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I found this script thanks to Mashable.
The Unfriend Finder by Edouard Gatouillat can be found on http://www.userscripts.org. If you’re using Chrome, it will install automatically. If you use Firefox, you will have to install the Greasemonkey add-on first.
Once you install the script, you will see two new features in your Facebook home screen. There will be an “Unfriends” tab on the top-right of your screen and an “Unfriends” option in your “Favorites” list.
When someone unfriends you, a red number notification will appear above the “Unfriends” tab. The script also displays the unfriend info on your main “Notifications” tab.
The information will also be displayed if you click on the “Unfriends” option in your “Favorites” list, where it also provides the date and time you were unfriended. As well as telling you who unfriended you, the script will also alert you if someone you were friends with deactivates (and re-activates) his profile.
You can use this script to keep track of friend requests. It will show your pending requests, and give you info on who has ignored, or cancelled your request.
So, wil you give this script a go?
Do you think Facebook should show this information? Or, would you rather not know?
Let me know in the comments.
(Source: ODM Group)
By now, you might have heard of the fake Twitter recruiting video created by two twitter employees during the company’s Hack Week. Ian Padgham and Jeremy Briggs. The rough cut, budget looking video has gone viral and raked in close to half a million views on YouTube.
The video touts some of the jobs opportunities currently available at Twitter. While the video might be a parody, many of the job opportunities are real. For more, see Twitter’s job page.
Twitter is facing backlash over its stance on censorship.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as House Bill 3261 or H.R. 3261, is a bill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011, by House Judiciary Committee Chair Representative Lamar S. Smith(R-TX) and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors. The bill, if made law, would expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. Presented to theHouse Judiciary Committee, it builds on the similar PRO-IP Act of 2008 and the corresponding Senate bill, the PROTECT IP Act.
The originally proposed bill would allow the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to seek court ordersagainst websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Depending on who makes the request, the court order could include barring online advertising networks and payment facilitators from doing business with the allegedly infringing website, barring search engines from linking to such sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites. The bill would make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a crime, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison for ten such infringements within six months. The bill also gives immunity to Internet services that voluntarily take action against websites dedicated to infringement, while making liable for damages any copyright holder who knowingly misrepresents that a website is dedicated to infringement.
Proponents of the bill say it protects the intellectual property market and corresponding industry, jobs and revenue, and is necessary to bolster enforcement of copyright laws, especially against foreign websites. They cite examples such as Google’s $500 million settlement with the Department of Justice for its role in a scheme to target U.S. consumers with ads to illegally import prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies.
Opponents say that it violates the First Amendment, is Internet censorship, will cripple the Internet, and will threatenwhistle-blowing and other free speech actions. Opponents have initiated a number of protest actions, including petition drives, boycotts of companies that support the legislation, and planned service blackouts by English Wikipedia and major Internet companies scheduled to coincide with the next Congressional hearing on the matter.
The House Judiciary Committee held hearings on November 16 and December 15, 2011. The Committee was scheduled to continue debate in January 2012, but on January 17 Chairman Smith said that “[d]ue to the Republican and Democratic retreats taking place over the next two weeks, markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act is expected to resume in February”. *
* This article was originally posted on WIKIPEDIA
So you’ve activated Facebook Timeline (you can do so at the following URL http://www.facebook.com/about/timeline).
Once you activate Timeline, you have seven days to tweak it to make sure it’s just how you like before it goes live for everyone to see.
Here are five quick tips on how to personalize, privatize, and generally get the most out of Facebook’s newest feature. It doesn’t take long to master the new interface, and it’s an important exercise for anyone interested in reputation management.
Privacy: How to hide things
You probably already know that Facebook has controversial positions on privacy. You may now find some things included on your Timeline that are best kept from curious eyes. This could be anything from an embarrassing status message you posted in simpler social media times, to a rant your ex left on your wall a few months ago.
To hide a Timeline element, click the pencil icon at the top of the offending post, then choose “Hide from Timeline.” Easy.
And please note: Any privacy settings you’ve already set still apply to the Timeline interface. So the photos of you getting wild at last weekend’s game are still safe from Mom.
If you prefer to keep your profile public, but don’t want everyone to see what you posted back in high school, for example, you can also tweak your Timeline settings more generally. Click the arrow next to your Home button at the top of the screen to access your Privacy Settings. Scroll down to “Limit the Audience for Past Posts,” then choose “Manage Past Post Visibility.” Now click “Limit Old Posts” — all
How to add past events
Privacy, schmivacy! Perhaps, you want the whole world to know the day you were born, the first time you rode a bike, and that debate club award you got in high school. These events aren’t listed on your Timeline, but they can be.
To add a status update, photo, place check-in, or life event to your Timeline, simply hover the mouse over the line in the center of the page until it turns into a plus sign, and reveals the option to add one of those four types of posts.
Now, Facebook can accurately reflect your entire life — and not just the events that occurred after you first signed on.
How to customize your Timeline
There are a number of ways you can personalize your Timeline so it highlights specific posts, pictures and events.
First, you should add a cover to your Timeline. “Cover” is the name of the picture located toward the top of your profile. You should see “Add a Cover” above the buttons where it says “Update Info”. Once you click that, you can select an image from your photos, or opt to upload a new image.
If you set a cover photo and then decide it’s not as great as you first thought, just hover your mouse over the image, and a “Change Cover” option menu will pop up, letting you reposition the image or select a new one.
For photo albums you’ve created, you can change the primary photo that displays (you could do this before, but now the process is different). Simply click the pencil icon in the upper corner of the album post, and select “Change Primary Photo.”
You can also choose to highlight a post — expanding it from a small, half-page-size post to a wide-screen version — by selecting the star icon in the post’s upper-right corner. Conversely, you can click the star on a maximized featured post to make it normal again.
How to check out your Timeline from different angles
If you decide to make a number of posts and photos private or hidden from your Timeline, you can still get the full, complete view of your Facebook action history.
On your Timeline, click “Activity Log.” There you’ll find posts and information you need to review before it publishes to your profile, as well as a complete look at your interactions on Facebook. This log is completely private, only you can see it.
You can choose to filter what you see by clicking the “All” dropdown menu at the top. You can choose to see only your posts, posts by others, posts from specific Facebook apps (“Hmm, let’s look at my past Farmville accomplishments”), photos and more.
Like before, you can also check how others view your profile. Next to “Activity Log” is a cog icon. Click that, and you can choose “View As…” and either enter a friend’s name or click the “public” link to see how your profile looks to strangers.
How to organize friends and filter updates
Now that your Timeline is the way you like it, you might as well do some house cleaning on what shows up in your Newsfeed.
When you add a friend or follow someone’s public updates, Facebook automatically sets the level of posts you see to “Most Updates.” You can change this by going to that profile, and clicking the “Subscribed” button. You can change it to “Only Important” updates or “All updates,” and you can also filter what types of posts you’re interested in seeing: things like life events, status updates, or photos.
And if you haven’t done so already, you should organize friends into lists, similar to the Google+ Circles feature. Facebook Lists rolled out in this past September.
Just go to the left-hand side of your Newsfeed page, click “More,” and toward the bottom you’ll see “Lists.” You can add friends individually to lists like Close Friends, Family, or Co-workers. You can click “More” next to Lists to add other lists of your choosing — “Acquaintances,” “Poker Club Members,” you get the picture.
The average Facebook user has 130 friends, but I will dare to say that most of you reading this have more than that, so this will help streamline your Facebooking experience.