Use Anyone’s Face As a Facebook Chat Emoticon

Custom Emoticon
Facebook is like a trend changing, Now through Facebook chat we can use anyone’s face for Emoticon instead of using normal smile, sad, hurrah etc… the friends face will be come from their profile pictures.

Here is the way to do it, It will look very simple just in few steps.

Go to anyone’s profile, official Page, or event that you want to use as an emoticon.

Now just look at the url bar, you will find their username or their profile ID, The last thing will be their username example : http://www.facebook.com/innovationescalator.in here the “innovationescalator.in” is the profile name
copy the username or number in double brackets like [[innovationescalator.in]],
Now paste that in to Facebook chat or in the message field their faces will appear as the emoticon.

P.S : Till now Facebook has only one custom smiley, :putnam:

Custom Tag on Facebook

A couple months a go, facebook added a new function that enables users to tag their friends on their comment system (status update and wall comment). By default you can do that simply by typing @ and type any letter then list of your friends with that particular letter will show up. But how about create a custom tag for your friends name? for example, You have a friend named John, you can tag John with another name, for example michael. Interesting, right? You can play more with this trick, for example make your comment fully clickable to your own fan page, etc. Just be more creative.

With this trick, you can even tag people who are not friends with you, as long as you have their facebook ID. Ok, let’s start to show you how to do this. Simply put your comment with this format :

@@[0:[Facebook ID:0:Tag Name]]
  • Facebook ID is the unique id identifying every facebook profile, you can read and find out how to get the facebook id on this post : How To Find Facebook ID
  • Tag Name would be your custom text, this way you can link to your friends’ facebook profile but with whatever text you want.

For example :

@@[0:[1629700400:0:Rajnikant]] your text here…

With this code, you can tag my profile (Shubham Saxena) but with ‘Rajnikant’ as the anchor text. Preview :
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Cool isn’t it? Please note that if it doesnt show as it should be, the tag is not clickable or not on the blue colored format, you need to refresh the page, it will show you what you want to see.

Finally I got the way to tag Rajnikant while he is not on my friend list… :D :D

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Google+ what is it ?

After the great success of Facebook over Orkut Google Inc. seemed helpless in social networking market. They tried a lot to come up with new ideas like Google Wave and Google Buzz but none helped them so now the search engine giant is here with a new project named Google Plus (Google+) surely this project could shake Mark Zuckerberg and his mates. This post will take a deep look into what this new project has for us.

Google+ was developed under the codename Emerald Sea, Google+ is basically an attempt in social networking, they are still calling it a project rather than a product, can’t say what they have to do with this.Google reckons that current online networks (no names mentioned) simply don’t cut the mustard and that’s why it’s launching its own version. According to Google’s official blog:

“Today, the connections between people increasingly happen online. Yet the subtlety and substance of real-world interactions are lost in the rigidness of our online tools.

“In this basic, human way, online sharing is awkward. Even broken. And we aim to fix it.”

The aim is surely to shake Facebook from bottom and to do this they are making all their available products socially compatible. They are working a lot on Picassa, Gmail and Google Maps, information and function from these will be integrated to Google +. This may work good for them because now you will not need to sign-in to different services of Google rather accessing them from a single service and let your friends know what are you upto.

Google+ profile comes up with a feature named as Stream, it would be very much similar to facebook news feeds which will keep you updated about your buddies recent updates and all whats happening around you. Stream will be assisted by the four more core elements of Google+ that are - Circles, Hangouts, Huddle and Sparks (these features may increase in number in future).

Circles

Google wants to make sharing online more like sharing in real life -  different things with different people. For example, you might want to catch up with your pals about your drunken Saturday night out, but you don’t necessarily want your parents in your chat. You can keep your conversations separate by putting your contacts into ‘circles’ such as ‘Work crew’, ‘Uni mates’ and ‘Parents’.
To put your nearest and dearest in neat little online compartments all you have to do is click and drag them into the relevant circle and then they’ll only get the information that is meant for them. If only real life were that simple.

Hangouts

As the name suggests, this feature is all about hanging out with your buddies, virtually, or couse. You can choose specific friends, or circles, to invite for a face-to-face video chat and anyone in the Hangout can invite others to join as well. According to Google’s demo: “Until teleportation arrives, it’s the next best thing”. We’re not sure about that – it’s basically just video calling.

The difference, it seems, is that you can include more than two people in each chat – something that not all video calling services currently offer.

Huddle

You know when you’re trying to arrange a night out by having several different text conversations with
a number of friends? If so, you’ll know how long-winded and confusing it can become. The idea behind Huddle is that you can turn all these exchanges into one big group chat to save you time.

This certainly has the potential to be a very useful addition to the Google+ mobile offering – we just hope that your friends are slightly more decisive about their plans than the tedious bunch of individuals on the demo page.

Sparks

Tell Sparks what sort of stuff you’re into and it’ll send you things that you might be interested in that you can then watch, read or share. For example, you could type ‘Films’ into the seach box and see what comes up. If you like the results, then you can click the ‘Add Interest’ button to add Films to your list of important subjects.

If it works well, then it could be a invaluable service that means you’ve always got something cool to check out – if not, there’s a danger that it could become a very annoying form of spam. You can delete interests from your list if they begin to bore you and we would expect that they’ll be a few other ways of tweaking the settings, too.

Google Plus is still into testing period and is open for few peoples on the basis of invites it will be soon available for all and may be after its full launch we see some more features.. till then enjoy the beta version.

World IPv6 Day, June 8

World IPv6 Day, June 8

Today 8 June, 2011, Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks will be amongst some of the major organisations that will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “test flight”. The goal of the Test Flight Day is to motivate organizations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out.

As the Internet developed there was debate over the network communications protocol to use, but ultimately the fourth revision of IP (IPv4) was implemented for communication between computers and networks. When the Internet was small the 32-bit addressing of IPv4 that limits it to just over 4 billion addresses was perfectly adequate, but recently the last sets of IPv4 addresses have been issued, meaning the size of the IPv4 Internet has reached its maximum.

To overcome this limitation, the Internet Engineering Task Force has been developing a 128-bit addressing system called IPv6 that allows for trillions upon trillions of additional unique addresses (340 undecillion, to be exact). Unfortunately, the addressing between these protocols is vastly different and not directly compatible, and networking companies have been reluctant to implement IPv6 while there was still room for IPv4. Nevertheless, the symbolic limit of IPv4 has come and the pressure is high for companies to start implementing IPv6 if they have not already done so.

What this means is that if you are using various Internet services tomorrow and are experiencing loss of connectivity or slowdowns, then be aware that this is likely because of problems with the IPv6 protocol. Some of the problems you may encounter during these tests include:

  1. Internet servers not responding
  2. intermittent connectivity after delays
  3. unresponsive browsers if you use a built-in search field
  4. slow loading and pauses in downloads, as well as incomplete downloads; and
  5. slow or incomplete actions for Internet-related activities that aren’t Web browsing, such as syncing and e-mail.

To help prevent these problems from happening, you can make sure your system is configured to use IPv6 if your ISP supports it.

~via Internet Society

 

Apps on Facebook.com

Hello everyone I’m here to discuss about how to build a Facebook App. Facebook has millions of user with it and developing an app on Facebook gets you opportunity to deeply integrate into the core Facebook experience. An app developed on Facebook can integrate with many aspects of Facebook.com, including the News Feed and Notifications. Apps on Facebook are the web apps that are loaded in context of Facebook. And a web app can we developed by any of the available languages, the further Blog is based on php.

The apps on facebook are canvas based, we have a canvas (or iframe) in which we load our app.
Suppose the url to your app is http://www.stalwartvision.com/canvas then the app url will be http://www.apps.facebook.com/your_app_name (i.e. this url will load the contents of your original app link).Before getting into anything lets know the size of canvas so that we can build our app efficiently.  
760px (width) – if you build your app on a full app page, and
520px (width) – if you embed your app on a page in Facebook.com

Facebook Integration

Firstly you need to goto Developer App click on Set Up a New App, further you will be asked to enter the name of your app, do it and proceed, cross the security checks and all and doing all that you will be redirected to a page where you need to enter the basic information about your app and this page will also contain the tab Facebook Integration. Under this tab you will get your app_id and app_secret, you need to note these two because they will be used further in your app. Your canvas url gets integrated to facebook now what you need to do is start developing your app.

I can’t give you an idea of what an app to develop, so am just proceeding with how to use the facebook pre-defined functions in your app and access the user information. You need a facebook.php, which contains all the required pre-defined functions to be used. A sample code to use these functions and access user information on Facebook is –

 <?php

// Awesome Facebook Application (shubham0987@gmail.com)require_once ‘facebook.php’;
// Create our Application instance.$facebook = new Facebook(array(  ‘appId’ => ‘your_app_id‘,  ‘secret’ => ‘your_app_secret‘,  ‘cookie’ => true,));
    $app_id = “your_app_id”;    $app_secret = ‘your_app_secret’;    $canvas_page = “your_canvas_url”;    $auth_url = “http://www.facebook.com/dialog/oauth?client_id=” . $app_id . “&redirect_uri=” . urlencode($canvas_page);    $code = $_REQUEST["code"];    $token_url = “https://graph.facebook.com/oauth/access_token?client_id=”.$app_id.”&redirect_uri=”. urlencode($canvas_page).”&client_secret=”.$app_secret.”&code=”.$code;       if (empty($code)) {echo(“<script> top.location.href=’” . $auth_url . “‘</script>”);}        $access_token = file_get_contents($token_url);        $user_data_url = “https://graph.facebook.com/me?”.$access_token;        $user = json_decode(file_get_contents($user_data_url));
echo(“Username:” . $user->name);
echo(“Email” . $user->email);

         ?>
The above code will fetch user-name on facebook.com and his email-id, you can use this code for your app and further modify it, there are multiple ways to do it but i find it the simplest. This would be the starting or basic step of your Facebook app use this and get a burning idea for your app and show your programming skills and get your app working on Facebook.com.



Hope your find it useful… hope to see your app soon… :)