Facebook’s New Social News Feed Experience ‘Paper’ Is Simply Amazing

Facebook's philosophy of "move fast; break things" may hurt users in the short-term as they take time to get used to new interfaces and features, but it is no doubt beneficial in the long-term. On the web, Facebook basically changes up its News Feed every year, but the experience has remained largely the same on mobile for the past few years. Now, with a renewed focus on mobile, Facebook has launched Paper - stories from Facebook, a brand-new, almost revolutionary social media content consumption experience.  Read More

Unfriend Notify for Facebook Shows Unfriend Notifications & List In Chrome

For many people, Facebook is the dominant way to stay in touch with their friends, family members, classmates, colleagues and acquaintances. There would be hardly any one in your social circles who uses the internet but not Facebook. Unlike Twitter where you don’t necessarily have to follow back your followers and vice versa, Facebook still uses the classic ‘Friends’ feature, allowing users to add each other in a snap. You get a notification when someone sends or accepts your friends requests. and the list of all your friends can be viewed under one roof. However, Facebook doesn't send a notification or inform you in any manner if any of your existing friends suddenly decides to unfriends you on the social network. That's where the Chrome extension Unfriends Notify For Facebook comes to the rescue. As the name implies, it lets you view the list of people who have unfriended you on Facebook. Read More

Get Facebook Chat Alerts, Disable ‘Seen’ & ‘Typing’ Indicators In Chrome

The world's largest social network is now home to over a billion accounts, helping countless people stay in touch with their friends and family. Late in August, I covered a Chrome extension called Fruumo Notifier that could let you receive Facebook notifications for things like comments, likes, timeline posts etc. straight to your desktop, even when the Chrome window is not open. Facebook Chat Pro is a similar extension that performs the exact same job for Facebook chat. Whenever someone sends a chat message, the extension displays a notification near your system tray, and you can click it to immediately jump to the chat window.  Unlike Fruumo, however, it doesn’t work when the browser window is closed, though it does come with a bit more customization. Details about usage and screenshots right after the jump. Read More

Edit Facebook Photos In Chrome With The Aviary-Based ‘Photon’

Aviary is a popular cross-platform photo editing suite, offering free image editing apps for desktop, mobile and the web. Previously, we've extensively talked about its wealth of features when we reviewed Aviary’s official apps for Windows 8, Android and Windows Phone. Besides official clients, there are also many third-party image editing tools that are powered by Aviary’s engine such as Photo Genius for iOS. Photon is yet another new Aviary-based image editing tool designed to work in Google Chrome to let you edit photos from Facebook right in your web browser. You can adjust various parameters of the images, and save edited copies to your computer. The extension is fairly feature-laden, thanks to Aviary’s powerful image manipulation tools. Read More

Facebook & Twitter Apps Get The iOS 7 Look & A Few New Features

iOS 7 is such a huge update that it has caused an avalanche of app updates of the magnitude that no prior firmware has ever triggered. Developers don't want their apps to look out of place on the OS, so all the big names have already jumped on the iOS 7's flat UI bandwagon, whether they like it or not. Yesterday, we covered updates for Flipboard and Foursquare, and two even bigger names have today joined that list now that iOS 7 is actually available for the public. Twitter’s latest iOS version focuses just on making the app at home on the firmware update, but Facebook has shuffled things around a bit more thoroughly. The navigation bar that was previously at the top of the screen has now been moved to the bottom, and is now omnipresent. There is also a new search button that enables users to quickly find any profile or page they want to view. Read More

Control Who Sees Your Facebook Posts With AVG PrivacyFix CrowdControl

Not all might be excessively obsessed with their online privacy, but it’s been put at the center-stage during the past few months (PRISM, anyone?). While we are not here to share tens of different methods to protect your internet privacy, but if you’re a Facebook user (which would include most internet users), you might want to check out AVG’s new offering called CrowdControl. It's basically is an extension of AVG’s PrivacyFix app, a mobile version of which we covered just over a week ago for Android and iOS. For those who missed that post, PrivacyFix tries to fix various privacy-related settings on your smartphone for social media apps like Twitter, Facebook, Google+ etc. CrowdControl, on other hand, is a web variant designed to control who sees your Facebook posts, by allowing you to easily set the relevant privacy permissions. Details after the jump. Read More

How To Post Playable Animated GIFs To Facebook Using GIPHY

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which makes moving pictures worth millions of words, doesn’t it? That’s why GIF files have been immensely popular over the internet, as they allow us to express our views and emotions in an animated way when a still picture just wouldn’t do, and a whole video would be overkill. While the blogosphere, forums and image boards are exploding with these animations, Facebook hasn’t been too kind to them, as the world’s largest social network doesn’t allow users to post animated GIFs to its timeline. No, Facebook hasn’t started to offer that option and you still can’t post your own GIFs to it, but there is now a way of posting GIFs from GIPHY’s collection to the social network in a playable format. Let’s find out how after the jump. Read More

Monitor Your Daily Facebook Usage In Real-Time With TimeRabbit

You will find a truckload of articles on the internet ranging from 101 ways to avoid wasting time on Facebook to 10 signs your dog doesn’t like you. Though have you ever wondered how much time do you really spend on the most popular social networking service on our planet? Or do you even waste it at all? Well, we’re not going to disclose another 'secret' on how to keep yourself from using Facebook, but rather share a simple utility to let you measure the time you spend on it and, at the end, decide yourself whether to do something about it or not. The Windows tool is called TimeRabbit and does a great job monitoring every second, minute and hour of your Facebook usage. So, how does it work? Read on to find out. Read More

Get Desktop Notifications For Facebook Even When Chrome Is Closed

Facebook has provided millions of people with an awesome way of staying connected with their friends and family. But how often do you keep your Facebook tab open in your web browser? If it isn’t all the time and you still want to keep an eye on your notifications whenever they arrive, Fruumo Notifier is a handy Chrome extension worth giving a shot. The extension is designed to show you desktop notifications for all your Facebook notifications right when they arrive, for instance when a friend likes your photo, comments on a status update, post on your timeline, even when your browser is closed. The developer cites that even though the extension currently only supports Facebook, more services will be added later down the road. Read More

Disable ‘Seen’ & ‘Typing’ Indicators For Facebook Chat In Chrome

When it comes to text based communication, Facebook keeps us connected even to our faraway friends and family. Although the social network juggernaut is trying to make messaging more convenient and fast as possible, it rolled out a pesky new feature back in 2012 that could lead to some awkward situations between you and your folks. The feature in question is the ‘Seen’ indicator that automatically pops up when your friends have read your message, both on mobile or web. Now just imagine the awkward situation it can lead to when you open your friend’s messages and close it to reply at a later time, leading your contact into assuming you simply ignored them. Unfortunately, Facebook doesn't provide any option to disable this feature, forcing it down everyone’s throat. Previously, we covered a Cydia Tweak called FBMessengerUnseen that could disable read receipts automatically on Facebook’s Messenger app for iOS. If you’re looking for a similar solution for your desktop, Facebook Unseen is a minuscule Chrome extension designed for the exact same purpose and in addition, it works for disabling the 'typing' indicator as well. Read More

How To Download Photos Directly From The Facebook Android App

Whether you realize it or not, Facebook has its hooks into nearly everyone, with many of us spending a huge chunk of our time on the world's largest social network. A great thing about Facebook is that it gives users cloud storage space for saving and sharing all of their pictures and videos from one online location. This practice has made it one of the biggest online photo repositories on the planet. At times, we come across some great photos while browsing our Facebook News Feed on mobile, and feel like saving a copy. Unfortunately, the official Facebook mobile apps don't allow that. Though, if you are on Android, Facebook Photo Downloader provides an excellent solution. Read More

Upload Self-Destructing Photos To Facebook With Secret.li For iPhone

Apps like Snapchat are famous for providing quick ways to communicate in a manner that the communication can't be traced back to you. There's no record of the conversation or any images you might have shared, and the only thing that limits the app's usage it that both sender and recipient must be using it. If photos are mostly what you would like to share in secret, Secret.li is an iOS app that lets you do just that. It adds a 'filter' to your photos that hides them from view and allows you to share them on Facebook with all or select friends. The photos will self-destruct after an interval, though you may choose how long they will be kept. The photo is shared to your recipients' timeline with the filter intact; anyone who sees it or clicks on it will not see the actual image unless they are the ones you shared the picture with. Read More

Facebook Adds Stickers To Its Web Chat

Emoticons have come a long way from the simple colon and brackets to small images, the vast world of emoji, and even little animated yellow heads that beat each other up with clubs. Facebook has long had little smileys that you can add to your chats, with support for them in status updates, comments, and replies coming only a while ago. In one of its more recent updates to its smartphone apps, Facebook also added ‘Stickers’, which are basically emoticons that defy the conventional emoticon size and come in sets. When they debuted, these stickers could only be sent from mobile devices and not from the web, though they appeared there perfectly. In another small update, Facebook has added stickers to its web chat. You get two sets by default, but you can get more from the Sticker Store where everything is currently free. Read More

10 Great Facebook Extensions For Google Chrome

Facebook will never be exactly how you want it to be; it’s likely never going to add that one feature you think it should, and most probably, it’s not going to bring back that old feature that you loved. The company certainly will not call you up and ask you  how you feel about a new feature they are thinking of adding, because Facebook does what it does. You can either move to a different social network, stop complaining about Facebook, or install extensions to get it to do exactly what you want. Where Facebook disappoints and fails, browser extensions come to the rescue. Here’s a list of Chrome extensions that add or fix broken features on Facebook and make the social network easier to use. Read More

Create Facebook Cover Photos From FB Pictures & Countless Templates

You can get very creative with Facebook cover photos if you have the skills for it but if Paint is the only image editor you can use well, it might be difficult for you to come up with something both original impressive. Many people simply put up one of their photos as their cover image and if that's what you wanna do too, try CoverBud Designer. It's a web app that lets you create cover photos for Facebook from your Facebook pictures, using its own template designs. The app lets you add a background image, create a collage with the photos you've uploaded to Facebook, and add text. The designer is super easy to use and it also allows you to preview your cover photo before applying, or edit it later. A small watermark is added at the bottom-left of the image, but it’s mostly obscured by your profile picture and is almost unnoticeable. Read More

How To Join Facebook For Android Beta Testing Program

If you’re an avid Facebook user who spends a large chunk of their daily internet time on the social media service, you're likely already aware of the major announcements the company made during this whole year. When we were anxiously waiting for the revamped Timeline and the new ‘News Feed’ view, Facebook dropped its all new Facebook Home for Android users, followed by giving its official Android app a major facelift. It seems that Facebook’s love for Android hasn't perished yet, but is instead only continuing to grow. Facebook is now introducing an all new Facebook for Android beta testing program. The purpose of this program is to get instant feedback from Android community to improve reliability and performance of the Facebook Android app. Can't wait to join this program? We've got step-by-step instructions for you right after the jump! Read More

FlowReader Combines RSS, Facebook & Twitter Feeds In One Interface

You can now start counting the days down to the end of Google Reader and be thankful that Feedly launched its own separate web service to fill the gap. Feedly is what I'll be using come July 1, 2013 but for those who are still looking for an RSS reader, time is running out. Fortunately, the options aren't limited and FlowReader is yet another RSS reader service that you could switch to once Google Reader closes its doors. It's not just a feed reader though; in addition to letting you import your feeds from Google Reader, the service can also connect with your Twitter and Facebook accounts, allowing you to view updates from each. Users can also post to Facebook and Twitter from within FlowReader simultaneously. It also has a 'save for later' feature that allows you to mark stories in your feed for later reading. Read More

Facebook Now Lets You Comment With Pictures; Here’s How & Where It Works

Facebook has just added a new feature (again) and quietly so, since it has come just before a major media event that the company is hosting later today. This update lets you add a picture comment to status updates. Previously, if you wanted to leave a picture in the comments, you had to do so by pasting a link to said picture, letting the link preview automatically generated by Facebook take care of the rest. Commenting with a photo is pretty much like sharing a picture on Twitter, minus the character restriction, and at the moment, you can only add photos from your local drive and not from one of your Facebook album or a direct link. Here's how to comment with a picture, along with details on the restrictions that come with it. Read More

Facebook For iOS Gets Status Icons & Convenient Privacy Controls

The Facebook app for iPhone is adequate enough to keep users away from the service’s desktop version for weeks. If, like me, you rely almost exclusively on Facebook’s app to stay in touch with your friends, then you might be a little confused seeing all the smiley faces and ‘feelings’ in the status updates all over your News Feed. The new status icons were introduced by Facebook in its desktop version a few weeks back, and the iPhone app has been updated with support for them just today. Now you can really let the world know how you are feeling, or what’s your bedside read these days. Apart from this major change, the update has also brought more easily accessible privacy controls and the ability to conveniently forward images received in messages. There's still no hashtag search and visibility, though. Read More

View & Post To All Social Networks From One Place With Fuse For iPhone

With social networking sites introducing new features on an almost weekly basis, our online lives are finally going towards being streamlined. You can simultaneously post on Twitter and Facebook, while popular photo sharing apps like Instagram come with some impressive social media integration as well. When everything is converging, it seems reasonable to have services that are capable of combining your social networks without making you leave any of them. In the past, we have covered a few such services like Yoono for web and Cloze for iOS, but such services very rarely offer a news feed that truly combines updates from all of your accounts. Even if they do, the whole thing is often a complete mess and you end up missing several important posts. Fuse: Social takes care to keep things simple while offering a feed combining posts from Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Rather than just showing updates, what sets Fuse apart is that it even lets you use almost every major feature of these social networks. Read More