You may know of a few favorite keyboard short-cuts for a software application you use regularly. Many of us use the cut, copy, and paste commands ('command'+'x', 'command'+'c', 'command'+'v') for word processing and other applications.
If you have a Facebook account, you may be pleased to know that there are a few keyboard shortcuts you can use while on the Social site.
I read this at first and was anticipating some really cool short-cuts but honestly I was not _that_ thrilled to see the list.
And the key combinations you use depends on the web browser you are using -- if you're one of the folks in the majority and use Internet Explorer, sorry but your browser does not work with these... if you are on a Windows computer - you can use these with Firefox or Chrome, and on a Mac you can use Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
You can read the entire (short) list of these keyboard short-cuts on this CNET article byEd Rhee: How to use Facebook with keyboard shortcuts
My favorite shortcut which must be newer as it does not appear on the lists that have been circulaiting for a few weeks now - is only applicable when you have a photo in the viewer (after you click on a photo). Simply click the 'L' key and it will Like the photo for you! Pressing 'L' a second time will 'un-like' the photo.
In this FREE on-line classroom Your Technology Tutor Chet Davis will provide an introduction to the new Timeline profiles on Facebook Fan Pages (for business & organizations).
You'll get an overview of why your entity should have a Facebook Page (or maybe why it doesn't matter to you), what the new features of Timeline are, and how a business/organization can take full advantage of the new changes.
Chet will be offering a complete on-line class to help folks start and embellish a fully customized Facebook Fan Page later in April 2012.
This 45-minute session is an introduction to this new Facebook Fan Page Profile View.
The recording of our session will be available to those who sign-up in case you cannot make the live session or if you wish to review the information.
Register for the session below that suits your schedule:
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Pacific / 12:00Noon Eastern
Thu, Apr 5, 2012 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM PDT / 9:00PM Eastern
Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration
with information you need to join the Webinar.
I have had a request from several Facebook Friends to re-post my 12-minute introduction to help you set-up your Facebook Timeline, and so I happily share the link here: Facebook Timeline is Here.
The Facebook Timeline view also was applied by Facebook yesterday to the Facebook 'Fan' Pages - pages by businesses and organizations. You can check out my new Timeline view on my Facebook Page for Your Technology Tutor here: https://www.facebook.com/YourTechnologyTutor (if you visit please 'like' my page).
Here's a screen capture of my new Tech Tutor Facebook Page
You will note the Cover Photo and the customized 'Apps', the icons just beneath the Cover photo at upper right. Cool stuff! I will be presenting an on-line workshop this next week for businesses who wish to maximize their Facebook presence. I will post details for this special on-line workshop here early next week.
On the CNET Digital Media Blog author Dara Kerr reports that Facebook has begun inserting ads into Facebook Users News Feed stream. While ads on Facebook are nothing new, this is a different approach as the ads used to be in the 'Stream' at upper right side of the page. These sponsored ads will appear in your regular news feed.
As Dara suggests:
To figure out whether a post is legitimate or an ad, Facebook users can hover their mouse over the word "featured" and a black box of text will pop up saying, "A sponsor paid to feature it here." The only way to get rid of the ads is to click the "x" on the right corner of each post, deleting them one by one.
You can read the full article here: Facebook inserts ads into users' news feeds
An article on Digital Trends.com shared news that computer malware called 'Ramnit' - which has previous history of sophisticated attacks in the financial sector - has recently turned it's sights on Facebook.
The article indicates that some 45,000 Facebook log-ins have been stolen or compromised.
The long and short lesson of this threat is that we should always be careful what we click on, whether it's in your email in-box or on your Facebook status feed. We're reminded of this as reports surfaced this week about scams that were attracting Facebook folks with promises of returning their accounts from the new Timeline view to the 'classic' old Facebook (these are totally bogus links, some just referring you to on-line videos or websites, others possibly containing computer malware or other viruses)
And as privacy experts recommend - do not use the same password for Facebook and other accounts, especially any accounts tied to your finances or personal security.
You can read the article here on Digital Trends.com: Ramnit worm switches focus from financial to Facebook, steals 45K logins
Yesterday I shared my free 12-minute video which highlights and provides you with some tips to make the transition to the new Facebook Timeline. And I indicated that I would today share some of the most creative Facebook Covers that folks have created - the Facebook Cover (which I show how to create and customize in the video above) is one of the most visible changes immediately apparent in the new Facebook Timeline layout.
Here are a couple of blog posts that show off some of the most (more) creative Facebook Covers:
The first is from www.Hongkiat.com - with 40 creative Facebook covers (including this one by Guiseppe Draiccho
And the second post is on Mostviralmedia.com and showcases 19 of the most creative Facebook profile cover designs (some are repeats but there's several different ones as well) - including this one by Lawson Hembree V:
As you may know, Facebook yesterday rolled out the new Facebook Timeline that had been introduced earlier this year. I won't debate here whether Facebook should 'impose' this new layout and the new featues on it's millions of users, but rather focus on helping folks with the transition to the new layout.
I have created a 12-minute video to help folks with the transition to the new Facebook Timeline, and included some tips from internet privacy experts:
Here's my Facebook page with the new 'cover' photo installed at top - some folks are showcasing their favorite photos and even creating collages and mini art-pieces with this new feature (I will post some of these tomorrow). Click on the photo below to see a larger version.
If it hasn't been fun enough having your Facebook Friends ask you for help with their Farm (Farmville game) or asking you to like their photo or status, now your Friends can ask you for money...and you can give it to them via a new Facebook App from PayPal.
Ok - to be fair, that's maybe a little too tongue in cheek, this new App is designed to allow folks to send an eCard to their friends or family on Facebook and include a monetary gift.
The eCard is posted to the recipients wall (but the amount of your gift is kept private between you and the recipient). The sender needs to have a PayPal account as does the recipient, if they intend to collect the funds. This new service is free in the United States - and if the transaction is between the US and another country (even Canada) there are 'small fees'.
According to the official PayPal Blog - here's now this new app works:
You can check out this new App on Facebook: PayPal Send Money Facebook App
This past week I encountered two otherwise interesting and compelling stories, one by email from a friend and the other a story shared by a Facebook Friend. I say otherwise as they both turned out to be false, fake, urban legends or a story that was embellished.
Now there's nothing illeagl about passing along these stories via email or sharing them on Facebook but, knowing what I do, I am compelled to check the accuracy of such a story before passing it along to others, or commenting on it.
And while it's not illegal, if you forward one of the 'chain' emails it could contain mal-ware (virus, trojan horse, etc - that is designed to infect the recipient computer) or it could also be the harvesting work for or of a spam-bot...that will get your valid, live email address for all their spam campaigns.
Here is some additional good info on the topic of sharing or spreading hoax stories and emails Toxic Excuses on About.com.