Thursday, December 2, 2010

How to download your Facebook data

Thursday, December 02, 2010

One of the remarkably strong fundamentals that Facebook was built upon is how much people (well, most of them, if not all) like sharing their personal life with the people around them. This led to the age of a hugely interconnected world with "one graph to rule'em all" - the Social Graph, a term coined by Mark Zuckerberg which means "the global mapping of everybody and how they're related". 

On Facebook, people share their state of mind, likes and dislikes, photos of cherished moments of their lives, who they befriend etc. 

Apparently, Facebook has a great treasure-trove in the form of private data of it's users which makes it better positioned for targeted advertising as opposed to the rival Google. At this juncture, what Facebook strives to achieve is greater user satisfaction at every aspect. As users evolve, they demand better controls. 

As a step in this direction, Facebook now allows its users to download their data posted on their Facebook profiles. You can now download everything from your profile such as wall posts, messages, friend lists and photos etc. in a zip file.

The whole process is very simple. Here's how to do this:
  • Login to your Facebook account.
  • At the top right hand corner, click on "Account".
  • Click on "Account Settings".
  • Under "Settings" tab you will see "Download Your Information", next to which is "learn more", click on that.
  • You would land up on a page where you need to authenticate yourself. Enter your password, if prompted. 
  • To prevent any potential misuse, Facebook sends the data download link via email to your designated email address. If you're not on the computer that you usually use, you may need to go through the verification process of solving friend photo captcha or SMS captcha on your mobile phone.
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Monday, October 4, 2010

Issuu: An Online PDF Viewer You'd Fall In Love With!

Monday, October 04, 2010

eBook readers have witnessed a steep rise lately. The likes of Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook etc. have emerged in a big way.

However I personally feel, when it comes to getting your daily dose of news bits, ePapers have a long way to go before they could completely replace the old-school newspapers. After all, what could be better than having a crisp newspaper in one hand and a nice cup of hot coffee in the other.

Somehow, I've always liked spending some moments of my Sundays with Lounge, "a weekend magazine of business newspaper Mint, that looks at life beyond work; its sections include travel, books, culture, style, play, insider, parenting etc." In a nutshell, a perfect getaway after a busy work week. Now that I am staying at a place where Lounge is not available (demand-supply equation in action), I decided to settle on their ePaper to see what they had to offer on their website.

And guess what- I was enthralled to see the way their ePaper was presented. It's published on a one-of-its-kind publishing platform called Issuu, which is basically a web-based document viewing service by the Danish company. This platform enables publishers to publish magazines, newspapers etc. in a sleek manner. It turns the uploaded docs into a flippable eBook which is a real show-stopper. The whole reader-experience is so good that you'll simply fall in love with this.


Key features:
  • Faster load time: Issuu stands out on this factor as painfully long load time is a major set-back for most online services.
  • Huge customization scope: something that would attract the publishers, designers and developers.
  • Publishers may choose to distibute their content on Adobe Flash or other platforms: making it accessible to the huge user pool of the iUsers (iPhone-iPad user groups).
  • True full-screen mode: a nicety that makes it eye candy.
  • Different view options for diffent requirements i.e. Magazine view, Presentation view and Paper view.
  • Embeddability.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

How to chat on Facebook invisibly

Saturday, July 03, 2010

In the age of social networks, making friends is pretty fast and easy. Although the idea of ever-increasing number of friends on social networks has been questioned. According to Robin Dunbar, a British Anthropologist, the human brain can't keep a track of huge friend lists (a commonality in today's era of social networking). As a matter of fact, our brain can manage to befriend mere 150 persons, no matter how sociable one happens to be. Due to such a nature of human brain, you must have felt a need for having some control over "whom you are comfortable being a friend with".

"Privacy is not something that I'm merely entitled to, it's an absolute prerequisite."

If  you can identify yourself with this, you are, probably, looking for an "invisible chat option on Facebook."'

Today we bring you a guide on " How to chat on Facebook invisibly".

So here's what you have to do in order to be able to chat invisibly:
  • Login to your Facebook account and click on the "Chat" button in the bottom right hand corner.
  • Click on "Friend Lists" button in the box that pops up.
  • There you will see a box called "Create a new list". You may give it a name like "invisible mode" or anything that you like.
  • Now you can drag and drop the names of your friends from the original list of friends to the box above.
  • You will notice that there is a button next to the friend lists which can be turned on and off.
  • And, whoa! You can now decide whom you want to chat with and whom you want to stay hidden.
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    Saturday, June 26, 2010

    And Now Java : The Movie!

    Saturday, June 26, 2010

    Java is in news for a very unlikely reason as reported by Mashable.

    The reason is a movie (at least, that's what they are calling it) is being promoted with a nicely-shot, funny trailer titled 'Java 4-ever'.

    The video is a nerd comedy on software developing platforms like Java and .NET.

    The video is more like a spoof as the characters have some suggestive names such as William Windows, Mona Lisa Harddrive, Lenny Linux etc.

    Caution : The video is a little suggestive in the later half, where the content may be inappropriate for children or family viewing.

    Check out the trailer:

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    Thursday, June 24, 2010

    New Symbol for Indian Rupee (INR) to be Decided Today

    Thursday, June 24, 2010

    Indian Rupee (INR) is going to get a unique symbol today. Major economic powers of the world have specific symbols for the respective national currency, like Dollar ($), Pound (£), Euro (€) and Japanese Yen (¥) etc. India, like other rapidly developing countries, is considered to be poised for exponential growth in near future.

    Indian government had announced a contest in March 2009, asking the residents of the country to come up with designs that symbolize the culture and ethos of the nation. Later on, five designs were shortlisted. The Union Cabinet is going to finalize the symbol today.

    "In the ensuing year, we intend to formalise a symbol for the Indian rupee, which reflects and captures the Indian ethos and culture."

    Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said while tabling the Union Budget 2010-11 in the Parliament, after the decision was taken in 2009.

    Update: The announcement of new face of Indian Rupee was postponed as the Cabinet discussed an issue of relatively higher concern i.e. Bhopal Gas Tragedy on Thursday. So we'll have to wait to know what would be the new face of Indian Rupee.
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    Thursday, June 17, 2010

    Facebook comments get a 'Like' button

    Thursday, June 17, 2010

    Facebook, the second most-trafficked site on the Internet, seems to be all set to 'Like' the whole web. In the middle of an ever-increasing hue and cry about the privacy issues, Facebook keeps evolving itself with new features and changes time and again.

    Facebook has recently released a new feature, another 'Like' button for comments. Up until yesterday, you could only like posts, links, photos, videos etc. and comment on those. However, now you can 'Like' comments made on other's posts.

    This features is reportedly being introduced to increase the user interaction, which is the very essence of modern social networking sites.

    People are using it extensively which indicates a positive reaction towards this feature from user's end. 

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    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    Access Facebook on Your Mobile Devices for Free

    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    Facebook, the popular social networking site with a whopping 400 million user base worldwide, can now be accessed on your mobile devices for free. This was announced by Sid Murlidhar, programme manager for Facebook Mobile, in a blog.

    Facebook can be accessed with zero data charges in 45 countries, including India. This is available on select mobile networks for now. In India Reliance Communications and Videocon mobile subscibers can use Facebook for free on their net-enabled phones.

    In order to use this free service users would need to go to '' on their mobile devices. This new site is optimized for speed and would have pretty much all the features that are available on ''. You can update user status, receive and reply to messages, among other features. Although users would be charged for viewing photos and surfing other websites.

    This is evidently a smart move considering the fact that Facebook has over 100 million users who visit the site from their mobile phones and it can boost Facebook's presence in the price-conscious third world user base.

    The new site is being launched in Brazil, Denmark, Turkey, India, Hong Kong, Finland, Hungary, Sri Lanka and Greece, among others.

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