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I click “Ignore” on FB spam events

November 22, 2010 3 comments

It seems I am getting more and more spam events on Facebook. It’s not a lot, but enough to be annoying. FYI: you don’t get thousands of reward points or free iPads from these!!!

One thing I don’t do on these events is click any of the three options: “I’m Attending”, “Maybe”, or “No”. By clicking any of these it gives the spammer a key piece of information: “this person took the time to click, so they looked at the event”.

Instead I go to the bottom of the event and click “remove from my events” without ever making a choice. I do this partially because the spammer gets no info that way. The other reason I do this is so it doesn’t show on “friends events”. It appears FB at times allows us to view other friends public event (haven’t looked into this much, but have noticed it). I want to insure these events never show as an event I’m attending, so someone else doesn’t think its valid.

Here is a sample of a spam event and where to click “Remove from My Events”:

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Facebook game filters broken-ish?

March 12, 2010 1 comment

As many have notified me, the Facebook game filters appear to be broken. They are not actually completely broken. The first few items in the filter are showing anything from your live feed. However if you scroll down to show older posts it will show the correctly filtered items.

My speculation (that’s all it is) is that Facebook is trying to get rid of the filters altogether. They have been trying to get rid of the filters and push people to the worthless games console.

Categories: Facebook

Don’t believe Facebook email asking to update your account!!!

February 17, 2010 Leave a comment

There is yet another hoax targeted directly at Facebook users. All Facebook has a good article on this latest email attack on Facebook users. I will let their article go into the details, they do a good job. I will just take this moment to remind people of some basic (yet IMPORTANT) email best practices:

  • Never click on an email attachment you are unsure of! NEVER!
  • Companies such as Facebook will NEVER send you an email attachment for updating your account information.
  • Never click a link in an email to update account information. If you get an email saying you need to update the account information log into the site the way your normally do and update then. NEVER click that link!
  • If you receive a ‘weird’ email or an email with an unexpected attachment from someone you trust contact them BEFORE you click on anything in that email. If they are infected it is quite likely you will receive an infected email from them.

With the rise in popularity of social media sites such as Facebook all of the above best practices are also true on ‘walls’. If someone posts something weird or suspicious on your wall then DO NOT CLICK THE LINK!!! Its likely a scam or worse.

Categories: Facebook, Security

Insure you are seeing all your Facebook friends posts

February 9, 2010 Leave a comment

For some crazy reason Facebook puts a limit of how many friends’ postings you will see on your News Feed (formerly known as Live Feed). To insure you see all friends postings use the following procedure.

Increase number of friends to show up in News Feed

  • Go to your Facebook News Feed
  • Make sure “Most Recent” is chosen in the upper right hand side.

    Insure "Most Recent" is chosen

    Insure "Most Recent" is chosen

  • In the lower right hand side of this page click on “Edit Options”.

    Click on Edit Options

    Click on Edit Options

  • In this screen it will show how many friends will show up on your News Feed.  By default I’ve heard people have only 250 here.  As you can see I have changed mine to 5000 (the maximum amount of friends allowed by Facebook).

    Insure this number is sufficient

    Insure this number is sufficient

  • When you are done click Save.
Categories: Facebook

Unblock an application from Facebook’s News Feed

February 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Blocking an application can be a great way to reduce clutter on the Facebook newsfeed. It prevents you from seeing constant updates about games and applications you don’t care about. However, sometimes you may block something by accident, or later decide to use the application you have blocked in the past. The following steps show you how to unblock an application from the News Feed with Facebooks new setup

Unblock an application from the News Feed

  • First go to your Facebook News Feed.
  • Choose “Top News” on the upper right hand side of this page.

    Make sure your on Top News

    Make sure your on Top News

  • Go all the way down to the bottom of this page and click on “Edit Options” on the lower right hand side.

    Click on Edit Options

    Click on Edit Options

  • In the list that comes up click on “Add to News Feed” for any applications you wish to see in your News Feed.
    • Click close when you are done.

      List of blocked applications

      List of blocked applications

  • When this procedure is done make sure to click on “Most Recent” in the upper right hand side to see all current feed items.
Categories: Facebook

View Status Updates with the new Facebook home

February 5, 2010 1 comment

Another thing Facebook changed was the quick link for Status Updates. To view this you can click on “Friends” then on “Status Updates”. You can then bookmark this page on your browsers bookmark bar for quick access.

Facebook Status

Facebook Status

Categories: Facebook

Get the old Game filters back for Facebook

February 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Update: 3-12-10

The filters appear to be broken. They still work! The first few items in the filter will show items from the live feed. However if you click down to show older posts the filter works correctly!

Update: 2-9-10

If you are reading this on Facebook instead of on my Blog at WordPress, click on “View Original Post”.. The links will then work correctly. Clicking the links from facebook comes up with a warning saying the link is abusive.

The recent changes Facebook has made to the News Feed has left many people unhappy and missing the filters they had before. In their wisdom Facebook has taken the approach of removing filters to ‘simplify’ things. This makes the News Feed very messy for those who play games. Below is a list of links which can be used to get the old filters back for individual games. These are collected from a DB post by a Facebook User at http://www.facebook.com/help/?question=333960

You can use the tips I posted earlier to put these links directly in your Chrome or Firefox bookmarks bar. I did not make instructions for Internet Explorer. This is because I believe IE has too many security risks to use on a site such as Facebook.

Here are the links:

Cafe World

Castle Age

FarmVille

Fishville

FISH WORLD

Happy aquarium

Happy pets

Island paradise

Mafia Wars

Pet Society

Petville

Pirates: Rule The Carribean

Sorority Life

Vampire Wars

Zoo World

If you know the Facebook Application ID for your particular game you can create a filter for it with the following format:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?filter=app_*

In the above URL replace the * with the Application ID. The application ID can be found by going to the application in question, then copying the number found at the end of the URL.

Categories: Facebook