Timestamp Your Facebook Timeline

Timestamp Your Facebook Timeline

Each Facebook Timeline profile now has a tiny clock icon in the status window update, allowing you to place items on your wall in the past. This is a pretty significant Facebook update considering that, initially, Timeline defaulted to publishing posts in the present only. Now the decision to travel back in time is yours. This new feature mimics…

Facebook Timeline & The New Lifestreaming Era

Facebook Timeline & The New Lifestreaming Era

3 key points you need to know about Facebook Timeline, gleaned from two previous “lifestreaming” products: FriendFeed and Memolane.
Facebook’s new Timeline, currently in a limited developer release but set to be unveiled to its hundreds of millions of users any day now, is going to shake up the social networking landscape. It’s going to…

Report: Facebook Users “Like” 31% More Over The Last Year

Report: Facebook Users “Like” 31% More Over The Last Year

Clicking the “Like” button is incredibly easy to do, and increasingly becoming the primary way people interact on Facebook.

Users are engaging with Facebook pages 31% more over the last year. Of this boost in engagement, 84% turned out to be from the “Like” button, while 15% were from comments and only 1% were from shares, according to a recent…

On Android Phones, a Live-Streaming Police State

On Android Phones, a Live-Streaming Police State

Improved mobile phone cameras and the ability to live stream anything from a phone has proved threatening to police who don’t like to be filmed, but an app used by the University of Maryland police department could be the future of 9-1-1.

The University of Maryland police department is testing an app that will allow police to monitor live video of…

Take Peek Into Your Local Courtroom with OpenCourt

Take Peek Into Your Local Courtroom with OpenCourt

Courts in the United States are not just about high profile litigation and murder cases. Most of the grunt work of the U.S. legal system is done in district courts and chances are you have probably been there contesting speeding tickets or for some other menial rite of legal malaise. Yet, what you do not know about the legal process could hurt…

Mozilla Launches sudoSocial, an Experimental Lifestream Platform

Mozilla Launches sudoSocial, an Experimental Lifestream Platform

Mozilla Labs has launched a new “lifestream” platform called sudoSocial. Pulling its name from the Linux command “sudo” which allows users to run programs with other, usually elevated privileges, the sudoSocial publishing platform aims to give you both access and control over your many online identities.

Although sudoSocial would be suitable…

Why We Need To Keep Debate Alive In A Customized, Personalized World

Why We Need To Keep Debate Alive In A Customized, Personalized World

Maybe we’re getting to be a bit of a broken record on this point, but a blog post this morning by Robert Scoble on how malleable social graphs could change the direction of location based services reminded us of the fine line we think we’re all walking.

Malleable social graphs, much like recommendation engines and customized searches, sound like…

PleaseRobMe and the Dangers of Location-Based Social Networks

PleaseRobMe and the Dangers of Location-Based Social Networks

Location-based social networks like Foursquare, Gowalla, Brightkite and Google Buzz are currently among the fastest growing new mobile services. All of these apps have one thing in common: they encourage you to share your current location with the rest of the world. By doing this, though, you are also telling people where you are not: at home. A…

Why Streamy Could be the Next FriendFeed

Why Streamy Could be the Next FriendFeed

In wake of the news of the FriendFeed acquisition by Facebook, we’re faced with the real possibility that FriendFeed.com will be shut down for good. According to the press release, “FriendFeed.com will continue to operate normally for the time being…” In other words, it’s only a matter of time before the site is gone for good. What is the…

EFF Calls on Companies to Encrypt Location-Based Data

EFF Calls on Companies to Encrypt Location-Based Data

The reason why Steven Seagal’s 80’s movies lack relevance for modern day audiences is because if a group of creepy, rogue mercenaries were to abduct us now, we’d be able to ping 10 nearby friends for backup. If you’re like us, you’re using one or more location-based services that rely on GPS data, phone signal strength or visibility in relation…

AmpliFeeder: FriendFeed’s Much Hotter Sister

AmpliFeeder: FriendFeed’s Much Hotter Sister

There are a slew of social media aggregation sites willing, waiting, and wanting to pull your updates, videos, photos, links, music, “shares,” “likes,” and other content from all around the web. A few of them work well, some have really cool features, and others have critical mass.

But none of them are as drop-dead good-looking – or as…

Online Friends on an Offline Adventure: RoadTwip

Online Friends on an Offline Adventure: RoadTwip

Forget all the On the Road, this-land-is-your-land hype. Here’s what the RoadTwip boils down to: The gas money was less than the cost of a plane ticket to get to the BIGOmaha conference. Pure and simple stinginess.

I had been pitched on this interdisciplinary tech/creative conference in the middle of nowhere and decided to go out of perverse…

Facebook Shuts Down RSS Feed App

Facebook Shuts Down RSS Feed App

The Facebook Newsfeed: so much juicy information, so little access to it. Last week we wrote about a new Facebook app that turned your newsfeed into an RSS feed you could subscribe to outside of Facebook. It was really useful and now it’s gone.

Even the app’s developer agrees that the app crossed the line, overstepping Facebook’s much celebrated…

Skimmer Brings a Sleek New Look to Social Browsing

Skimmer Brings a Sleek New Look to Social Browsing

Skimmer is a design-focused new Adobe AIR application from Minneapolis Ad Agency Fallon. Part of a broader push for the company in revamping its image online, Skimmer is a very functional lifestream aggregator and media browser in its own right. Skimmer pulls feeds from Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Blogger and YouTube, and allows posting to…

StoryTlr Adds a New Dimension to Lifestreaming with Pages

StoryTlr Adds a New Dimension to Lifestreaming with Pages

StoryTlr, a lifestreaming service that debuted to a lot of positive press last year, has (among several other enhancements) debuted a major new feature today: Pages. This is a new gallery format view of selected portions of a total lifestream, essentially as a slideshow. StoryTlr adds this new ability to its already rich aggregation support of…

One Picture a Day: Momentile Reinvents the Photo Diary

One Picture a Day: Momentile Reinvents the Photo Diary

Momentile is a new photo sharing service with some very cool twists. There is, of course, no dearth of photo sharing services online, but momentile has come up with an interesting way to combine photo sharing and lifestreaming with the spirit of micro-blogging services like Twitter. The basic idea behind momentile is that you will upload one…

Pingle Brings Ping.fm to the iPhone

Pingle Brings Ping.fm to the iPhone

Curious Squid has released Pingle, an application for the iPhone which lets you update your status across a selection of social networks at once. Using Ping.fm, Pingle will update Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Flickr, FriendFeed, Delicious, Tumblr, and more including many blogging platforms.

The app works on both the original 1G iPhone and the 3G…

How to Use the New FriendFeed Search for Social Media Intelligence

How to Use the New FriendFeed Search for Social Media Intelligence

FriendFeed, a cross-network activity aggregator built by ex-Googlers and more fun to use than the phrase “cross-network activity aggregator” might imply, launched a powerful new search tool today. Want to discover particularly interesting conversations or people in your networks? Want to pick out just the noisiest conversations online about…