very bland, to signify that they are the same for all. However one designer, Anton Mircea has come up with these awesome mug shots of the faceless profile picture. Aptly names Facecrook, these pictures are awesome as they are cool. Use these and you are guaranteed quite a few comments on your facebook profile asking where you got them from.

You can download them here.

Mistakes on Facebook that you would regret

I am sure everyone these days posts stuff on Facebook, and certainly a lot of people are not completely cautious of their posts. I did write a few days back about how Facebook is kinda making us very .. er truthful. Well there are amazing examples of people making Facebook blunders, here are some below, with some Failbooking Lessons :

Lesson #1 : Dont trash talk your boss

Lesson #2 : Be thankful for what you have

Lesson #3 : Family comes first

Lesson #4 : Love letters are not for Facebook

Lesson #5 : Geography is important … really !!

Lesson #6 : Blondes have friends too !

Lesson #7 : Don’t Just assume anything based on Facebook Updates

Lesson #8 : Spelling Matters

Lesson #9 : Surprises not to be discussed on FB

Lesson #10 : Parents are using FB these days 🙂

Lesson #11  : Parents really follow your updates on Facebook

Lesson #12 : Not Everything is to be shared on facebook

Lesson #13 : Boys will be Boys

Lesson #14 : Not everyone is your friend

It is now so great that there is a complete website dedicated to “FAIL’booking as it is called. Check out the website at http://www.failbooking.com or you can check them out on Facebook itself on their Facebook Fan page here.

Facebook, Twitter have made our life … truthful

Be very careful about what you write as an update, because your innocent tweet or Facebook update can very easily land you in Jail !

Yes, that right – Now your status messages and tweets are admissible in Courts as electronic evidence under Indian IT laws. I actually scanned my timeline to see how many times have I written something that may be objectionable to others and let me tell you, I found quite a few of them. And in my case, being a blogger, I am a little careful.

I would suggest you to do a rain-check on your tweets and updates. I am sure many will not go at lengths of pulling you to court on some update, but a real disgruntled one can sure take advantage – So be careful ! You may be writing about your Boss or your employer, but remember it is in public domain and can very easily be the reason for your loosing your job.

According to divorce lawyers, the social networking site is tempting users to cheat on their spouses and flirty messages and wall posts are increasingly being cited as evidence of extramarital activity, reports The Telegraph. “I had heard from my staff that there were a lot of people saying they had found out things about their partners on Facebook and I decided to see how prevalent it was,” the New York Daily News quoted Mark Keenan, Managing Director of Divorce-Online, as telling the Telegraph . “I was really surprised to see 20 per cent of all the petitions containing references to Facebook. The most common reason seemed to be people having inappropriate sexual chats with people they were not supposed to,” he added.

The image I guess, explains a lot more than just what I am trying to say. Thank you Rinkee for the email.

Google Search .. you dont know anything

Having used Google search for more than 10 years now, I was really surprised when a friend of mine said you dont really know the power of the Google Search unless you know what you can do with it. These are 7 tricks with Google Search results that I am most comfortable with and use a lot. Together I think they represent the apex of the grand possibilities associated with Google search manipulation tricks and hacks.

1.  Find the Face Behind the Result – This is a neat trick you can use on a Google Image search to filter the search results so that they include only images of people.  How is this useful?  Well, it could come in handy if you are looking for images of the prominent people behind popular products, companies, or geographic locations.  You can perform this search by appending the code &imgtype=face to the end of the URL address after you perform a standard Google Image search.

  • Examples (notice the differences in each URL):
    • Image Search for Google vs. Faces Behind Google Image Search
    • Image Search for Digg vs. Faces Behind Digg Image Search
    • Image Search for California vs. Faces Behind California Image Search

2.  Google + Social Media Sites = Quality Free Stuff – If you are on the hunt for free desktop wallpaper, stock images, WordPress templates or the like, using Google to search your favorite social media sites is your best bet.  The word “free” in any standard search query immediately attracts spam.  Why wade through potential spam in standard search results when numerous social media sites have an active community of users who have already ranked and reviewed the specific free items that interest you.  All you have to do is direct Google to search through each of these individual social media sites, and bingo… you find quality content ranked by hundreds of other people.

  • Examples:
    • site:digg.com free “desktop wallpaper”
    • site:reddit.com free “wordpress templates”
    • site:del.icio.us free “stock images”
    • site:netscape.com free “ringtones”
    • site:stumbleupon.com free icons

3.  Find Free Anonymous Web Proxies – A free anonymous web proxy site allows any web browser to access other third-party websites by channeling the browser’s connection through the proxy.  The web proxy basically acts as a middleman between your web browser and the third-party website you are visiting.  Why would you want to do this?  There are two common reasons:

  • You’re connecting to a public network at a coffee shop or internet café and you want privacy while you browse the web.  You don’t want the admin to know every site you visit.
  • You want to bypass a web content filter or perhaps a server-side ban on your IP address.  Content filtering is common practice on college campus networks.  This trick will usually bypass those restrictions.

There are subscription services and applications available such as TOR and paid VPN servers that do the same thing.  However, this trick is free and easy to access from anywhere via Google.  All you have to do is look through the search results returned by the queries below, find a proxy that works, and enter in the URL of the site you want to browse anonymously.

  • Examples:
    • inurl:”nph-proxy.cgi” “start using cgiproxy”
    • inurl:”nph-proxy.cgi” “Start browsing through this CGI-based proxy”

4.  Google for Music, Videos, and Ebooks – Google can be used to conduct a search for almost any file type, including Mp3s, PDFs, and videos.  Open web directories are one of the easiest places to quickly find an endless quantity of freely downloadable files.  This is an oldie, but it’s a goodie!  Why thousands of webmasters incessantly fail to secure their web severs will continue to boggle our minds.

  • Examples:
    • Find Music: -inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(wma|mp3) “Counting Crows”
    • Find Videos: -inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(mpg|wmv) “chapelle”
    • Find Ebooks: -inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(pdf|doc) “george orwell 1984″

5.  Browse Open Webcams Worldwide – Take a randomized streaming video tour of the world by searching Google for live open access video webcams.  This may not be the most productive Google trick ever, but it sure is fun!  (Note: you may be prompted to install an ActiveX control or the Java runtime environment which allows your browser to view certain video stream formats.)

  • Examples:
    • Axis Webcams: inurl:/view.shtml or inurl:view/index.shtml
    • Cannon Webcams: sample/LvAppl/
    • MOBOTIX Webcams: control/userimage.html
    • FlexWatch Webcams: /app/idxas.html
    • JVC Webcams: intitle: intitle:”V.Networks [Motion Picture(Java)]”

6.  Judge a Site by its Image – Find out what a site is all about by looking at a random selection of the images hosted on its web pages.  Even if you are somewhat familiar with the target site’s content, this can be an entertaining little exercise.  You will almost surely find something you didn’t expect to see.  All you have to do is use Google’s site: operator to target a domain in an image search.

  • Examples:
    • Digg in Images
    • Wired in Images
    • Reddit in Images

7.  Results Based on Third-Party Opinion – Sometimes you can get a better idea of the content located within a website by reading how other websites refer to that site’s content.  The allinanchor: Google search operator can save you large quantities of time when a normal textual based search query fails to fetch the information you desire.  It conducts a search based on keywords used strictly in the anchor text, or linking text, of third party sites that link to the web pages returned by the search query.  In other words, this operator filters your search results in a way such that Google ignores the title and content of the returned web pages, but instead bases the search relevance on the keywords that other sites use to reference the results.  It can add a whole new dimension of variety to your search results.

  • Examples (notice the added variety between search results):
  • allinanchor:”google hacks” vs. basic search for Google hacks
  • allinanchor:”wordpress exploits” vs. basic  search for WordPress exploits

Bonus Material:

  • link:URL = lists other pages that link to the URL.
  • related:URL = lists other pages that are related to the URL.
  • site:domain.com “search term = restricts search results to the given domain.
  • allinurl:WORDS = shows only pages with all search terms in the url.
  • inurl:WORD = like allinurl: but filters the URL based on the first term only.
  • allintitle:WORD = shows only results with terms in title.
  • intitle:WORD = similar to allintitle, but only for the next word.
  • cache:URL = will show the Google cached version of the URL.
  • info:URL = will show a page containing links to related searches, backlinks, and pages containing the url. This is the same as typing the url into the search box.
  • filetype:SOMEFILETYPE = will restrict searches to that filetype
  • -filetype:SOMEFILETYPE = will remove that file type from the search.
  • site:www.somesite.net “+www.somesite.net” = shows you how many pages of your site are indexed by google
  • allintext: = searches only within text of pages, but not in the links or page title
  • allinlinks: = searches only within links, not text or title
  • WordA OR WordB = search for either the word A or B
  • “Word” OR “Phrase” = search exact word or phrase
  • WordA -WordB = find word A but filter results that include word B
  • WordA +WordB = results much contain both Word A and Word B
  • ~WORD = looks up the word and its synonyms
  • ~WORD -WORD = looks up only the synonyms to the word